(Almost) everything you'd like to know about your photo session.
What kinds of sessions do you offer?
I capture love of all sorts: couples (engagements, maternity, or just because), weddings, newborns, children and families. If you have something in mind that I didn't list here, just let me know—I'm always up for something new!
What can I expect at my session?
I hope you can expect to have fun! After all, fun moments make for the best memories. I try to keep things casual because, in my opinion, the best pictures are usually the ones you look natural in. Of course I'll guide you through the session to help you feel relaxed and find the best poses if need be. I like to get to know the folks I photograph, so we'll chat along the way too. The most important thing to remember is to just be you.
Where will my session take place?
I prefer natural-light settings. All sessions take place on-location: either outside at a location of your choice (I can help with choosing a spot if you'd like) in the Saint Paul, MN area, or some sessions—such as newborn sessions—take place in your home.
What should I wear?
It's important that you be yourself and feel comfortable. Try to avoid large or super busy patterns. You can spice up an outfit with accessories like jewelry, scarves and other fun things. Coordinate with your family or partner so that your styles and colors complement each other without being too uniform. And if you plan to hang your photos on a wall in your home, consider choosing colors that work well in that particular space.
When should I schedule my newborn session?
It's never to early to schedule your newborn session! I recommend contacting me as soon as you find out you're expecting to ensure you get a spot on my calendar. Sessions take place within the first 5-10 days of your new baby's life, so we'll typically set something up for the weekend following your due date. If baby hasn't arrived yet (or comes early) we can always adjust the date as necessary.
How should I prepare for my newborn's session?
On the day of your session, please dress your newborn in a zip or button-up outfit (avoid anything that goes over their head). I recommend trying to keep your newborn awake for at least two hours beforehand to ensure a sleepier session. The sleepier your newborn is, the more setups I can get in while they snooze.
If you've chosen a posed newborn session; Prior to my arrival, I ask that you clear a 10 x 10 foot space in front of the largest or brightest window in your home (sliding glass doors are perfect). As soon as I arrive I'll begin setting up. You may feed your newborn during this time. If you could provide me with a bottle and pacifier, this will help keep the session moving peacefully.
Have a question that isn't answered here? Please contact me.