preparing for your motherhood 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. Take advantage of what's in my studio wardrobe or my Fill the Closet incentive. 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. Once you decide what you're wearing, let me know and I'll help you find some coordinating pieces for your babies!

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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". When choosing a necklace, consider the neckline of your clothing. When selecting footwear, consider the location. If you're unsure, reach out to me and I can help! In the studio, barefoot is best!

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3. Plan for the downtime. Whether you book your Motherhood Session for the studio or outdoors, we will begin our session in the studio, where you'll have your hair, makeup and wardrobe taken care of. Sometimes this only takes an hour, but if you have much longer hair, or want a more dramatic look, it could take over two hours. Plan for your kids to get bored while they wait. Bring snacks, drinks, and some sort of activity like a coloring book, tablet or favorite toy or book, or all of the above! If you're able to have another adult tag along, that's even better! You will be able to relax that much more while you're being pampered!

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4. Location, location, location. If you've booked a Golden Hour Motherhood Session, we will need to choose a location. It makes sense to go with a location within 20 minutes or so of the studio, and lucky for you, I have some awesome options! If you think you don't mind a longer drive for a special spot, let me know, and we might want to adjust the timing of your session to allow for this. I will ultimately help you decide on a location though depending on the size of your family and ages of your children. 

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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". 
 

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