Getting Ready for Your Session

Hi! This is me with a mask. 🙂
And this is me without a mask.

Please reach out with any last minute changes or questions.

763-807-4898 – text or call


*pronounced Ah-lease-ah

I am excited to meet you!

Capturing the moments of joy with my camera is a passion of mine and I look forward to our time together.

Outside of photography, I build Legos, watch SpongeBob and play Minecraft (with my 9-year-old) and have a cute kitty named Peanut. I love chatting with kids and their parents.

I have found that the BEST way to take great photos (especially with children) is to be prepared and have FUN, so here are some tips.

Before the Session

  • Eat a meal or hearty snack before the session, something that will keep their belly full.
  • Bring some non-messy small snacks – fruit snacks, m & m’s, jelly beans, and skittles are some of the easiest to do one at a time and get some great shots.
  • Dress for the weather. Cold kiddos are not happy kids. So, if it is cold, wear layers and have everyone wear coats or blankets. We can remove them during the photo and put them back on after we get the shot, but it’s important to have them with (and not in the car).
  • Give enough time for one last bathroom break, either at home or at the location, before our session.

During the Session

  • Take your time. Children often need time to warm up to a new person. So, I will chat with them, but it might be a few minutes until they are ready to smile and that’s okay.
  • Have fun yourself. Getting ready to have photos done can be stressful, but let’s have fun taking photos together.
  • Be aware that I will try to get kids curious about the location and then follow that curiosity, if they want to check out the building, we’ll do that if we can. I will snap photos along the way and suggest good places to stop and take a picture or two and then keep exploring.

After the Session

  • Have a plan for what you’ll do next (and have that next thing be awesome). What kiddo isn’t motivated by, let’s do this for now and then next we are going to go to explore this area, or go to the museum, or get comfy clothes on and eat pizza.

Clothing Choices

What you wear to a photo session is important and I want your clothing to reflect you and your style.

Here are some helpful tips for choosing the perfect outfit.

  • Pick three to four colors or patterns for group or family photos, colors with similar tones that go together well. Then have everyone work within that color palette, it’s not necessary to match, only to compliment. Help to find complimentary colors.
  • Do hair the way you’d normally do it while wearing these clothes.
  • Biker shorts and a tank top under your clothing make changes much simpler.
  • If you plan to get a haircut or a new hairdo, make the appointment at least two weeks before your portrait session.


We will need to wear masks during our session.  I will be wearing mine the whole time, but we’ll have you take yours off whenever you are in front of the camera and then put it back on. Wear one that is snug, but not tight (to avoid any lines).

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