What to expect-
Each session is custom designed around you and your family. I strive to make each session relaxed, fun, and stress-free for both children and parents. The most important thing to me about your session is capturing the spirit and personality of your family in a relaxed and causal manner while having fun.
Your session will last 1-1 1/2 hours (newborn sessions typically take a little longer). Prior to the session, we will discuss location, clothing options, your photographic needs, and any other questions you may have. There are a variety of wonderful locations around central Iowa including parks, downtown alleys/streets, old farms, grassy fields or even your own backyard. I also have an in-home studio for newborn and children sessions. Be prepared to have fun, go barefoot, jump, be silly and cuddle with your children.
What to wear-
Your choice of clothing is very important to the session. It's important to stay true to your style, while keeping in mind what looks good in a family grouping and on camera. I recommend wearing something casual, yet stylish, and something you are comfortable in.
For families, try to choose outfits that coordinate (not exactly match), and that show each person's personality. You may want to also consider the rooms where you plan to display your prints, and wear outfits that would compliment them. Textures, layers, accessories, and a pop of color look great in images, however try to stay away from logos and busy patterns.
For children's sessions, feel free to bring a variety of outfits, accessories, hats, a favorite blanket or a toy. It's always fun to add something that shows your child's character and personality, such as fun tights, a scarf, a hat, or a ball glove. I do have a variety of tutus, hats, and other accessories that are available to use. Newborns photograph wonderfully naked or with just a diaper/bloomers in order to capture their small hands, feet and other adorable features, however feel free to bring a special outfit or blanket.
After the session-
You will be presented with a custom designed slide show of your images within 2 weeks of your session. I will be happy to assist you in determining images and sizes that are best suited for your wall, your personality, and your home. You may place your order at that time. You will also be given a password-protected online gallery to view your images and share with others. Once you place your order, I will complete the final editing and touch-ups. Orders take approximately 2 weeks to complete.
Life is beautiful. And precious. And flies by too fast. I would love to be part of capturing your family's memories today. I strive to take photographs that you will not only enjoy and celebrate today, but ones that you will treasure for many years to come.