Do you have a studio?
Yes, I have a studio located at 43 Bradford Street, West Concord, MA 01742. I shoot all of my newborn sessions in my studio.
What should I expect at my session?
I try to start all my sessions by taking a few minutes to sit and chat with the children. It’s best if they run and play for bit to loosen them up and get them in a happy playful mood. I typically bring a few items to help engage and relax the children (bubbles, stickers, lollipops). Asking them to sit and smile on demand usually backfires and makes for very stiff or forced photos and stresses out mom and dad. I will shoot a variety of photos (candids, as well as posed) at several locations (on stairs, under a tree, on a chair, sitting in the grass, etc.). Sessions generally last between one and a half to two hours. If the children have had enough, we stop.
Where do you shoot your sessions?
I am a natural light on-location photographer. I typically shoot Senior and Family clients on-location at their home and/or backyard or at a mutually agreed upon location such as a park or urban setting. I particularly enjoy shooting at various locations in and around Concord. All newborn sessions are held in my studio.
When do you shoot your sessions?
I prefer to shoot sessions when the light is at its best. This is typically an hour or two before sunset and just after sunrise. I try to avoid midday sessions as the sun is bright and high in the sky causing subjects to squint. That said, if midday sessions work best for you, I assure you will we find a nice shaded area to shoot under. What happens if it rains? In the event of rain, your session will be rescheduled to a mutually agreed upon date/time.
What Should I Wear?
This is a very common question from clients booking sessions. Simple clothing choices are best for creating timeless portraits that aren’t easily dated. I suggest solid colors, avoiding busy patterns, stripes or logos/words. Bold logos and cartoon characters are cute for playtime, but can look out of place for your child’s portraits. Jeans, sun dresses, khakis are classics and photograph well. I especially like boys in jeans and plains tees or polos, and girls in simple dresses, tunics and leggings. Accessories can add a great amount of visual interest to your photos. Think hats, scarves, belts, and layers. Bare feet are especially fun, and capture the essence of childhood. If children are being photographed together, clothes that are similar in style give a more coordinated look. However, dressing the entire family in the same outfit (i.e. white shirts and khakis) tends to limit the look and feel of the session. Additionally, consider dressing in the color white sparingly, for this color often reflects light strongly. I suggest bringing a few outfits that you are considering and allow me to help you make the final choice on what would best suit the look and feel you are going for in your child’s portraits. Most clients prefer to have 2-3 wardrobe changes during a session. That way, your session produces a variety of looks (dressy, casual, funky). Let’s say, however, you want a trendier look for your child. I love the classic looks in the clothing mentioned above, but also enjoy photographing a session with a more “hip” feel to it. Urban sessions tend to look much better with funky trendy clothing. These are just my suggestions, and at the end of the day, you should dress yourself and your family in clothing that makes you most comfortable and captures who you are. As always, please feel free contact me for further questions on clothing.
What does the session fee cover?
The session fee covers my time and talent. Prints and/or digital files may be purchased separately after your session. Sessions typically last 1.5 to 2 hours. What forms of payment do you accept? I accept cash, check, and money orders. I also accept credit card payments through Paypal.