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raw. light. organic. lifestyle. movement. images captured in emotion

Location, Location, Location

I would never give away my secrets!

Like buying a house, it's always about location, location, location! Some may seem funny or weird to you, but I ask that your trust me. Locations are important and the photographer then makes magic happen. I have many I truly love- the light is dependable and I try to avoid the crowds.

Let’s chat and choose one of the amazing spots to emphasize how great your family is. 

What to wear...

NO florescent or neon.

Check your clothing before our session, does it reflect color onto your face? If so, it's a "no".

Complimentary colors if our goal - I have palettes and color wheels... Just ask me!

Solid white  – it can make you look washed out in a photo. It’s okay to wear white underneath a jacket or sweater, but don’t make it your main color.

Bring layers - cardigans, blazers, or sweaters are great things to bring to your shoot so we can try a few different things.

Texture is amazing!

Find a solid colored dress or one with a subtle pattern. 

Our clothing will also compliment our location.

Please, do not match!!

No matchy- matchy!

No khaki & white. 

Show your personal style.

Add a splash of color.

Consider: scarves, earrings, hats, necklaces, etc.

Don’t wear too much jewelry. Big earrings are great; just don’t wear a statement necklace, too.

If you’re sentimental about a piece of jewelry, please consider wearing it.

If you wear transition lenses and the shoot is outdoors, consider wearing a different pair of glasses or contact lenses.

You can also bring multiple pairs of glasses so we can switch them out when they get dark.

You can be funky and add some pizzazz.

No sneakers!! Please, and thank you.

Please run your clothing ideas by me. This is my job and I love this part!!! 

Petite children or those under 2yrs old; should not wear collared shirts. These tend to ride up and cover a child’s chin.

Onsies are great!

Adults & children alike should avoid heavy patterns or large logo's (no bigger than a quarter) as they can both be very distracting to the eye.

If you are comfortable bringing additional shirts, sweatshirts, or blouses to change into- please feel free **note; we may not have access to changing facilitates.

Thoughts for Parents...

DO NOT SAY CHEESE!! Cheese is for mice & crackers. 

Demanding children look at the camera to smile will only stress your child(ren) out.

Nobody wants strained, unnatural, or "push-poop" smiles (yes, kids crack up when I say this on location).

Do not fuss. I do this every day, please remember that.

Step back, and allow me to be natural, to embarrass myself and to be goofy, while I interact with your children.  

Kids, are kids, are kids and I expect that!

Your kids and session will go exactly how every other one goes... Controlled chaos.

Its life, and I'm totally used to it. I thrive in it.

All the sessions in this website have gone the same way.

Do smile, do laugh, do giggle.

Do not wiped faces once we have started- unless I ask.

Do cuddle, hug, and be touchy.

Do hold hands. 

Do not worry too much about grass stains or scuffs on clothing.

We may play music and dance!

You may dance! You will shake your bum.

Bubbles are super cool.

We may guppy for giggles.

 I may ask you to take a walk 

We may sit quietly and just gab... It may look like we aren't capturing anything at all. 

I might be mid sentence and run to another part of your group, if they're interacting really sweetly together. 

I may trip or stumble for illicit laughs. It's okay to giggle... I'm not old enough for you to be be concerned yet, lol. 

Are we at the beach? If so buckets rock & so do minnow nets!

Your child may get wet... And messy.

Your child may skip rocks and fling sand. It happens.

Some kids get really wet (I've had a couple dive in the water), tell me if you're not okay with this!!!

Remember communication is the key.

Feel free to bring special toys or belongings for your child.

You're capturing a time period- remember that... There is no shame in a "lovey" or toy! 

Email me your child’s favorite song... I just may sing it! Not well, mind you.

Feel free to stand behind me: sing, laugh, make inappropriate noises (farts sounds).... dance... anything but  "say cheese"!

Making Magic:

Actions speak louder than words and a picture is worth a thousand of them!!

Don’t be afraid to pick up your children and toss them in the air; just be sure to catch them. I will capture their belly laughs!

Give your loved ones a sweet kiss on the cheek. Tell your significant other how much you love them.

Heck, pinch his/her tush! Yes, I'm actually suggesting you do this. It makes for a surprise smile and often blushing cheeks.

Dance. Make silly faces. Blow a raspberry on your child's cheek or chubby little neck!

Have fun. Laugh. Giggle. Joke. Embrace. Kiss. Snuggle. Play. Run. Shake your wiggles out.

Tell jokes (dirty or clean, depending on your audience). 

Doing these things will allow me, and you, to capture the in the moment emotion, and true beauty of your family.

Leave the stiff “forced” smiles at home!!!

Show me who you really are and what makes your family so special!