PREP GUIDE


As much as I love photographing under the sun’s golden glow, I equally adore capturing families and their newest loves in the comfort of their unique and special personal space.


It is incredible and magical to watch your baby change so unbelievably fast. It is my hugest honor to document those ever-changing amazing little features and special bonds for you to cherish forever.

WHAT EXACTLY IS A LIFESTYLE SESSION?


My in-home sessions are designed to be as relaxed as possible and a fun activity for the whole family. Lifestyle sessions are essentially documentary sessions, focusing on togetherness and a huge emphasis on their candid nature. We will plan to get lots of those candids with genuine smiles and laughs, most likely even some cries. Our time will be spent gently guiding your family into loose poses and just capturing your new life at home with your special people.


The best time for in-home sessions is during the brightest part of the day, usually in the morning between 9am-1pm. This timeframe will allow us to embrace all of your home's natural light that filters in from the windows. Please plan to have window blinds opened up, overhead lights off and using the window's natural brightness as much as possible. No need to stress about clean kitchens or bathrooms, one clutter free room or two is generally enough to capture a variety of shots. We will most definitely start in the area that receives the most light.


PREPARING FOR THE SESSION


Make sure baby is fed shortly before the session, a full belly ensures (hopefully) a happier little one on picture day. We can certainly take breast feeding shots in the beginning or during your session if you wish. You are welcome to incorporate any props such as your own hats, swaddles, and headbands if you'd like. Please keep in mind we may not get to photograph everything, I may even spot something in your home that would bring that extra personal touch that we can use.


Making sure your home is not ice cold will make for a much happier baby. I know in AZ we like to pump that AC but diaper and outfit changes tend to be a little easier in a warm comfier environment.


WHAT TO WEAR?


This is completely up to you. I suggest moms to pick their outfit first and build others outfits around that.


Keep it simple and most certainly comfy, wearing something flowy will help not to constrict a fresh postpartum body.


Having a nice light sweater or cardigan on top of a nursing tank works very well for these types of pictures.


COLOR PALETTE 


Earth tones, neutral/muted colors are sure to create a timeless look. Start the process by coordinating different tones of Blues, Greys, Greens, Creams or Browns. 


Choose about 3 of these neutral colors and add a pop of color like Rust, Mustard, Blush or Burgundy if you wish. Neon and extremely vibrant colors should be avoided.



TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE COLORS USED IN YOUR HOME, YOUR IMAGES ARE MEANT TO BE PRINTED AND BE DISPLAYED AS UNIQUE pieces of ARTWORK.


Whimsy & Glow’s Color Palette Inspo


PRINTS & PATTERNS


One subtle pattern is enough to add visual interest without overdoing it. Patterns such as horizontal stripes are advised against as they create an odd moire effect, also multiple of the same pattern like plaid is too matchy matchy, in that which we are trying to avoid.


Extra tip: avoid Sparkles, Sequins, Reflective/Metallic material. 


TEXTURES & ACCESSORIES


Layering creates wonderful visual interest as well as material that easily moves. For indoor sessions

I encourage a very casual look which can also mean incorporating items such as chunky knitted sweaters and yoga pants, denim also works great too. For these types of sessions barefoot is best and will reflect that fun and relaxed feeling we are really trying to capture.


STYLE KILLERS


Being comfortable and staying true to your personal style is important. Avoid clothing that is too tight as the focus will be on adjusting clothing rather than your family/session.


All black tops for everyone and blue jeans or all white shirts and khakis is a look of the past.


Please say no to baseball caps with logos and words, flip flops, dirty shoes, or brightly colored shoes or socks. Indoor sessions I always suggest no footwear.

For clothing, avoid all logos, wording and large screen prints as these will date your photos and do not help with creating a look of “togetherness”, taking the attention off of your faces.



Small details


Chipped nail polish, animal hair, Apple watches, keys and other devises in pockets will all surely ruin a image too! Edits for these types of mishaps can be costly to outsource.


Trust me you can do this!


HOW LONG DO NEWBORN SESSIONS LAST?


Typically we will shoot for 60-90 minutes in all the usable spaces in the home and all the angles we can manage to get during the session. I know how special this time is for your family so I strive to be quick and efficient in getting all the beautiful shots we need.



WHEN WILL I SEE THE IMAGES?


Generally 48-72 hours after the session I am able to tease you with a few images while I work on the rest. These teasers may also be featured on my social media accounts as well. A full proofing gallery link should be available within 2 weeks of the session.


Favorite image selections can be made there by marking images with the "heart" icon. Additional images may be purchased and access to my print shop through

the gallery!

Please reach out with any questions I may not have covered.

I can’t wait to document all the kisses, cuddles & sNuggleS.