Before Your Session

What Should I wear?

Are you wondering what to wear for your session with your family or for you alone? Here are some things to consider:

  • Clothes that have movement are wonderful for photos.
  • Dress for the season. Since our photos are outdoors, the trees will always give away the time of year.
  • Bring options! Planning to wear a cardigan? Bring a few different lengths and colors. Have a leather jacket? Throw it in there so you can take a few with it.
  • For family photos, please do not match. However, coordination is key. Coordinating colors in your outfits is great - think jewel tones or black/gold or a holiday color palette. Dress similarly in formality. Matching will not photograph well. Also, dress your little ones as fun as you can! Hats, headbands, suspenders, hair bows, you name it!
  • Dress like yourself. Keep your normal style.
  • Jeans photograph great! Dress them up with a great pair of shoes and a jacket.
  • Don't be afraid to go formal! Dress to the nines! Let us do something fun.
  • Feel good in what you have on! Be comfortable.
  • Avoid - neon, too many patterns.
  • Specifically for senior photos - wear something that represents you! Stick to the rules above, but this is your chance to have some fun.

Prepare for your session:

If you have already booked your portrait session, please use the information on this page to help you ensure you are ready. We have also included an example of our contract in case you are interested. There is also a release form you are welcome to print off and use if you have forgotten yours for your session.

One Week Before:

  • Take some time to find a few portraits you like online and send them to us. We would like an idea of what you are looking for. Please remember that we cannot always recreate that exact photo, but we can get an idea of what you are looking for.
  • Choose props wisely
    • If you a prop you would like to use, we will do our best to work it in for you!
    • Please limit your props to 1-2 per 30 minutes in order to ease the stress of everyone involved.
    • Props that work very well are helium balloons or items that have significance and meaning.


Day of Portrait Session:

  • Make sure that you and everyone being photographed is well rested and well fed.
  • If you have children involved, please determine a time when you know your child is at his or her happiest.
  • Bring snacks and drinks for everyone because even grandpa gets hangry.
  • If your little ones have blankets or stuffed animals that make them happy, please bring them! We would love to use them to help you get great photos.
  • Also, if your little one responds well to snacks like m&ms, put some in your pocket. Sometimes a bribe is needed.
  • Be prepared to make adjustments. We will make sure we get great portraits. Trust us.
  • We have many of our sessions on location. Even if it is cold, we will work to get a great portrait for you. Please come prepared for hot or cold weather. Layering in cold weather looks great!