Preparing for your session
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THE BASIC ADVICE
AVOID CLOTHING WITH LARGE LOGOS
Please avoid wearing any shirts/t-shirts with large logos that are distracting (for example a big Nike swoosh t-shirt)
AVOID NEON COLORED SHIRTS
Please avoid neon colors, especially neon shirts as neon colors tend to reflect onto faces
BRING A SECOND PAIR OF WORN-IN SHOES (ESPECIALLY FOR THE KIDS!)
Wearing a new pair of shoes to your session? Consider bringing a comfy back-up pair, especially for your child(ren). Sometimes new shoes can hurt or become incredibly uncomfortable mid-way through the shoot, and for a child this can understandably affect the fun!
EYEGLASSES & TRANSITION LENSES
Please let me know if anyone in your group wears glasses with transition lenses. When activated in sunlight, transition lenses are designed to darken in order to shade the eyes. If this is not something you desire in the end of result of your images, you or your party member can substitute with glasses with regular lenses or contacts.
LET ME KNOW IF FURRY FRIENDS ARE COMING
Pets are welcome, but please let me know beforehand if any four-legged family members are going to attend our session. My suggestion here would be to bring someone you trust to bring your furry friend in and out of our shots; I want to make sure your pet is kept safe and happy.
MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS WELL-FED
Please try to have everyone well-fed and hydrated before our session. Hunger usually leads to impatient and grumpy smiles for both adults and children! Often-times our shoots occur before lunch or dinner, and in that case, please just bring some photo-ready snacks such as crackers, nuts, granola bars, fruit/gummy snacks (please avoid chocolate for obvious reasons!); I am always okay if someone needs to take a break for a quick snack.
THE SAGE ADVICE
Preparing the kids
Before our session
Please tell your kids they are going to meet me. Who my name is ("Miss Pam"), what I will be doing. Encourage them to smile, but don't push it, we want them to be as real as they can be!
If you want your children to wear something special, talk with the kids beforehand, and make sure to show them what they will be wearing; don't spring it on them last second. By doing so, they can get excited about their outfit (maybe hang it up where they can see it as it may generate excitement)
WHAT TO WEAR
Complementing and Co-ordinating each other
My advice is to coordinate your families outfits rather than wear “matching” outfits. Don’t be afraid to contrast complementary in-season colors and mix textures and patterns; keep in mind to always keep it tasteful and cohesive, and above all else, in your own style.
The best way to start is to find an outfit or a piece that you or one of your family members loves to wear (an outfit that makes you/them feel good) and start finding complementary colors/textures for tops/bottoms that work with that piece. There are endless possibilities, I've included pictures examples from my own sessions below.