How to Prepare for Your Maternity or Family Portraits

When to Book Your Session

In the Las Vegas area, we have some amazing year-round weather allowing us tons of options as to when you can book your outdoor portrait session. Generally speaking, you will want to book your dates with me about a month in advance whenever possible. If you are considering doing fall family photos, you will want to book those much earlier as that is my busiest time of year.

How Long Does a Session Take?

The session itself will take 45 minutes to an hour. That will allow for plenty of time to walk around and get some nice variation for your gallery. You will also want to consider the drive time and possible traffic because most of the places I go are outside of the valley. We will meet about an hour before sunset to get the best natural lighting. Please arrive on time so we don’t miss any of our “golden hour” goodness.

Wardrobe and Styling

My style of portrait photography focuses on your family and authentic interactions. I feel like this is best accomplished when you’re comfortably dressed. Clothing and shoes should be chosen with consideration of the locations, weather and style. Coordinating your family doesn’t have to be hard. The idea is to give each person an individualized look. The best way to achieve this is to start with one outfit and build around it. For example, the family pictured above used all the colors in mom’s dress to match the rest of the family resulting in amazing wardrobe choices for everyone! (If you’d like to see more of their session, CLICK HERE!)

For my maternity clients, you may bring your own clothes or borrow any of the gowns I have available. These dresses are only available to paid clients. If you are concerned about the fit, you are welcome to set up an appointment with me to try them on. (Please do so with enough time to find another outfit prior to your session, if you need to.)

Working with Kids

It’s important to put a positive spin on family picture day and to really try to enjoy the experience. My main goal is to capture your family exactly as they are right now, during this season of your life. Putting unnecessary pressure on your children to behave will almost certainly end badly. (And you will likely stress yourself out in the process.) So to avoid that, I typically give specific directions to encourage genuine expressions and natural interactions. I also don’t recommend waiting to eat dinner until after the session. Eat first, dessert after, as a treat! Keep the day light, airy and fun! Hey, a little bribery never hurts! 😉

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