Before the Session
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME
We will be using 2-4 rooms in your home. We will choose rooms with the most natural light (windows) and most important rooms. Usually these rooms will be (babies room, kitchen, master bedroom, living room).
Please do not feel like you need to clean every nook and cranny of your home! I won’t be photographing in basements, in storage rooms, in closets! Each space we are photographing in should be tidy, but also realistic. If there are special items you’d like to have (quilts, stuffies, photographs in the background, memento from a special family member) in the photos, please prepare them in advance. A good tip, is writing down a list of ‘shots’ or ‘items’ in shots that are important to you in order to make the most of your session.
Ill be using natural light for the photos. I’ll be posing you in front of windows and turning off the lights (for the most part!) in your home. Please don’t be offended if I rearrange, move stuff, tidy or open curtains! I’m only doing this to make the most of the session, I arrive with no judgment and only love. I want to leave you with images that you can enjoy for years to come.
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR FAMILY
If you have children, sometimes its helpful to tell them that someone is coming over to play and take some photos. Let them know they have 3 jobs: Play, Laugh and Hug!
Try to dress casual. Lifestyle sessions look best when the participants are not wearing their “Sunday Best”, but rather clothing that is flattering, relaxing and comfortable. Avoid fluorescent colors and t-shirts with bold logos on them (ex. Bright pink paw patrol t-shirt) unless that’s the look you are going for!
During the Session
The session will last up to 2 hours depending on the specifics of your home and family.
I’ll be photographing you, your family, as well as the environment and how the light from the windows interacts with it. I’ll be photographing the details, ex: how your sons little feet hang off the counter in the kitchen, how your husband cradles your lower back when he hugs you, how your baby girls crib bars are just a little too high for her to reach.
I’ll be guiding you into different poses, but also letting you “be natural”. The session will be a mixture of posed, guided + directed and candid shots.
Remember to smile, hug, move slowly and get in close.
If you are worried about it being “awkward” (I’m talking to you Dad’s!) just know that it WILL BE slightly awkward! There’s a stranger in your house taking photos of you hugging your wife!
But hopefully by the end of the session we will be friends, and know that when you receive your images you will forget all about the awkward moments, and treasure these photos until your old and gray….
After the Session
Within 1 week (or so!) you will receive your full gallery link via email.
The lifestyle session includes 15 high resolution, edited and retouched images.
These are delivered in a beautiful online gallery available to share, print, post and display. All images are NON -WATERMARKED and are yours to keep and to share. You will choose from an online gallery of edited images and you will have to opportunity to purchase more images or your full gallery if you wish.
Please do not alter/edit your images as they are copyrighted ‘Of Wild Dawn Photography’ and I’d appreciate them staying the same as when I gave them to you.
However, they are yours to post online, share and print as you wish! There are no restrictions and you do not have to credit me, or display my watermark online if you are using them for personal use!
If you would not like your images on Of Wild Dawn Photography social media accounts (faceook, pinterest or instagram) or you would not want your images used in my photo journal (blog), for reasons of protection concerns or if your images must remain private for any other reason, please notifying me of that ASAP. I would be more than happy to leave your images off all online social media associated with Of Wild Dawn Photography.
From the online gallery you will have the option to order high quality prints of your images delivered right to you door within 2 weeks. The print company is one I personally recommend and they know my business and my photos. Printing your photos is something I think is very important. There’s something very special about holding a photo from years gone by. Having both a digital copy and a physical copy is the best way to save your memories.
The online gallery will be available to you for up to 1 week. Please download the images to your desktop computer or laptop and order your prints within this timeframe.
If you are sharing the gallery with other family members, they may also download and order prints. They will need the password that you were given for your gallery in order to view them.
My main concern is that you are happy and satisfied with your session and images. Please let me know what made you the happiest, or if there is anything more I can do for you. It would be my sincerest pleasure to correct anything you feel needs improving.
Thank you for allowing me to photograph your Wild Side,
Of Wild Dawn Photography