Session Preparation Guide by OV Photography

Arrive Early

We will start on time! Please allow enough time when you find yourself planning and include time for travel or traffic. Arrive 5-10 minutes early to give yourself plenty of time for last minute issues that may arise.  Mini sessions are scheduled back to back and any amount of time that you're late will directly impact the length of your session and number of images you may receive.


Come prepared

A lot of my clients opt to get their hair and make up done for their session. If you are doing this, make sure you allow enough time to enjoy that experience prior to the session. Consider setting out your outfits the night before and making sure you have every accessory you want photographed ready!

What to expect

Expect me to greet you with a hug and for us to begin your session right away since we are very limited on time! My shooting style is very fun and I love capturing sweet, candid moments that unfold in front of me rather than me just posing you for every photo. I will begin with a few posed photos and if you have any specific ideas (maybe some that you found on Pinterest), let me know right away so we can make sure to capture those images right away, and then we’ll continue with some more fun and relaxed images. Think of your session as a mini adventure with your loved ones and I’m just there to capture those moments! :)

What to wear

I know planning what to wear for your photo session can sometimes be stressful but I don't want you to stress!  When picking out your outfits, pick out the outfit for the most difficult to dress person first (almost always me!) and then plan everyone else's outfits around that one.  

Remember to plan colors and patterns as if you were dressing one whole person.  Too many patterns are really busy for the eye when looking at a group. Check out my Pinterest board with some beautiful ideas for colors and  sample outfits.

It’s more than okay to feel nervous! 

Please know that I do not expect you to be models. My job is to direct you in a way that helps you relax, feel natural, and be your true comfortable selves in front of my lens. You do not need to practice poses, study Pinterest pins or let the nerves take over. By the end of the session you will feel happy and more confident, and excited to see your photos! Don’t worry if you are feeling nervous, I’ll be sure the end result is something you will love! 

Have fun!

Relaxed people = beautiful portraits!

If your kids would feel more relaxed and up for taking photos within our 20-minute time frame if you bring their favorite toy or bring along someone to help keep them looking at the camera, please do so! I don’t mind it at all, and am up for anything to make the kids feel relaxed and excited to take some pictures!

Don’t think of this photo session as something that’s nerve wrecking, it will be fun! Just think of it as an adventure with your family and I’m just there capturing those precious moments for you!

Also.. if you’re wondering about how you can make your experience personal and memorable, feel free to bring along any props that are special to you. We can incorporate any props or pets you'd like into your photos in a fun way! Whatever you want in your photos, I’ll do my best to make it happen!

Delivery of images

Your images will be edited and sent to you via an online gallery within 2-3 weeks.  After the session is over, I will send you 3-5 sneak peak images within 2 days. I will edit the best images (non-blurry, where someone had their eyes closed, etc.) and when I am finished, I will send you your online gallery where you can view and download your images in full resolution.

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