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Frequently Asked Questions for a successful session

What should I bring to my studio session?

Bring whatever makes you feel good about yourself and/or your child!

The recommendations for studio portraits is simple. Avoid loud patterns or clothing that takes the focus off the face. We have many backgrounds to choose from, some with patterns that will best work with simple clothing.

Do wear clothing that accentuates eye color and skin tone. Definitely avoid thin vertical stripes and tight checked patterns. You know how those stripes look when viewing them on TV? Well the same will happen with photos. Avoid loud patterns. You want the focus of a portrait to be your face, eyes and personality!

With a family photo it is best to blend simple mid-tone colors. Everyone with a similar but not the same look. If you would like some ideas please click and you will be directed to our Pinterest page where we are continually "pinning" new ideas for you!

Bring hats, hair accessories, favorite stuffed animals, blankets, vintage props, old photos, whatever you would like to see in you photo.

For babies, and somewhat children, bare legs and feet are a strong suggestion in our studio. Tights rarely fit well and look messy, for a sitting baby, the bottom of those cute little feet are a much more pleasing sight than the sole of a shoe.

Of course we have many props/hats/ bows, blankets, etc to choose from so no worries if you do forget to bring anything! We are excited to now have a selection of vintage little girls clothing to choose from for that classic portrait!

For Newborns, most will be photographed with no clothing or diaper only. If you have cute diaper covers bring them along! Also a pacifier, plenty of formula, diapers and wipes Newborn sessions take up to 3 hours depending on the baby! Even if breast feeding it would be helpful to us to have the option of a pacifier or milk belly to get those really great sleeping poses if you are willing!

For babies who are eating solids.. We love Kiddie Crack! (aka Gerber Puffs) they have saved many a portrait session. We have some on hand at all times but if your baby doesn't like them, feel free to bring along their favorite snack.


What should I bring to my on location session?

On location sessions usually occur about 1.5-2 hours before sunset for best lighting. Most of the on location photos seen on this site occur at this time. An occasional exception can be made if it is a cloudy day. Did you know that photographers LOVE clouds! Perfect lighting!

Well...the first rule if being photographed in the daytime.....do not wear white! White might be great for beach portraits at sunset, it is a unwelcome challenge to natural light photographers. Especially if you have a mid to dark skin tone. If a light skin tone, white will most likely wash you out. The same goes with black. Again, mid range tones are best. Beiges, off white, green, blue, denim etc.. any color that will compliment skin tone and accent eye color. Please avoid white, black, florescent or overly bright colors such as fuschia, orange and red. Thin vertical stripes and loud patterns should also be avoided. Simple clothing is best to not distract from the most important part of a photograph... your eyes, facial expression and spirit! With a family photo it is best to blend simple mid-tone colors. Everyone with a similar but not the same look. If you would like some ideas please click and you will be directed to our Pinterest page where we are continually "pinning" new ideas for you!

If you tend to perspire, bring a towel and some powder that we can carry with us. Try not to lather sunscreen on, (especially on the face) it will promote too much shine. Most on location portraits will be taken in open shade, thus avoiding the need.

Again, feel free to bring props, whatever might suit your personality and individual style. Shoes are again also optional. Those classic, vintage, feel good, summer portraits evoke the most feeling with bare feet!

If pets are to be included in the session, we do request that you bring someone who will not be photographed to act as a "handler" when a furbaby is not in the scene.