*Disclaimer - this is crazy long, but PLEASEEEEEEEEE read it all*
I am thrilled to capture these precious memories for you. Please know that my approach is very unscripted, sometimes a bit of high energy, and usually a tad goofy.
These minis take place at Graham Farms in Umatilla: 14803 Lake Yale Rd, Umatilla, FL 32784
The session will last about 10 minutes. So how do we get a happy kiddo in that short amount of time? Well, we don't always. If you have a shy child, it is perfectly fine. We don't want forced smiles, and we definitely don't want an upset child, so please relax. I know it can be stressful getting ready for photos, but if you're stressed, your kid(s) will sense that and they won't want to cooperate. Start preparing your kid(s) now. Let them know how fun this will be. Let them know that it will be an adventure and they will get to see beautiful flowers. Bribery usually works, too! Another huge thing, make sure your child eats before the session. Hungry kids are grumpy kids. I have 4 kids myself, and totally have been through this! Also, please make sure you arrive early. These sessions are back to back and there's no buffer in between. If you are late, you will miss your spot. One more important thing: We'll be outdoors in Florida. This means all of Florida's creatures, critters, and pesky pests can appear. I have only encountered mosquitoes and fire ants at this location, but always keep in mind that we'll be in the great outdoors. Closed toed shoes are great.
Every session is a bit different, depending on each child and how they like being photographed. I get a feel for each child’s personality and then will work off of their behavior. Some will be more shy and reserved, and others will be a little more on the wild side. I want
to capture your child being....well.... them! Please don't expect a gazillion of perfectly posed images. I love to capture kids being kids. If your child has a complete meltdown, it's okay. Don't fret. This has happened before, so don't feel like it's the end of the world. Kids are unpredictable even when we do everything we can to make it amazing. If your kid has the meltdown of 2022, I will do my best to get detail shots, wide angles of them walking, and so forth. It will work out. The key is to NOT STRESS. Just hang out, enjoy yourself, and let me have a blast with your little one(s). Prep them so much up prior to the session, so they look forward to it, rather than them being confused as to why they are in a field of flowers with a crazy woman taking pictures! I want the kiddos to have a great time, because that’s when the best images are captured. Stay clear from saying, “cheese”. I will probably make toot noises and say some off the wall things, so just roll with it.
My mind is usually scattered, so when your session is done, I will probably fail to tell you the procedure from there on out. Here it is: Within 1-2 days of your session, I will message/email you and ask if you want a sneak peek posted. Your images will be edited in order of the sessions I have photographed that month. I will have the final edits to you within 4 weeks for proofing. You will be able to pick which images you want to keep, and decide if you want to purchase more at that time.
As for what to wear .... Here's my advice ... Soft colors are perfect. I do NOT recommend fluorescent or bright colors, as they cast colors on the skin that I do not edit out. Try not to be too matchy matchy, but instead, coordinate. Pastels, cream/white, chambray, khaki, all look amazing! I love H&M, especially for boys. For girls, anything with texture (lace especially) is perfect. A jacket with a dress, dainty headband are really cute for girls. For boys, rolled jeans/pants, suspenders/overalls play up their cuteness. Bold and bright colors can be distracting. Please stay away from words on clothes. The main thing, make sure they are comfortable. These are all my styling opinions. Of course, you don't have to follow any of them, because these are your images and I want you to love them, so please dress them comfortably, but please also keep in mind that wardrobe can greatly affect the look of your images. Timeless and classic are, well, timeless and classic. If you have any questions prior to your session, please email or text me 352-455-8015. I look forward to this session and thank you for taking the time to read through what makes these minis so magical!