Preparing for your Outdoor Portrait Session - Laura Cardan

Preparing for your Outdoor Portrait Session


Client provided props are always welcome. Please let me know in advance if you would like to incorporate a prop into your session. I typically will bring a small prop for small children to sit on or stand in/on in case it’s needed to keep little ones still. I give children small sticks and wildflowers to help keep their hands busy. Other small toys or security items are welcome and can help little ones feel more comfortable. Otherwise I will simply make use of our surroundings.

Before and During your session

Please arrive to your session location at least 5-10 minutes in advance. Locations  are chosen for great lighting and the lighting eventually disappears. Even 5 minutes can make a huge difference during a shorter session. When you arrive for your session we will talk briefly about any last minute ideas and get to know each other a bit before your session. For all family sessions I like to start with lightly posed family images and move on to more interactive ones.

Preparation tips:

1. Don’t forget to clean your nails and moisturize your hands well. Ladies, fresh polish goes a long way in pulling your look together. This goes for toes, as well, if they will show.

2. Extra humidity protection for your hair  is often a good idea to help with fly-aways.  Consider bringing a comb and humidity cream or hairspray for touch-ups during your session.

3. Prep your children for the session by going over your expectations for them and maybe offering a “good job” treat once they’re done. Dry snacks and water are good to keep on hand for the littles. You may even want to consider putting small candies in your pocket in the event a bribe is needed.

After your Session

Your final gallery will be delivered within 2 business days (M-F.)  If your session is scheduled for Saturday or Sunday you can expect to have your images by Wednesday morning.  You will have a chance to view your images and request additional edits at this time.  Please allow 2 business days for edits. Once your gallery has been approved it will be released to you for download. I will also provide print instructions at this time.

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