What I want you to know as your family photographer



Are you thinking about having photos done? Here is what I want you to know as your family photographer.



1. You do not need to loose 10 pounds before you can have photos done

NOW is the best time to have your photos done. Period. Don’t wait when you’re 10 pounds lighter. When your family looks back at these pictures we’re taking today, I promise they’re not going to notice that 10 pounds you wish you’d lost. They’re going to notice your happy smile and they’re going to be so thankful they have these pictures of you!

At the same time, absolutely tell me what you are sensitive about! Are you self conscious about your arms or your tummy? I will be extra mindful with your positioning and placement. Also, bear in mind that proper wardrobe can help quite a bit with these insecurities and I will provide those tips.


2. Slow down on the day of your session

We are all busy, I get it. But, please, be mindful of your schedule and activities on the day of your session. No one, your kids in particular, will be happy if your day of your session involves a hike, a soccer practice and grocery shopping. Instead try to have a more relaxed easy day with plenty of time to get ready and, with smaller children, a good nap. This will pay off in the end.



Clock to remind to slow down on the day of a photo session.

3. Print right away

Why are you having a photo session done? To have photos to look at and therefore reflect and remember, correct? Do photos on a USB drive in a drawer provide that to you? No, they do not. Part of my service is to offer prints and other products such as canvases, metal prints and albums to my clients. If you choose to forgo this and get digital files only, please make the time to sit down and order prints. The longer you procrastinate, there is a less of a chance of getting this done. Trust me, I know!



As your family photographer I want you to print your photos.


4. Taking photos is not a chore. Have fun!

Family photo shoots can be a fun and memorable experience for everyone involved. Don’t take it too seriously, and enjoy the time spent with your loved ones! If you adopt this mindset and put your best foot forward, your children will follow and everyone will be happier.


What I want you to know as your family photographer- have fun!


5. You don’t need to be an expert in posing and smiling

Really! Not many of us are experts in posing and even being in front of the camera. And that is ok. I strive to make my family photo sessions playful and fun. I will guide you and give you a lot of prompts. We will probably even play a game or two to induce a playful atmosphere and as a result capture the best and most natural expressions and interactions. Real smiles and natural posing are the goal here.

6. Communication is key

It’s important to communicate your expectations, needs, and preferences to me. If you have them, that is. Be clear about any specific ideas and desires you may have as well as things you may be worried about and body parts you may be insecure about.


7. Trust my expertise

I have had years of experience capturing family moments and know what works best. Please trust my suggestions and expertise in getting the best shots in the best light.


8. Be flexible

This somewhat goes with the previous point…. While you may have specific ideas in mind, please be open to trying new things or taking suggestions from the photographer. Sometimes the best shots happen spontaneously!


9. Dress appropriately

When you book with me, a detailed Session Guide will land in your email. A large section in the guide touches on tips how to dress for your session. After you go through this information, we will discuss this more in our pre-session consultation. Putting some thought into your wardrobe selection always pays off.

  •  Dress for the weather and season. Dress warmly on cold days; especially children will be miserable if they are cold and this will show in the photos.
  • Consider the appropriateness of certain types of clothes and shoes. There are some clothing items you should stay away from! Again, this will be covered in detail in the session guide.
  • Dress for your body type and with consideration to your sensitive areas. The correct type of clothing can hide a problematic area and give you extra boost of confidence.





There you have it, this is what I want you to know as your family photographer.


I am a Family Photographer in Asheville, NC specializing in photographing families as they grow and change. My areas of expertise are maternity photography, newborn photography, family and children photography.


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