The Family Guide

The Family Guide

Your family is growing fast, let’s caputer it!

I’m So Excited to Work With You!

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I’m so excited to be working with you and I can’t wait to get to know you and your family better! I know photography is something that doesn’t happen everyday and photoschoots can be intidimating. I’m so honored you chose to work with me!

Having photographed a lot of families over the past few years, I tend to get asked the same things over and over again. So I thought it would be beneficial if I put together a guide that walks you through everything.


Let’s have some fun! Let’s capture your family your way!

I get it. Having your picture taken for 1-2 hours might not be everyonein your family’s top-10 favorite things to do during your downtime. And at first, you might feel sort of awkward being in front of the camera. But I think you’ll find that by the end of the session, it’s a lot easier than you thought, and everyone even had a little fun.

What to Wear?!

Here is a few of my favorite places to help you with deciding your look.



I love the way larger patterns photograph – just be careful not to choose a pattern that is too small – it may accidentally make your photo look a little too busy.

Softer, pastel colors tend to photograph better than bright colors – especially since bright colors could reflect on your skin. I love bright, neon dresses, but I don’t love the neon reflection they add to your complexion.


Statement jewelry is a great way to add color or pattern to a simple dress. Lace and tulle look amazing in photographs. Depending on your location, you might want to consider a fit and flare or a flowy dress! They look great in walking and photos with movement. Choose an outfit you feel comfortable in, but don’t be afraid to dress up!



You can’t go wrong with a suit and tie. Layer with a blazer and a fun tie – you can even wear jeans with this look. Be careful not to choose a pattern that is too small – it may accidentally make your photo look a little too busy. Softer, pastel colors tend to photograph better than bright colors – especially since bright colors could reflect on your skin. Cozy sweaters layered over button ups are a great way to stay warm and stylish during the cooler months.

Facial Hair

Whether you have a  beard or a clean face you want to look your best.  If you shave your face make sure that you use products that help avoid razor burn. You also can use a hot towel treatment and moisturizer to help keep your skin smooth.I f you rock the beard use beard oil and comb your beard to help clean it up. Some beard wax can help hold flyaways. 



Depending on the age of your child is a big factor on what they should wear. If they are a baby and love to pull at their feet you might find that they don’t stop fussing with their shoes. Some toddlers may not like dresses or button down shirts. It’s important that your kids are comfortable in their clothes so they arn’t fussy or upset to what they are wearing.


Inclement Weather

What to do if it rains

I’ll check in the week of your session to confirm the time & location we’re meeting and the weather. I know it takes a lot of time to get ready for your session and it’s the worst to get dressed up and drive out to your session only to have it rain. If you want we can grab some umbrellas and make the best of it. It’s your call. Let me know what works best for you – but if the weather looks like it’s going to be dangerous, I typically try to make the call at least 12 hours in advance.  


Location, Location, Location

I have a list of places where I think we will get some amazing photos but If you have a specific place in mind we can also look in to that location. If you choose a location with a shooting fee that fee will be added on to your session. We always discuss that first and agree before shooting at those locations.

Popular locations with site fees are:
Zingerman’s Farm is $250 photography fee
The Ford House is $250 photography fee
Belle Isle is $50 photography fee

Popular locations without fees:
U of M Law Quad
Nichols Arboretum
Maybury State Park
Greenmead Historical Park
Downtown Plymouth
Downtown Northville



“What do I do with my hands”?

When it comes to posing for your session, you don’t need to worry about a thing! I’ll guide you through the entire process beginning with “poses” that are super easy and natural. If I tell you to do something that feels a little funny, it’s probably because I know it’s going to make you laugh – and that’s the photo I’m actually looking for. Throughout your session, I’ll keep an eye on your hair, makeup and outfits to make sure things stay in place. I want you to feel as relaxed as possible.


Time & Light

Is there a “good” time to take photos?

I’ve found that there isn’t a “good” or “bad” time to take your photos. I normally plan sessions based on a particular “look” you have in mind, spring flowers for example, or based on schedules.

Sessions typically last about an hour and a half and when I can—I love to begin sessions about two hours before sunset. I prefer to shoot when the sun is lower in the sky to avoid harsh shadows and bright sun patches. The first two hours after sunrise is also an ideal time to shoot. So if you’re an early riser we can make morning shoots happen.

I schedule sessions during what I believe will be the best light of the day – which means that it’s super important to be on time. If you’re late to an evening session, we could run out of light before we’ve finished shooting and if your session takes place in the morning, the sun gets more harsh as it rises.


When to Expect Your Images

As soon as possible after your session is complete, it normally takes about 30 business day to edit your images. You will recieve a digital gallery that you can share with your family and friends. You can expect to receive your prints between 4 and 8 weeks after your session.


How many photos do I get?

Each Gallery will come with 30 images. You will be able to download the high resolution of the images of your choosing,


a minimum of 50% of the package must be paid to book the session and hold your date. All prices subject to 6% Michigan Sales Tax.

The package must be paid in full before anything is delivered or printed. Payment plans are available upon request.

Print Package

90 Minutes
Online Gallery with Hi-Res Downloads
2- 10×10” Canvas
2 – 8×10” prints
20% off Print Store


Digital Package

90 Minutes
Online Gallery with Hi-Res Downloads
10% off Print store