FAMILY SESSION GUIDE

Thank you for your interest in booking a session with me! These sessions are designed for families, newborns, couples, and maternity to receive a mix of candid and posed photographs.

After confirming your booking, please ensure you have read and signed the SESSION CONTRACT.

FAMILY SESSIONS

Kelowna family photography sessions focus on capturing what’s important. Feelings, emotions, and life’s big and small moments. It’s an interactive way to have your annual portraits done. These sessions can happen anywhere, but my favourite sessions are where I come to your home or somewhere important or special to you and your family. You get only a few short years with your kids. It’s always a good time to get photographs to pass down to your kids that evoke real memories of their childhood. In these sessions you’ll see how much you truly are loved and appreciated as a parent.

SESSION STRUCTURE

FAMILY PARK SESSIONS: These sessions are lifestyle, which means they are a mix of posed and candid moments. I will spend time both posing you and letting moments naturally happen. You are free to bring props or nothing at all. I will bring a blanket.

FAMILY BEACH SESSIONS: The first 15 minutes of your session will be dedicated to posed portraits. After that, it’s play time with your THREE chosen activities. Please see below for activity suggestions.

FAMILY HOME SESSIONS: These sessions are entirely unposed. You can plan activities to do with your family, or plan nothing at all. I will use my skill to capture authentic moments and environmental portraits. Please see below for activity suggestions.

NEWBORN HOME SESSION: These sessions are lifestyle. They incorporate a mix of posed portraits in your home environment and candid moments. Newborn portraits include only props or items found within you home. Please note that I do not offer outdoor or studio newborn sessions.

FRESH 48 SESSION: These sessions are done at the hospital or place of birth and take place the first 48 hours after birth. Sessions are primarily un-posed, with the occasional posed lifestyle image.

MATERNITY SESSION: These sessions are a mix of posed and candid photographs. Sessions can be done outdoors or at home or a mix of both.

FAQ

WHERE SHOULD WE DO OUR SESSION?
In home family sessions, newborn sessions and maternity sessions are typically done at-home. Family beach sessions are done at a Kelowna beach, and family park sessions are done at a Kelowna park. When deciding what type of session to do, choose a session that will suit your family’s personality and bring out the best in each person.

WHAT DO WE BRING?
HOME: Nothing
BEACH: Three activities that encourage family interaction and participation.
PARK: Nothing, OR activities that encourage family interaction and participation.

WHAT DO WE WEAR?
No need to coordinate or match outfits. Please dress casually and comfortably. Ensure that clothing is free from large visible logos, rips, stains and please avoid bright white for outdoor sessions. And of course, always dress for the weather.

DO WE CLEAN THE HOUSE?
If you would feel more comfortable having a clean home, please feel free, but know it is not required. I love cozy homes with character. If it makes you feel better, my home is in a constant state of renovations, and my bedroom floor looks like a value village vomited all over it. A home with personality is the best kind of home.

WHAT IF MY KIDS ARE NAUGHTY?
Would it be a normal day if the kids were on their best behavior the entire time? Some of my favorite images show just exactly how real life is. Tears included.

CAN WE HAVE PORTRAITS?
All of my sessions include time for portraits; however, some more than others.

PAYMENT
Session fee is due at the time of booking to hold your date and is non-refundable. Should you need to reschedule, please let me know 7 days prior to your session and I will transfer the fee to your new date. For product purchases, I accept payment plans. It’s important to me that you have your images. I accept cash, cheque, PayPal, e-transfer and on occasion VISA and Mastercard.

HOW TO BOOK
Contact me! We will discuss what type of session works best for you. Once your session fee is paid I send an online contract and questionnaire. After that, I meet you and we hang out. I do all the photographing while you live in the moment. After your session we will schedule an in-person ordering session.

HOME-BASED ACTIVITIES

EATING/FAMILY MEALS
COOKING/BAKING
BATHTIME
READING
WATCHING TV
HOMEWORK
PLAYING SPORTS
PLAYING MUSIC
GARDENING
WORKING IN THE GARAGE
PLAYING IN THE POOL
PLAYING ON THE TRAMPOLINE
PLAYING LEGO
PLAYING BARBIES
PLAYING TOYS
BUILDING FORTS
COLORING
ARTS AND CRAFTS
PLAYING DRESS-UP
HAVING TEA PARTIES
DANCE PARTIES
PLAYING WITH PETS
DOING PUZZLES
SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS
PLAYING BOARD GAMES
PUPPET SHOWS
KARAOKE
JUMPING ON THE BED
DECORATING
MORE!

ON LOCATION ACTIVITIES

CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
ICE CREAM/FROZEN YOGURT PARLOUR
DRIVE-IN MOVIES
PETTING ZOO
OUTDOOR POOL
MINI-GOLF
FAIR/CARNIVAL
NATURE CENTRE
FESTIVAL OR OUTDOOR CONCERT
BASEBALL/SPORTS GAMES
FARMERS MARKET
WATER PARK
PUMPKIN PATCH
BONFIRE
ORCHARD
FAIR/CARNIVAL
HISTORICAL SITE
CORN MAZE
SHOPPING MALL
GROCERY STORE
OUTDOOR SKATE RINK
SNOWSHOEING
ICE FISHING
MUSEUM
ART GALLERY
COFFEE SHOP
GROCERY STORE
MALL
MORE!

BEACH + PARK ACTIVITIES

KITES
BALLS
SPORTS EQUIPMENT
FISHING RODS AND NETS
WATER GUNS
WATER BALLOONS
SHOVELS AND BUCKETS
WATER TOYS / FLOATIES
HULA HOOPS
FRISBEE
BIKES
WAGONS
BUTTERFLY NETS
BUG CATCHERS
BOOKS
LADDER GOLF
HORSESHOES/BOCCE
MUSIC PLAYER
TUG OF WAR ROPES
POTATO SACS FOR RACE
THREE LEGGED RACE ROPES
SURFBOARDS/SKIM-BOARDS
BOATS/DINGHY’S
SCAVENGER HUNT
TREASURE HUNT TOYS
GIANT BUBBLES
BOCCE BALL
MORE!

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