Did you just book a session? Are you wondering what to do next? What to wear? How to prepare?
Well here are the answers to all of those questions!
What to Wear?
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WHAT TO BRING?
I like to make photo shoots as stress-free for families as I possibly can so I always plan the shoot so that it is unique and bring props. That being said, I also welcome any props that may have sentimental meaning or are a symbol of your family.
The location is very important. Things I usually look for outdoors are places with areas of open shade, multiple elements (Bridges, Rivers, Trees etc) and somewhere that will engage children. Lines are also a great visual element such as very tall rows of trees, roads, docks, barns and fences. I almost always research locations and choose it for the client, however, since I travel to new places to shoot often, it is great when a client has places in mind.
Timing is Everything
Early dawn or dusk are the two best times of the day for outdoor photos. While I do have a travel studio which I use for indoor shoots with newborns and small children, a majority of my shoots are outdoors. High noon is the worst time of the day for photos as the sun can cause harsh shadows under the eyes, nose and chin. This is where places with open shade come in handy if you should only have mid day hours as an option for your shoot.
Strike a Pose
I always have a checklist of poses that I like for the location that has been chosen, the props that I bring or the family has picked out and the number and ages of the subjects. I also welcome ideas from clients and can let you know if an idea will work or how we might need to change things in order to make it possible. Even though you might see a photo on pinterest and wonder if I will be offended if you suggest it as an idea, I still view it as a way to take the pose to another level and challenge my creativity so that you get what you want and I incorporate my style at the same time. As most of my clients know, most of the best poses and photographs happen in the moment and are unplanned.