Outdoors, ideally! There are several great outdoor (and indoor) locations in the suburbs and I would be happy to provide you with some suggestions. I like to schedule outdoor photo sessions during the "golden hour", which is about an hour or two before sunset, around 4:30pm - 6:00pm. We can also do a family, children, or couples session in the comfort of your home. All you need is a big, open window! If you have a specific location request, please let me know.
Most sessions are booked back-to-back, so plan on arriving to our pre-determined location about 10 - 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled time. More often than not, there are hiccups along the way while trying to not only get ourselves ready but our children ready (sound familiar?), so allow yourselves plenty of time!
A neutral color palette tends to look the most classic and photographs well (think gray, beige/tan, cream, white, etc). Other tones that look great in photos are mustard yellow, burgundy, olive green, navy, etc. If you're planning to coordinate with your loved ones, focus on three to four complimentary colors. Have one family member wear something with a pattern, like a classic striped or checkered shirt. I would be happy to chat with you beforehand and show you some outfit guides as well.
We will always reschedule your session due to inclement weather (rain, snow, strong winds/storms). Cloudy and overcast days are actually ideal for shooting outdoors! If we are doing an indoor photo shoot, no need to worry.
Don't stress - this is a time to have a lot of fun with your family! Plan on laughing, cuddling, and having a great time. Bring snacks for your children if needed and prep everyone on what you'll be doing. I don't need you to be looking at the camera and smiling the whole time (although we can certainly take those pictures in the beginning). My whole philosophy is to enjoy each other, make each other laugh, and let your love shine through! And lastly, I've said it before, just relaaaaax...