I am so excited to be working with you, and am looking forward to your upcoming session! Photos will always be the most meaningful art you own, so I want you to have the best experience possible. This is a time for you to relax and enjoy yourself while I capture your family in a natural and authentic way. Because my style is relaxed and genuine, you can rest assured that your photos will capture you as you really are.

This guide will help you to prepare for your session and get the most out of our time together. I’ve included tips on what to wear, how to select and coordinate colors and patterns, ways to add unique, meaningful touches to your images, as well as how to prepare your spouse and kids. I can’t wait to get started!


Coordinating vs. Matching


Finish off your look with accessories and layers. This can really make your photos "YOU" and looks fantastic in photos! Consider adding a statement necklace or scarf to your outfit, and for your family, consider accessories such as a vest, belt, jacket, hat, suspenders, headband, etc. Accessories are the perfect way to give a finishing touch to your look, and they can really set your photos apart.

Things to Avoid. There are a few tones that are less flattering for photos that I usually recommend my clients avoid, specifically neon colors, and wearing all white. White tends to wash out most people's skin-tones and isn’t most flattering. This isn't to say you can't have any white on, but it might be best to not make it your principle color of choice for every person in your photo shoot. Neon colors will cast bright colors onto your skin in photos, and can make it difficult to capture your natural skin tones. While neon colors are a lot of fun, it’s best to save them for occasions outside of photo time.

Helping my clients get ready for their photo session is one of my greatest joys! I hope these tips give you some ideas and help you to feel a little more prepared.

If you have any questions, or even any more tips or ideas, don't hesitate to ask!


How To Prep

How to Prep the Kids

• Make sure they are rested

• Make sure they are fed

• Tell them what we will be doing, and make it sound


• Make this exciting for them – consider a reward/

something fun afterwards

• Let them be little! Just give them grace to be little,

and know I will capture their personalities no matter


How to Prep Dad

• Make sure he is rested and fed – Haha! But really…

rested and fed applies to the grown-ups too!

• Show him a few of your favorite pictures from my

blog/website so he can see the relaxed nature of my

work. This will help him know what to expect.

• Let him know that the best thing he can do is to just

enjoy his family- and let ME do the work. The

pressure is off.

• Let him know how much this means to you, and that

you’re glad he is willing to be such a team player for

one hour!

How to Prep Yourself

• Make enough time to prepare on the day of

your session, so you don’t feel rushed and


• Let go of your need for perfection. This is the

biggest anxiety for most moms. It’s ok if your

kids aren’t “perfect” during our time together.

• Don’t worry about your kids not giving me their

“real smiles.” Most of the time, being told “not

that smile, your REAL smile!” only makes it

worse… So, don’t worry. I will work hard to get

them laughing and will be sure to capture

them at their best!

What To Bring

Bring comfy shoes for walking

between spots

• Snacks for the kids that won’t stain

• Makeup for touchups

• Extra diapers, wipes, etc.

• Bring along something extra and

meaningful – child’s favorite special

toy that you may want to

photograph, flowers to hold, favorite

quilt, antique chair, etc.


Final Thoughts

The most important thing for you to remember is to just enjoy your family. Let this be a time that you have fun with each other, tell silly stories, and laugh a lot! Down the road, it won’t matter nearly as much if you were having a bad hair day that day, or if your child wasn’t listening well. You will look back on these pictures and remember this moment in time, and how quickly it went.