All portraits are taken at a location of your choice. To ensure that the subject is the main focus of the portrait, I like to use natural surroundings such as your home or scenic landscapes at an outdoor park.
What to expect if I come to your home:
When I come to your home, I like to take a quick walk around to see which areas have the best lighting and what areas will work well for the portraits. Once I have some ideas in mind I will jump right in and start shooting. Places around your home that are good areas to use are bay windows, benches, chairs, beds, children rooms, ottomans, couches, stairs, and fireplaces. If something catches my eye, I won’t hesitate to recommend that we use it in the portraits.
Newborn Portrait Information:
The best time to schedule your little one’s first portraits is within the first two weeks. I always tell my clients to try and plan the session around their nap times and feedings. I always find that it is best to start photographing right after they have had a feeding which allows me to start with “sleepy pose” shots and then get some portraits of them awake near the end of the session. I also recommend that your little one be only in a diaper when I arrive so we do not run the risk of waking him/her with a clothing change. Headbands and knit hats are great accessories to use as well as any soft textured blankets you may have. I have a variety of neutral colored blankets as well as baskets & buckets for posing that I bring along with me. Feel free to take as many breaks as needed if your little one needs a feeding or diaper change.
This is the best time to capture your child’s adorable expressions and personality. Children’s rooms and beds are great areas in the home for these portraits. Building blocks, train sets, stuffed animals, and books are great props as well. Also a smash cake is always a good way to end a one year session!
There is nothing more enjoyable than seeing the love and bond between a family. For these sessions I recommend photographing at an outdoor location if possible. This allows me to get a variety of different shots and poses as opposed to having a limited space inside. Natural lighting is better for family portraits as well. My family sessions not only include group shots but individual shots as well. If needed I can always provide you with outdoor location and wardrobe ideas. Beds, fireplaces, couches, and front steps are great areas for in-home family portraits.
Engagement sessions are a great way for you and I to get to know each other before your big day. These portraits are also great for announcements, save-the-date cards, invitations, guest books, slideshows, and images to display at the reception. For clothing I suggest that the two of you wear same colored tops or colors that compliment each other. Jeans also add a nice warm and casual feel to the images.
A Few of My Favorite Outdoor Locations:
Patrick Eagan Park (Eagan), Schultz Beach (Eagan), West Medicine Lake Park (Plymouth), Saint Anthony Main/Stone Arch Bridge area (Minneapolis), Union Depot Station (Downtown St. Paul), Lakefront Park (Prior Lake), Lyndale Park Gardens (Minneapolis), Minnehaha Park (Minneapolis), Como Park (Saint Paul), Ritter Farm Park (Lakeville), Boom Island (Minneapolis), Lake Minnewashta Regional Park (Chanhassen), Purgatory Creek Park (Eden Prairie), Sibley Historic Site (Mendota Heights), Longfellow Gardens (SE Minneapolis), MN Arboretum (Chanhassen – permit fee applied)