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Your Session

If this is the first time you’ve invested in custom photography, you may be wondering what to expect from your session. Hopefully the information here will answer your questions but if you have more, please don’t hesitate to contact me and ask!

How long will my session be?

A family portrait session will generally be up to 2 hours long. A newborn session is usually longer (3-4 hours).

When should I schedule the session?

There’s no right or wrong answer here – it depends on many things.
First and foremost, it depends on you and your family. When is dinner time/nap time/snack time? When are your children at their happiest? Are you morning people or afternoon people? Are your children sticklers for their schedule or will they be happy enough if dinner is served an hour early? Depending on your answers to the above and also taking into consideration the quality of the light at various times of day, we can work together to arrange a time for your shoot.
There’s just one more thing I’d like to add. Overtired and overexcited children rarely respond well to photography sessions. It’s always best to reserve the entire day of your shoot and keep activities fairly quiet for the rest of the day – no long journeys, no birthday parties etc.

Where will the session take place?

Newborn sessions will nearly always take place at the client’s home but for family sessions, the world is your oyster! You may have a favourite park or your family may have many happy memories at the beach, or I can suggest many lovely locations throughout the Bay Area. NB: a travel fee may apply, depending on your desired location’s distance from Martinez. Permit and parking fees may also be applicable.

What should we wear?

Read through my guide and if you have any further questions, please let me know – I’m always willing to give advice on outfit choices to help you get the most from your session.

What should we bring?

Anything your family loves and wants included in the images! Maybe a special toy, a bunch of flowers, a cheerleading costume, a football… whatever it is, we can include it.

On the more prosaic side… some wipes, drinks and snacks are always useful!