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A very warm welcome!

I am so excited to be photographing your family!

Welcome to my booked family client page. Over the next few days/weeks/months I will be preparing for your session. That means: keeping my gear tuned up, continuing to shoot daily to hone my skills, and answering any questions you may have! You may have hopped over to my family portfolio already to check out some past clients and gather ideas. Below I am highlighting some information that may be helpful for you as you prepare for your family session.

XO, Desiree

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SESSION LOCATION

Start to think about your location
Do you have a special spot in mind?

Do you picture the beach or a field?

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SESSION WARDROBE

Begin planning your family outfit
Think of 2-3 complimentary colors

Pair your chosen colors with neutrals

One person in pattern works best

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SESSION SPECIFICS

Think about what you want me to capture
What are your must-have photos?

What's most important to your family for this session?

ON THE DAY OF YOUR SESSION

 

Yay! The day of your session has arrived. parents can sometimes feel ultra-stressed on the day of, which is completely understandable. Coordinating naps, snacks, outfits, and moods can exhaust anyone. As a mom of 4 young kids, I totally get it!The biggest tip I can give is to try not to be stressed and instead focus on being present to this time with your family.

Easier said than done, right?!

What feels chaotic to you during your session will capture just fine on my camera. Rambunctious energy is welcome and will capture so much better than fake smiles! Kids feed off of their parents demeanor so keep the mood calm and relaxed and try not to stress about anyone's behavior. 

Tips

  • Your session is scheduled according to sunrise or sunset times, so please be ready to go at your scheduled start time! This may mean leaving earlier than you think to account for outfits changes, snacks, or nursing sessions.

  • I recommend avoiding car naps if possible so that your kiddos aren't groggy when they arrive.

  • If you feel your children may need some "treat incentives," I suggest bringing something that is low mess such as fruit snacks, smarties, or mini marshmallows.

  • Make sure to bring water bottles. We will be moving around and playing together so kids may get thirsty!

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DURING YOUR SESSION

My sessions are very laid-back and fun. I always say I want my family sessions to feel like a fun family night out. I will spend a few minutes in the beginning trying to capture a few photos where everyone is smiling and looking at the camera. The majority of my sessions, though, are focused on capturing your connection and interactions with each other.

 

If your child is having a hard time, try to think about what will bring their attention back to the family. Do they like being tossed in the air? Do they like being swung between mom and dad? Do they like being sung to or told a story?

 

My goal is to capture your family as authentically as possible, so think about what you typically do as a parent to engage your child and connect with them.

Being present and playful with them will result in a gallery that looks and feels like your authentic family!

Expect To:

  • Run and play with your kids (take this into consideration when planning shoes!)

  • Snuggle, hug, and love on your people

  • Sit and/or lay on the ground

  • Twirl and toss your kids in the air

  • Laugh together & have fun!

Don't forget to follow me on
Instagram and Facebook to see some
favorites from other family sessions!

See you soon!
XO, Desiree