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Thank you so much for allowing me the honour of creating beautiful photos for your family. It is my hope that together we craft not only awesome memories, but gorgeous, timeless images as well.

My style is photo journalistic, I love capturing families playing, snuggling, being goofy, and just loving on each other. I will always do my best to get that one desired shot of everyone looking and smiling at me, but will for the most part, be giving piggyback rides to your kids, encouraging dads to show off their kid-flipping skills, having little ones give mums their BEST hugs EVER, and fun stuff like that.

Please take some time to read through the following information as you prepare yourself and your family!

Looking forward to meeting with you!

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Babies : Bring bottles / drinks & snacks as you would usually would for a day out. Be sure also to pack bibs to avoid messes & baby wipes are always handy! Favourite toys & comforters are also advised!

Kids : Preparing your kids for our session as much as possible often takes the timidness out of the evening. Please make sure kids know that this is FUN! No threats, as they usually bring about tears and added stress.
Instead, Iím a huge fan of bribery - (ice cream after!) is always a great idea! However, please don't bring sweets for bribing during the shoot.


Ah, the age old question always associated with photo shoots. Styling is one thing I try not to have too much of a hand in, since I want you guys to still be you not, my idea of fashion. But here are my tips:

Think layers. Probably the biggest difference between sessions that look great and sessions that look wow: Little boys in a t-shirt, with a button up over it, along with a blazer. Throw on a fun hat and you're set! Little girls: same thing, leggings, fun skirt, tank with a sweater and a tasteful (not too big and overwhelming!) headband.
*Side note: Stay away from neon colours, sports wear and mesh hats with rhinestones, they look dated and tend to take away from your little one's gorgeous features.

Coordinate. As you think about your colour palette, imagine your family being one complete piece of artwork. Each person/outfit will bring together a feeling of formality and coordination. Instead of everyone wearing the same shade of blue - think about what accent colours might look nice with said blue. Perhaps blue plaid shorts for your son with a t-shirt, vest and hat. Pull some of the colours of his plaid shorts to find a great skirt or dress for your little girl. Dad can wear some jeans and a shirt that coordinates with the plaid shorts and skirt on your daughter, and finish it off with an awesome jacket. Mum will round the entire family out with some great boots, leggings and dress that (again) coordinates with the family colour story.


Kids : I mentioned bribery. Love it! Keep in mind that most bribery snacks make messes and all they want to do is eat instead of pay attention to me. So, I suggest keeping the goodies in your bag or car until after weíve finished.
Please make sure your children go to the bathroom before leaving, as well as limiting their liquid intake beforehand. This allows us uninterrupted shooting time!
Sessions with younger children (18 months and under) typically last one hour. As for older children, expect the session to last a little longer. With your older child, please don't say, "That's not your REAL smile". I know what a real smile looks like, so even if I'm snapping away, I'm just trying to loosen up your son/daughter! I promise I won't be giving you cheesy smiles for your finished order!

Mum & Dad : During the shoot, if you are not in the picture, please let me just interact with your child, unless I ask for help! Many parents will stand behind me trying to get their babies' attention and all it does is distract baby from me!
I like to give the little ones a chance to just play with me, so it's okay if they aren't giving big smiles right off the bat.
Mum and dad, as you focus on your children, donít forget about yourself! Keep your posture good as well as ensuring your chin doesnít pull in. These allow for the most flattering images.
Something else to keep in mind is to be watchful of your own expression as youíre trying to get baby to smile. Remember you are in the photos as well!
Rest assured Iíll be watching all of you and will definitely let you know if I see something out of place or looking off.

Weather : A quick but important note. If the weather turns out warmer/cooler than you anticipated when putting together outfits, please adjust what everyone is wearing. Doing a session when it's sweltering and kids are over dressed is never fun. Likewise, if a cold front comes through unexpectedly, please put sweaters on your children, as I can't photoshop out goose bumps and blue lips!

In case of rain, I will be watching the radar all day. If the weather isnít on our side, I will be able to reschedule the session with no problem - everyone hates rain!

Illness : Just as important as the weather is that everyone being photographed be feeling 100%. There isnít anything worse than an unhappy and sick feeling child - they especially do not want to be in front of a camera.
At the first sign that your kids arenít well, please give me a call.


ē Things to note: Please donít have additional people to the session who are not being photographed; Props are an addition to the session and not the main focus. If you have something specific in mind as far as a setup, please discuss this with me before the session. I will be happy to give my input on whether or not itís safe or will work for your portrait session.

If parents and/or siblings would like to participate in the session, please let me know so I may plan accordingly. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

ē Finally, let me know of any medical conditions before the session. If your baby is sick or has recently been unwell, I will need to know that as well. Remember that I am here to provide you with beautiful, quality images of your sweet baby. I want you to feel confident in your decision to hire me.
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