Client Prep Guide 2023
Hello! I’m so excited that we get to work together!
I can’t wait to create some beautiful images for you and your family.
To break things down and make it super simple for you to understand the process, I’ve dived in and answered all of the most frequently asked questions that come up before a session.
I want you to feel calm, prepared and ready to make the most of our time together so I can create some beautiful timeless images of you and your loves!
You can reach me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
Book in session date, pay deposit.
Decide on location and outfits. Read through the client guide bellow.
Our shoot day! I'll touch base and confirm weather and location on the day of the session. Your remaining invoice is due the week prior to your session
Photo reveal day! You will receive your images within two weeks of your session via an online gallery.
Where should I have my session?
OUTDOORS OR IN-HOME THE CHOICE IS YOURS!
Beachside | Rainforest | Water | In-home | At Holiday Accomodation | Anywhere!
The day of your session
What to expect
OUTDOOR SESSIONS: We’ll meet up at our arranged location. If you’re delayed or stuck in traffic, please text and let me know. Once at the location, I’ll show you around and let you know where we’ll be shooting. I’ll spend some time getting to know your little ones and helping them feel comfortable with me before I get my camera out and start the session.
I’m very intuitive with children and have three young ones of my own! I totally understand that they may be shy, nervous, tired or just having a bad day. I’ll do my very best to make the session fun and as relaxing as possible for you all! I will not ask your children to smile or behave in a certain way! All I ask is that you show up ready to explore together and be open to getting close, connected and engaging with one another.
A family session is actually a beautiful time to stop and really take in what you have created and the incredible family that you are.
IN-HOME SESSIONS: When I arrive, I’ll introduce myself and spend some time getting to know you and your children. Then I’d love for you to give me a little tour of your house so I can have a look at the best areas in the home that have the best light. Natural light makes for beautiful images so I’ll get you to open up blinds and curtains and turn off any bright overhead lights if needed. The rest of the session will be fun and relaxed.
I’ll give you some direction about what to do and where to go in the house depending on the style of shoot we are doing. All family sessions will last for around an hour, give or take a bit of time depending on how everything is going. I want these sessions to reflect you as a family and what you love to do together! So have a think about some activities you enjoy together, such as cooking, board games, reading, riding, swimming etc. We can incorporate lots of these things into your session.
To get your house ready, tidy and clean up but don’t feel like you need to make your home sterile and lifeless. Just remove clutter and distracting objects but I still want your home to feel lived in and embody everything that you love!
What to wear to your session
Everything you need to know about choosing clothes for your shoot
One of the main questions you might have now you’re booked in for a session is “what on earth do we wear?”. I want you to feel beautiful and relaxed in your images and I want them to reflect you and what you feel amazing in. Here are some key pointers when it comes to choosing what to wear ~
The biggest tip is to find something you feel beautiful in because if you’re uncomfortable or self-conscious in your outfit, it will show in your images. Start with one piece that you love, your dress or another outfit for example which may be plain or patterned and then use this to colour coordinate the clothes for the rest of your family.
COLOUR + PATTERNS
I often suggest muted and neutral tones in a range of shades or some soft patterns. Often the environments we shoot in (such as the beach/bushlands / or at home) can have lots of colours and wearing bright colours or can clash and also cast that colour onto other family members in a session. Browns, mustard, yellows, dusty pinks, oranges or earthy greens, creams or white clothing all look great.
To add a bit of variety, choose one patterned piece, such as a long flowy dress for yourself and then pull out some similar colours from that pattern and dress family members in those colour shades.
TEXTURE + MOVEMENT
Layering different textures when choosing your outfits is a great way to really bring your outfits together and add more interest. Think linens, textured clothing, such as waffled materials or lace, chunky knits and anything that flows! Clothing that allows for some movement always photographs beautifully especially outdoors when it’s a little windy.
Think along the lines of blankets, picnic rugs, linen throws, greenery, baby wraps, hats, or a warm blanket or shawl for winter sessions. Props such as these are a great way to enhance a session and add something a little extra. Once you have chosen your outfits, you can source props that work well or have varying textures and colours that compliment your outfits.
I’m all for barefoot sessions, especially if we’re at the beach or at home I always suggest leaving shoes off as this suits these environments well. If we are in bushland or another outdoor setting, wear suitable footwear that works in well with your outfits and is easy to walk around in (ditch the heels and opt for flats!).
HAIR + MAKEUP
I’m all for natural hair and makeup so don’t feel any pressure at all to get professional hair and makeup done for your session. However, if that’s what you opt for and it makes you feel the best, then go for it!
A FEW THINGS TO AVOID
Steer clear of large brand names on your clothing, the ‘jeans & white shirt’ combo for the whole family, or dressing everyone in black or all dark colours. Try to mix up the colour palette.
These photographs are going to be images that are treasured for generations to come so take time to find something that you love and that captures your personal style.