Your step-by-step guide to your family session
Thank you for choosing to work with me. I am so excited to get started on your portrait session.
I want to make this experience helpful and stress-free so I have created a step-by-step guide to plan your perfect portrait session. Simply follow each step below to get started.
for family + Engagment Sessions.
When selecting a location for your portrait session consider the season and style of images you want. Beach images during the winter months will look very different than beach images during the summer. There is no right or wrong; just be mindful of what type of images you want to have.
If you are looking for an annual photo shoot in your home, I come to you, and you can have a variety of shots take, I spend an hour with you, which allows some outdoor time, as well as some indoor pictures too.
In the summer months I travel throughout New England. I usually post a list of the dates ahead of time. The most common locations are: Nantucket , Cape Anne,+ Cape Cod. In CT I suggest: Penfield beach, Jennings Beach, Compo Beach.
+travel fees may apply .
Lifestyle sessions are more in-depth .
I'll spend at least two hours with you in your home, documenting everyday life. The aim is to capture the mundane moments that make up these amazing memories of childhood.
I have several suggestions in Litchfield, County + Fairfield County, Hartford and New Haven areas.
I love the outdoors. and know the trails, and preserves well. I have several place I love to shoot if you need some ideas.
What kind of style fits you? Look for outfits that are similar to these tones and styles. Too much pattern is distracting , choose one 'star ' outfit and build around it. Keep the rest of the family in neutral tones, or blues, white, creams, tan, black navy , browns. Complimenting your family outfits makes a huge difference in the outcome of your final images.
Getting ready for your engagement session doesn't have to be stressful. Here are some simple tips to have a stress-free and fun Engagement session. Be yourself, and don't do anything that you wouldn't naturally do. The idea is to find a happy medium between relaxed and laid back, but some serious style. I'll handle the rest.
Select an outfit that makes you feel confident and beautiful. When it comes to your portraits, your attitude will reflect greater than your actual outfit. When you feel beautiful and confident in your own skin, the other style details will all fall into place.
So don't get overly stressed about your outfit selection. Go with your gut and what makes you feel like you! Here are some general tips for getting ready:
If you're hiring a hair & makeup artist for your wedding then consider doing a trial run for your engagement session. This is a great opportunity to test if you like a specific style of makeup or preference of hairstyle.
If you're like most guys, then you dread taking photos. We challenge you to throw out all your doubts, insecurities, and frustrations toward taking photos because this is NOT your average portrait session. If you promise to have an open mind I promise that I will do everything in my power to make you feel comfortable and excited during your portrait session.
Personalizing your session is how you make your images feel unique to you. I welcome and encourage you to bring items and props that feel like you. If you're not sure what to bring just ask, I can provide some ideas.
Do you have a dog that feels like family? Feel free to bring them along! If you're planing an outdoor session on location. Please note: some locations work better for pets. Please notify me that you will bring your dog so we can pick an appropriate session location.
Are you looking for some fun pictures with movement? Whether it's you and your kid, or you and and your significant other- it makes for some amazing photos.
Consider bringing fun props to your portrait or engagement session. sports balls, bubbles, ice cream, ...whatever your ideas may be, welcome them!
for a stress free wedding day!