After you've set up your session date and provided the deposit, now what? This is where the planning really comes in. So, I'd like to answer a few common questions that clients ask when trying to prepare for the photo shoot. Under each are links to Pinterest posts or boards to give you ideas.
Where should we take the photos?
This is a great starting point, but really the answer is up to you and what kind of feeling you are trying to get out of your photos. Do you want a country-like feel? We can meet in Beaumont or Corona where the grassy fields expand for ages. Or take a little hike up the Etiwanda Preserve, but make sure you bring your boots! There is also a quaint Apple Farm in Oak Glen that I've taken clients to and we have a blast because there are so many facets to the place.
Are you looking for a mountain setting? The drive to Lytle Creek provides beautiful hills, tall trees, various sizes of white rocks, and sometimes a flowing creek!
The beach is another great spot, though we have to be careful of other beach goers. The perfect time of day is in the morning (scary, huh?) where the sand traffic is low and the lighting is perfect.
Parks can also be a great location. I love heading over to the Claremont Colleges for the long landscapes and flower gardens.
What do we wear?
Again, that is up to the feel of the images that you want. Something a lot of clients start out with is wearing the same color. As your photographer, I would recommend choosing a color palette and going from there. For example, denim colors: grey, blue, navy, white, black. This way, you aren't matchy-matchy, but there is a coordinated feel. Patterns are okay! But, only have one person wear the pattern if it's very busy.
What about props?
I invite you to bring any type of prop you'd like to include. Chairs, suitcases (I have one), tents, blankets, etc. Newborn and Littles sessions can get very creative with clothing, too! Have you seen the ideas out there? Let's have a conversation about the theme you are looking for!