Where do sessions take place?:
I am located perfectly in the middle of San Francisco & Sacramento – I love that this gives me access to photograph in so many beautiful locations in Northern CA. Napa Valley, Sonoma, San Jose, Sacramento, Monterey, Marin, and San Francisco are just a few of the places clients have had me come to personalize their session. Sessions are held outdoors, with the exception of newborns, which are mostly held in the comfort of your home. I love shooting in locations with texture. I adore backgrounds of old brick, wood walls, or an open field! For fun & a little funk, city streets can be adventurous. When you are ready to book your session please let me know what your thoughts are regarding the location. If you don’t have anything specific in mind, I will help by suggesting options.
What to wear?:
Clothing choices are so important. Wear what you are comfortable in and what you feel beautiful or handsome in! My style of photography tends to be more casual, romantic & elegant. Layers are great to add interest and texture! Such as, a chunky sweater, clothing with ruffles, headbands, buttons & vests (Especially great for guys)! Feel free to bring a couple changes of clothing to the session, I can always help you mix and match. Please try to avoid clothing with logos or cartoon characters – it draws your eye away from the true subject in the image, which is your beautiful face!
Say “Hello” to color!:
For family sessions, mix it up a bit. Gone are the days of everyone in khaki & white (this makes me so happy). I suggest picking a few complimentary colors & sticking to them for the family – being too “matchy” can look outdated. The secret to success is to coordinate – wear tones & textures that compliment each other. If you need further help, let me know, I would love to give you additional tips & send more information your way.
Accessories? Um, yes!:
Depending on what look are going for, here are some suggestions that can make your shoot really amazing : Chunky jewelry, lace tights, scarves, fun boots, hats, vests, and sweaters.
“I’m a bit nervous, will you help with that?”:
Your session should be a comfortable and memorable time for you & your family. I try to create beautiful, fun, love filled images & to do this I realize people need to feel relaxed. Magic is created during your session & almost all clients leave having said what a fun time they had! If the children need a bit of break, then we take a break. All the while I try to keep things moving as quickly as possible to make sure you get the most out of our time together. Make sure you take time to look through my gallery of images & photography blog so that you have an idea of what my photographic style is. It’s very relational, rather than super stuffy & posed. There is usually hand holding, playing, hugging, sometimes dancing & last but definitely not least, kissing! (If you are not comfortable with this, please let me know ahead of time).