Family Photos

What should we wear?

A. First and foremost, wear something comfortable - if you're not comfy in what you decide to wear, you'll be able to tell in your photos. Choose clothes that resemble what you'd normally wear in your day-to-day life, or a step up if you're hoping to look a little fancier than your usual selves.

Avoid completely matching colors or clothes, and instead go for complementary colors. Pick one or two people to wear patterns and put everyone else in solid colors. For example, if your child is wearing a yellow and purple dress with flowers, you could pick colors from the dress to coordinate the rest of your outfits.

Do we need to bring anything?

A. Feel free to bring snacks and a drink for your little ones in case they need a few minutes to have a breather. Taking photos is hard work for everyone, especially your little ones! I also recommend bringing a change of clothes - blowouts seem to always appear on the car ride to the session for some fateful reason! If there's a lovey or other kind of comfort item that you wish to have in the photos, please bring that as well.

I also typically bring a white picnic blanket for outdoor sessions, but if you have a sentimental blanket or quilt you'd like to bring you are more than welcome to bring your own.

I'll have space in my camera bag for your keys, watches, hair ties, phones, and all that other random stuff you don't want showing up in your photos. For bigger things feel free to bring your stroller or diaper bag along.

What should I tell my kids beforehand?

A. Keep it simple. Tell them something like, "Tomorrow we're going to meet a new friend named Shannon. She's going to bring her camera to take pictures of us having fun together while we hang out and play at the park! Her wife Caroline may be there too, playing with us as Shannon takes pictures."
(Caroline's my wife and my magical photo assistant who makes THE silliest faces and drops all kinds of things on my head to get your kiddos laughing. She is also an early childhood educator, like me!)

What does a respectful photo session look like?

A. I see children as competent and respect them as people, rather than props for cute photos. I follow Magda Gerber's philosophy of RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers, learn more at rie.org) and will not put children into positions they cannot get themselves into or out of. I also tell them what's happening and what I'm doing with my camera throughout the process. I find that this eases a lot of the tension they may be feeling around meeting a new person with a big camera, documenting their every move as they're playing with their family.

Are you also wondering, 'How in the world will I get my kids to smile if you aren't forcing them to?' Here's the simple answer: you don't need to worry about it! While you all are having fun together throughout the session, I'll capture the natural smiles that emerge and if needed, Caroline will work her magic to erupt any smiles that may be hiding deep down. There's no need to practice "saying cheese" before your session, or anything like that. They can handle the photo session just like you can, and I bet their abilities will impress you!

What should we expect for the session?

A. I place time limits on my various packages but those exist with wiggle room. Sometimes it takes a few minutes for us to warm up to each other, and other times your little ones might be All. Done. before our designated "end time." This

Where will we find you?

A. If I am not coming to your home, I'll send you a map screenshot with the address of where we've agreed to meet. You can find a photo of what I look like on the "Meet Shannon" page. You'll see my camera and my blue camera bag, and I will be looking for you too! If you cannot find me, you can always text or call so that we can chat while we find each other.

Family Photos

What should we wear?

A. First and foremost, wear something comfortable - if you're not comfy in what you decide to wear, you'll be able to tell in your photos. Choose clothes that resemble what you'd normally wear in your day-to-day life, or a step up if you're hoping to look a little fancier than your usual selves.

Avoid completely matching colors or clothes, and instead go for complementary colors. Pick one or two people to wear patterns and put everyone else in solid colors. For example, if your child is wearing a yellow and purple dress with flowers, you could pick colors from the dress to coordinate the rest of your outfits.

Do we need to bring anything?

A. Feel free to bring snacks and a drink for your little ones in case they need a few minutes to have a breather. Taking photos is hard work for everyone, especially your little ones! I also recommend bringing a change of clothes - blowouts seem to always appear on the car ride to the session for some fateful reason!

What should I tell my kids beforehand?

A. Keep it simple. Tell them something like, "Tomorrow we're going to meet a new friend named Shannon. She's going to bring her camera to take pictures of us having fun together while we hang out and play at the park! Her wife Caroline may be there too, playing with us as Shannon takes pictures."
(Caroline's my wife and my magical photo assistant who makes THE silliest faces and drops all kinds of things on my head to get your kiddos laughing. She is also an early childhood educator, like me!)

What does a respectful photo session look like?

A. I see children as competent and respect them as people, rather than props for cute photos. I follow Magda Gerber's philosophy of RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers, learn more at rie.org) and will not put children into positions they cannot get themselves into or out of. I also tell them what's happening and what I'm doing with my camera throughout the process. I find that this eases a lot of the tension they may be feeling around meeting a new person with a big camera, documenting their every move as they're playing with their family.

Are you also wondering, 'How in the world will I get my kids to smile if you aren't forcing them to?' Here's the simple answer: you don't need to worry about it! While you all are having fun together throughout the session, I'll capture the natural smiles that emerge and if needed, Caroline will work her magic to erupt any smiles that may be hiding deep down. There's no need to practice "saying cheese" before your session, or anything like that. They can handle the photo session just like you can, and I bet their abilities will impress you!

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