Thanks for booking your outdoor family photo session!  Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your session with me.

Together we can decide the best location for your photos.  Regarding locations, see my articles, “Guide to Great Austin Photo Session Spots” and “Photo Shoot Locations” .  Being fairly new to Austin, I’m still discovering spots.  That being said, if you have any places in mind, let me know and I’ll be happy to go scout them out ahead of time.

Time of day is important!  While shooting outdoors, it’s important to keep in mind that mid-day is the most unflattering time for portraits, as the sun is very high in the sky and will cast unwanted shadows.  I prefer to shoot in the early evening when the sun is not so harsh.  However, if that’s just not possible, we can work together to find a time and location that will work.

If you’re wondering what to wear for your photoshoot, make sure you are comfortable and wear something that reflects who you are.  For more info on wardrobe, see my blog post. You can also get some ideas from my Pinterest page.

Regarding children, it is good to remember that they don’t usually like to be told to smile, or for that matter pose.  So we may need to give them time to relax.  I like to capture the most natural expressions possible.   I think it helps to prepare them for the shoot.  Making sure they are rested and have had some snacks is always helpful.  It is fine to bring a few snacks as well and we can take a quick break for that, if necessary.  The least messy the snack the better.

It is important to arrive on time to the session, especially since lighting is usually a factor.  Make sure to plan for traffic or parking.  Early is better than late.

So that I can be better prepared to photograph your family, please fill out this form.

I’m looking forward to capturing your family!  Feel free to contact me with any questions you have.