With so many exciting things ahead, I can hardly wait to get started!
This page is packed with information hopefully making you feel ready and excited for your session. Should you have questions please let me know.
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What to wear for FAMILY MINI-SESSIONS- for families, our goal is to look like we belong in the same photo together BUT not match. Great ideas of how to coordinate are shown in the link below.
I prefer warm tones that coordinate. Pick one piece then piece the rest of the family together based off of that. Visit the link below for some visual references.
Looking like you belong in your surroundings is a huge part in a cohesive family photo. If we are photographing your family in the mountains, great colors are neutrals, blues, greens, etc. You know, colors you see in those b-e-a-utiful mountains. Now, the look. A blue suite and tie, although I did say "blue" is definitely going to stand out like a sore thumb. Try matching your attire to the location for the most cohesive look.
Picking the right outfits is a tricky task, if you need help or suggestions just give me a ring, I am here to help!
What to bring- Hats are always great accessories for mini-sessions, also if you have a quilt/blanket that coordinates with your outfits throw that in too.
WHERE TO GO-
Riverfront Park- Billings: When turning into Riverfront Park take your first right. Follow that path about 1/2 way down to the river. You will see a gate to your left over a pathway. Park near there. I will meet you at the gate at your scheduled session time. CLICK LINK FOR MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/uUkciXnktuQ2
Big Yellow Field- Billings: This area is located right behind the airport on the airport access road. It is on the opposite side of the road from Swords Park. After turning on CLINK LINK FOR MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/Ff8eD3met7B2
Two Moon Park: This area is just below Centennial Ice Arena. Follow the trail all the way down to the river. I will be waiting by the bridge. CLICK LINK FOR MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/4zMxQf5RdgK2
Moss Mansion- Billings: CLICK LINK FOR MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/yKdoMUVb1bU2
Red Lodge- We will be meeting at Silver Run Trailhead. CLICK LINK FOR MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/5o9uxFQE2dK2
Livingston, MT- We will be meeting at Pine Creek Campground. CLICK LINK FOR MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/LmWmakZZrgE2
Bozeman, MT- We will be meeting at Drinking Horse Trailhead. CLICK LINK FOR MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/bN76mKfq9Wx
THE BIG DAY-
There are just a few keys to a successful family session
I am a mom, I am the planner, I worry, I have an occasional Kate Gosslin moment or two. I am not perfect. What I will tell you from my own personal experience, the days I panic--- they don't photograph well. I will tell you I had a moment when we were getting our photos done Layla stuck her tongue out a crossed her eyes and I wanted to scream "DO NOT DO THAT" but I didn't, and the photos following with her and Calli laughing are priceless and the photographer thought it was hilarious.
Make photo day a YES day. I occasionally do my best to have "Yes days" with my kids. It's fun for them, they think I am the nicest human alive AND I get what I want when I do ask something of them. This works well for me on photo day for me, consider having your photo day a 'YES DAY!'
Food. I swear it's the magic ingredient. Well fed kids are happy, ready to play and have some fun and most importantly not hangry. I have had to call several sessions off with beautifully dressed kiddos because "Mom, I am starving." They hit that hypoglycemic-face-melting-stage and it's over. Everyone's a mess. Feed them, snack them, bring A SNACK. Then pack three more, you know they will need them. Snack ideas that won't get their outfit dirty- Apple slices, fruit snacks, string cheese, pretzels, raisins, etc.
Dad. Occasionally he isn't as excited about family photos as you are. I get it that. Brian has come a long way, he hasn't always known the value of it and how easy it actually is until he experienced it himself. Dad's occasionally won't be on your game plan for the session or may themselves need a little convincing. If there is one thing you could do for me it's to let everyone know, dad included, the session is fun. I will have you do fun things, walk together, tickle, play, smooch.... it will be fun, filled with lots of activities. If the kids get out of line-- it's okay. I still think your great parents and completely take full responsibility for the high energy levels and great photos. It will be quick, it will be fun, and I hope to knock your socks off with amazing images.
That's it, thanks for reading and we will see you very soon!
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