What Should I Expect at a Session?

This is an excerpt from my welcome package after you book a session with me. For those of you who have lots of questions and really want to know what to expect so you can be prepared, I hope this helps!

Arrival on-site:

I will be at the location ahead of you, barring something unexpected, to scope the light and possible locations for shots. I’ll be that gal with the camera; please wave and let me know it’s you if we haven’t already met! We’ll get a bit of time to chat (If you arrived a little early! Always ideal.) I will take payment if that hasn’t already been dealt with ahead and then we will jump right into it.


I often call the first few shots my “throw away shots”, they are really to get the light exposure and to get you used to my lens pointing at you. DO NOT WORRY, it is TOTALLY NORMAL, to feel TOTALLY AWKWARD. Unless you are a celebrity, it’s unlikely you are used to being the focal point of a shoot. The biggest thing to remember is to breathe and try to relax your body and facial expressions, I will be there to guide you!


The truth of the matter is, that most of the great looking “natural” shots you see are at least partially posed if not entirely. This can seem counter to what you desire, if you want to just feel like yourself and not feel “fake”. I totally get it, I’ve always come from the approach that I want it to be as natural as possible. I will be shooting a lot of candids, (I love them so much!) but I will be tweaking stances and positions to be as flattering as they can be for the camera. I will also suggest poses to try as we go along.

End of Shoot:

Either the light will be what ends our session, the designated time, or the fact that I’ve already gotten all the shots I need ( yay for efficiency!). I will, no doubt, continue to shoot even as we wrap things up and you breathe a sigh of relief….I find I often get some of the best shots at the end, when you think you’re done. LOL!

We will go our separate ways, but you will be seeing sneak peaks in the next one or two days via Instagram (if you opt into that by signing a model release). You can expect to get your edited files within a week or two and print work anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks after a session depending on the type of print work (more on that later!).

If this is helpful to you, please comment below and let me know. Likewise, if you still have additional questions, fire away! I will be happy to answer them.

I will be posting more write-ups about "What to Expect..." in the coming weeks!

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