Lifestyle session GUIDE
We’re so excited that you have entrusted us with your family photos! Whether this is your first or fifth session with us, we are looking forward to documenting a fun morning or evening with you and your family.
In this guide, you will find plenty of info that will help you prepare for your session - from location suggestions, to tips on outfit coordination and what to expect during your session.
Lindsey + Jessica
BEFORE YOUR SESSION
CONFIRMING YOUR SESSION
A few days before your session, your photographer, Lindsey, will email you to check in and confirm your date, time, and location. She will also let you know an exact meeting location so that there’s no confusion the day-of.
We will also email you an invoice for your remaining balance. We ask that final payment is made by your session date.
what to wear
Two things are paramount in choosing outfits for everyone - be yourself & be comfortable!
Your clothing choices should reflect your personalities! If your child is uncomfortable in their outfit during your session, it will show in your images.
COORDINATION IS KEY
If you're feeling overwhelmed in choosing clothes for everyone, start with one outfit and then build out everyone else's outfits based on your initial choice.
Don't be afraid of patterns, but be sure that there aren’t any conflicting patterns in your choices.
Complement, coordinate, and be sure you're comfortable!
Adding color into your family photo session wardrobe is always a wonderful idea! Color brightens skin tones, brings out eye color, and creates vibrant focal points.
Jewel tones like emerald, amethyst, and midnight blue are just a few examples of beautiful colors to incorporate into your outfit choices.
OUTFIT inspiration from past sessions
A FEW MORE TIPS
Please bring a blanket with you - solid or patterned - as long as it coordinates well with your outfits! It can be helpful to have on hand in case the ground is wet.
If it's cold outside, bring coats, hats, and mittens in case you need a warm-up break. Better yet, incorporate outerwear into your session!
We're not going to tell you to bribe your children...but, we have seen the promise of a small treat after your session work extremely well. Hot chocolate, M&M's, or a few more minutes at the playground have all been successful incentives!
PLEASE BE ON TIME
We cannot stress enough the importance of being on time and ready to go at your scheduled start time. We schedule sessions near sunset for ideal natural light, which means we have a set amount of light left in the day!
If you are late, it will cut into your session time, so be sure to arrive 5-10 minutes early for any last minute touch-ups.
WHAT IF IT RAINS?
We will check in the week-of your session to confirm your time and location; however, unless it is absolutely pouring rain, your session will still be on. Clouds and even a little drizzle are just fine! If there is a downpour, we will reschedule your session for another date.
Select the photos below for a more in-depth look at each of our suggested locations.
We also love shooting at new locations!
AFTER YOUR SESSION
when & HOW WILL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?
We try our absolute best to have your photos ready within three weeks from the date of your session.
When Jessica has finished editing, she will upload your images to an online password-protected gallery. Next, we will send you an email with your gallery password. Your gallery will be available for three weeks, in which time you will be able to select your 10 images for download. We will include more than 10 images so that you may choose your favorites. You will also have the option to purchase additional images for $10 each.
HOW DO I DOWNLOAD MY PHOTOS?
To select the images that you would like to download, simply 'favorite' individual photos by selecting the heart icon in the top right corner (see image to right). Hover over the image for icons to appear.
To share your favorites with us, select the heart icon at the top of your gallery page. Once on the Favorites page, select the correct list. Now that you're on your selected list, find the 'Share List' (paper airplane) icon in the top right corner and select the 'Send to Photographer' option in the dropdown menu.
After we receive your favorites list, we will share your download PIN for both the color and black & white images! With the download PIN, you will be able to download photos directly to your computer.
Please note that you cannot download directly from your gallery to your phone using the PIN.
BACKING UP YOUR PHOTOS
We HIGHLY suggest that you backup your photos to an external hard drive or cloud storage once downloaded to your computer. When your gallery has expired from our online site, your photos are archived off-site for one year. You may retrieve your images at any time during this year for a flat fee of $100.
CAN I SHARE MY PHOTOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
Absolutely! We love to see families sharing their photos on Instagram and Facebook. Once you have downloaded your photos, you may use your images in any personal manner. Feel free to tag us as well!
CAN I HAVE MY PHOTOS PRINTED ANYWHERE?
Yes! Again, you have personal rights to your images, which gives you the flexibility of having your images printed with any vendor.
You may also purchase prints directly from us in your online gallery. These are high-quality, professional prints with 100% color accuarcy. In the upper right-hand corner of each image, there is a shopping cart icon which will give you the option to purchase prints from wallet size up to 24x36. Prints will ship directly to your home!
If we haven't covered something in our guide that you are curious about, please don't hesitate to email us.
Again, we are excited to photograph you and your family this fall and we look forward to seeing you soon!