There is no stressing needed!
“Dreama not only was so loving, caring, calm and sweet the whole time she was here, but we all felt completely at ease, as we were able to go about our day, in OUR home, in comfortable clothes, with not one ounce of stress.” – Brittany
What to plan for your session.
For A 2-3 hour family session I recommend some sort of activity that helps everyone have a good time and forget about the camera.
CONSIDER THINGS YOU NORMALLY DO TOGETHER.
Baking, walks, playtime, crafts, beach fun or even having a session during your morning routines with pancakes and all are great examples of what you could do.
To clean – or not.
The most important thing about your pictures is to leave behind memories of your children – not to impress strangers on social media with a spotless kitchen.
YOUR FLOOR HASN’T SEEN THE VACUUM IN TWO WEEKS?
So what. Mine haven’t either!
I would love for you to open up blinds and curtains, though. I love working with natural light!
NO match-y match-y.
To have an honest record of your family, you should dress like you do every day. Match-y clothes are best reserved for formal portraits.
Most moms feel self conscious especially after having a baby, but what I like to remind them of is that these pictures are important for the kids.
When I look back at photos of my mama, I often think how beautiful her long blonde hair and bronze skin was. Your children think you are beautiful (and I bet hubby does too).
It’s the expressions, the action
and the connections that are most important.
Let your kids be themselves.
Kids will be kids (you know I’m a mama too).
I’m completely unfazed by temper tantrums, tears, and “bad” behavior, so please rest assured that there is zero judgement on my part. I want everyone to feel comfortable in their own skin. The kids can definitely sense if you’re stressed out, so try your best to relax and have fun with this!
IF THERE’S A MELTDOWN, I’LL CAPTURE IT!
I love a good crying photo.
Afterall, it is a part of your here and now.
I ‘ll show up in my comfy clothes – and take my shoes off.
LET’S BRING ON THE YOGA PANTS.
I need to be comfortable to be down on floors, in the grass, or on top of furniture while taking pictures.
I WILL talk to you.
LIKE A BEST FRIEND WOULD TALK TO YOU
I kinda like to talk, it’s one of my weaknesses!
This usually helps people forget what I’m up to, as well as gives me ideas about what I should look for to incorporate into your pictures.
Don’t mind me!
I might get up on furniture or get close-up and personal with my camera.
I’m not a baby sitter.
If you leave the kids alone with me in a room, I will take photos of whatever happens – whether they’re coloring the dog or peeling the wallpaper off the wall.
I will do my best to intervene only if I think something dangerous is about to happen.
Perhaps the most important tips of them all.
I mean really, one day your babies won’t be at home with you any more. They will be at college, married, or halfway across the country on some adventure.