I booked my session,

now what?

What should we wear?

  • You should wear simple, classic clothes that you feel comfortable in. Lighter neutral colours, like off whites and greys, work well, particularly close to your face.

  • Be aware that baggy or flowy clothes can make you look bigger than you are.  Pencil skirts for ladies are very flattering :)

  • For the guys, a nice blazer and khakis are always masculine and classic.

  • Accentuate your best features and use clothing to minimise or hide parts of your body that you dislike. For example, it you don't like your upper arms, be sure to wear sleeves. 

  • Have your family members dress in colours that compliment each other; not all the same colour, but not so different that you're clashing.

  • Don't wear clothes with brand names, logos, wording, pictures, cartoons or graphics, because they tend to be very distracting.

  • Please remove everything from your pockets and those smart watches which quickly date your images.

  • Simple patterns like polka dots, stripes or delicate florals can look great. Anything more than that can be distracting.

  • Use makeup to bring out your features, sometimes the camera can make people look a little washed out.

  • I usually advise women to wear their hair down because if you wear it in a ponytail it can look like you have no hair from some angles.


  • It is very important that you arrive on time, or even 10 minutes early. If you arrive late and stressed out, this will come across in your photos and that's not what we want!

  • I like to catch candid moments. Sometimes those moments have to be 'set up', so I might ask you to think about something, or tell me a story, or whisper something to your partner and so on. Sometimes this will feel awkward but please trust me! 

  • Food.  I suggest making sure the kiddos are fed and happy before coming to the shoot.  Hangry is not a good look ;)

  • Don't stress yourself out!  I will make the session fun instead of JC Penny, Olan Mills style--so loosen up and enjoy this sweet time with you family.

  • Know that almost everyone feels awkward in front of the camera. The best advice I can give is to try to relax and have a bit of fun. Try to keep in mind that for a little bit of awkwardness, you will get images that your family can enjoy for a lifetime.

  • Please note that the final images I deliver to you will be selected by me. An important, dare I say essential, part of a photographer's work is to edit down the images from a session to the final, best images. I will take many images during the session, and while these images help me to create the final product by allowing me to test the light, exposure, poses, facial expressions and so on, they are not the final product themselves. Trust me, I will give you the best images and select them as if I I were hanging them in my own wall!