Your session is booked and location picked out! Now is the often overwhelming task of coordinating and dressing the family! I’ve put together a few tips and some do’s and don’ts to help make things a little more simple.
- Plan out your outfits in advance, there is nothing more stressful than last minute trips to the mall to grab new pants for your son or sweater for your daughter because you realized too late that what you had picked out doesn’t fit!
- Consider the colours and style of your home. You’ll likely end up with some wall portraits in your home, so make sure the colours you choose blend seamlessly with your home decor!
- Coordinate but please don’t match! Everyone in white shirts and jeans? Boring! Select 2-3 colours and a neutral (jeans are a neutral!) and use layers and texture to add interest to your portraits! Think sweaters, scarves, jewellery, hats and belts etc. Avoid visible logos and graphics. Simple plaid or stripe patterns are ok, but don’t overdo it! Mix it up with some solids!
- 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 are going to be in for a long photo shoot. Don’t make it more difficult on yourself or your photographer to get the perfect shot. Make sure that everyone is comfortable with their clothing to ensure all smiles.
- Lay each family member’s outfit together while planning so you can get 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. Plus, this way, you can make sure that you’re not missing any essential clothing items.
- 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. Have fun playing stylist and let your family’s personality shine.
“Sisters are for sharing laughter and wiping tears”
Growing up I had two sisters, my mom had 6 sisters, and now I have 3 daughters of my own (and a son;) I have always understood the undeniable bond and loyalty between siblings and the unconditional love that naturally comes with it. When I photographed these two adorable sisters, I couldn’t; help but wonder what they will be like as they get older, what special bond will they have. They will fight, they will laugh, they will giggle, they will sing and dance, and they will always have each other to lean on. There is nothing more beautiful than having a sister by your side!
Who says you need to have children to get updated family photos? This sister of mine and her hubby of 1 year (happy anniversary!) wanted some updated photos to document their love. What a great idea! Personally I can’t wait for them to add a little one (or 5) to the mix, but I guess as the sister/photographer, you don’t get to call those shots…. But I do get the priveledge of running around with my camera to capture their cuteness! Thanks Shane for being such a champ and following Nikki’s vision for this shoot. You deserve a medal. Or at least a crave cupcake. #amiright?
Who’s feeling ready for Christmas? I’ve had so much fun with the holiday mini sessions in studio but now that they are all wrapped up and photos are delivered, we’re ready to relax and enjoy some Christmas festivities! Need some inspiration for the last week before the big guy comes to town? Check out the links below!
Who doesn’t love walking around and visiting the animals while taking in the beautiful Zoo lights.
Want to do a little last minute shopping? Head over to the Calgary Christmas Market.
Enjoy the lights while Ice skating at Olympic Plaza.
Weekend wagon rides at Heritage Park.
I think I’m ready to grab a cup of coffee and kick back with a good book and the lit up tree in the background, but we definitely have some plans to go skating later! Happy Tuesday!
I absolutely LOVE photographing newborns! As a mom of 4 kiddos, I know how hectic those first few days of your new baby’s life are for you, which is why I recommend booking your newborn session BEFORE baby is born.
SO… let’s pencil you in!
I’ll simply add your due date to my calendar, and then when baby arrives, you can text or email me to set up a date in those first 10 days of life!
I’ve learned a few tips and tricks over the years to help you feel prepared for your newborn session, and to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible. Of course we know all baby’s come with their own personalities and temperaments, so no two sessions will be the same, but I have found a few common trends that help with almost ALL sessions!
- Try to keep baby awake for a minimum of 1 hour prior to packing him/her up and heading over. if you have a hard time keeping baby awake, often times a bath will do the trick. Most of the poses I’ll be shooting work best if baby is in a deep sleep, so best if you come with an exhausted baby. This can sometimes be tough to accomplish but I promise it is worth it! Of course patience is key and sleepiness isn’t something we can always control, so if we aren’t able to have a sleepy baby depending on their mood/temperament that day, thats fine too! Wide eyed newborn photos are some my my favourite!
2. In the 12 hours leading up to our session, feed baby as much as possible. A well fed baby is a happy baby! Of course there is always plenty of time to take breaks, as necessary, to help him/her refuel! It’s tough being a model!
3. Pamper yourself! You deserve it. Get your hair and makeup done! Looking relaxed and at your best will make you feel more comfortable during the session. This is an exciting time in your life and we want to capture all of that…so take care of yourself first!
4. Keep clothing simple. I recommend a light or neutral coloured shirt for mom and dad for the parent shots, as well as a black long sleeve shirt for dad if he has one for a shot of hands holding baby. Throw in a little colour if you’d like, but skip the busy patterns! I also looooooove skin-on-skin portraits with you holding your baby against you. They’re so simple and timeless! So if you want some portraits like this with your newborn, consider a strapless top or tank as an alternative. Also bare, well kept nails are best, they will show up in the photos!
5. Be prepared for messes of all kinds. Babies do not care where, when and who they pee, poo, or spit up on.. And this doesn’t bother me at all, I expect it! Please don’t let this embarrass you at all. I’ve seen it all! That is why I will be dressed in comfy clothes as I work, and why you would want to bring an extra set of clothing.
6. try to dress baby in a button up or zipper sleeper, avoiding anything that will need to go over his/her head. Also loosen the diaper a little prior to coming so that we don’t have those little imprint marks all over baby’s bottom! Nothing is the best wardrobe for a newborn. No outfit fits a newborn well and they often look swallowed in clothes. Accessories are good though– little hats, dainty headbands, etc. I have a wide selection of props that I will be using, however you are also welcome to bring any of your own that you might like to use.
7. bring a pacifier, even if you don’t intend to use one, it is very helpful during a newborn session! Babies love to suckle, and especially while being moved around and posed a lot on photo day, a pacifier can be very soothing to get them into those sweet squishy poses!
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-918-3267.