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PLEASE BE ON TIME... OR EVEN EARLY!


GUM, TRANSITION LENSES AND SPRAY TAN... OH MY!

I am so looking forward to our shoot. It's a really fun experience (yes, even for Dad, wink, wink!) and I want to make the most of our time together. Please plan on arriving ten minutes before your session time, just to give yourself a little cushion in case you hit a snag. Things happen - hair doesn't cooperate, traffic gets crazy, you have to run back because you forgot something (or is all of this just me?) ;). If you give yourself extra time you will be extra relaxed!

All these are cool. Just... not for pictures ;). Gum shows no matter how much you think it won't (hiding it behind your teeth can't last for every shot), transition lenses look like sunglasses (we want to see those beautiful peepers!) and if you want to look tan and use a store-bought method, often the clean skin tones that I pride myself in capturing, get really tricky. 
If you wear glasses and have transition lenses, you can either remove the glasses altogether for the photos, or if they are an integral part of your look, you can change them out for a pair with traditional lenses. I will try my best to minimize the glare so we can see those gorgeous eyes!

DON'T DISCIPLINE THE KIDS ;)

Ok, hear me out on this! I'm not telling you how to parent ;), BUT... for just the time we have together, please don't worry one single bit about your child's behavior. Sometimes kiddos can sense that they are about to do something out of the norm (I mean, how often does your whole family get dressed up and head out to a field, amiright?), and they may get extra silly or start

IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER...

I will keep an eye on the forecast the week before our session. It can change quickly... for good or for bad! If the forecast is sketchy there is always a bit of a gamble with whatever choice I make, as the weather can change on a dime. However, I will try to make the best decision based on my professional experience and let you know if we will need to reschedule (I will try to do this before you would begin getting ready!). The most important thing to me is the lighting outside. Even if it's not raining but the clouds are too dark, we will need to reschedule. Really dark clouds make for unflattering shadows, and of course the possibility of rain is no fun when you just spent so much time on everyone's hair!  We will proceed with the backup date we chose upon booking first, and then go from there. 

Ok, hear me out on this! I'm not telling you how to parent ;), BUT... for just the time we have together, please don't worry one single bit about your child's behavior. Sometimes kiddos can sense that they are about to do something out of the norm (I mean, how often does your whole family get dressed up and head out to a field, amiright?), and they may get extra silly or start acting out. I totally understand you want them to be on their best behavior because I would be the same! ...but in the spirit of just having a relaxing, fun experience (and getting good photos!), pretty please hold off on the disciplining during our session. Ironically more often than not it backfires and the grumpy faces stick around longer. I rarely see this anyway but I just wanted to plant the little seed... that you don't have to worry about being "the bad guy" for the time we are together (Hooray! Enjoy the vacation!). Trust me, I have 5 kids. If anyone has empathy for you mama, it's ME ;). I have a "bag of tricks" that usually work if a kiddo is having challenges for the session. Also, if it is a full session, we have plenty of time to give them the space they need. I can stop and walk with them, talk with them, ask them about their favorite stories, shows, or toys. Worst case scenario? They stay grumpy and you will get some pretty entertaining photos. I'm not even kidding when I say that one of my favorite pictures of my son is of him with an extreme scowl. It's framed on my wall in an 11x14! When my little brother (who is now 28) was a baby, we had family photos done at a studio (hello Olan Mills and early 1990's!). He screamed the entire time and my mom cried the whole way home. 
That photo is our family's favorite EVER.  

.... do you see a theme here? ;) So yeah, don't worry mama. We will get some great stuff. 

acting out. I totally understand you want them to be on their best behavior because I would feel the same with my kids! ...but in the spirit of just having a relaxing, fun experience (and getting good photos!), pretty please hold off on the disciplining during our session. Ironically more often than not it backfires and the grumpy faces stick around longer. I rarely see this anyway but I just wanted to plant the little seed... that you don't have to worry about being "the bad guy" for the time we are together (Hooray! Enjoy the vacation!). Trust me, I have 5 kids. If anyone has empathy for you mama, it's ME ;). I have a "bag of tricks" that usually work if a kiddo is having challenges for the session. Also, if it is a full session (as opposed to a mini session), we have plenty of time to give them the space they need. I can stop and walk with them, talk with them, ask them about their favorite stories, shows, or toys. Worst case scenario? They stay grumpy and you will get some pretty entertaining photos. I'm not even kidding when I say that one of my favorite pictures of my son is of him with an extreme scowl. It's framed on my wall in an 11x14! When my little brother (who is now 28) was a baby, we had family photos done at a studio (hello Olan Mills and early 1990's!). He screamed the entire time and my mom cried the whole way home.
That photo is our family's favorite EVER.  .... do you see a theme here? ;) So yeah, don't worry mama. We will get some great stuff. 


WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE SESSION ? 

First of all, hopefully you get back in the car and say, "Wow, did we really just take photos or just hang out?" Or... "Jeanna is the best. She should run for President." ;) Actually, I will probably make you promise to go out for ice cream and continue the fun. Also, I'll bet your kids will sleep REALLY well that night!
On my end I will come home, give my kiddos some hugs, and then start downloading your photos. From there I will need two weeks to properly go through the images, weed out multiples and "blinks" and then edit them in my specific, bright, and unique style. Two weeks from the date of your session I will send you an email with a link to your gallery. You will be able to download them instantly to your computer, where I highly suggest backing them up on an external hard drive, flash drive, or other method you prefer. I do offer prints from my professional lab, but you will also have the ability to print them elsewhere if you choose. I will send more detailed information on printing when you get your gallery.

.... At the end of the day, my greatest wish is that you, your children, and grandchildren ADORE these photos forever. After all, your family is what life is ALL about, and one of my greatest joys is that I get to be a small, behind-the-scenes part of preserving your legacy.


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WHAT IS THE FIRST STEP?

Hello friend! I am thrilled you are wanting to pull the trigger on some downright amazing photos (Seriously, just take a moment to close your eyes... can you imagine the MAGIC we are going to create together?!). I'm truly honored you are trusting me to create art you and your family will treasure for generations. 
If you haven't already, please review my pricing page. After you contact me I will initially send you a questionnaire, which gives me a little more information about the kind of photos you will be wanting. When you are ready to take the next step and make this official (yay!), we will choose a date and time for the shoot, and after that I will send you a contract and invoice. You may pay the full session fee, OR a non-refundable retainer of half (the other half is due the day of the session). Completing both the contract and payment secure your photo session!

WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?

Odds are if you resonate with my work, you are going to want photos similar to what you've seen on my website and in my social media content. Mostly everyone is wearing a light color palette, and there are specific reasons for that (they create flattering skin tones, help with that "glow" you love, and make up the overall aesthetic of the photo... amongst many other reasons). At the end of the day YOU choose what you love, but below is a link to a more detailed guide for clothing; do's and don'ts, as well as where I recommend purchasing clothes if you are looking to buy.  **CLICK HERE FOR THE CLOTHING GUIDE**

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