You and your family are unique, and your session will be, too! Here you can read some information about what to expect:
What is the process for booking?
There are a few steps to booking, but I promise that they're easy! The good news? You've already completed step 1 just by coming to my website! I always encourage my clients (and prospective clients) to look at my work so that they have an idea of what to expect. The next step is to contact me to set up a time to chat. Pre-COVID, all of these initial meetings happened in-person so that we could chat face-to-face, but now all of these meetings happen via Zoom to ensure that everyone is as safe as possible.
I have these meetings to go over what to expect before, during and after our session, show you all of the heirloom quality products that I offer and review all of my pricing. I find that having these meetings and getting to chat a little beforehand allows for everyone to be more comfortable during the session. This is especially true for small children! If parents are comfortable, the kids get comfortable faster. After our meeting, I will send you a copy of my welcome guide, my contract and an invoice. Once you have paid a 50% retainer, I will put you on the schedule for your date and time.
What should I wear??
This is a question that I get asked quite a bit! Wear clothes that you are comfortable in and make you feel confident.
I always recommend the 4 C's: Clean, Comfortable, Complimentary and Complementary.
Clean- Clean as in laundered, but it can also mean no logos as they can be distracting in the image.
Comfortable- Make sure that your clothing FEELS good on you. This applies to children, too. If they are wearing clothes that are too tight or bother them in some way, they will be adjusting it throughout the session. (This applies to adults, too!)
Complimentary- We want your clothes to showcase how beautiful you are!
Complementary- We also want your clothes to flow well with everyone else in your portraits. I usually recommend 2-3 base colors and then adding in 1-2 pops of color. For example, you can have navy blue and maroon for your main colors and then have pops of a yellow statement necklace or a white hairbow.
If you have scheduled a children's session, feel free to bring multiple outfits for them to wear and try to have them be comfortable in whatever they are wearing. My welcome guide has more information on what to wear, but the 4 C's are the ultimate tips!
Should I bring anything?
You do not have to bring anything, unless you want certain items in your photographs. That being said, with children's sessions, bringing a few things doesn't hurt: extra clothes, their favorite toy (this can make for AWESOME shots), a snack or to drink. Modeling is hard work! :) I just ask that the snacks and drinks be ones that don't stain clothing or teeth. If you want to bring a special treat for your little ones, it's best to give it to them after the session.
What is the general "flow" of a family session?
For family sessions, I usually begin with the family all together. I do this so that smaller kids can become more comfortable in front of the camera and helps everyone relax a bit more. During family sessions, I always try to get the following shots: full family, all siblings together, individuals of all kids, each parent with all kids, each parent with individual kids and parents together without kids. This provides you with a large gallery to choose from and lets everyone have some 1:1 time with the camera!
Sometimes kids take a little longer to warm up, but don't worry! I have quite a few tricks up my sleeve to get a child to look at me and smile. All you need to do is just sit back and relax!
What is the general "flow" of a newborn session?
For newborn sessions, I have you come into the studio and feed your baby so that their belly is full and happy! Once they are fed, I begin with family portraits and then move on to portraits of just the baby (or babies). Once family portraits are over, you are welcome to sit in the studio space and watch or you can relax on the couch with a cup of coffee/tea/water and watch some Netflix or nap! During newborn sessions, I aim to get family portraits, portraits with the new baby and siblings, portraits with each parent and portraits of the baby (or babies) alone.
What happens after the session is complete?
Once we're done with the session, I will begin the editing process. This can take me up to two weeks, but I will usually post a preview within 24-48 hours. I post all of my previews onto my Facebook and/or Instagram page, unless we have specifically agreed that your photos will not be used on social media. If you choose to not have your photos on social media, I will put your preview in a password protected gallery so that you can see it. After I am done editing your photos, I will send you an email to let you know that it is time to schedule your Reveal & Ordering session. This is when we will meet either virtually or in-person to reveal all of your portraits and allow you to order your heirloom products, digital images or both!
Are you ready to book a custom session with Fluttering Shutter Photography? Contact me and let's talk about how we can capture beautiful portraits of the ones that you love the most.