what to expect for your mini session and how to prepare
Let’s tell your story
I am so excited you have chosen me to capture your family portraits. I look forward to creating memories and timeless images and helping tell your story. My goal is to focus on these moments of yours so you can live in the moment. Your job (yes, you have one!) is to stay connected with your family, whether it is by touch or simply talking. Get cozy. Lean in. Trust in me as your photographer…. you’ve chosen me for a reason! This guide shares what you can expect from your photography experience with me and provides helpful, important tips on having a successful session. If you have questions or need additional information, please feel free to email me.
What to expect
- At the session, I encourage you to relax and have fun while I coach you through fun poses that feel natural. I may give you prompts that evoke an emotion or a feeling. It’s okay to let yourself go and feel those feelings. If you’re wanting the perfect portraits where everyone is smiling and looking at the camera, you won’t get that with me. What you will get is portraits with heart. The feeling of connection. Real life. I want you to leave our session feeling more in love with your family.
- I encourage you to make this a fun family experience. Instead of bribing your children to smile, make it a feel-good day. Make plans to go out for food or a treat before or after the session as a family, not as a reward but as part of the overall experience.
- Rest. Get a good night’s sleep. Don’t plan your session before or after a big trip or in the middle of sports games.
- I don’t expect young children to be perfect. My goal is capturing your authentic selves and if that means your kids are running and climbing, by all means, run and climb with them! Please don’t scold your children. It brings the whole mood of the session down and children are less likely to smile. Nothing they can do will upset me as long as everyone is staying safe.
- About 1-2 weeks after your session, you’ll receive a link to an online gallery of the images from your session to view and download! From there, you are able to select and order the images to print and you can share the gallery with your friends and family. Galleries are active for about a month from the delivery date, so download and order prints right away!
- Once the order is placed, you will receive your beautiful prints at your door in two weeks.
What to wear
Here are a few tips for putting together your outfits.
Decide on a palette of 3-4 colors to base your outfit on (including pants and dresses). You want a cohesive feel, but without being too matchy. Think complementary. I suggest looking at Pinterest to find inspiration. Find my Pinterest page @foxandwagon and click on Session Wardrobe Ideas.
Arrange your outfits ahead of time on a big bed, including accessories, in natural window light. Make sure all clothes are clean, pressed, and ready to go on hangers a few days before your session.
Choose outfits you feel confident and beautiful in and then coordinate everyone else’s outfit from there. Still stuck? Text me with pictures of your outfits!
Layer your clothing to add texture and dimension to your outfits. Include a belt or necklace or if its cooler out a scarf or sweater cardigan. First and foremost: be you. For example, I love earrings so I would wear big feather earrings and a few bracelets. Do you love hats? Bring one (but don’t wear it, yet). Does your family love boots? Wear them! Have a long, flowy dress? Rock it!
Tips for women/female-presenting and men/male presenting folks.
Females – Get your hair styled and makeup done. Makeup should be natural but slightly heavier than normal. Even if you don’t wear makeup, a little concealer under the eyes, mascara, and lip tint goes a long way. For makeup and hairstylist recommendations, contact me!
Males – Plan a haircut for a week before. Trim your facial hair. Cut and clean your fingernails. Press your shirt and pants. Make sure your shoes and socks are clean and neat.
Kids – Choose elevated brands. Opt for Gap over Carters.
Things to avoid: t-shirts with large graphics, bright colors , any neon colors, tube socks, overly formal clothes, flip flops, and dirty shoes. And some colors just don’t photograph well like firetruck red, dayglow orange, highlighter yellow, and Seahawk green… essentially bright primary and secondary colors.
My Client Closet has over 80 items to rent from size XS-3XL. They’re $20/piece per session. It saves you the cost of a brand new outfit! The payment covers cleaning, getting wrinkles out, and mending if necessary. The payment will be included in your invoice.
Things to Bring
□ Makeup (for touch-ups)
□ Extra outfit (just in case)
□ Baby wipes for little kids
□ Final Payment
Everyone’s first question is usually, “What if it rains?”
It’s the PNW, rain happens! If it rains too hard, I will call or text you and we may have to reschedule. If it rains just a little, we can proceed with taking photos. I have umbrellas and we’ll have a little fun with it! Be sure to wear layers to stay warm! A long sleeve for the little ones and cardigan for yourself will help you feel more comfortable if it’s cold.
How long will my session last? And how many photos do we get?
Mini-sessions are 20 minutes long and include 10 images. There are options to upgrade to the full gallery.
What’s this gallery you speak of?
About 1-2 weeks from our session date, I will upload all edited images to a sleek, online gallery. From there you will download your photos and have the option to order prints, enlargements, and canvases.
Do we get a copyright to our photos?
Short answer, no. You’ll receive a print release so that you are able to print wherever you choose! The only things you aren’t able to do is edit, sell, or enter them into contests. Note: When you share your photos, please do not screenshot photos. It severely decreases the quality. Simply e-mail them to yourself and download to your phone. I also ask you to tag Fox & Wagon Photography!
Where can I leave a review?
Reviews are right up there with referrals as the best ways to support my business. I’m on Google and Facebook!H