Any time is a good time—really! But if I had to pick my favorite stages they would be:
Newborn (within the first 10 days for studio sessions or within the first 12 weeks for in-home, lifestyle sessions)
Sitting up but not yet crawling, usually around 7-9 months. Babies at this stage are full of smiles and because they aren't crawling yet they're just cute, captive little subjects!
1st birthday photos (balloons, cake smash, so fun!)
What should my kids wear for the photos?
For a newborn shoot don't worry about clothing because clothes tend to swim on teeny tiny newborns. Newborns look cuter swaddled or in just a diaper cover or birthday suit. But if you have a super cute onesie or sleeper that you love, bring it along!
For toddlers, avoid fussy clothing. Dress them in play clothes that won't get messed up too easily. If you put your two-year-old in a sweater, button-down and tie, I can guarantee you that his tie will end up crooked and his collar half-in and half-out!
I recommend trying all clothing on kids before your session to make sure everything fits and to see how it looks sitting and standing.
For a baby girl, bring bloomers or footless leggings to cover up a diaper under a dress.
Feel free to skip the shoes for studio sessions. Little bare feet are cuter than most shoes!
We can do 2-3 outfits per session, so bring along a few clothing options. If you're having trouble deciding, bring along as much as you like and I can help you pick outfits that will photograph well.
I recommend you take a look through my photo galleries to find examples of outfits you like. I'll send a list of what to wear tips when you book your session.
What should we wear for a family photo session?
It looks nice if everyone wears 2-3 coordinating colors. Pick colors that flatter everyone and work them into each outfit. A mix of neutrals can look great, but try to avoid all black or all white. (I find that gray, ivory or cream/tan looks better than stark black or white.) Try to mix in some texture and pattern for visual interest, e.g. a plaid or striped shirt, chunky sweater, denim jacket or lace top. Layering looks great too. I find it's easiest to start with one item of clothing you really love, and let that outfit take center stage, then choose everyone else's outfits around it.
Accessorize but don't overdo it. A bold necklace, scarf, bracelet or hair bow can add interest, but choose 1-2 of your favorites and and stop there—too many accessories can look too busy.
Should I reschedule if my child is sick?
Yes. If your child is under the weather, it's going to show in the photos. It's better to reschedule so your child is a happy camper for his photo session. That said, if it's just a little runny nose and your child is in good spirits, there's no need to reschedule.
Things like scratches and bruises aren't usually a problem. I can edit them out. If you're concerned, send me a quick photo and I'll let you know if it's Photoshop-able!
Do I get to keep the digital files?
Yes, I'll provide all of the edited digital images as displayed in your private image gallery. You are free to use the images in any way you wish, but I am not responsible for the quality of prints or other products you make yourself (or use a third party to make) from the images. I copyright all images used on my web site and reserve the right to use all images for display, advertising or other purposes directly related to promote my photography, but will not sell them to any third party.
How long will it take to get my photos?
Within one week after your session, 25+ retouched images will be displayed in a private online gallery. You’ll then have one week to view your online gallery and share it with family and friends. Once you place your order, please allow up to two weeks for your photos to arrive. If you need your photos sooner, please email me and I'll let you know if I can accommodate your timeline.