Give yourselves plenty of time especially with a newborn or toddler. Babies and toddlers don’t always know how to “listen” to our directions and we all just need to be patient and go with the flow, which can mean it might not be a quick 1 hour session. I always advise to block off at least two hours for in home sessions.
*LET IT SHINE
Light is key in photography, especially when working indoors. Pick rooms in your home that have the most natural light to shoot in. Be sure to schedule your session at a time of day when the rooms are most light up by the sun. Typically we use living areas and bedrooms and occasionally the front or back yard.
* MAKE SURE THE LITTLES DON’T SKIP THEIR NAP
We all know how cranky babies/toddlers can get when they are tired and fidgety. Please make sure you are all well rested to get the most out of your session.
* THINK ABOUT YOUR CLOTHING
Think soft fabrics, coordinating colours that compliment your home and try adjusting the temperature in your home so your family are comfortable.
So, in no way do I mean all dressing in denim jeans and white shirts or awkwardly matching outfits, but just put some thought into what you guys will be wearing for the session. Stick to a colour scheme pick around 2 – 4 colours and play around with tones and textures. Neutral colours are always great. Steer clear of clothing with crazy patterns, logos, fluorescent colours and characters on them. We want the main focus in the photos to be yourselves not your clothing.
* RELAX AND BE YOURSELVES
It’s not easy to be yourselves and all loving in front of a complete stranger. But guess what? It’s totally not like that at all! Our sessions are so much fun and totally relaxed. Trust me we will be laughing and dancing around before you know it. I try and get to know you guys, who you are as a family and capture all your quirky, cool and totally awesome feels you all share.
*KEEP THE HOUSE CLEAN
Tidy up the areas and rooms that we will be shooting in. Nothing more distracting than a messy room.