Blue Hill Images
2019 Session Guide | Families in the Sun
It’s almost time for your photo session! I can’t wait to spend some time with your family and have some fun capturing your unique personalities. Before our session, there are a few things you should know so we can get the most out of session and make it as amazing as possible.
Preparing for your Session
Make sure everyone is well-rested and fed before you come to the session. Bring snacks or a favorite toy if that will help. It’s best if you talk about the session as more of an outing, rather than a chore. If anyone is grumpy, don’t worry! Keep your cool, and everything will be great. I’ve found the best sessions are the ones where both parents are happy and just play with their kids and show love to each other. (That means you, dads!) I get that sometimes photos can be stressful. I promise, this session will be fun and fast and easy, if you just relax and be yourselves.
Styling Tips for your Session
THE BEST SUGGESTION THAT I CAN OFFER YOU IS TO BE YOURSELVES. Choose a wardrobe that is comfortable for everyone. Choose clothing that reflects your style and compliments the location you have chosen. New outfits are amazing and can make you feel really great, but you may have most of what you need already. I like to tell moms to find your outfit first, and then coordinate all the other clothes with yours. Neutral colors are beautiful and classic, but it’s ok to mix subtle prints and color in too!
Coordination is great, matching exactly is not. As you choose coordinating colors, try not to have one person glaringly stand out. If most of you are in tan or blue and one person is in bright pink, all eyes will go to them! It is helpful to think about how the colors would look in black and white. Is one person wearing the only dark, or the only light color? Use layers to fix those problems!
Everyone has their own style, so every session will look and feel different. Choose outfits that are flattering, but do not make you self-conscious. If you’re a jeans and t-shirt kind of person, this is probably not the best time to decide to wear a tight fitting cocktail dress. I find that flowy dresses for moms, casual button-downs or t-shirts with khaki pants for dads, and simple and comfortable clothes for kids always makes for an easy session. Don’t try new shoes on kids for the first time that day.
Layering not only adds interest and depth, but it is also great for battling the elements if the weather decides to change its mind. You can also quickly change an entire outfit by removing one layer.
What to Expect
Don’t worry about posing, smiling, keeping kids in line, or doing what’s “right.” I’ll take care of everything as I capture you as you are, and direct you into natural moments. All you have to do is relax and have fun. Mini sessions are 20-30 minutes long, and full sessions are about an hour.
After your session, I will prepare your online gallery. This generally takes two to three weeks. Once your gallery is complete, I will email you a link where you can view and download all images. This gallery may be shared with whoever you’d like. You may then choose to order albums, prints, or any additional products. You are welcome to print images yourself, but I do guarantee quality when I print from my favorite professional labs.