Wardrobe is an important element of your shoot and style is so unique to everyone, but the fact is not all colors and patterns photograph well. Coordinating an entire family is also a lot of work! I always suggest starting with what you have in your closet and building out from there. 


Mom has a long neutral floral flowy dress and pulls about 3 colors from it for the rest of the family. Below are a few other helpful tips to better prepare for your session.


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

(Neon and extremely vibrant colors should be avoided).

For family portraits choose about 3 of these colors and add a pop of color like Mustard, Blush or Burgundy if you wish.

Take into account the colors used in your home, your images are meant to be printed and be displayed as unique artwork in the home.


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 is too matchy matchy, in that which we are trying to avoid.

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


Layering creates wonderful visual interest as well as material that easily moves in the wind!

I encourage incorporating items such as chunky knitted sweaters, denim, boots, scarves, hair bows, and stylish hats to polish a look. 


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.

Please say no to baseball caps, flip flops, dirty shoes, 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 face. 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.


We will not focus on making your children sit a certain way or spend our time forcing a smile. Rather I guide my clients into subtle fun prompts to capture the session in a candid fashion as the little moments unfold. I ask that you embrace any and all emotions we make encounter on shoot day such as grumpy littles. The final gallery may include a few traditional “smiling at the camera” shots but my lifestyle sessions aim to capture in between sweet moments interacting with your loves and the little details you never want to forget. 

We may play with many different compositions and poses during our session but you will only see the very best that represent my style as a photographer. Images are initially culled carefully to insure they are in keeping with Whimsy & Glow's style and standards as a photographer and artist.

Images are sorted out that might include closed eyes, out of focus images, awkward posing and multiples. Images presented in the final gallery are fine tuned with horizon cropping, blemish removal, and overall color corrected in a warm and vibrant artistic style that is reflected on Heidi's portrait portfolio website and social media accounts. Any other edit/ photo manipulation requests will require a fee per image outlined in our portrait agreement. 


A temporary proofing gallery link will be released via email within 1.5-2 weeks. You will be prompted to choose favorite images through the gallery. 

Photographer will then process and fine tune the images including any other additional files purchased. To make sure all sessions are streamlined, if images are not selected within the gallery expiration date, the amount of images included in the package will be carefully selected for the client.

The gallery of high-resolution digital images will have an option to purchase "all digital images" in the gallery at a special rate of $150 or additional individual images at $10 each.


Prints and products are available via online gallery. All sessions currently include a personal print permission. This means any purchased images will be available for download for printing for family and friends. This release does not include permission to submit images for sale, contests, magazines or other publications without photographer's written consent. 

The Photographer is not responsible for inevitable low-quality resulting from Client printing from any and all non-professional printing labs, including, but not limited to Walmart, Walgreens, Target, CVS, etc. It is to be noted that Whimsy & Glow Photography suggests printing directly from the gallery to ensure gorgeous and accurate prints through professional printing labs.

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