1. Don't stress about your kids misbehaving.

I have kids, I get it. Sometimes they are angels, sometimes life happens. I'm more than happy to go with the flow and let them run the show. I might make suggestions on where to go or what to do next, but if they aren't up for it, we can change it up and try to do whatever you would do in your normal day. Otherwise negotiations, tears and tantrums are absolutely a part of the everyday story, so I might respectfully photograph that too!

2. Check your mood!

I know it's hard, trying to get your kids, your partner, your house, and your SELF ready. But once we get started, it's time to leave all that behind. This time and space is for you to connect with your family. Have fun with them, laugh with them, ask them questions, play. If you're having fun, so are they and it will come through in your photos.

3. Don't forget to show affection to your partner.

Don't force it, but don't be shy because I'm there. I won't ask you to kiss or do anything cheesy, but if you might normally hold hands or put your arm around them, any kind of physical affection makes for a much nicer photo than standing 6 feet apart. Remember, you might just be in the background of photos of your kids too, so the less dirty looks you give each other the better! ;-)

4. Know what to bring.

Feel free to bring a stroller or bag of water bottles and emergency snacks (a photogenic bag if you have it!). If you are planning to bring any food or toys as rewards/bribes (no judgement) for good behavior, you are most welcome, yet it's probably best to leave it until the end of our session so they are not in every photo! Sometimes people like to bring a photograph or ultrasound to include in images, which is fine by me! I do request that you bring a blanket (coordinated is a huge bonus!).

5. Have a clear idea of what you are going to do with the photos after your session.

Are you just aiming for one good photo for a holiday card? Are you hoping to gift prints or an album or some other special memento to family members? If so, take a peek ahead of time so that you have a good idea of what types of images you’d like for these. Letting your photographer know that you need a vertical instead of a horizontal or vice versa is super helpful. If you know exactly what type of print and which wall you’d like them on, your photographer should be able to help you achieve your vision. You will be able to easily order prints, wall art, or a photo album directly from your online gallery. I work with White House Custom Color and their work is absolutely beautiful.

6. Communicate clearly with your photographer.

Yes it is busy season for your photographer, but your photographer is here for you! If anything comes up, text or email your photographer. Even if it seems like a silly little thing, it's not! The more your photographer knows, the better your session will be. Did your kiddo wake up with an accident in the night? Did they refuse to eat their lunch? Did the outfit you order not arrive on time? Are you extra nervous about a certain part of your body? Does your partner have a bad back? All of these things can be helpful for your photographer to know. The more communication, the better your session. Have a great fall mini session! Still looking for a mini session photographer? My sessions are almost all filled up, yet you can hop on my waitlist by sending your info here.