What is the secret to a successful session? Your only assignment is to relax, connect, enjoy yourself and/or your loved ones. Set your top priority on having a good time! My job is to capture amazing, moving portraits of you and/or your loved ones. Your job is to relax and HAVE FUN. Regardless of how the session unfolds, staying positive and trusting me to capture incredible portraits is more important than what you are wearing, the props you’ve planned or the poses you hoped to try. This is true for all types of sessions. When the adults are relaxed and playful, regardless of circumstances, the kiddos join in and the magic of capturing your connection begins. Newborns sense your mood as much as older children. Your loved ones will be more at ease and cooperative if you focus on fun and let go of the outcome. Likewise, seniors and couples greatly benefit by being relaxed. I’ve never met someone that doesn’t look flattering through my lens, so let your worries fade away and know you are in good hands! Trust me and I’ll work my magic to draw out your natural, intrinsic beauty.
Which package is right for me?
NEWBORNS: The vibrant (2-3 hour, 30+ image*) session is ideal for newborns. This allows time for us to let baby be in charge and take the lead. In this relaxed environment, baby can stop and feed, relieve themselves and still have plenty of time to relax into a deep sleep for adorable posing. We can also have time with the vibrant session for poses with mom, dad and/or siblings. I will book a classic (1 hour, 15+ image*) session for newborns if requested, however, parents must realize our shooting time may be limited based on baby’s needs. Planning ahead for a newborn session is essential, as it must take place within the first two weeks for the best results. We’ll pencil in your due date and adjust as needed. *Note: the number of images per session is adjusted for newborn sessions to account for the special nature of working with brand new babies.
INFANT/TODDLERS: On the other end of the spectrum, if your older infant or toddler is well rest and well fed, a mini (30 minute, 10 image) session could be the perfect fit to capture a milestone and iconic phase, such as 3, 6, 9 months; 1, 2, 3 years; tummy time, sitting, standing, walking, etc. However, if you know your child takes a while to transition and warm up, if you want more variety (outfit or setting change) or if you want to include family or siblings in the session, please book a classic (1 hour, 40 image) session.
FAMILIES: The classic (1-hour, 40 image) session is ideal for families. This allows time for breaks and a variety of styles: casual, playful, posed; and a variety of groupings: whole family, siblings, couple, kids with mom, kids with dad, kids individually. I will also book a mini session (30-minute, 10 image) session if requested.
EXTENDED FAMILIES: The vibrant (2-3 hour, 75+ image) session is ideal for extended families. This enables ample time for full group arrangements, as well as many smaller groupings including individual families, couples, siblings, cousins and more. Individuals of each child or member of the family can also be included in this session, creating a complete collection of family portraits. There is also time for every person to relax and get a break (pack snacks and activities) while others take their turn. This session is especially ideal as a gift to grandparents.
MATERNITY: The classic (1-hour, 40 image) session is ideal for maternity portraits. This allows for clothing changes, multiple settings, integrating props and adding in family members, such as a spouse and older siblings. I will also book a vibrant (2-3 hour, 75+ image) session for expecting mothers who desire more variety in settings and style. Mini (30-minute, 10 image) sessions can also be booked for maternity portriats if requested.
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: The vibrant (2-3 hour, 75+ image) session is ideal for high school seniors. This session allows for multiple locations, outfit changes and props if desired. It is best suited to enable a setting where the senior can relax, loosen up and let their genuine personality come out. However, I will also book a classic (1 hour, 40 image, two outfit), or mini (30 minute, 10 image, one outfit) session to meet a senior’s budget or time constraints.
ENGAGEMENTS/COUPLES: The vibrant (2-3 hour, 75+ image) session is ideal for engagements to allow for multiple locations, outfit changes and props if desired. It is best suited to enable a setting where the couple can relax, loosen up and let their genuine connection come to the surface. However, I will also book a classic (1 hour, 40 image, two outfit), or mini (30 minute, 10 image, one outfit) session to meet a couple’s budget or time constraints, if needed. A classic or mini session can also work well for an anniversary or to document a special time in a couple’s relationship.
What should I wear?
NEWBORNS: With a newborn, the goal is to capture their perfect, amazing little features as they relax and sleep. Clothing is often more of a hinderance to this goal, as it can be bulky and distracting. Dress your newborn in loose, easy to remove clothing to avoid lines on their skin and to keep from startling them when removing their clothing for the session. I have ample options in many colors and textures of wraps, blankets, hats, headbands, baskets and boxes to help subtly compliment your little one’s fantastic tiny features. I also have a space heater and white noise to help keep your little one toasty and relaxed through the session.
INFANT/TODDLERS: Simple, classic clothing is best. Something comfortable and subtle photographs well, allowing the focus to be on the subject instead of the clothing. If you want to add interest, think about adding texture instead of bold prints, for example. If you contact me ahead of time, I can provide examples of my studio backgrounds, headbands, hats and other props if you want to create a look based on a studio setting. At three months and younger, infants can still wear the simple textured wraps that I provide.
FAMILIES: Rather than attempting to perfectly match each other, I recommend choosing 3 coordinating colors (or two main colors with an accent) and choose your outfits to fit within that color scheme, allowing for variety. The result will be a livelier, more authentic representation of your family.
MATERNITY: Select clothing that is simple and that accents your darling baby bump. Neutral colors photograph beautifully, as well as subtle patterns, textures and colors. Other loved ones should be dressed simply in neutral colors to keep the emphasis on your beautiful belly. Connect with me ahead of time to help define a style or look that you are going for and I can further guide your clothing choices from there.
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: First and foremost, it is important to select clothing you feel your best in. You want to wear something that makes you feel comfortable and confident. Choose flattering outfits that express your personality and that draw attention to your favorite features. It is best to avoid overly bright colors and shirts with lettering. Instead opt for a mix of solid colors or classy patterns with accents of texture to add interest. Avoid being overly trendy by focusing on a classic, timeless style. Choose a variety of options from classy casual to semi formal to diversify how you express yourself. Details matter, so be conscious of shoe choice, accessories, nails, groomed hair, etc.
ENGAGEMENTS: Couples, it is important to select clothing that is flattering and that you feel comfortable in. The focus will be on your connection with each other. Think of your attire as a vehicle for helping tell your unique story, how your personalities compliment each other for example. Subtle patterns and textures help add interest. Don’t worry about “matching” each other, but focus more on complimentary styles. Select pairs of clothing ranging from classy casual to semi-formal. Choose classic over trendy and you will thank yourself in years to come.
What should I bring to my session? Regardless of session type or age, I always strongly suggest bringing water and a snack to refresh yourself during the session or immediately after, especially if children are involved. In order to create a fun, relaxing environment it is helpful for everyone to be able to keep up their energy and positive mood with a little pick-me-up. I also encourage parents of young children to bring an extra change of clothes for the kiddos, as well as consider a special treat planned in advance to help encourage participation if needed. Seniors often like to bring a mirror, brush, makeup and anything else needed for touch ups, as well as a little towel if it is hot to dab away any perspiration. Also, with any session, please feel free to bring along a prop or two, especially if you have any symbols of your personality, interests or relationship that you would like to integrate into your session. It is helpful if you let me know before the session what you are brining so I can plan ahead for those items.
How will we communicate the day of the session if needed? When booking your the session, it is helpful to exchange phone numbers. You can text or call me at 785-456-4503 if you need to contact me before a session.
How will my images be delivered? You will receive your images in an online gallery on my website. The gallery will enable you to download the full-resolution files (with a unique password), purchase professional prints and photo products, as well as share your images with friends and family effortlessly. If you prefer a flash drive
How long before I see my images? I will post a sneak peek to my Vibrant Life Facebook page within one week of your session. All session images will be delivered within 4-6 weeks to the email address provided at the time of session inquiry. Please allow 6-8 weeks for wedding galleries to be delivered.
What can I use the digital files for? Digital files are for personal use only. This includes sharing and displaying your images through prints, artwork, slideshows, social media, photo books and other ways of sharing your images with friends and family. No for-profit or commercial use allowed without a commercial license and contract.
Can I print wherever I want? Yes. You can choose where to print your images using the digital files that will be delivered through your online gallery. You will be provided a print release. Some vendors will require proof of a photo release and others will not. I highly recommend ordering professional prints through your online gallery, as the superior quality will enhance your portraits in a breathtaking way. Our print and photo product prices are very competitive and deliver an amazing value and an unbeatable price.
Do I own the copyright to my images? No. Vibrant Life Photography LLC owns the copyright to the images. The print release gives you permission to print or share the images with friends and family free of charge, but does not grant you ownership of the images.