Families grow and change throughout the years, but are held together through life's changes by that special bond that unites each member. A family portrait session is a great way to celebrate and document this incredible time in your lives. Not only are family sessions a wonderful memory for your family now, it is an incredible gift for yourself down the road and to share with future generations. I want you to look back and enjoy these memories for years to come.
Portrait Sessions come with:
*A two hour photo shoot (this is essential with children).
* A high-resolution, download and print online gallery of all the images for approval and to share with friends and family.
*Three retouched images (selected by you) sent digitally.
*Prints, products, and other retouched digital files are additional costs.
What to expect: It's all about styling and planning. The more time invested in selecting location and wardrobe that you are comfortable in and using professional services that give you confidence, the happier you will be with the end results. We will collaborate in depth to decide on the perfect location and wardrobe to make your family session a success. A session typically takes 2 hours to complete and includes 1 outfit change throughout the session. We will visit various spots or use different backgrounds at your chosen location or in studio and spend time taking photos that give you a variety of backgrounds and tell your family's story. I recommend bringing a minimum of at least two extra outfits. This will give us options to keep the photos interesting and include a few backup options. I will help you decide which outfits would be most appropriate and in what spots or on what backgrounds.
When to schedule your family session: How you are going to use your photos depends on when you need to schedule a session. If you are using the photos for holiday cards or printed gifts, I recommend scheduling your session 2 months before your cards or gifts are due. This will give you time for printing as well. If you have decided to use your photos for personal use, to remember this time in your life, you can be more flexible and schedule the session at your convenience.
What to Wear: Imagine you are going on a date. Your wardrobe should be a direct reflection of your personality. I recommend wearing something that you are comfortable and confident in. Wardrobe should also take into consideration what type of a location (beach, park, cafe, city streets, etc) the session is going to be at. As a general rule, solid colors work best to keep the focus on you. Primary and complementary colors can offer a pop of color to add interest and energy into the photos, and monochromatic colors are the easiest to coordinate between people. It’s best top coordinate and NOT match.
Hair & Makeup: (if applicable) I recommend hiring professional hair and makeup services for your session to ensure you are confident and feeling your best. It is a good idea to bring the products used for touch ups during the session as well.
How to Look Natural in your Family Session: We are here to have fun and celebrate this time in your lives. If you are having fun and relaxed, looking natural will happen automatically. Remember to focus on each other during the session. The key to a successful session is to focus on one another and your special connection and relationship. We will only do whatever you are comfortable with. I will guide you through the session on what to do and where to look, but always feel free to take whatever I say and make it your own.
Which season is best for your family session: It's very important to keep in mind climate and season for your family photos. I am always down for adventure, but I want you feeling comfortable and confident in your photos. This usually means avoiding the dead of winter cold and intense hot summer heat. With some extra planning I am happy to accommodate winter and snowy photo sessions. (Hats, gloves, and jackets are recommended.
Locations & Travel: Try not to overthink selecting your location. Simple locations with significance to you as a family are great options for your session. One of your favorite places to spend time together, at home, or in studio are all great ideas. Simple locations allow the focus to truly be on you and your partner without worrying about busy backgrounds.
Family sessions are photographed either in the NYC area or when I am visiting an area for no additional fee. For additional travel expenses, a session can be at your desired location. If the location requires an admittance fee or permit for photography, clients are required to cover these expenses.
What if it rains on the family session date? Depending on the weather and season, there is always a chance of rain. Typically, we embrace the rain if rain is intermittent, only a chance, or minimal since reschedules are not always possible (think nail, hair, and makeup appointments too). If the weather is absolutely awful, we can move the location to somewhere inside or covered or try and reschedule. Light rain photos can be really magical with the right preparations. Clear umbrellas and appropriate footwear are recommended to allow us to get the best photos.
Timing: Golden Hour Light is best: Photography is all about light. The best and most flattering light is in the early morning and the late afternoon before sunset. I recommend most location sessions to begin 2 hours before sunset to capture "Golden Hour" light or 30 minutes to 1 hour after sunrise depending on your location. Morning or sunset might have a more optimal advantage that we can consult together to make a decision on what time is best for your session and location.
Props and family members are a great way to personalize your photos and add interest. Props that show off your personality and hobbies as a family are best. If you want to bring your furry family member, please have a helper who can take your pet after we have finished the section of photos including your pet.
Post Session: After the Family session, you will receive a sneak peek of a few images within a couple days of the session. Next, I will send over the online gallery for your approval of all the images from our session. Once you approve the gallery, and choose your three selects for retouching, I will prepare and share a download link of all the images and work on retouching your three selected images. THANK YOU!