Getting Started

Please go to the Contact page and let me know what type of portrait session are you interested in.  Family or individual photo shoot?   How many people?   Any pets?  Also let me know if a couple of dates that would work for you.   Most outdoor photo sessions are held early in the morning or late in the day when the light is the best.   Indoor sessions can be done at any time. 

 

Once I receive your inquiry I will contact you to go over pricing and available dates.  

 

Location

All photo sessions will take place at my studio in San Jose, California.   I offer both indoor and outdoor portrait sessions onsite.  Please take a look at my portfolio and let me know what type of backgrounds and settings appeal to you.

 

What to Wear

    • Plan your outfits in advance. The more time you allow yourself to plan your outfits, the less stressed you’ll be. 
    • Choose coordinating colors, not matching. Start off with colors that coordinate well. You can accomplish a cohesive look without every family member wearing the exact same outfit.  By selecting a color scheme and using hues that complement each other, you can achieve a more natural look across the board. Pick two main colors and then add softer tones to accent and complete your color scheme.
    • Choose practical clothing items. This is an important item to keep in mind for every family member but, especially when you are thinking about what to dress your little ones in. If your kids are not comfortable then you’re going to be in for a long photoshoot. Make sure that everyone is comfortable with their clothing to ensure all smiles.
    • Pick out accessories to add texture to your photos. Accessories are great style pieces that add to your individual outfits and can even tie family members’ outfits together.  Accessories will also give your photos variation. Think scarves, hats, gloves, and belts.
    • Select an outfit that is appropriate year-round.  You will want these photos to be displayed all year round. Try to avoid purely seasonal accessories and items.
    • Limit distracting patterns and large logos. Including articles of clothing with multiple patterns or large logos can become a distraction. Strong prints and abstract patterns can overpower your photo. Avoid items that clash and stick to one pattern or textural element for your portrait session.
    • Lay each family member’s outfit together while planning. This way you’ll have a good idea about how the pieces will look next to each other. This will allow you a better idea of what works and what doesn’t. 
    • Select outfits that will make for a timeless portrait.  If all else fails, when you look in your closet to find the perfect family portrait outfits think about staying classic. You’ll want your photos to be timeless. Styles come and go but, your photos are forever.

 

The Day Of

    • Come dressed in your outfits. Bring accessories, if any.  
    • Arrive 10 minutes early so you can do touch-ups before we begin.
    • For kids, bring snacks that are not messy (e.g. fruit snacks).

 

After The Session

Expect your online gallery to be ready within 5-7 days.   Digital files, prints and photo products can be purchase separately.

 

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