With Spring mini-sessions just a week away, I wanted to make a few suggestions for how to prepare so things will go as smoothly as possible. If you have a friend interested in signing up, there are very few slots left. The signup is here.
Weather With our beautiful indoor space at Ready, Set, KIDS, sessions will take place rain or shine. If it ends up raining, it can be helpful to make sure you have an umbrella so hair doesn’t get messed up on the way in.
Arrive on time. Sessions are scheduled back to back. Please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early to get settled so we can get started right on time.
What should I wear? I think the primary consideration for clothing for a photoshoot is that you should be comfortable and feel good about yourself in the clothes you’re wearing. The guidelines below are for families, but the same basic principals apply for individuals and couples as well.
Beyond that, there are certainly some guidelines that can help if you are so inclined to seek out guidelines. First of all, it can help to coordinate without matching among the members of your group — so maybe you’re all wearing similar colors, or the parents are wearing similar tones while the kids wear a complementary pattern. Or the parents (or one parent) wears a nice pattern while the kids wear solids. I do recommend avoiding graphics if at all possible, since they tend to both be distracting and not age as well as solids and patterns. When you’re considering colors, it can be helpful to think about where you might display these photos — does your decor tend towards jewel tones, or neutrals? For a really classic look, it can be helpful to stick with basics for most of your look, but add some pizazz with some flashier jewelry, or a jacket.
The space we’ll be in has a light blue wall color, so please keep that in mind when choosing your outfits. (the images on this post are all from the space we’ll be in).
Most all, though, just remember — if it’s something you feel good in, you’ll be more comfortable and relaxed for your session and we’ll get more “real” smiles and emotion — so don’t sweat the wardrobe too much.
How can I prepare my kids? Depending on the age(s) of your child(ren), it can be helpful to talk to them ahead of time about what’s going to happen, so
they’re aware and prepared. Please make sure as much as possible that children (and adults!) are well-fed (hungry people are cranky people), and well-rested. I strongly recommend *against* using electronics to keep kids happy during the session — I find it’s often hard to pull their attention away from the screen once its been given. For a small child who might be nervous in front of the camera, it can be helpful to let me know ahead of time what sorts of things they like (really into Elmo? Dinosaurs? Outer space? etc) and what sorts of tricks YOU find work well for them — you know your child best! Once we’re in the middle of the session, it’s very helpful if the adults can keep the pose I’ve given while I take over the kid-wrangling so that when that perfect moment happens for the kids, everyone else is ready! Most importantly, it helps if the adults in the room can remain relaxed!
Image Delivery.All sessions will be delivered by an online gallery. The digital images are high resolution and you will also have a print release to print where you prefer. The wonderful thing about the gallery is it’s also connected to my professional printing lab so that you can order prints through my lab if you prefer. I will post a sneak peek on my Facebook page within a few days of the mini-session event.
As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions you may have!