The first thing is that it’s important to choose a session time for when your child is at his/her most comfortable, ie. not around lunch time or nap time. It is a good idea to bring non-messy snacks like cheerios and puffs and not red fruit snacks or blue lolipops.
To get the most out of your session please make sure your child is not hungry or tired when the session begins. It is important to let your child be free, it is not necessary to direct them, ask them to smile or look here or there, typically that tends to make the child tense. Sometimes it is even best for the parents to hang back and let me interact with the child(ren). My goal is to encourage the child to relax and have fun. I’ll guide them into the proper places for best results.
It is also important to remember that children have their own agendas. Most toddlers do not take directions to ‘pose’. Almost all of the connections on my websites were captured candidly. If there is a particular image or type of image on my site that you are interested in please let me know. I’ll do what I can but can not guarantee that we will be able to recreate it exactly. At times you’ll want to simply interact as I am not there. These natural moments make some of the best captures.
The first step is to fill out the pre-session questionnaire. This helps me get to know your family a little better and get an idea of what you are looking for from the session. Upon receipt of the pre-session questionnaire I’ll send over the invoice for the session. Once the session fee is paid your date is secured. If you have any questions regarding pricing, available products, or suggestions on what to wear just let me know.
Typical child and family sessions last 45-60 minutes but sometimes longer to get what we need. You should never feel rushed through a session.
Your proofs will be ready within 2 weeks of your session. We will schedule a no-pressure viewing and ordering session of your images in your home at a convenient time for everyone. It usually doesn’t take more than an hour. We’ll hook up my laptop to your big screen TV starting off with a slideshow of everything set to music. Then we can go through each one and narrow down your favorites talk about what you would like to do with them. Special collection pricing – offering a significant savings over a la carte – will only be available during the ordering session. I’ll have samples of most everything available that you can see and touch as well as different sized template that you can hold up to your wall for perspective. It makes ordering so much easier than sifting through them on the computer. After our meeting I’ll also put them in an online gallery for up to 2 weeks to share with family and friends.
Any other questions, start gathering them up and let me know!