Hello, lovely mama
I wanted to make sure to get you this checklist to help you prepare for your upcoming mini session with me. Whether you're coming to me for some simple, cozy fall session or a my festive holiday minis, this checklist is sure to apply to you and your family and help you loads in the planning process. If you have any questions at all after reading it, don't hesitate to email me ([email protected]) or pick up the phone and give me a holler. I love talking to ya'all and am happy to help. :)
Plan Your Outfits
I have an awesome new outfit styling guide that I'm offering all of my mamas' and their families! It's super easy to use and has been a lifesaver in keeping mamas' sane (or so I've heard :) ) (Contact me for info once you've booked a session!) If you don't want to bother with the website, my suggestions are always to stay with either neutral colors (beige or gray (no white or black) or those nice rich darker colors (e.g. mustard yellows, maroons, evergreen, navy blues,etc. Stay away from anything to bright or jarring.) . Here's a pinterest board I've put together to help: https://www.pinterest.com/wunderw373/family-photo-shoot-outfit-ideas/ . If you need some help or a second set of eyes--just message me your outfit ideas, and I'll give you my honest (but gentle and kind :) ) opinion. :)
Get Plenty of Rest
Make sure that you all get enough rest--go to bed the night before and make sure the kiddos take naps (if applicable). Restful parents and kiddos makes happy parents and kiddos!
Make Sure to Eat
Have a meal or snack before your session, if you can, especially the kiddos and Dads! :) We don't want any one getting "hangry" on us during the session. And if you're one to bribe your kiddo to cooperate (I always carry a treat for just such an occasion for my own boys), just make sure that it's not chocolate or something that will make them sticky or stain their face or hands. Great ideas are fruit snacks, licorice, or animal crackers. :)
Arrive 10 minutes early to help anticipate any last minute bumps that might arise. Mini sessions are scheduled back to back, and any time that you're late will impact that time that you have for your session.
Get Ready to Have Fun!
All of my sessions are focused on you, your family and you all having a great time together. Expect to cuddle, laugh, and love on each other. Give your kiddos (if they're old enough) and your partners a heads up about my style (no looking at the camera!) and what to expect when they arrive (lots of fun and cuddles). Prepping them on what to expect, I think, alleviates some of the butterflies families have when they are meeting a new come from the unknown, so lets kick it in the butt before they get there! :) Most importantly, don't stress---if you stress, your loved ones will feel it and, trust me, mama stress is contagious. You are going to have an amazing time while I capture some amazing photographs of you and your family, and give you an awesome experience!