WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A SESSION
All my sessions begin first with an in-studio consultation. This is a vital part of my artistic process. During this meeting I will get to know you and your family a bit better before I decide how I'll photograph you. It's not necessary for everyone in the family to be present. Usually the person most active in helping to assemble the clothing is the one that should be here. You can show me some snapshots of your family members and tell me a little bit about their personalities and sibling relationships. It's important to clue me in about any sensitive circumstances, recent divorces or adoptions etc. so I can be sure to avoid saying or doing anything that would make your family members uncomfortable.
It's never a bad idea to bring a few articles of clothing that you and your kids typically wear. I'll give you a brief slide-show of both successful images and some that could have been better for various reasons. I will also go over the pricing of the different sizes of photographs I offer.
You should plan on arriving right at the scheduled time. Don't come early as I may be in the middle of my previous session. I always schedule enough time for each group so we never feel rushed. Although most sessions take about 1 to 1-1/2 hours, I always schedule at least two hours for your session in case you hit traffic or your baby (or husband) has a meltdown! If you are coming with kids, as soon as you walk through the door you are officially off-duty as parents! The most helpful thing you can do is just relax and let me take care of everything.
At the end of your photography session we will schedule your presentation of the images for as soon as a day or two later. The presentation is always done in person (never online or via email). We will sit together in front of a large screen and go through the images, edited down to the very best few shots from each group. I will be able to show you the images at actual size so you can make informed decisions about what size is the best for both subject matter and your particular living space. When choosing, I encourage you to go with your gut emotions and not your intellect. I highly recommend that you survey the walls of your house before your presentation so you'll be secure in your sizing choices. All of the decision-makers should be present for the presentation.
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