What is included in a standard session?
A standard session is about an hour long and results in an online gallery of 30+ edited digital images. From your gallery you can download as many of the photos as you would like and post/print them if you choose. To secure a session, please email me at email@example.com and we will decide on a date. From there, a $100 deposit is required (Venmo, Check, Cash) to hold your spot. This deposit goes towards the total cost of $250.
What time will my session be at?
All my standard sessions take place during “golden hour” right before sunset. Depending on the time of year, we usually begin around 7-7:30pm in the summer or closer to dinner time in the fall/winter.
Where will we take the photos?
The large majority of my sessions take place in North Andover, MA on the Brooks School campus. I love its variety of beautiful fields, flowers, and ever-changing landscape with the seasons. Would you rather have your session at the beach, in your backyard, or somewhere else that is meaningful to you? Email me! I am more than happy to travel but know that the price of the session will go up depending on how far the commute is.
What if it rains?
I will keep an eye on the weather a week ahead of time and we will work together to find a backup date if it rains. The majority of the time, we will make it work, otherwise I can refund your deposit or wait until the following season to do your session.
What if I need to reschedule?
We can’t plan everything in life so if something comes up, please contact me as soon as you know you can’t make your date. If you need to reschedule due to vacation or other plans, it must be 3 weeks ahead of time. If it’s an emergency or someone gets injured, let me know and we can push your date back if possible. If you do not show up on your session date without letting me know, your deposit will go towards my time.
Can I bring my pet?
While you may see photos of dogs on my website, I am going to advise against bringing pets. In my photo sessions, I want to focus on the connection between you and your children and sometimes dogs can become more of a hassle than it’s worth. Please email me if you would like to discuss this further, but in general I would say not to bring your dog unless they are incredibly well behaved.
Can we bring extended family members or friends?
Of course! However, after Summer 2019 there will be a $100 fee if you decide to bring anyone beyond your immediate family members. I want to capture candid moments between you and your loved ones, but my job gets more difficult when there are more people to balance.
How many images will I get?
Depending on your session, you will get 30-80 fully edited images. Headshot sessions are closer to 15-30 and events/weddings start range from 100-500 images based on the number of shooting hours.
How long will it take to get my images?
If you did a standard session, you will receive your online gallery within 2-10 days depending on how demanding my schedule is. During the summer season I try to have a quick turnaround time so I don’t get too backed up, however, life can get in the way. With events/wedding your album may take anywhere from a week to a month to see. Let me know if you have a deadline you are working with and I can prioritize your photos.
Can you send me the RAW files?
While we spend an hour or so photographing together, it is only half of my job. I spend hours editing your images to perfection and want you to love them! If you are unhappy with how an image is edited or have a particular style in mind, let me know and I’d be happy to tweak it for you. No, I don’t share or show my RAW files.
Can I post my pictures on social media?
Yes please! Bonus points if you tag me! A huge part of my business is getting clients through social media. Whenever you tag me, I will not only feel appreciated but I may work with some of your friends in the future!
What do I do after the session?
Step 1: Download your photos!
Please please please make sure to properly download your images using the code I provide. By screenshotting the photos, you are lowering the quality and there is nothing worse than seeing fuzzy photos when you paid to get high quality files! On Pixieset, you can either download the whole album or individual files. If you have any issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I am always happy to help.
Step 2: Post or Print
The point of having a photo session is to create images to cherish, so don’t let them sit in your camera roll on your iPhone. Post them online or frame them around your home. I love when clients post their photos on social media, it makes my day! Tag me so I can see them. There is also nothing better than getting holiday cards in the mail so send them my way! At the moment, I don’t offer printing services so I recommend choosing your favorite online service (Shutterfly, Miller’s Lab, Minted, etc.).
What should I wear?
Start with one person
It’s much easier to picture what the whole family will wear once you know what one outfit looks like! Try starting with mom or your daughter (if applicable), since women’s clothing tends to have more colors and prints.
Complement, don’t match.
The day of all white shirts and khaki pants are long past! We want colors that generally complement each other—for example, cool colors (light blue, gray, blush) or warm colors (burgundy, burnt orange, and mustard yellow). If you have a particular style in mind, you should choose a color palette that matches your vision.
Plan for the weather
There is nothing worse than being uncomfortable in a perfect outfit. If your session is outdoors (I usually shoot in a field or garden), dress in layers that you can easily take off if needed.
Don’t forget about your shoes!
Steer away from athletic shoes, heels, or casual flip flops. While your feet won’t be the focus, you shoes can definitely make or break your outfit.
Start planning your outfit when you book your session. Let’s work together to find clothes that work well for your family and pictures. Also, make sure to try on your clothes ahead of time so that everything fits.
Let the kids have input!
If your daughter hates dresses, don’t force her to wear one. Happy kids make for happy photos.
Say YES to:
Comfort. Choose clothing that gives you freedom of movement and keeps you warm/cool depending on the season.
Texture. Add some visual interest to your images with some unique fabrics.
Patterns. Don’t be afraid of prints! They can work really well in moderation. Try one statement piece (for example, a floral dress for mom) and one subtle pattern (maybe pinstripes for your baby boy) and then keep the rest of the family more simple.
Accessories. Suspenders, bowties, necklaces, scarves, bows, earrings, etc. will add dimension to any outfit.
Maxi dresses, fitted tops tucked into long skirts, skinny jeans, cardigans, blazers, fitted tunics, jumpsuits, a-line dresses, blazers, chino pants/shorts, button-downs, sweaters. I tend to prefer more subtle hues and natural tones.
Say NO to:
Neon colors. They create skin tone/color cast issues and can look distracting.
Logos & Text. Words can draw attention away from your face and can look too casual.
Strapless or sleeveless tops/dresses (unless you love your arms), unflattering polos, cargo shorts, jean skirts, and athletic shoes.