Upon booking a session with Joyful Heart Photography, you will be given an information packet to review. You may choose to receive a digital copy or a physical paper copy. Included in the packet will be the studio policies, the current pricing, and a session contract. The session contract must be returned no later than the day of the session, or the session will need to be rescheduled. For this reason, I recommend the digital copy, as you can fill out the contract and submit it to me online so you don’t chance leaving it at home the day of the session. *grin* You will also be given the chance to pay for the session fee ahead of time, so that is also one less thing to try to remember.
Some tips to remember: Be sure to be well rested and have something to eat prior to the session. For small children, this is twice as important. Please don’t schedule a portrait session right in the middle of their regular feeding time or nap time, as little ones aren’t able to adapt as easily to a change in their schedule as adults are. Along those lines, small children do not tolerate photo sessions well if they are sick or have just had shots. Please be considerate of your child, as well as my time. I am flexible for rescheduling if it is due to illness. I do request a 24 hour notice, but as a mom myself, I know that sometimes it is not always possible. I would much rather get a phone call an hour before a session letting me know your child is ill, than to have you bring a cranky, miserable kid in and then be upset that we didn’t get any good smiles.
For clothing, the simpler the better. Try to avoid loud patterns in your clothing as it will detract from your expression. Long sleeved shirts are better than short sleeves, and short sleeves are preferred over tank tops or spaghetti straps. For a group, clothing does not have to be exactly the same. It is perfectly alright to have different styles of clothes. Try to keep colors at least in the same color group, but double check that the hues of each color don’t clash. (For example, different shades of red often look very poor together.)
Last, but certainly not least, glasses. If you wear them, I can not urge you enough to get a set of empty frames from your eye doctor. I do every thing that I can to prevent glass glare, but there are times when it is impossible to completely eliminate it. Lens refraction is something I have absolutely no control over, no matter how I light or pose you. Group poses and thick lenses are two examples. Glass glare and lens refraction retouching is available at the price of $15 per head, per pose. If it is beyond my skills to fix, I can send it to my lab to have retouched, and they charge starting at $45 per eye. I do not work for an optometrist, so I will not remove the lenses from your glasses the day of the session. It has been my experience that eye doctors are very reasonable with lending you a set of frames, and it is easier for everyone involved for you to take that small step.