I truly feel so honored that you are choosing me to capture this season of life for your family! As the youngest of 5 with 14 nieces and nephews, I know how fast life changes and the importance of capturing each season. Family, friends and travel are some things that bring me joy. Another includes sitting outside with a book in one hand and glass of wine in the other.
I have lived in Sioux Falls, SD since 2021 and have a full time job. Photography has followed me here and continues to be a joy.
I aim for a laid back, fun session! We will get a look and smile picture for grandma, but most will be just playing and interacting with each other. I will give guidance on what to do and then just watch your family be YOU! Use this time away from screens and distractions to just enjoy each other! Cuddle, kiss, laugh and even bring out the goofy looks or stink eye. I will get groupings of the whole family, just the kids, and just parents. If there are any specific other groupings you would like, just let me know!
I try to wait to reschedule til the day of the session to see what the weather actually decides to do. Albert Lea sessions are even trickier to reschedule due to my limited days there. I will be in contact the day of if the weather is looking questionable. If someone in your family is sick, please reach out and we will see what we can do.
Regular full sessions are about an hour long. If kids are over it before that and we feel like we got enough, we can wrap it up early.
Mini sessions are 30 minutes. Be sure there to be there a few minutes early so you don't miss out on any of the time!
In Home Newborn sessions tend to be closer to 90 minutes.
I will tell you when I want someone looking at the camera, but most of the time I just want you playing and interacting with each other. The shots of them just exploring and playing are sometimes the best anyway. Remember that moods and attitudes are contagious. Demanding smiles, generally aren't going to be the smiles you want to remember. Come with some jokes or ways to make the kids laugh ready.
Long dresses and skirts with some movement are beautiful for movement. I suggest avoiding short dresses/skirts just because you have to be so careful with what may show. Wear something you feel comfortable and confident in. Be sure to hide bra straps.
While it is tempting to buy clothes they can grow into, well fitting clothes looks best. Make sure they are comfortable in what they are wearing, or it will show! Avoid colorful socks! Ideally have dark colored socks or something that matches so they don't stick out when sitting or playing.
We will be moving and playing, so avoid clothing that needs to constantly be readjusted. If your daughter has a dress, have bike shorts or bloomers underneath.
Avoid bright colors, big patterns, graphic tees (unless it's part of the overall style), puffy vests, jersey knit fabrics that show undergarment lines. I also generally advise dads to avoid shorts, between tan lines and socks/shoes, pants are usually best.
Keep it simple! I recommend a plain onesie or sleeper, diaper, and swaddle. I also bring plenty of options for sleepers and swaddles.
Most of my locations include tall grass or weeds of some kind. Be aware of shoes for little kids. Also think about location when choosing what to wear.
My favorite colors for photos are neutrals (white, cream, tan, brown, khaki) and then add in some deep or dusty colors: rust, burnt orange, mustard yellow, camel, denim, dusty blue, earthy tones. Avoid bright colors and navy blue, as they don't photograph as well.
Think coordinating instead of matching. Use a variety of colors, patterns, textures, materials and styles. You can find a general color palette and work off that.
Avoid tennis shoes or other brightly colored shoes. You can use neutral colored shoes, even stylish sneakers like converse, vans, or other neutral stylish outfits. Avoid bright colored or white socks that will show when the pant leg goes up.
Honestly, Pinterest is a great resource for inspiration!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or for advice regarding clothing choices for your session. You can include images of what you are looking at.