No two sessions are the same, so it’s hard to prepare you for the expected. I can tell you what NOT to expect, though. Don’t expect to sit around uncomfortably, working through poses one after another and wishing you were anywhere but there. In all of my lifestyle sessions, I’m simply striving to capture the honest and unique personality of each of my subjects. Sometimes it might take crawling through a playground on your child’s level to get that natural smile, but it’s always worth it. Come relaxed and ready to enjoy each other and the day, I’ll just happen to be there capturing it.
My advice to the popular “what should we wear” question is simply to be yourself. Don’t rush out and buy an outfit you normally wouldn’t wear. If you’re uncomfortable, the camera can tell. Wear the outfit that gives you heaps of confidence when you have it on. Try to stay away from busy patterns and designs or real visible logos. Plain clothing is a lot less distracting, so the focus can remain on you. Newborns are best photographed in their own skin and kids usually look best in bright or pastel colors. Hats are always great accessories, but make sure it’s something your child likes to wear and not something you’re going to have to struggle to hold down, eliminating the likelihood of a natural smile. When little ones are involved, it’s always best to bring at least one outfit change as well, since accidents can happen at any time.
Portrait sessions can be at your home or any location in Broward/Dade County – the choice is yours. For something really personal, your home says a lot about who you are and can add an intimate element to your photos – these sessions are not just limited to newborn sessions. For a true lifestyle session, a stroll down the boardwalk of Hollywood beach, a trip to a local museum or a visit to a carnival/fair are great options. For something a little edgy, I love the city elements of Downtown Fort Lauderdale or the bold graffiti of Wynwood. To incorporate South Florida’s beautiful nature, park and beach sessions are always a great option. Some of my favorite spots include South Beach Park on Fort Lauderdale beach, Tree Tops Park in Davie, the pier at Dania Beach and Hollywood’s North Beach Park. To keep it simple and stay close to home, your small neighborhood park, pool or playground can end up being a great setting as well. When photographing babies and small children, a little background can go a long way – a shady tree or a small patch of grass can provide enough of a scene while allowing the focus to remain on the subject. When toddlers are involved, my favorite spots are the ones with a lot to do – nearby playgrounds are always a great way to end a session and capture some last moments of complete playfulness.