Schedule Your Session
- Call us at 804.436.0200 or visit us to make your appointment. A non-refundable session fee is due at time of booking.
- You will receive a reminder text 48 hours before your appointmnet.
- Plan to arrive a few minutes early. If you’re bringing an infant, this is the perfect time to feed your baby prior to your session.
- Meet your photographer and start your portrait session.
- After the session, you’ll get to see your pictures, pick your favorites, and decide which images to order. We’ll also make some suggestions for other ways to display your images.
- Place your order and pay for your items.
- Your prints and other items will be ready approximately one week after your session. Shipping is available.
Planning for your Portrait Session
Please plan to arrive a few minutes before your photo session. That way, you'll have time to make final adjustments to your hair and clothing. It will also help you relax prior to taking your photo. We have an area with a counter and large mirror and outlets for hair irons and phone charging.
- Wait at least a week or two after a haircut to get your portrait taken. Avoid new hairstyles; plan on having your hair styled comfortably.
- Make sure hair is clean and combed in place.
- Avoid too much sun.
- Groom nails as your hands may show.
- Men: Be clean shaven, or have your facial hair neatly trimmed.
What to Wear
- Avoid bold patterns – stripes, checks, prints, plaids,etc. Patterns may be distracting from the subject matter
- Bright or bold colors as these may also dominate the photo
- Avoid light shades that are similar to flesh tones such as taupe, pink, tan, beige, cream or yellow. These may cause a washed out effect.
- Darker colors are flattering to the face and slimming to the figure
- Show your style in small accents. Save stronger colors and patterns for accessories like scarves and neckties
- Avoid clothing that does not fit properly
- Wear what you are comfortable in – this will help you relax, as well as being a truer representation of you
- Bare arms can draw attention to themselves which can be detracting from the face
- Stray from clothing with symbols or text on them this can be distracting
- Couples and groups should coordinate their clothing to be similar in both style and color tone. Contrasting styles or colors create visual confusion, and bring some subjects forward while others fade
- If your feet will be in the portrait, make sure that shoes and socks are not going to be distracting colors. Bare feet also work well for casual portraits.
We encourage you to bring props from home. You can add personality to your portrait by bringing items that have special meaning to you and your family. Something as simple as a baby blanket, a special toy, a guitar, or something else that reflects your hobbies or interests can really add that special touch to your image.
Preparing for Your Infant Portrait Session
- Newborn images work best when your baby is 3 weeks old or younger. If you are expecting, book your appointment now for about one and a half to two weeks after your due date.
- Plan on arriving 15-20 minutes early so that you can feed your baby at the studio. Newborns do best on a full belly. We have a quiet place ready for you.
- Choose a time that works well for your baby’s schedule.
- We suggest moisturizing your infant before you arrive.
- Loosely fitting diapers prevent red marks on the skin.
Helpful items to bring:
- Diaper bag with normal supplies.
- Cloth diapers or diaper cover.
- Change of shirt for yourself.
- Props: items that are important mom and dad or the family ie: special blanket, shoes, jewelry, team shirts, balls, hats, etc. We do have a small variety of props at our studio, including baskets, blankets, knit hats, and diaper covers.
- Favorite blanket
- Two or three outfit choices with accessories
Your infant is in expert hands here. We’ll do everything we can to make your session relaxed and pleasurable. We keep the studio warm and quiet to ensure your infant rests well while being photographed.