Information Sheet & Questionnaire
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Tips & Tricks for Planning Your Session
Thanks so much for choosing Kelly Baker Photography to craft your family's special story. This information sheet will help me craft a unique approach to capturing your family in an authentic, real way. I hope all of your questions are answered below - if you remain unsure about anything, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read below for tips on choosing a location, picking outfits, setting mood, and more.
Setting the Tone
The first thing to think about when planning your family shoot is the overall tone or mood you are looking to convey. This will help determine everything else: the location, posing style, clothing, activities, and more. Are you a goofy, fun-loving family? Are you more serious and reserved? Do you want photos that show you have a blast together, or are you interested in a classic posed portrait in a gorgeous location? Perhaps you see yourselves as a mix of the two? Or maybe you're a soft-hearted family wanting to convey your beautiful emotional bond. Start by asking yourself these questions and they will help you make all the choices required to plan our time together.
Choosing a Location
The location(s) you choose will have a major effect on the mood of your images and the story of your family that you want to tell. The background of a photograph helps tell the story of those within it, particularly if it is meaningful in some way to the family. The location will also impact how you and your family feel and interact within it, which will play a huge factor in conveying the tone and crafting the story of your family. Many families will choose a park they enjoy near their home, or even their home itself. Others will want a grassy field or body of water. Yet downtown locations such as the Farmer's Market, a particular cafe or bookstore, a favourite landmark or graffitied wall also help craft a unique story for you. When you are thinking about possible locations, consider your unique story as a family - your favourite activities, places to go on the weekend, memorable traditions. I usually suggest choosing two locations during a family session, so feel free to choose two entirely different locations if you want variety. I typically like to begin sessions just before sunset, so locations with good light are an asset for creating the most beautiful photographs possible. Want suggestions? I am here to help.
Posing Styles & Props
I like to break posing styles down into three main categories: posed, candid-posed, and candid. I tend to incorporate a combination of all three into my sessions. I'm certainly open to any ideas you may have. I encourage you to think about activities you like to do together - do you lay and look at the clouds? Have picnics? Play particular games? Have a particular Saturday tradition? Play musical instruments? Some of these unique aspects of you can be incorporated into your session via props and location. Whether you prefer a more classic posed portrait session or a more contemporary lifestyle-type candid session, there are many ways we can make your tell the unique story of your family.
What to Wear
Such a popular question, such a complicated answer! I of course encourage everyone to wear clothing that is comfortable and true to you. Your choice of clothing will depend on the overall mood of your shoot and whether or not you prefer a more relaxed or more formal look. There are, however, some recommendations I can make. First, co-ordinating outfits can make for a beautiful look - but do it sparingly. Avoid wearing the exact same solid dark colour because you will blend together! But a pop of the same colour on each person can certainly look sharp. Co-ordinated accessories such as hats and sun glasses can also be a fun addition. My approach to photography is one that focuses on stories and connection. So try leaving your Sunday best at home, and opt for that outfit that makes you feel like you.
Now tell me about you! Please fill out the information below and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. This information will help me craft a unique approach to crafting your family's story.
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Please choose 3 possible dates that work for you. Note: outdoor family sessions are typically held during sunset. However, some locations have particular times they are open, and I am more than willing to work around this! Option 1:
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What are the names and ages of everyone in your family?
Please choose up to 3 words that best describe your vision for your family photos:
full of energy
Do you already have some ideas for your photos? Write them here!
Tell me about some of your favourite activities to do as a family:
Do you have any locations in mind? Tell me about them!
Tip: meaningful locations always help tell a good story!
Would you like me to help you choose locations?
Please choose up to 2 types of locations you prefer:
a place we love: cafe, bookstore, etc.
Do you have a Pinterest board showcasing some of your ideas?
Yes! I'll add you!
No, but I'd like to create one!
Nope, not into Pinterest
I'll get back to you ASAP so we can start crafting your story!
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