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Welcome

First of all, thank you. I am thrilled that you have chosen me to photograph your family. It truly is an honor and a privilege to document these milestones for you, and I can’t wait to meet in person! In the meantime let’s cover some ground to help you get better prepared for your session.

What to expect

WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SO MUCH FUN!

No matter what type of session you’ve booked with me, they pretty much roll all the same way, ESPECIALLY if there are kiddos involved. My style is a bit of a hybrid of different things. I consider my self a lifestyle photographer. That doesn’t mean I expect you to show up with your adorable baby and family knowing exactly what to do and how to look adorable while doing it! I’ll always be there to tell you exactly where to be, and what to do while your there. I’ll be “setting the stage” so to speak, then I’ll prompt you to interact with one another in a way that brings out your own special connections with one another! Prepare to interact, play, cuddle, and oddly enough-NOT look at the camera very much. I want to show you how gorgeous you look while being a mom/wife/dad and that requires letting your guard down and just being in the moment with your family. Don’t worry, I will get at least 1 “smile and look at the camera” shot of your entire family, but what I mainly want to capture are your unique and precious relationships with one another!

NEXT UP, LET THE KIDS BE KIDS!

Getting kids on board can feel overwhelming and a little bit tricky so here are some tips from a photographer and mama who has been getting cranky kids to relax for years- Biggest tip I can offer is to let them be. Kids are not going to be able to sit and smile for long and thats the beauty of my photography style- THEY DONT NEED TO! The best photos I capture are when you are playing with your kids and just letting them be themselves. Try to avoid punishing them or threatening them with discipline during the shoot, it almost always doesn’t work out the way you had hoped! Also – I know its hard – trust me I do- but don’t constantly instruct them to smile or smile better or to look at me. I will let them know what I want & sometimes that includes not looking at me at all! And if I pause at any time from giving instructions and clicking away, its because I love what they are doing! I always tells parents – “You can’t hear photos” and that is something to remember at your shoot. You can see faces and tension very well in photos but that sound of your toddler screaming? No one will know! I will pose them away if this happens and you can snuggle them close and smile through the chaos and a beautiful raw moment can be captured. Remember to smile and relax. If your child needs a break- that is okay too. Anything extra I need to know about your kiddos and what they love (certain songs or shows etc) is very helpful and should be mentioned in your questionnaire answers or in an email.

*A quick note about outdoor family sessions: All my sessions happen at sunset – sometimes this is pretty late in the evening so be sure to adjust nap schedules for the day if you have littles who go to bed early! I do not offer earlier times then “golden hour” for outdoor shoots unless the weather is cloudy.

ABOUT NEWBORNS AND BABIES…

If your seeing me for a newborn or baby milestone session, don’t fret! I FULLY expect your newborn to be a newborn, and for your squiggling baby to be just that! Yes, I do have a set “checklist” of shots that I aim to get done, but I order them for whatever works at the time with whatever your precious bundle is throwing at me in that moment, and make adjustments as needed. Don’t worry, I am fast and flexible, and I am confident you will have a beautiful and full gallery of images to choose from. Also, during your newborn session, I expect to take frequent breaks for feeds, diaper changes, wiping up spit up, and soothing. I am a mama of 6, I KNOW how it is with a fresh new bub in the first few weeks, especially with other kiddos. I feel you, I am right there with you, and we will get this done together!

LASTLY, LET IT BE!

As much as we want everything to be perfect- try not to stress small things like adjusting your hair or stepping in front of a shot to fix your kiddos hair/outfit. Sometimes we have to move fast and only have one chance at the shot when a toddler is “cooperating” and you don’t want your hand up fixing your hair in that moment. I will fix anything that needs to be fixed, just enjoy the moment and let go of those worries.

DAYS LEADING UP AND FINAL DETAILS…

Outdoor sessions take place in the general Winter Springs/ Oviedo area, and all newborn/milestone sessions take place in my Winter Springs studio. Gallery turnaround times vary from 14-30 days depending on my current workload. I aim to post any sneak peeks within 7 days to social media, but make no promises as sometimes sneak peeks can take quite a bit of time away from just editing and delivering a final gallery. Galleries will be delivered via the email you used to book your session, so please ensure I have an email that you frequently check.

Tips on styling

 

THE #1 QUESTION I GET ASKED AFTER SOMEONE BOOKS A SESSION WITH ME IS, “WHAT DO WE WEAR?”

This should break down all of my styling advice for you!

There are several factors that truly “make” your session look like my work that you’ve come to know and love.

First, it’s your family’s natural love and connection-brought out with a little help from me with gentle posing and guiding.

Next, is timing and light. I only shoot outdoor sessions at golden hour, and I only shoot studio session during specific times where the light is most favorable.

Last, but not least, are the clothing you and your family members wear. This may seem silly, but the wrong colors or patterns can make or break an image, especially of the colors are too loud or distracting. Below are a few simple “rules” I like to follow when giving styling advice to my clients.

THE “RULES”…

#1. Everyone should coordinate, NOT match. You want your color choices to mesh well with one another. Coordinating colors add so much more dimension to an image, as opposed to everyone being dressed in matching colors where the individual person gets lost. No one should be wearing the exact same colors or outfits. An example of coordinating colors are olive, mustard, and cream.

#2. Stick to neutral earthy tones. Colors that photograph well and coordinate with my editing style are creams/beiges/taupes in all shades, browns, earthy colors like olive, mustard, and rust, and the muted version of most other bright colors. For example, instead of royal blue, choose a denim blue. Instead of bright white, choose ivory or cream. Instead of canary yellow, choose mustard. Instead of bright green, choose olive or moss. Instead of bright pink or coral, choose blush pink or mauve. Instead of bright red, choose a brick red. Instead of black, choose charcoal or a darker gray. Deep jewel tones like emerald, navy, burgundy, and eggplant also photograph well outdoors for the holidays. Just make sure to stick with a color theme. Do not mix and match earthy colors with jewel tones, just stick with one theme. Either theme works well with neutrals like browns and creams to coordinate. Colors to avoid are black, neon or bright colors, and anything with a loud or distracting pattern or logo. If anyone wears a pattern, it should be minimal, like a dainty repeating floral design on yours or your little girls dress.

#3. Add different textures! Coordinating interesting textures can really help make your images pop. For example, throw a knitted pullover under your toddler boy’s corduroy overalls, or pair a lace kimono over your dress.

#4. Movement is SO important! This tip is mainly for mom. One of the ways I add movement and interest in my images is by having mom wear a dress. It adds beautiful flow, and just brings out something romantic in your images. I know wearing a long flowy dress may not be someone’s usual cup of tea, but TRUST me. You’ll feel like the queen you are during your session, and you will love your images! Avoid very tight fitting and short dresses and skirts, and instead opt for a longer flowy dress.

#5. Details. Mom, this is the time to spoil yourself! Its not often that your celebrating a new baby or getting family photos taken. Use this as an opportunity to spoil yourself. Have your hair/nails/makeup done! You will feel and look amazing. Wear accessories that make you feel beautiful, and do something a little different like wear a brimmed hat, or gold bangles. Bring along a flowy knitted cardigan to pair with your off-shoulder dress. These things add just a little more something that can truly make your images stand out more. For your kiddos, you can add in flower crowns or dainty bows (avoid large cheerleader-type bows) for girls, and perhaps a beanie or suspenders for your little men.

#6. Footwear. Always go neutral and non-distracting. Stick with brown sandals, flats, boots, or loafers. If your in the studio, I do typically ask for you to be barefoot, but if someone (usually dad) insists on shoes, just be sure that its a neutral brown. Always avoid sneakers, black or white shiny mary-jane type shoes for little girls, and anything in bright colors or sneakers with characters.

NEED SOME HELP? LET ME STYLE YOU!

If there is one thing I love it’s helping style my clients! I do have a client closet most mamas like to borrow from, and it takes much of the styling stress off of your shoulders! I also have everything you need for your baby. If you’d like me to help style you with items from your own closet, or help you shop, simply reach out! I like to make sure outfits are chosen 1-2 weeks prior to your session date.

A FINAL CHECKLIST BEFORE YOUR SESSION:

-Avoid daily jewelry like apple watches or rugged watches.

-Check wrists for hair ties.

-Remove phones/keys/wallets from pockets.

-Wear a bra that won’t show or need adjusting. I always recommend a nude bra just in case it peeks out.

-If you cannot part your baby/toddler from their pacifier, be sure to bring one that coordinates well with your colors if possible (I know that many little ones are attached to a particular paci, and that’s fine!). A couple of my favorite brands are Bibs and Natursutten.

I hope all of these tips help you more easily coordinate your outfits for your session! As always, if you have any further questions or need a second opinion, feel free to reach out!

P.S. Now I know I called these “rules,” but these are just my strong suggestions. If you truly can’t stand the way you look in a dress, wear what makes you most comfortable and whatever makes you feel beautiful! This is your day. I never want anyone to feel like I’m forcing them to wear what they don’t want to wear. These are just my tips and advice based off of my experience 😉

WANT TO TAKE A PEEK AT MY CLIENT CLOSET?

AND THAT’S THAT! I KNOW I JUST GAVE YOU A LOT OF INFORMATION, BUT I HOPE I’VE ADDRESSED ALL OR AT LEAST MOST OF YOUR QUESTIONS! AS ALWAYS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHOOT ME AN EMAIL IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS AT VICTORIANICOLEPHOTOG@GMAIL.COM, OR YOU CAN TEXT ME ANYTIME AT (407)221-2837! I CAN’T WAIT TO WORK WITH YOU!

 

*STUDIO ADDRESS: 814 BIG BUCK CIRCLE, WINTER SPRINGS, 32708