Frequently Asked Questions:

PORTRAIT SESSIONS

Q: I'm ready to book my session! What's the first step?

A: Use the contact form at the bottom of my home page (can also be found in tabs) to tell me more about what kind of session you're looking for and what date you are aiming for. Once we've figured out your goal for the session and a date that would work for both of us, I will send you a brief online contract. Once we've both signed and you've made a 25% deposit (for Fridays through Sundays), you'll be officially set for your session!

 

Q: I have no idea what to wear to my session! Can you help me?

A: I am happy to advise you on what to wear to your session, although it might be more helpful to tell you what NOT to wear: that would be stripes, neon colors, shirts with big distracting logos on them, sports jerseys, and shirts that are pure black or pure white. For family shoots, try to coordinate colors, but DON'T have everyone wear the same outfit. I always send my clients a clothing guide after you've booked your session!

Q: Do you recommend wearing makeup for sessions?

A: Usually, makeup is a good idea for sessions as long as one doesn't overdo it. Makeup usually looks good in photos as long as it is not too reflective, and it can help increase your confidence too.

Q: How much time does a family session take?

A: It depends on the type of session you choose. For basic family portraits, set aside an hour. The lifestyle sessions usually take 2 to 3 hours because much more planning and time go into these sessions.

Q: Do you have any tips for family sessions?

A: Yes! Make sure you take thought into choosing your wardrobe. Cream works better than white, and dark pants/white tops are usually not a good combination. Don't let your kids eat blue candy  before the shoot, and make sure their bellies are full and that they've had a nap. Sometimes it takes time to get little kids to cooperate, so anything you can do to make them more receptive to posing suggestions is helpful!

NOTE: I tend to use candy as rewards for little kids, so please let me know before your session if that is a problem.

Q: Where do you shoot your family sessions?

A: I usually choose an outdoor location such as a park or public garden for photo shoots, but I am very flexible as to location.

Q: Do you have any outfits that I can borrow for my maternity or child's session?

A: I might! I have a small collection of vintage clothes, costumes and props that can really add to the atmosphere of a photo. It highly depends on what mood you're going for and whether I have the item that you like in the size you need. Check out my virtual closet below to see whether I have something for your shoot! There is no charge for borrowing from my closet.

Q: What time of day should I schedule my session?

A: It depends on the look you're going for. The time of day and amount of sunlight does affect the final look of the photos. A midday shoot must be shot in the shade to avoid unflattering shadows on the face, and will not have the "golden hour" look of photos taken at dusk or dawn. An overcast day means less dynamic lighting and more of a "softbox" effect. Check out the sample photos below to get an idea of how time of day and weather affect a photo session.

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Q: What happens if something comes up and I can't make my session?

A: If you cancel your session less than 24 hours before the shoot and don't want to re-schedule your session, all that happens is that you don't get your deposit back.  If you need to cancel your session more than 24 hours before your shoot, you don't get your deposit back, but I will happily transfer your session to a new date.

Early Afternoon, Sunny Day
Late Afternoon, Sunny Day
Sunset, Overcast Day
Golden hour, sunny day
High noon, indoors
Late Afternoon, Overcast Day
High Noon, Sunny Day
Early Afternoon, Partly Cloudy
Right at sunset, sunny day
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