Thank you so much for choosing Jessica Reid Photography for your custom portraiture! Hopefully, this information will walk you through everything you need to know to get ready for your session, but feel free to give me a call a few days before our session if you feel we need to go over any last minute details.
CHOOSING THE LOCATION
We can hold a session pretty much anywhere, as long as it’s safe for the ages involved. Tell me about the feel you want your images to have, and I can give you some suggestions. I’m open to trying new places. Don’t forget your home. It doesn’t have to look like an interior design catalog to be session-worthy. You’d be surprised at what we can do. Newborn sessions are most often held in my studio.
WHAT’S THE SESSION LIKE?
If we are on location, we will move around from place to place to capture and utilize a variety of colors, textures, scenery, and light. If we are in my studio, feel free to relax. If the session mostly focuses on your child, you are welcome to be as involved or not involved as you'd like. I just ask that one parent does stay with us for the duration of the session. If we are shooting in your home, I will show up a little early, and I will want to look *everywhere* (even bathrooms) to find the best light. We may have to move furniture, decorations, etc. It is helpful if you tidy up before I arrive, but the house certainly does not need to be spotless.
I move quickly and change my mind a lot, so bear with me. It’s not going to be stiff and formal. On location, we will probably walk around and chat and stop at spots I think would photograph nicely. I’ll direct you if needed, but, most often, you look your best when you’re interacting naturally. In our very Pinterest-inspired culture, it's understandable that you may come with some ideas you've seen elsewhere. I will certainly try a handful of them, but it is also important to me to stay true to my own artistic style as well. If you have any specific ideas in mind, please tell me before the session, so I can be sure to come prepared.
ILLNESS & WEATHER
Rescheduling is usually a last resort due to a very full calendar. If someone is sick, however, let me know as soon as you can so we can reschedule. I will always reschedule newborn sessions if I am ill.
I do complete retouching on all of your proofs, so please don’t worry about minor cuts, scrapes, bruises, etc.
Weather reports can’t always be trusted, so unless you hear otherwise from me, our session is still on (some of the best light is on a cloudy day). However, if it’s storming, we’ll need to find another time or day.
“The days are long, but the years are short.” - the happiness project
Innocence. Honesty. That goofy face they’re always making. The way their nose wrinkles when they giggle. Their shy, daydreaming stare. The way their hair won’t lay just right. These are the things I strive to capture. I enjoy providing a fun and relaxed experience that will capture the personalities that are unique to each family.
My goal is to capture you and your family at your happiest, which, with children, may call for potty breaks, snack breaks, clothing changes, or just time to settle down and get used to me and my camera... but also not *so* much time that they’ve completely had it. I want the experience to be fun, not a chore! Please let me lead the way and ask you if I need help. No need for threats or bribes, although I may have a few bribes up my own sleeve. I will work at their level and their pace. Sometimes, we’ll work one-on-one, away from the pressures of “performing” for Mom and Dad. I will do a mixture of formal and candid shots in order to capture you and your family as you really are. I might play and run alongside your child and treat the session as a play date if it means I’ll capture them in their natural element. Real smiles. Real memories.
Please bring snacks and water, but try to avoid things that are going to color or get stuck in their teeth. A favorite doll, a colorful toy, or other activities like bubbles, etc. are wonderful. Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep the night before.
A parent or legal guardian must always be present during the photo session. It is your responsibility to make sure kids stay safe, and that infants and babies are within your arms’ reach.
For maternity, think fresh, spontaneous, and hip. I want Mom to feel confident and beautiful: this is your chance to let your personality shine. Maternity clothing needs to be form-fitting to show the form of the belly. Be sure to tell me if you want bare belly shots.
You’ve waited months for your tiny one to arrive, and the early weeks go by in an absolute blur. I know this, because I am a mother. Those early, fleeting moments will be the ones you try desperately to remember as the time goes by. Newborn portraits are a perfect way to capture the details of this special time and look back on them for years to come.
When to schedule:
The best time to schedule a newborn session is during your pregnancy. I will add your due date to my calender. When your baby actually arrives, contact me asap, and we will finalize your session date. My schedule is most flexible for newborn sessions to fall on a weekend, so please keep this in mind as you are filling your own weekends surrounding the babies due date. If you happen to stumble across my work after your baby is born, I will try my best to squeeze you in within your baby’s first 2 weeks of life.
The most precious time to photograph a newborn is between 5-10 days of life. Why so early? During this time, babies have usually retained some of the natural curl and flexibility from their time in the womb. Newborn babies are also more sleepy and tolerant of being posed for the most desired images. Your curling, sleeping newborn will make for the most meaningful photographs. After two weeks, most newborns will lose their sleepy, curly, womb-like behavior. Most of the newborns shown in my gallery are less than 10 days old. Expect to spend around 2 hours at our session.
I’m going to follow your baby’s cues, so if you relax and go with the flow, it will go more smoothly. We’ll take breaks as needed so you can feed your baby.
I bring some props, but if you want to pull cute hats, special blankets, etc. before the session, I will try my best to work them into some images.
It is *very* likely that one of us or my props will get soiled. It’s no big deal. It happens all the time!
Senior portraits should capture you just as you are during this time in your life. We usually use 2-3 locations, and I’m open to any ideas. I really want to show your interests or personality, so if you play an instrument, bring it. If you play soccer, let’s go to the soccer field. If you are an equestrian, let’s go ride horses. You can’t bring too many clothes and accessories (even guys), so bring it all and we’ll piece together outfits as we are inspired.
For couples and engagements, think fun, spontaneous, relaxed, and romantic. I like to try unusual locations and use things that show off your uniqueness as a couple. We could do urban or rural. Tell me your hobbies or an interesting story about the two of you, and let’s see if that sparks ideas. If you met at the coffee shop, let’s go to the coffee shop! Like all portrait sessions, we will do a combination of formal and candid shots in a location or two that is special to you as a couple. From head to toe, clothing should be fun, quirky, and flirty! I want to capture the love and magic between the two of you, so a little PDA is encouraged. All you have to do is show up, be in love, and have fun. We’ll pretend I’m not even there! ;)
Jessica Reid Photography offers a very limited amount of wedding bookings per season. Please see the weddings section for further details.
Wardrobe 101: Coordinating but not matchy-matchy
I’m often asked for wardrobe advice. My biggest piece of advice is to be yourselves. Dress like yourselves. I know there's so much more to you and your family than jeans and a white shirt!
I suggest one or two sets of outfits (maybe one dressy and one casual) coordinated for everyone. If you bring an outfit change, just know that there may not always be a convenient place for changing. For newborn sessions, it’s easiest to pick something that mom can wear and then work everything around that. Baby can simply be swaddled in a blanket. For Baby’s individual shots, their birthday suit is best, and we can add cute headbands or hats if you wish!
Even in the summer, layers add interest, and we can change a look quickly by adding or removing them (think hats, scarves, belts, jackets, vests, leggings, jewelry, ties, layering shirts).
You CAN mix patterns, colors, and textures.
One thing to try: pick a color and then weave it throughout the outfits to tie it together (ie. baby in a pink onesie, dad in a pink tie, mom in pink heels). Okay, maybe Dad wouldn’t like a pink, but you get the idea. Maybe even think about how your portraits could complement your home decor.
Once you’ve got the outfits lined out, try to add at least one small part to reflect your personalities: like a hat, a fun t-shirt under a jacket, a funky necklace, or cool shoes. I love it when mom stands out in a dress or skirt or fashionable jeans with heels or boots. Just be sure the children aren’t uncomfortable in their outfit(s).
WHITE done RIGHT:
White (or black) would not be my first choice for your main outfits, but white does work well on a onesie/tee for a baby, or as a dress for a little girl or mom.