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CLIENT WELCOME GUIDE

I am so glad you are here.
 

There is a deep human connection present in every family. As a photographer I nurture the connection between you and your loved ones to give your photos meaning and depth.  My job is to bring out beauty, tenderness and joy that is your family.  Your job is to relax and let the magic happen.

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YOU BOOKED YOUR SESSION. WHAT COMES NEXT?

1) You will receive a questionnaire to help me help you make a master plan for your session.  Please return this promptly so that we have time to develop your vision for your photos.

2) We will set up a ZOOM call to plan out your wardrobe. MOMS COME FIRST! I like to photograph moms in pieces that create long fluid lines. Think long dresses, scarves, things that drape and catch the wind.  On the call I will show you some ideas . You may choose a piece or two from my client closet or you can find something special from your own collection. 

3) We will work together to select the location and establish the time for the session.  I have a number of favorite spots from the beach to the mountains to parks that I like to shoot at. Or if you prefer, we can schedule the session for your home. All sessions are conducted using natural light, preferably at the golden hour of the day (either an hour before or after sunset). Depending on the time of year and location, we may need to mid-week or at sunrise to avoid crowds.  

4) I'll send you a checklist and meeting instructions about a week before the shoot.

EASY PEASY

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HELPFUL TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED

The most important tip: Share this information with every adult who will be present at the photo session so that we are all on the same page and you all know how my process works and what to expect.

Location:  We will collaborate to decide on the best location for your photos.  You should choose the location that fits your style and your family personality.  This may be your home, provided you have good natural light CLICK HERE to read my location selection guide.

 

Time of shoot:  My Lifestyle Photography style relies on the use of natural light.  If we are shooting outdoors, this means we will meet in the hour after sunrise or in the hour or so before sunset.  The lighting is typically to harsh mid-day; however if the location has good shade we can make it work just fine.  While I can’t guarantee a gorgeous sunrise or sunset, I will do my best to work magic with the light available the day of your shoot and create stunning photos for you.  

 

Session process:  I will spend some time at the beginning getting to know the kids and maybe playing some games or running a bit.  I find it helpful to give the kids time to explore the environment. We will do some group photos, and then I'll break out sub-groups (ie, parent and children, parent and each child, siblings, couples).  If there are multiple “venues” at the location, we will stop along the way and take photos at each one. I will guide you every step of the way, telling you how to stand, where to look, what to do with your hands, and what to say.  I often give prompts, such as telling stories, singing songs or dancing, spinning, or having a tickle fight to encourage your family to interact with each other. There will be hugging, kissing and snuggles. Once the posed photos are completed, I take a series of documentary style images.  You don’t need to worry about a thing and you don’t need to tell your child to smile or to look at the camera. 

Your children: You can help prepare your children for the session by letting them know that a friend will be taking some photos of them. I will take many photos of your children playing and being their natural selves.  At times I may direct one of the adults to simply “be” with the child or hold the child and we go from there. We may take breaks for non-messy snacks and water and play. I will continue to shoot during these breaks.  

The best advice I can provide is to give your kids  kids some  rest and some food before the session and to clear your calendar of activities that day.  Make the photo session the day's highlight.

Please do not worry if your child is running around like a crazy person, or won’t smile, or is acting like a little stinker or won’t stop crying.  I’m a mom of three and a grandmother of three and I have been there.  Do not worry. We will do this and it will be wonderful. CLICK HERE for my guide on how to prepare your children for your shoot.

The adults: This is a special time for you and your spouse/partner/lover.  It is an opportunity to have some one guide you into deep interaction and create emotive memories of your love and commitment.  It requires you to be open and vulnerable. I take this very seriously.  If you trust me and allow me in, I promise to use my heart to capture yours.

You can get to know my work by following me on facebook or Instagram.  And please email me at mj@maryjofalvey.com or text me (770-815-0845) with your questions. 

 

Talk Soon,

 

MJ

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