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Family Experience Guide

Family Experience Guide

Hello, Friend!


I am so excited to begin this journey with you! My passion is to capture beauty in everyday life so that families have memories to treasure forever. Thank you for giving me the honor of capturing these memories for you! In this Family Experience Guide you’ll find everything you’ll need to know about a session with me. I’ve included some helpful tips to hopefully make this process as smooth as possible for you. If there is anything I can do for you along the way, please don’t hesitate to ask! I’m here to serve you the best that I can. I can’t wait for our session together!


Warmly,

Sara


What to Expect


Before


You've booked your session, signed your contact, paid the retainer fee, and filled out the questionnaire. Now what?


CHOOSE YOUR OUTFITS

Styling assistance is included with each session. You will receive a link with a code to gain access to my interactive styling service.


FINAL PAYMENT

The remainder of your payment is due one week prior to your session.


FINAL INF0 EMAIL

About a week before your session, I will send you an email with your session date/time and any last minute details you'll need. If you have any questions leading up to your session, feel free to reach out!

Your Session Date


Arriving

Plan to arrive to your session location about 10-15 minutes early. This allows a few minutes to get the kids out of the car, get introduced to each other, and walk to where we'll start photographing. For lifestyle newborn sessions, I'll arrive at your home about 5-10 minutes early.


posing

During our time together, I will pose you and tell your what to do, so you won't have to worry about any of that. You may be nervous, but you really don't have to be-I'm very easy to get along with and will make you feel comfortable soon enough. Most importantly...relax and enjoy the experience!

After


sneak peeks

You've just finished your session, and now you're excited to see those photos! Within two days of your session, I'll post a sneak peek (or two) on Facebook and Instagram. Feel free to share these posts on your page so your family and friends can enjoy them also!


slideshow

Within 3-4 weeks I'll send you link to a custom slideshow of your images set to music. Gather the whole family together and enjoy this memorable experience of seeing your photos for the first time.


Gallery Delivered

Within two days of viewing your slideshow, you will receive a link to your online gallery. You'll be able to choose and download your high-resolution images that are included with your purchased collection straight from your gallery. You'll also have the opportunity to purchase additional images, prints, wall art, and albums at this time.


Your gallery will be active for one week. Please ensure you download your images and order all wall art, albums, and prints by the expiration date or there will be a $25 reactivation fee.


*Complimentary online reveal/ordering sessions are available with me upon request. Many clients prefer to have someone walk them through the process of choosing and ordering images. Let me know if you are interested in this service.


Share your images

Then the best part begins - sharing your beautiful images with friends and family!


Download and Backup the Images

I recommend saving your images in at least two separate locations.  This could include your computer's hard drive, an external hard drive, a flash drive, or a cloud based service.


Styling Tips


Styling Tips for the Family


AVOID "MATCHY-MATCHY"

Although its may be tempting to dress everyone up in the same plaid print or in that white tee and jeans, photos really look stunning when there is nice coordination without overly matching. I typically suggest dressing no more than two people up in the same print or color. This helps too balance out your photos so the attention is drawn to you!


PICK 2 OR 3 COLORS

Instead of having everyone wear the same color, try picking two or three colors that blend well together and coordinate that way! Try experimenting with different shades of colors, or adding different prints or fabrics to the mix.

Styling Tips for Her


FLATTERING YOUR FEATURES

In my experience, every woman (regardless of her size or shape) has an area of her body that she's self conscious about. Recognizing the areas you're self conscious about when selecting your outfits is key. Choosing flattering silhouettes and colors that complement your natural features is the best way to ensure you'll love the way you look in your photos.


STATEMENT ACCESSORIES

Don't forget about accessorizing! Adding a statement necklace or earrings will help complete you look, and add a little flair and pop to your photos.

Styling Tips for Him


BRING IN LAYERS

Layers on men like blazers, sweaters, or vests always photograph really well (even if it's hot outside). They add some nice dimension, and look nice and sleek. I know its may be a little uncomfortable, but I promise it will be worth it when you see the final product!


DON'T FORGET DETAILS

Yes, even men can add in some details to their outfits! Ties or bowties, colored socks, suspenders, and watches are nice compliments to any outfit for men. Although small, they add great pops of class to your photos.

Styling Tips for Them


THINK LIKE ADULTS

I know they may be little, but many of the tips For Her and For Him still apply to the kids. (They're basically little adults anyway, right?) For the girls, dresses and accessories are perfect! Maybe add a fun flower crown or bow for an extra pop of beautiful. For the boys, layers are adorable! And don't forget about the cute details like suspenders or a fun bowtie!


Working with the Kids


STAY FLEXIBLE

Kids can be unpredictable at times, so I find it best to stay flexible and follow the kids' needs. If they need to run around, I'll let them run and be silly before being still to capture the shots we need. If they don't want to stand but will be held, we'll do that instead. I tend to read each child for cues to capture the best photos we can!


MAKE IT FUN

This one's a big one! I love interacting with the kids to get the genuine smiles you know and love. Whatever gets those sweet giggles!


ADDITIONAL TIPS

• Bring water, dry snacks (nothing sticky), change of clothes for small children

• Make sure the kids are well-rested

Final Note


I can’t wait for our session together! Hopefully you found this information helpful. If you have any questions or concerns leading up to your session, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. My goal is to serve you the best that I can! This is going to be a fun session, so don’t stress. Relax and enjoy making these memories that you’ll get to treasure forever. See you soon!

Photographing families and newborns in Plainfield, Avon, Brownsburg, Danville, Zionsville, Westfield, Noblesville, Fishers, Bargersville, Franklin, Greencastle, & all surrounding areas.


CONTACT ME

317-434-4855

sara@sarahousephotography.com