Preparing for your photography session can be just as important as the shoot itself. Let Blue Gate Photography guide you through the process, giving you the information you need to prepare for a successful in-home or location photo session.
Scheduling your Photo Session
The first step is to book your session. During the Fall busy season, contact me at least one month in advance from when you would like your session to take place. Two weeks enough time for the rest of the year.
All fees must be paid before your session. A $50 non-refundable retainer is required to reserve your spot. All remaining fees are are due at the start of your session. Print fees are due when your order is placed.
Need to reschedule your shoot? The deposit can be transferred to another session if you notify me 48 hours before your scheduled session.
Visit Pricing for information on pricing and to pick the right package for your family.
Blue Gate offers in-home and outdoor sessions.
Since they provide the best backdrop for your Newborn portraits, I prefer to work in the privacy of your own home with natural light. For all other sessions I prefer to work outdoors, as it will provide the most beautiful light, and most visually interesting backdrop for your photos. Need location ideas? I have visited many unique locations and will share the best with you. Simply let me know the type of location you would like, nature, urban, fall colors, flowers….. Once you and I have chosen the ideal location for your shoot, I will travel to you, bringing everything needed to capture a magical moment.
If you decide you would still like a studio, let me know and one will be provided for an additional cost.
What to Wear
Your lovely family is the main focus of your portraits. The right outfits will make sure the focus stays your family and not what they are wearing.
Here are some tips for your photo session wardrobe:
- Start by picking two to three soft neutral colors, such as beige or gray. Then accent with a pop color such as red or pink. Soft neutrals look beautiful together, while the pop colors adds visual interest.
- Everyone in your shoot should coordinate, but not match. When everyone matches, it’s boring! Keeping a constant color theme will let everyone’s personality show and looks more natural than matching.
- Keep patterns minimal. Just one person in your shoot should wear a pattern, especially if that pattern is a large one. The eye will be drawn to the person in the pattern, so they will be the star of the photo.
- Avoid logos, cartoons and written words. These take the eye away from the focal point, your lovely faces.
- Don’t forget to add accessories. They add pops of color and let your personality to shine.
- Most of all, do what makes you feel and look the best on the day of your photoshoot. If you are comfortable and relaxed it will show. Resulting in a great experience.
Preparing for your Newborn Session
The most important thing during newborn session is to keep baby sleepy and happy. This allows for you and I to pose, move and work with baby while asleep, unaware of anything going on.
Follow these tips to keep your baby asleep during their session:
- Keep your home slightly warm, about 75 to 80 degrees.
- Spicy foods can upset baby’s tummy. Moms should avoid anything spicy for about 48 hours before the shoot.
- Keep baby awake as much as possible before the session.
- Be prepared to feed baby more than normal. A full belly will result in a sleepy baby.
- Most of all be patient. Sessions can last up to 6 hours in some cases (though most do not go past 4). If baby does not want to sleep that is ok, we will wait until they do. If baby pees, poops, or spits up on my stuff that is ok. I can wash everything. I have seen just about everything and none of it phases me.
The Proofing Process
After your shoot the proofing process will begin. You will receive email with a link to unedited low resolution images for you to review and choose for editing. Editing takes about three weeks to be completed. Printed items take an additional two weeks for shipment.