How should we prepare for our session?
I suggest arriving to the session at least 10 minutes early dressed and ready. I photograph the hour before sunset (golden hour) and after this hour the light is very limited.
On the day of the session be sure everyone is well rested and fed. We can all get a bit cranky when these basic needs are not met. It is important no one shows up to the session on an empty stomach. I encourage everyone has a substantial meal before the session to provide the energy to make it through a fun and potentially active session.
Where should we have the session?
Location is key to any successful family photo. The location should reflect a special place, or special feeling for each family member. Your favorite hiking trail is a great idea, unless you want your toddler daughter in a sundress and sandals, so consider your surroundings, and any obstacles that you may encounter getting to the beautiful destination setting.
I've spent a lot of time researching locations. I find that open spaces give opportunity for family members to be themselves, to dance, to explore, to be silly. When you book your session you will then recieve a guide for locations and it will give you suggestions of where to hold your session.
What do we wear?
It isn't easy styling your whole entire family for a session, but Kendra is here to take the ease off of you. When you book your session you will recieve a Client Guide which has a guide of how to dress inside and my top tips for what to wear for your family session.
Here are a few of my suggestions for how to dress:
-Start with one outfit and add on/work from there.
-Try to avoid mixing patterns, such as stripes and plaids.
-Try to stick to the Neutral/Pastel color palette, as they tend to photograph better
-Avoid neon colors.These colors often reflect onto your skin.
-Try to avoid clothing that have distractive wording or characters.
*MOST IMPORTANT*-Dress Comfortably. The session is laid back and it is important that you feel comfroatable.
What if it rains?
I have a reliable app, called Dark Sky, that I use to track the weather up to the last minute. I usually wait until the morning of the session to call it off due to weather. For these unpredictable circumstances, I keep a few dates available to reschedule.