I am so excited to have the opportunity to photograph you, your kids or your family! I appreciate you trusting these priceless images to me! I promise you are in good hands and that I will do my best to capture your vision.
I have been doing this for over 24 years. So I know how to pose you to make you look your best. I will help guide you through posing and expressions. I know how to edit to make you look your best natural self. So all you need to do is to show up and have everyone ready to enjoy their session
It is very important that you take a few moments and go through this information. I have created it because it is important to a good and successful session.
WHAT TO EXPECT
BEFORE YOUR SESSION
As you begin to plan for your day and what you will wear, please refer to the what to wear and what not to wear portion of this guide. It is extremely important to wear the right clothing to help make sure your portraits are timeless and beautiful.
YOUR CLOTHING CHOICES WILL MAKE OR BREAK YOUR PHOTOS
Make sure all haircuts or color is done a week or two before your session to give it time to grow out a bit and settle in.
If you are planning on being in the sun and getting color. Be sure to watch for burns and tan lines. Fixing tan lines in photoshop is an extra fee. A little bit of color is great, but too tan might not look good in photos.
Make SURE all of your clothes are pressed and not wrinkled. Wrinkles will show and will not look good. You may have small children wear something else and we can get them changed before the session.
Please use lip balm generously a week before the session to avoid chapped lips.
Get a good night sleep before the session so you will look rested.
DURING YOUR SESSION
We will meet at the scheduled location at the scheduled time. If there are small children, I may take a few minutes to chat with them and get them comfortable with me. I will also answer any questions you may have.
Once we start shooting, I will help guide you through the entire session... no need to worry about what you are supposed to be doing. I don't expect you to know how to pose or what to do. I just want you to relax and enjoy your session. Since this session is for you... I want you to feel free to bring up any ideas you may have.
I have many years of experience working with kids so I will be concentrating more on them during the session and getting them comfortable and getting the expressions needed. Some kids take more time to warm up and some are ready right away and wear out quick. So the tempo of the session will be based around how small children are doing.
Please don't ask children to smile or tell them what to do. There is nothing that makes them more self conscious than that. Know that I have got that covered and know how to act dorky enough to get them to smile naturally. So leave the instruction for kids to me.
Parents... remember that you are in the photos too, so don't be looking at what your kids are doing while we are shooting unless we are doing a more lifestyle format where I am asking you to interact.
We will do a few traditional shots as well as some more fun and playful images too. Those are the ones that really bring out your personalities and connection. I am a more relationship minded photographer and love capturing that in photos. So we will do a lot of interaction during the session.
AFTER YOUR SESSION
Now you can relax...you DID it! The hard part is over. Your minimum order will be paid after your session so that I can get started on editing and creating your private online gallery.
A couple days after your session I will post a sneak peek on Instagram. I will urge you to screen shot it and share on your page (please tag me @annie.marie.photography) I will also post one to Facebook which can also be shared.
About a week after your session, I will create your gallery and send you an email with a link and password. Your gallery will be up and active for 2 months. Your order will be due within that time.
Once you place your order, I am happy to send you FREE web sized files to share on social media of any images in your order (up to 12)
CHECK OUT THESE LINKS FOR PUTTING YOUR OUTFITS TOGETHER...
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS OR IF SOMEONE DOESN'T FEEL WELL?
This can and sometimes happens... not to worry. If you someone isn't feeling well, you won't be themselves, then I would rather reschedule. Kids especially cannot hide how they are feeling. If it looks like rain.. we will watch the weather up until a couple hours before the session. We will reschedule for rain but overcast is fine.
HOW LONG WILL THE SESSION LAST?
Good question and I don't have a perfect answer... there are a lot of variables that will be a factor such as moving around at our location, how children are doing, setting up shots & shooting. I don't work sessions by time, but by capturing the images we need. But here is an idea of what you should allow in your schedule for time.
FAMILY CREATIVE SESSION - 40 minutes to 1 hour
HOME LIFESTYLE SESSION - 1 hour to 2 hours
MINI SESSION - 15-20 minutes
THE NEWBORN - 1-3 hours
DO YOU OFFER DIGITAL IMAGES?
Yes. I have different options for digitals. I have options for large digital files and collections with print rights. I also offer FREE watermarked web sized files of images in your order that i can send you once you place your order.
CAN I SHARE PHOTOS ON INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK?
Yes! I LOVE that you share your images!! I will be posting sneak peeks after the session of my favorite image/s from your session. I would appreciate if you would screen shot them and share to your page and tag me at @annie.marie.photography on Instagram or annie marie photography on Facebook. Then once you receive your FREE web images... feel free to share and tag those as well!
CAN WE TAKE CELL PHONE PICTURES DURING THE SESSION?
Here's the deal. I don't mind someone taking behind the scene photos now and then. What i don't want is a parent taking photos over my shoulder of the kids posing and set ups. That wouldn't be fair to me. So cell phones are best left in the car.
WHAT KINDS OF PRODUCTS DO YOU OFFER?
I pride myself in offering my clients a full line of beautiful and tangible products. The kind you can look at everyday, hold and share with family & friends. I have searched for years for just the right products to offer my clients that have the quality and purpose that is right for their memories. It is very important for me that you are enjoying your images rather than throwing a cd in a drawer and never look at them.
In addition to wall portraits and canvas wraps, I offer a selection of albums and image boxes perfect for showcasing your images. I also offer digital collections for those of you who want your digitals.