Your mini session is booked...exciting!
Here's everything you need to know...
Please fill out the mandatory contract for your mini session asap HERE
Please be on time at the Tanbark/Wakerobin dock at Lake Audubon to maximize your 10 minute slot (come early or stay afterwards for a drink and/or treat!)
I will have two blanket options for sitting photos (one red/green/white plaid, one neutral cream)
Photo proofing gallery will be ready with in 7 days of your session
WARDROBE - part I - clothes
Figuring out wardrobe options for your session can be overwhelming. Don't let it be! These photos are for you and your family, so they should represent just that.
Plan yours and your family's outfits (and make any necessary purchases) in advance so that there is time for adjustments if needed.
Pick up to 3-4 colors. Colors can coordinate and complement each other.
Patterns are ok! As long as they complement each other and are in-line with the color scheme.
Avoid neon colors. They can cause unpleasant color-casting on the face.
Avoid lettering and logos for a more classic look. Sometimes, if understated, lettering can be ok, however, make sure it is intentional.
Don't be afraid to go fancy (or casual). This session is for YOU. If you're in the mood for your family to glam it up, this is the perfect opportunity! If you want to go casual in jeans, that looks awesome, too.
WARDROBE - part II - feet matter
Feet are created equal. Don't let the wrong footwear ruin your phenomenal outfit choices! Your entire body, including your feet, will be photographed. Here are some tips on how to make sure those feet are photo-ready.
The style of shoe should be in-line with the style of your clothes. Comfort IS important, yes, and sneakers are ok. But! All sneakers are NOT created equal. In general, athletic-type sneakers, even when you're dressed casually, don't translate well in photos. If sneakers are your jam, go for it! Maybe get a new funky pair, or wear some that are simple and neutral.
Don't forget to consider your socks. If you choose to wear socks, that is A-OK! But just don't forget that they WILL show. They will show when you are sitting down for photos, and sometimes when you're standing. Nothing ruins a nice dress shoe like an athletic sock. Don't let that happen to you. If you wear socks, make sure they're on point with your look. You'll thank me later!
OTHER IMPORTANT TIPS
Your outfits are sorted out. Everyone has tried them on and likes them. You've picked out your shoes/socks/footwear. You're ready to go. But wait! There are some other things to think about...
Layers are key during cold months. I highly recommend layering, especially for children who get colder easily. Under shirts, long sleeves, sweaters, and if needed, a jacket/coat. Coats can be removed right before the session, and put on in between shots if those little ones are having a difficult time with the temp.
Don't forget accessories. Accessories can be a fun way to add dimension and character. Jewelry, hair accessories, scarves are all great flare to consider adding to your ensemble.
There are some things that should NOT be included. Such as sunglasses on the head and cell phones in the pockets. I know it's hard to put these things down, but for the purposes of photos, less is more, and the less excess baggage you have on your person, the better.