As a mother of three girls, I understand how stressful to plan family pictures can be.. let alone trying to leave the house on time. Imagine this, your daughter doesn't want to wear the shirt that you spent good money for but will most likely only wear once, your son fell and has a goose egg on his forehead, and your hair will not work for you at all. Its ok!! These are the times that you remember the most. I want to help you remember those memories not simply a posed family photo. Every family is unique and special in every way. 

I specialize in lifestyle photography. What is that you ask?!  It means that I aim to capture your family in real life and in your everyday life. My sessions are posed to some point and then I ask that you interact together with my help.

                       Preparing For Your Session:

  1. Make hair, nail, and/or makeup appointments for before your session. Make sure your roots are touched up and you aren’t wearing chipped nail polish to your session! These are small details but we want everything to be perfect.

  2. Plan your outfits at least a week in advance—don’t wait ‘til the last day, trust me! You want to wake up feeling relaxed and prepared, so plan these details out early. Feel free to text or message me photos of your wardrobe if you’re having a hard time choosing! I’m happy to help.

  3. Prepare your kids (and husband!) with laid-back, low-key references to let them know what’s happening. Tell them you will be “hanging out with our friend Kimberly on Saturday!” and keep things fun, lighthearted, and casual. 

  4. Brainstorm about specific props, mementos, or special types of images you want captured. Some families bring heirloom quilts, a special stuffed animal, an embroidered keepsake, etc. Some families know they want a very specific type of photograph taken. If you have these preferences, be sure to brainstorm them in advance and let me know as well!

  5. And of course, make sure everyone gets a great night’s sleep. Please make sure little ones have a nap and have been fed before your session. 

                       How to Dress for Your Session:

  1. Obviously, dress for the weather! We want everyone comfortable!

  2. Don’t wear matching clothes— no more jeans-and-matching-shirts these days! Instead, wear colors in a complimentary color palette, such as earth tones and neutrals.

  3. No shirts with writing or logos on them!

  4. Be careful about undergarments. While I am very experienced at Photoshop, editing out bra straps or panty lines is difficult and time-consuming. Choose clothes that properly covers your undergarments, in all types of movement scenarios.

  5. I recommend women wear medium or long dresses instead of pants because they capture movement and generally photograph more flatteringly. Short dresses will be a challenge when we do any seated photos, so pleasekeep that in mind.

  6. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes you can move in. If your dress gets suddenly too short when you bend over, or your pants are too tight to sit down in, opt for more breathable pieces. Be prepared to move!

  7. Do opt for accessories! Bowties, suspenders, hats, flower headbands, chunky scarves, beautiful flowing dresses and skirts—these create visual interest and movement in your photos, and really help the images stand apart.


                 What to Bring to Your Photo Session:

  1. Any personal appearance touchup items you might want, including things like lipstick or a hairbrush.

  2. Snacks on snacks on snacks, and if necessary, treats to bribe kiddos with! (However, it’s best not to tell kids about the treats before the session; wait until the kids start getting fatigued before you pull out candy card! They’ll usually perk right up then!) Also, make sure the snacks/treats won’t stain lips or fingers!

  3. Walkable shoes. We will probably be walking short/moderate distances on unpaved trails, possibly with hills. Walkable shoes are a must! If you just love your wedges, bring them to change into before we start shooting.

  4. A change of clothes for the kiddos, in case anyone gets muddy or dirty. As a photographer, I love when kids interact fully with their surroundings, and I’m thrilled to photograph them playing in water or running through the grass. As a parent, you might not be too keen to let them back into your car, covered in mud. Feel free to bring a change of clothes or shoes. Maybe even a towel. You never know!!

  5. A beer or shot. Just kidding! (kind of!) But seriously, if a beer will loosen up hubby a bit beforehand, I totally support it. 



              How to Pose During Your Photo Session

  1. No need to ‘Cheese’! I’m chasing natural interactions and unposed moments. I strive to capture and encourage authentic expressions. No need to coax your children into fake smiles!

  2. On a related note, children around the ages of 5-10 will sometimes try to “cheese” in the photos, because that’s what they’ve been conditioned to do when they see a camera! Help me create more candid shots by interacting playfully with your children.

  3. Laugh, play, tickle, and snuggle. This is how we’ll capture the REAL moments.

  4. Not everyone has to be looking at the camera. Actually, I usually encourage my gentlemen to NOT look at the camera. (they seem to prefer that, as well!) I like to especially encourage my dads to focus on their partners and their kids.

  5. When in doubt, just smile and look at your family lovingly.

  6. Stand close together. Actually, as close as possible. Believe me, I will have you move closer.

  7. Relax, slow down, and don’t force anything. Don’t feel pressured to make everything perfect! Just be present with your family and I’ll do the rest. And don’t stress if any of the kids get fussy!  I’ve seen it all before, trust me. Just snuggle your kiddos and we can still capture beautiful images :)

  8. Expect me to move you around to different spots to capture images. The more variety we get, the bigger your gallery and the more great shots we have the opportunity to create together!