The PhotoSmith Studio | Prepare for your session

Please try to arrive 10 minutes before your session is to start.

The style of photography that I practice, mostly, is candid and spontaneous. As a parent myself, I understand the urge to coach a child to “smile” or “sit still” or “look this way” or to brush the hair out of their face, etc. However, in my experience as a professional photographer working with families and young children, this usually gets in the way of the best possible shot and the overall mood of the session. The best photographs come from when kiddos are just playing, doing their thing and being themselves! Please try to keep this in mind during the session and let myself or my assistant direct the children as needed.

Newborn shoots are best when they are done within the first 10 days of life, when babies are their sleepiest and still curled up. Please avoid putting on tight fitting clothes and diapers for a couple hours before the session to prevent clothing/elastic marks. Also, turn the heat up to 80 degrees (yikes! But best for keeping baby sleepy) at least 1 hr before I arrive. Keeping baby awake and stimulated as long as possible before I arrive will help, as well as feeding baby as soon as I arrive.


What to wear:

Check out this great blog post by an out of state photographer. She did such a great job on what to wear (and what to avoid) for your session!

Someday I will have the time to get something like this together! ;)



A reservation fee is due in full at the time of booking all sessions. This reservation fee is your full session price and is non-refundable, but if the session needs to be rescheduled, the session fee will be credited towards a future session.  Please try to give us at least a 2 day notice, if possible, for rescheduling your shoot if something comes up.


Punctuality is appreciated! :)

Because we often book client sessions back to back, it is important for you to be on time for your session. Of course things happen, but it is a good idea to leave 15 minutes early in case there is heavy traffic, etc. It will also help everyone to feel less rushed/stressed, which makes for a more relaxed and fun session (and this will shine through in your session images)! :)

In the event that you are late, your scheduled session time slot will remain the same, as to be considerate to other clients who's sessions are booked right after yours.(meaning that if you are 20 minutes late for a 1 hr shoot, your session will be 40 minutes instead of 1 hr. Of course, we can work with you if we do not have other shoots scheduled after yours, but we often do.