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What to Expect

Your photo session will be relaxed, fun and enjoyable for the whole family. I love to capture how families and couples naturally interact and enjoy each other. During an average session, we spend a half hour to an hour.

The best advice I can give you is to make sure you’re well rested on the day of your photo session (that goes for kiddos too!), eat something and stay well hydrated. Believe it or not, bad moods can show up in pictures! The better you feel, the better you’ll look.

When you arrive for the photo session, don’t be afraid to dance, skip, twirl and laugh!  I want you to enjoy the experience.

Parks, beaches, historic/urban areas and your own backyard are all great locations for photos. If you do not have a location in mind when booking your photo session, I can recommend a few places and make sure we choose the perfect spot for you.

Maternity Sessions
I love to photograph expecting mothers. I think that it is an amazingly beautiful time that is meant to be cherished. 1-2 months before your due date is the best time for a maternity session. That way, your belly is nice and full, without you being uncomfortable.

When choosing an outfit for your maternity photos, look for clothes that will accentuate your belly. While you might find baby doll dresses or loose clothing to be more comfortable and flattering, when you look back, you will appreciate your curvy belly in all of its glory!

Newborn sessions take place in the convenience of your own home. Babies often sleep best in a familiar environment. It is best to photograph newborns during the first two weeks of life because they are more likely to sleep through different settings, and they take well to being positioned. During your newborn session, I will set up my portable studio and take a combination of studio and lifestyle pictures. If conditions are ideal, we can also take some outdoor newborn portraits.

Children and Babies

Kids look great in bright colors, stripes and polka dots. Cute hats, shoes, and small props from their rooms are great. A little color is always welcome. If you don’t enjoy very colorful clothing, a flower or cute hat can be just that splash of color that makes a photo really pop. I would avoid large logos and writing on clothing. If you’re not sure what to wear, you can always start with simple jeans and a shirt, and we can add from there.

For babies, the best time for photos is when they first start sitting by themselves. At this point, babies usual smile more and react to their environment. That is usually the time when babies start to get those chubby little cheeks, and who doesn’t love that?

Clothing: Where to start:

When trying to put together outfits for larger groups, try to coordinate, not match. Feel free to mix and match stripes and small patterns. Pick 3-4 colors and mix them all in. Layers are always a good idea (unless it’s 100 degrees) and provide a lot of interest and makes it easy to remove an article of clothing and have a totally different look. Hats, scarves, jackets, boots, etc. All accessories are welcome.

For more ideas about how to coordinate wardrobes, check out this blog post:

If you have any other questions, or ideas that you’d like to talk about, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Brooke McGuffey - July 16, 2013 - 8:35 pm

Hello. I was referred to you by Alicia Russell. You photographed her October 2012 wedding. I was curious if you traveled to Brooksville, Fl?

Amber Wanklyn - October 23, 2020 - 10:16 am

We have recently moved from Kansas to the Melbourne area. We would love to have some family portraits (me, my husband, and our two boys) around the Spanish fort and downtown area in St. Augustine. Saturdays/Sundays would work the best for us due to the 2 hr travel time. We are not in a hurry but we will be traveling for a week at Thanksgiving, so having them done prior to that would be nice. Do you have any availability during that time?

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