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Portrait Session Details

Portrait Session Details

This section just has a few tips and suggestions for your photo shoot.  I want your photosession with me to be a relaxed, fun experience. These tips will also help ensure that we get the most out of our time together!

My Philosophy

I love to capture people as they are with their own personalities and style. I believe that photos are more then just pictures. They capture life and create something extraordinary out of the ordinary.

Though a nicely posed picture is a must, I also adore natural smiles and moments. I want to capture you and your family as you are, right now at this moment in your lives. I believe in capturing photos that are unique, creative, original and, above all, YOU. Of course, this also means sometimes taking a step outside a cookie-cutter portrait. I look for moments beyond a face just smiling at the camera (though I most certainly want to catch that too!). I want to capture the personality of every individual I photograph.

Given this, during our session together, you can expect the unexpected. I will most likely ask you do something a little out of ordinary, so just go with me on it. It’s how I create those amazing shots. I will also do some traditional family portraits, but they will not be out entire session together. Most of all, I want to capture your family interacting with each other, expressing the relationships that you share.

What to Wear

When planning your session clothing, remember that simple goes a long way! I like to keep the focus on you; simple clothing choices are best for creating timeless portraits. Busy designs and lettering on shirts will look distracting in the final photos. I like to think of clothing as coordinating rather than matching. Usually, it’s helpful to choose several complimentary colors and have everyone dress in some combination of the chosen colors. Also, I like to think about textures and layers. Layers of textured, solid color clothing create beautiful photos, such as a sweater turleneck and corduroy jacket. Feel free to run any clothing suggestions or ideas past me!


It’s very helpful if you can try to be on time for your session . Obviously, life happens and sometimes you’re late. I understand that. But I usually schedule my sessions right before sunset and I can only take photos about 15 minutes past sunset. So if you’re late to your session, I will not be able to take as many photos as I was planning to. This means that you will have fewer photos to choose from in the end.

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