Children are curious, spontaneous, silly, energetic, and above all, completely unpredictable. So how do you plan formal family portraits with a rambunctious two-year-old? First, scrap the 'formal' part. Let go of any expectations of cooperation and think more along the lines of (loosely) controlled chaos. But don’t worry – I've got it all under control! Above all, I expect your photo session to be laid-back and fun. Don't think of it as "picture day" as this will only result in unnecessary stress (for both you and your children)! Children are encouraged to run around and play, jump on the bed, get a little muddy in the backyard. If parents are not participating in the photos, they are encouraged to relax, grab a cup of coffee, kick back with a magazine. My goal is to capture connections, spontaneous expressions, and natural smiles, not the Sears Portrait Studio forced smiles of yesteryear! The results are the most genuine when the children are able to forget that the camera is even there.
Availability is limited and sessions are often booked several weeks in advance (with weekend dates filling up the fastest), especially during the warmer months (April through October). If you would like a weekend date, I strongly suggest that you book this date at your earliest convenience.
Sessions generally last between 1 1/2 -2 hours. Session times vary depending on the session type, the location, and the time of year. I always try to work around your children's schedule, factoring in nap times, mealtimes, etc. - the happier the child the better the pictures - but for optimal lighting conditions I would suggest adhering to the following guidelines:
For outdoor portraits, very early morning (beginning around 9:00 a.m.) or late afternoon/early evening (up to an hour before sunset) is best. For in-home portraits, mid-morning and early afternoon works best.
All sessions are conducted in-home or at the outdoor location of your choice, anywhere in Miami. This may be at your home (provided that your yard offers adequate open shade), or an outdoor location such as a favorite park or the beach. If I am familiar with your area I may also be able to offer some suggestions. I am also open to incorporating multiple locations into a session, so if you live close to a park or would simply like to take a stroll through the neighborhood during our session, I'd love to come along.
Clothing is a personal choice, but I strongly suggest that children should be dressed comfortably. Formal wear is not a good idea unless you want portraits of fidgety, unhappy kids! My photography style is casual - think bare feet, sundresses, jeans and T's. The simpler the better. I recommend avoiding patterns, logos, cartoon characters and heavy prints. They can be distracting in a photograph. However, I want you to have some fun with your clothing choices: Funky hats, princess dresses, bright colors, rain boots. If your daughter insists on dressing herself, let her! These are the moments that I love to capture. If we are working at your home I will be happy to help you with your choices. For location shoots I suggest that you bring several clothing choices. Clothing changes are also optional but recommended.