What to Expect
I schedule sessions an hour to an hour and a half before sunset. This is when outdoor lighting is prime for photographers. If you have little ones that go to bed early, an hour before sunrise is also a wonderful time to schedule a family session, but of course it requires more coffee. :) Your session will be relaxed, fun and enjoyable for the whole family. You can expect me to start off by asking you what your most desired poses are. We will shoot those first to make sure we have what you want and then I will take creative freedom with the rest of your session. We will spend anywhere from 45 min to an hour and a half taking portraits, allowing the kids to have snacks, run around, rest or whatever is necessary to have successful images. Your session will never feel rushed.
The best advice I can give for moms of young kids is to bring light colored liquid drinks (water, lemonade, apple juice) and a few snacks that can double over as treats, aka bribe. You might want to add a few special touches to your session by bringing along special lovies, signs, banners or props that represent your family. Also, keep in mind what the weather is doing; if it's Summer, wear light, airy outfits and bring water bottles for everyone; if it's Winter & windy dress in layers and have a blanket on hand to wrap up in between shots. Also, don't overbook yourself the day of your session. Have outfits already picked out the night before. If possible, take off work early so that you can take your time getting ready and you're not stressed when you arrive at your session. If you're stressed, it WILL show in your pictures.
Downtown, Parks, Lake Hefner, Historic/Urban areas and Country-ish, Open Land areas. If you don't have a specific location in mind, I'm more than happy to recommend a few places.
Birth Photography services should be scheduled by 34 weeks of pregnancy, sooner is better, so that we can meet in person to go over over your birth plan and to answer any questions you may.
It is best to schedule your session between 34-36 weeks of pregnancy so that you're belly is nice and round, but you're not too uncomfortable.
Newborns look most new within the first 10 days of life and in their birth suit. Please schedule your newborn session in your 34th-36th week of pregnancy to reserve your spot. Then call me again within hours of baby's birth to nail down the exact session date and time. The newer your baby, the more they will sleep and the smoother your session will go. Newborn sessions should be expected to last a few hours due to feedings, changes, and crying.
Babies & Children
Well let's be real here, they look cute in ANYTHING, but for portraits, try to color coordinate your kids so that if their outfits were in a painting, their colors would compliment each other (and stay away from huge logos & writing on shirts).
The best time to do pictures of just baby is when they are able to sit by themselves. They have quite the personality around this time and are a blast to capture on camera with their favorite stuffed animal or blankie.
Full Courthouse Photojournalism followed by a Mini Family Session in the same vicinity. Dress as you would for a Photo Session. Outfit suggestions can be found below.
All other sessions
One little trick I like to use is for mom to pick out her favorite outfit with lots of fun colors for either herself or her child, and then from that outfit, pull colors for everyone else's outfits. I strongly suggest layers, scarves, texture...they add a beautiful feel to your portraits.
I am booked 1-2 months out depending on the season. Please keep this in mind when scheduling your session.
Remember: What you put into your session is what you'll get out of your session!
Once I receive your sitting fee (pricing can be found on "Investment" page), I will email your Session Information.
Please call or text me (405-600-5309) with any questions or suggestions about your session. I can't wait to meet you!