before and after
your mini session
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1. Design your wardrobe! I always suggest starting with mom's outfit, and then choosing pieces that coordinate with her after that. Some colors work better than others. Always stay away from neon colors, clothes with loud patterns, graphics/text or large logos and excessive red and black. Muted tones and neutrals are pretty failsafe, but fall jewel tones like burgundy, mustard, plum and a deep teal photography beautifully. Maxi dresses work for most women and add a lot of beautiful movement and texture. As for coordinating, do not try to put people in the same or similar outfits, this never looks good. Instead, coordinate by matching style of clothing or finding common colors.
2. Accessorize: Accessories can help personalize your look even more. Resist the temptation to put oversized bows on a tiny baby's head. These almost always present more of a problem than they add "cuteness". Consider bringing a beautiful quilt or blanket for when it's time to sit on the ground. I will usually have a blanket on hand, but chances are, yours will have more character and be more meaningful than what I could provide.
3. Make a plan to be on time. Unlike my full sessions, my mini sessions are timed, and scheduled back to back with other families, so being on time is ultra important. Check to see the travel distance to the location before the day of your session and plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early, just in case you get stuck behind a slow car or miss a turn.
4. Think about your photos! I promise, I know how excited you are to get that email saying that your gallery is ready! While you wait, try to envision how you'll be using these photos. Will be just be for your annual holiday card? Are they going to be printed and hung on your wall? Do you love to share them on social media with friends and family who you don't see often? You'll have so many options once you get your photos that it might feel overwhelming. Remember, your mini session comes with a $200 digital credit. You can use this towards the $200/5 digital package or you can upgrade to a larger digital package. Below you can get an idea of what those extra costs might be if you know ahead of time you want more than just 5 digitals.
A note about the weather...
In the event of inclement weather, we may need to reschedule. I will likely contact you via text if this happens.
Lastly, here are some quick tips that I love to share!
-Your kids can't ruin the session, no matter how hard they try! Do your best to not stress about their behavior. Keeping the mood upbeat and light hearted will help us get the best results.
-When trying to figure out your gallery purchases, try to envision how you will be enjoying your photos 10-15 years from now.
-Keep an open mind and trust the process. I work with over 100 families each year and have yet to have a "bad session".