Portrait Session Tips


Group portraits look the best when everyone is wearing the same color or color family with the same style casual or formal. Be careful not to wear too many patterns, but fun textures work great! Group your clothing and hang them on hangers, making sure they don’t wrinkle.  Apply your makeup and arrive with your hair styled.  We do have a bathroom for touch-ups or hairstyle changes.


Makeup should be a little heavier than usual.  Makeup with SPF can create a shine on your skin. Translucent powder can help with the shine.


Expressions are the heart of the family portrait.  Plan the day before what everyone is going to wear. If your family wants to bring items that make them, them, such as skis, skateboard, instrument, or favorite hat, teddy bear or book, please do so.


Arrive at least 10-15 minutes before your appointment to choose your package and pay for your session before we get started.  If you cannot pay for your full session before we get started, you will have to reschedule.  If you are late, it will cut into your allotted session time.


Newborns tend to be more “camera-friendly” in the morning.  Best time to schedule a newborn session is within the first 2-3 weeks.


Your baby is the center of attention for his or her portrait, bulky clothing or bold patterns can take away from the focus of the portrait.   Newborns can’t sit up and their clothes tend to bunch, a diaper cover can work great. You can accessorize with headbands, hats, ribbon, bow, flowers, etc.


Don’t forget the bottle and the munchies.  Bottle babies…don’t forget your water to go with formula.  For small children, it is okay to bring snacks such as cheerios, goldfish, and animal crackers, which aren’t too messy or sticky.  Clear drinks are preferred.


This is definitely a pet-friendly studio.  Make sure I know this during your booking and there may be an extra fee for working with PETS. Please give them a chance to “use the bathroom” before you bring them in.  If you’re not sure how they will act around strangers, please leave them home.