What to bring to your sessions with me

It’s time to plan your session. You have got your clothes picked out, the location is perfect, and you have discussed everything you want with me, but what in the world do you bring to your session with you? I wanted to give you some help into what you should bring with you to your session. And not necessarily what you want as props. I have created multiple categories to help you with each and every situation.

Portraits

Accessories (scarves, jewelry), things that are important to you or even the reason why you are getting the photos done (business owner? Bring something that you sell. Love a sport? Bring your favorite jersey).

Family

Bring something you all love to do (board games, books, etc.), something you all love or even something you all have in common.

Kids

Some toys for afterwards (or during the last set of pictures) and maybe even some candy for afterwards. Also something for them to look at next to my camera (stuffed animal) is very helpful.

Pets

I always suggest noisy toys or some that will distract them, I typically have a bag that I wear so I can easily move my arm for the toys to make noise. Also, some treats are helpful as well.

High school seniors

Props of things you are involved in (instrument, letterman jacket, art items, etc.), T shirt or clothing item of college you are going to or what you are going into (military, workforce). Literally ANYTHING you like to do.

Couples

Props of things you like to do together or anything that has special meaning to you.

Engaged Couples

The same as couples, but adding in the big shiny thing (aka the RING!).

Everyone

This applies to every single group. An extra brush or comb, hairspray, extra bobby pins/hair ties, and a lint roller.

It doesn’t have to be a whole ordeal on what you bring with you, just think of essentials and feel free to message me if you still feel lost.

If you think anything else needs to be added to this list, PLEASE comment below. What did you find helpful that you brought to your session?

KLP Responds: What is all included in a session package?

What is all included in a session package?

A lot. Let me begin by just making a list and then I will go into details. 

  1. Consultation
  2. Emails walking you through each and every step
  3. An online gallery which I can send you a link to or we can view it all together
  4. A session

A consultation is the time where you and I get to either have a phone conversation or meet up and talk about your session. Before this consultation, I will be sending you a questionnaire to have filled out so that way I can ask you follow up questions regarding this. I will be getting to know you and what you like, don't like, etc. We will also get the date, time, and location down for your session. This makes it so much easier than messaging back and forth this information and I can also make sure you get what you want out of your session. You will also get the chance to ask me anything as well. 

Emails you will be receiving will help you each and every step of the way. You will know exactly what to do and how to do it. You will receive an email also going over the notes I took from the consultation so you can review it and make sure it sounds good. It's where you will receive the proposal and the agreement. 

An online gallery is what you will receive after your session. It will have ALL your photographs in it, with my watermark. It will give you a chance to look over all of your photos, mark your favorites and also help you decide on purchases. You can even share the link with anyone in the family who may want some photos as well. Or you can choose to have me meet with you and show you the gallery then. You will still get the link, but some people prefer it that way. 

And finally, you get the session. This is with every single session from the mini to the premium. Everyone gets these in their session. 

Session ideas with a focus on family fun

There are so many ways to have family photos. I wanted to make a quick list for you on some great ideas for a focus on family fun during your session.

1. Bowling
2. Game night
3. Camp out/camp in
4. Baking
5. DIY Pizza night, Taco bar
6. Actually, any cooking
7.  Volunteer
8. Reading
9. Watching a sports game – on tv, in person, local sports
10. Jigsaw puzzles
11. Blanket Forts
12. Turn cardboard boxes into ANYTHING
13. Coloring
14. Playing together outside
15. Picnics

Tips of what to wear: Family Edition

Family photos can get a little complicated when it comes to clothing choices. Trendy in Indy and I are here to help make them a little less complicated for you! 

As a photographer, this is one of the most questions I get asked. It can really be intimidating and sometimes confusing when you are planning for more than two people. Here are some of my favorite tips all in one place. 

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1. Look into your home decor. 

These photos are going to be most likely hanging in your house. Picking out colors that go with your home will help. Make sure that your clothes will blend in with your home decor. 

2. Coordinate, don't match. 

By selecting a color scheme and using hues that complement each other, you can achieve a more natural look across the board. Pick two main colors and then add softer tones to accent and complete your color scheme.

3. Wear something comfortable. 

Family sessions can have a lot of movement (especially with little ones). Wear something that you can move in easily. 

4. Lay out each family members outfits together so you can see how they look next to each other. 

This can give you a good idea of what they look like together. This can help you also see if there is something that is not quite right. 

5. Last, but not least, make sure the outfits are timeless. 

If all else fails, when you look in your closet to find the perfect family portrait outfits think about staying classic. You’ll want your photos to be timeless. Styles come and go but, your photos are forever.

Why you should take advantage of Mini Sessions

Mini sessions are different than regular sessions. If you ever just need a quick session to update family photos (no matter how big or small), some quick portraits, or even some headshots, this type of session is for you. I am here to tell you why you should take advantage of these mini sessions!

1. Quick & Easy

When they are on scheduled days, where photographers are shooting sessions back to back, it can be super quick. It also makes things easy for you because they are already set up. The only thing you have to do is show up! 

2. Price

If all you need is a quick session, this is the perfect package for you. When photographers run these specials, it is best to jump on these. It's honestly the best bang for your buck. Most photographers set this price at $200 or below. 

3. Unique Themes

Mini sessions are really helpful when it comes to themes. If you need something for Valentine's Day, there is one for that. If you need some for Summer, there is one for that. Holiday cards, there is one for that too. It makes it easy as well to have all the props and backgrounds you may need. 

4. Getting to know a new photographer

If you’re in the market for a new photographer, follow them on social media, sign up for their newsletter and wait for them to run a mini session special. This is especially great if you don't have the ability to invest in a full package. Mini sessions are great opportunities to get to know a photographer before investing in a larger photo package. If things don’t go well (and by well I mean you LOVE them and can’t wait to have another session with them) then you’re out about $200 versus $650 or more.

5. Giving to Charity

Sometimes other photographers will partner with charities to offer mini sessions in support of a cause or organization as well. KLP has 5 happening this year! While this may not affect some clients directly, I always feel better about paying for a service when I know the owner is charitable and givingActually, I go out of my way to find them. It can make all the difference.

Interested in booking with KLP? Send me an inquiry here!