About Your Session {What to Expect}

I thought I would go over how my sessions usually flow so that you would know what to expect and how to plan for your photo shoot! [This is mainly written for family, child or maternity sessions – hospital and lifestyle newborn experiences will be the most dramatically different]

With few exceptions, our session will take place outside and in an agreed upon public location. 

Schied Family Session in Leesburg, VA - northern va
Oh hi, great looking family 😉

This is most often a park, but I do have some other locations in mind if that’s not your style (including some urban locations and landmarks). We will usually try to choose a place that will give us multiple options for backgrounds during your session and that will provide us with some beautiful backdrops. If you have suggestions about locations, don’t be shy! Speak up! If the location wont work very well then I will warn you of that…. but many of my favorite locations were originally client inspired! Some clients want photos done at their home, and that is perfectly fine. However, what I specialize in is natural light photography, and I do not have a studio

2. My style is a mixture of lifestyle and posed photography.

I will try to capture a lot of photos of my subject(s) interacting, having fun, walking around, etc. I will also spend some time trying to use some posing ideas to get an interesting, yet more traditional family photo. If you want something else, feel free to ask!

Input from you on what you want your resulting set of images to look like is very helpful to me when planning/conducting your session.

3. The best time of day to do outdoor sessions is typically in the few hours before sunset or in the couple of hours following sunrise.

This does not mean that I never do sessions at time other than these, but I know that these time tend to have some beautiful light and I love my light 😉

4. I like to personalize my sessions by asking clients to bring something that would make sense to have in your photo with the person/people being photographed.

If this is a child/family, I suggest bringing their favorite lovey or stuffed animal or their favorite book. I often take a “break” in posing to incorporate these during a moment of play or reading and these are often some of our favorite shots. For couples, I find that its fun to incorporate something that they have in common or that they might do together. Reading books, playing scrabble, having a picnic, taking a walk, are just some examples. Seniors are more used to this and will often come with something that they feel represents their interests at that time. For maternity sessions, some parents may bring a small pair of shoes or some blocks or something that they are saving for the sweet baby whose arrival they are awaiting. 

Family mini session in Leesburg, VA - Northern VA
Isn’t she the cutest with her bunny?!

5. Get ready to laugh, snuggle up, and have fun!

I am known for making my clients snuggle and gaze into each others’ eyes. May be awkward but it tends to loosen clients up and make them laugh….

Family mini session in Leesburg, VA - Northern VA
This family was full of laughter! Even the pup 😛

6. After your session…

You may expect to see a sneak peek on Facebook or Instagram within 24-48 hours. This will give you an idea of what you will see in your full gallery. Approximately 2-3 weeks after your session, you’ll receive an email from me with a link to your online gallery! WOO HOO!!!