Welcome to the Wood and Lace Family!


I value each and every one of my families and I want you to have the best experience. I do not take this privilege lightly, I know how valuable your time and investment are. I promise I will give you a fun and relaxing experience. Most families say they are surprised at how fun and easy my sessions are. Take a look at the information below. My hope is that you will be as prepared as you can for your session. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to send me an email.

So you scheduled your session, Now what?


Via email, we will discuss location selection, wardrobe selection, and answer any questions you may have.


Custom photography is unique because it not only captures what you look like at a certain period of time, it captures who you are. I aim to capture honest photos of your family and children. The goal is not to get stiff and posed with everyone looking at the camera images, but to capture the true essence of your family. I take a documentary approach to photography and use my understanding of equipment and light to create images that will become works of art that you can hang in your home and pass down for generations. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your session.


Location

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Together, we will decide on the best location for your session or we can shoot in your home. Many clients love their home for their location because of the intimate and personal feel it provides. I have many locations that I love to shoot at regularly and have a location guide should you prefer one of my locations over your home. New locations being added all of the time!


Time

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If our session is in your home, I prefer either late morning or early afternoon. If our session is outdoors, we will meet either in the early morning or in the evening. The light is typically too harsh mid day to get the style that attracted you to my work to begin with. The images in my portfolio look the way they do largely because of my use of light and the time of day that your session takes place has a huge impact. Many families tell me that they simply have the kids take a late nap or have some down time prior to their evening session.


Length of Session

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The good news is, I am super fast! My family portrait sessions are up to one hour. Don't worry, I can easily and confidently get a beautiful gallery in that time.


What to Wear

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Wardrobe should be comfortable and reflect who you are. I do not recommend matching but rather to coordinate. I am happy to consult with you directly on wardrobe. Just let me know! I have also created a Pinterest Board for some ideas if you'd like to take a look. Many clients love to have me to help them shop, either in their closet or online! I am happy to help you too! Wardrobe will make a big difference in your final result.


Props

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I do not use props during my sessions. If you have something in mind, please let me know and we can discuss it. By not using props, this allows you and your family to be the center of attention in your family pictures and keeps them timeless.



Your Children

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Remember that children are not usually fond of being told to pose or smile. Don't worry if your child is running around and active, I expect it and encourage it. I like to keep them busy with asking them to do playful things. They will more than likely be tired from all of the fun they have had after your session. To get the most out of your session, make sure your little one has rested and has had adequate snacks and water. Hungry children are not happy or cooperative. We can take small breaks for snacks and to let them run and play. Bring dry, non messy snacks so their little faces stay clean during the session. Prepare the child for the session by letting them know that a friend will be taking some photos of them, it's best not to surprise them.



Please Arrive On Time

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Remember, your session is scheduled according to light. It is important that we begin our session on time. Please plan for traffic.

I can't wait to capture your family! Do not hesitate to ask me any questions you have! See you soon!

Brother and sister lying in the grass, looking at each other and smiling. Family pictures in Morgantown, WV

shannon@woodandlacewv.com

304-710-6664