Carla Elaine Photography » Vancouver Family & Wedding Photographer

Family FAQ

WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?

coordinating is better than matching! try and stay away from too much black. Color, pattern and especially texture photograph nicely. No large logos or characters on your tops, it will take away from your beautiful faces! Think of the season and location of your shoot, that should help send you in the right direction! I’m always here for a second opinion if you need one! Feel free to send me pics or bring a wardrobe change if you’re not sure.

DO WE NEED TO BRING ANYTHING?

Just your smiling faces! But feel free to bring anything you might want to incoporate. I love to involve an activity in your session, it creates natural and fun interactions. If there’s anything you love to do together let me know! I’ll bring a couple blankets ( I have an addiction!) and any other props that might be needed. Snacks are always good to keep the kids going and for toddlers it’s great if you can bring a favourite toy to help get their attention. And yes! bring your dog! They’re part of the family too:)and always fun to have around.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF DAY FOR OUR SHOOT?

Sunset is my FAVOURITE LIGHT! When the sun is low in the sky. My preference is to schedule the shoot for the 2 hours leading up to sunset. Of course this changes drastically throughout the year. If your vision is that dreamy sunset look and you have very young childeren than consider having your session in the spring or fall when the sun sets earlier in the day. This way it won’t interfere with kids bedtimes like it might in the summer. IF you’re a morning family then sunrise has lovely light as well! I’ll always try and avoid mid-day sun as it tends to be unflattering for portraits.

HOW WILL YOU CHOOSE THE LOCATION?

The location is always outside and most of the timeĀ based on where you live, in your own community! I live in Vancouver but am more then happy to travel all over the lower mainland. I love to have input from you too! Is there a spot that’s special to your family? Are you picturing a forest, a field, the beach, an urban setting? Suggestions are always welcome! But no pressure, I know lots of great spots in the lower mainland and the valley.

WHAT IF IT RAINS?
If the forecast is calling for lots of rain on the day of the shoot, we’ll just reschedule. I want this to be a great experience and the rain tends to put a damper on the moodĀ (literally!) so I’m happy to move it to another day. But hey, if you love rain (like me!) we can always go for it……strap on the gumboots and have fun with it, totally up to you!

If I’ve missed anything send me a note or please comment below!

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