Styling Your Session
1. Decide on the look you want.
Use the season to help narrow the look you are going for.
Are you striving for something flowy and whimsical, comfy and casual or more formal?
Each season is associated with its own colors, weather and landscapes. Spring and summer can be bright and flowy, while. fall and winter lend itself to cozy layers and stylish accessories.
2. Pick an inspiration outfit.
Start with an old or new favorite piece or outfit.
Pick one outfit that will serve as the inspiration for your photos. Most of the time, I encourage mom to pick her outfit first. The MOST important thing to keep in mind when choosing outfits is choosing something that you love and feel beautiful in. If you feel good, it will translate to your photos and set the tone for the whole session.
3. Coordinate colors, don't match.
Limit patterns but keep things interesting.
Matching is outdated. Coordinating is far better! Start with your inspiration outfit or pattern. Determine what accent colors work best with it to formulate your family’s color palette. The palette will then guide everyone else’s outfits.
4. Layer and accessorize.
Mix and match textures.
Finish your look with layers that complement your outfits. Consider adding a statement necklace, scarf, hair piece or headband. Vests, belts, jackets, hats, suspenders, ties and bow ties also work great. Simple, subtle touches and fabric textures add visual interest to your outfits and polish to your photos.
How to prepare
Great sessions begin with great preparation.
I’m sharing my best tips to get the most out of your photo session and truly enjoy your experience. I want you to feel prepared, enjoy yourself and love the photos. In the days leading up to your session:
Do a trial run in the days before the session.
Make sure little ones are comfortable and clothes fit properly to save headaches on the big day.
Layout your outfits together while planning.
The easiest and best way to help make decisions on coordinating clothing is laying everything out together. For extra help, snap a pic and send it to me.
Prioritize naps the day of the session.
Having a well-rested little one can make all the difference for a great session. Plan to prioritize naps for the day of the session.
Make sure everyone has full bellies.
We don’t want anyone to be hangry – this includes the adults! Also consider planning a fun activity or treat for the family to share after pictures are done.
Get everyone excited in advance.
Prepare little ones by explaining that you will be playing together while having photos done. Get them excited to be a “model” or whatever would keep them interested! For older kids, share the day’s full plan with them.
Before Your Session
After Your Session
Share Your Images
Share 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.