How do I schedule a session and pay?
In the coming weeks, I will have an online scheduling process where you can reserve a time slot with a deposit. For now, email me, and I will contact you to schedule as soon as possible to learn about what you’re looking for and to schedule our session. The balance is due at the end of your session. I accept credit cards, checks or cash.
Where do you take pictures?
My studio is in the Architectural Antiques building at 1330 Quincy Avenue Northeast, suite #305 in northeast Minneapolis. It’s an older building with a lot of character. I also shoot on location. A list of potential shoot locations can be found here. I love to travel and am open to go just about anywhere (there may be additional fees for travel outside 50 miles from my studio).
What should I wear to the session?
Wear what makes you feel good and clothes that you like yourself in. Think about the kind of picture you want and then decide on the look that you want (classic, formal, bold, stylish, artsy, approachable, etc.).
- Avoid patterns and overly-bright colors. Anything that districts the viewer will take away from the photo.
- Dark and solid colors are more slimming than light colors and bold patterns.
- Vertical lines are slimming; horizontal lines are not.
- For group portraits, choose one to three colors with similar tones that go nicely together and have everyone work within that color palette. For example: dark green, navy, and burgundy – all dark jewel tones. OR tan, a lighter olive green, and denims – all lighter, softer tones.
- Choose a top with sleeves at least to the elbow
- Choose dark socks and footwear (unless it’s a barefoot photo on the beach)
- Keep jewelry simple and minimalistic
- Avoid clothes with writing on them
- If you don’t wear your glasses all the time, take them off for the picture. Take them off early enough to get rid of any glass marks.
How should I prepare for a newborn session?
Make sure to feed baby right before the session. This way, the baby will still be full and more likely to sleep during the session.
Bring your baby in a loose button-up or zip-up sleeper. If you need to remove shoes and socks, pants, and take a shirt off over their heads once you arrive, the baby is more likely to wake up. Instead, it’s so, so simple to zip down and slip off pajamas while baby remains asleep! And if the pajamas are loose-fitting, then ideally there won’t be many lines left behind on the baby’s skin.
Make sure not to eat any spicy or irritating foods the day of the shoot if you are nursing. Also have a pacifier available if baby will take one.
I also recommend keeping your little one awake in the couple hours leading up to the session. If the baby has slept all morning and then arrives to my studio, they just might be ready for a long awake period, which makes the job of getting them sleepy all that much harder.
How should I prepare my home for a newborn session?
I will need to find a spot in your home that lets in a lot of natural light in. We can look around together when I arrive to determine the best place. Occasionally we may need to move furniture or other items around to make room. Make sure you clear any rooms of clutter that you want to highlight in the photos (nursery, your bedroom, living room, etc.). Think about what props you may want to include in the photos. If you have any fun hats, flower headbands, or diaper covers, make sure to set those out too. If you don’t have any and would like to, I highly recommend checking out Etsy.
One of the most important things to remember is to turn the temp up in your house to about 80 degrees. Even though we may be hot and uncomfortable, babies love feeling warm, and it’s a great way to put them to sleep. I may also bring a portable space heater.
How long will it take until I get my photos back?
Photos are available to review in one to two weeks. Printed images or art books may extend this timeline. I will e-mail you instructions on how to view them on your Online Web Gallery. It is a password protected site that will expire after 7 days. Feel free to share the login information with family and friends that want to see or order prints.