Planning Your Session
You've booked your session! YAY! I'm so very excited to start talking about your session. Below are some policies, and some helpful hints for making your session a success! Please know that at any time during the planning, shooting, and post processing you can send me a message and I'll try to be as helpful as possible if you have any questions. I do have a FAQ section that can be found underneath the packages and pricing on this website with answers to the most commonly asked questions.
Here are some booking policies for your session.
- The cost of the session includes my time communicating with you about your session, photographing your session, uploading, backing up, culling, editing, uploading your gallery, and fielding any questions you may have.
- During (or before) your session, any requests for particular shots may be made and I am happy to oblige (as long as you, your family, and myself will be safe - I am well within my rights to refuse to photograph something degrading, dangerous, harmful to any persons involved) I am not responsible for shots not achieved due to uncooperative subjects, locational/lighting limitations, or forgetfulness by myself or the clients. I will absolutely try to get everything you wanted.
- The session length will depend entirely on the subjects. Some standard sessions can be finished in 20 minutes, others may take up to 90 minutes. Longer sessions like home sessions or newborn sessions may take up to 3 hours. Please plan your day accordingly so I can be sure to get enough content to fulfill your package.
- With your package you'll only receive professionally edited images. No RAW/unedited images are given out as they aren't a full representation of my work. The package also does not come with any prints. I can make recommendations for some great labs where your images will print wonderfully and true to colour.
- You will have full printing rights to your images. The copyright remains in my name. The images cannot be altered by anyone other than myself. Editing includes (but is not limited to) any kind of colour manipulation such as adding filters, vignettes, changing to black and white, contrast adjustments etc. Cropping for the purpose of fitting into a print dimension is fine. If you would like changes made to your images, please make these requests BEFORE downloading your images. After download, any extra editing will cost $5 per image.
- Once your photos have been sent out to you you'll have 7 days to download them. After this time the download will expire and I'll have to resend. Please download within the time limit.
Tips for Making Your Session a Success
- If children will be in the photos, please make sure they are fed, dressed appropriately for the weather, have sunscreen on (during summer months if skin is exposed) and for younger children, have napped. I know kids can be unpredictable and they won't always be happy, but do your best to put them in a position to be in a good mood.
- If you have glasses that automatically darken in the sunlight, think about swapping them out for a spare or different pair so your eyes can be seen in the photos.
- Wear clothing that is flattering to your body. Put yourself in a position to feel your best! Make sure everyone is wearing clothes that are appropriate to the season (I know I've said it a few times but it's important) Cold or hot subjects - especially kiddos - will get cranky and won't be happy, and put stress on the session. Our goal is to create happy, long lasting memories.
- Be communicative about what your expectations are for the shoot with me. If you want specific shots PLEASE let me know so I can capture what you want.
- Try not to stress too much about it. Particularly when dealing with kids, our expectations don't always match our reality. Be open to trying new things, be willing to adjust your vision, and most of all, don't get upset if your kids aren't acting how you want them to. Don't worry! I'm capturing them as they are at this stage in their lives. Wouldn't you rather look back and remember their crazy individualism than see kids with fake smiles?
Planning Your Newborn Session
Newborn sessions are a little different than your standard session. These tips will help you to know what to expect and help you plan to make the session as painless as possible.
- These sessions may take up to 3 hours, so plan accordingly. They're led by baby, so if they need to stop to eat, or for a change and a snuggle, we need to allow for that. Don't stress if your baby is a slow eater, or is a bit fussy. I leave a lot of time when scheduling a newborn session so I don't need to rush.
- These sessions are taken in your home. I'll likely ask you to send me photos of the babies room, the master bedroom, and any large windows you have in the house to ensure that there will be enough light for your session. Do your best to clear any areas with good window light from clutter to keep your images looking polished.
- Have baby fed by the time I get there. If baby has recently eaten they're generally in a good mood for the first bit of their session.
- These sessions are casual. Lots of family and sibling shots if everyone is cooperative. Be prepared to snuggle baby quite a bit. I'll do some wrapped shots of baby at the end if they're in a good mood.
- Ideally I want baby under 20 days old, but if it just doesn't happen before then it's OK. The most important part is capturing this milestone in your lives. Baby will still be adorable and small, they just might be more awake than they would have been when they're younger.
- I'll bring a few wraps and a basket to your session for a couple wrapped shots. I can either wrap baby for family shots, or they can wear an outfit of your choice. If you're going to have them in an outfit be sure that it fits fairly snug to their little bodies so we can still see how teeny and precious they are. Another option is baby in their diaper only. In this case I would suggest turning up the heat a bit to ensure baby is still warm if they're not in clothes.
Planning Your Boudoir Session
Here you'll find some tips for preparing for your upcoming boudoir session. These sessions are so much fun for me to photograph. Please know that everyone gets nervous before their session, but usually those nerves go away pretty quickly once we start shooting. By being aware of the below information we can hopefully ensure the session will go off without a hitch.
- Hair removal - this of course is a personal preference. Whatever you choose to do for your session be sure not to try anything new right before your session. If you're getting waxed/sugared be sure to do it with enough time to let any irritation subside.
- Tanning - some women get a spray tan before their session. If you're going to, be sure to do it a week before the session so your colour isn't rubbing off on the upholstery in the studio. Furthermore, if you are getting a spray tan, consider doing it nude to avoid tan lines (they're awful to edit)
- Select clothing items that you feel GREAT in, that fit your body appropriately. (see the what too wear post)
- Get your hair and makeup done. Seldom do we get to spoil ourselves like this so go all out. I can recommend some awesome ladies. Having your hair and makeup done will only make your images look better.
- Show me what you plan on wearing. I can definitely help you decide what's going to photograph best. It's not weird at all for you to send me messages of you in lingerie, I'm going to see it eventually anyways.
- Think about what your limits are, do you want to do anything topless, bottomless, covered up, baring all? I say be bold and brave.
- WHAT DO I DO WITH MY FACE?! This is such a common question for me. Your session won't all be face on. I'll give you direction, don't worry at all. My rule of thumb is the best faces to make are a resting bitch face, sometimes adding in a cheeky smile.
- Please have fun. I want this to be an amazing experience for you. I want you to feel amazing during and after your session. Be sure to let me know any problem areas you may have. If you want me to camouflage something, emphasize something else. All this information will be crucial to giving you images that will make you feel top notch.
Planning Your Home Session
Seriously I'm so excited to be offering these. One of the greatest things about them is that they're low stress, especially for those with younger children. These sessions will focus on relationships. I want to capture the interactions that are natural to you. Whether that's snuggling up with your partner on the couch, or watching your kids play with their toys. Follow these loose guidelines to make sure the session will be all it can be.
- These sessions take place all over the house, anywhere that there's light. So try to ensure the house is cleaned and clutter free so the emphasis can be on the people.
- Depending on the size of your family, the session may take an hour or two. Make sure everyone knows it may take that long so they know what to expect.
- The session can be whatever you want it to be. If you want to celebrate a milestone, capture little toes, or if you want the focus to be on the relationship with your kids, it can be whatever. I'll ask you what you want to focus on, and we'll go in that direction.
- I'll take a lot of photos, I want to capture every little moment.
- Make them fun. I want to see playful interactions. I want real smiles, real hugs, and all the crazy.
Printing Your Images
Your session is finished, your images delivered. Now what?! Some people solely use their images on social media. Whether your session was for business or personal, for some people, digital is KING. Some will only upload them to facebook, instagram, and email them to family members to enjoy as well, but that's all, and that's AWESOME. You should do with your images whatever you want -except altering them yourself in any way of course ;).
But if you want to print them, on any size scale, here are some wonderful tips for you to maximize quality and get great results.
Note: These are high resolution images. I have a full frame camera which will result in fairly large file sizes and high quality images. If you need a certain size/format (for use on a specific medium - IE for use on a website, to use for printing marketing materials, or even printing as a billboard) PLEASE let me know and I can format your images, properly, for you at no additional cost. I want to make sure you have what you need to serve the purpose for the images.
- Do not print anything from your phone. Yes sometimes, files taken with your phone will look awesome printed from your phone. In the case of high resolution images that have either been saved on your phone, messaged to your phone, or transferred to your phone via a computer, your phone will automatically compress the image for optimal display on your phone screen. This compression means that image quality (in regards to printing) will greatly decrease. Always print from a USB or send images into a lab online using the LABS uploading software.
- PLEASE use a lab that prints GOOD quality images. Labs in grocery stores, big box stores, and that are really cheap should not be your GO-TO for high quality prints. Unfortunately, some labs just don't have the knowledge base to print proper colours and textures. I don't know why there wouldn't be an industry standard. Don't get me started on that one. Nevertheless, if we're talking online printing labs, I personally recommend Blacks or Millerslab. A budget friendly option, in a pinch, I've used Costco semi successfully with, usually, good outcomes. If you do print at some of the box store labs, I don't guarantee my work through labs who don't know what they're doing. I want your prints to look awesome, sometimes that costs a little more. (Don't get me wrong, I've 100% used the cheap labs when I need my photos fast, and I don't care about quality.) But when you're considering art for your walls, do your research!