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Kids & Families

Contact me–raincliffs@gmail.com or 317.403.5535

The goal of Raincliffs Photography’s portrait sessions is to capture the essence of your child (and family).  I encourage you to chose a location you and your child enjoy and feel comfortable in, your home , a park or some other location you find fun and attractive. I am always happy to help come up with ideas… natural, urban or maybe a bit of a mix…  The session lasts about an hour, depending on your  child…sometimes they need a little break for a snack or drink of water, it is important that the session is enjoyable and comfortable for them and for you!  It  includes the high-res proofs on cd, you have the right to print as you wish and online viewing to share with friends. You have the right to reprint as you wish, post on your blog or Facebook, make holiday cards… etc…anything you wish!

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I am the mama of five fantastic kids,(yup, thats a family of SEVEN)  so kids and families are fun and easy for me to enjoy, each family is different and special… if it is a family of two or family of 10… discovering how to capture your personalities in my camera brings me delight and I am aware that I am very very lucky to be able to do a job every day that is new and exciting.

Helpful Hints:

Bring your child some water and a snack…. this often helps things go smoothly to let them have a break.

Bring any special “friends”  or “lovies”  Part of this is to sooth the child, part of this is to include these items… while it may sometimes drive us crazy as parents to have to keep track of and include these items in outings… someday they won’t need them and we will want to remember the love they had for them.

Do they have a favorite costume or dress up clothes?  Bring them!

Have a quilt or blanket or chair that holds sentimental of family importance?  Bring it… this can be a wonderful way to celebrate family.

Newborn session advice

WHERE:
The majority of our newborn sessions take place in your home.
Worried because your house is a mess? Don’t even stress out! You just had a BABY! Clutter is expected.  We really don’t need much space and can shoot around any problem areas.
LIGHT:
When we arrive, we’ll walk through your home looking for the best light and that is where we’ll do a majority of the shoot. Sometimes the best location ends up being a foyer, by the backdoor or kitchen…usually wherever there is a large window.

HEAT:
Newborns are used to being all bundled up and cozy…and then we come in and take off all their clothes for those adorable naked baby shots. They tend not to like that too much!  Pushing up the thermostat is guaranteed to make the session flow more smoothly and help them sleep better. We may be sweating, but baby will be nice and warm…and that’s really all that matters!
Crank the heat 30 minutes before our session to ensure that it’s warm enough. We’ll bring along a space heater to help keep baby in a steady warmth.
PATIENCE:
Newborn sessions can last anywhere from 1-2 hours. It all depends on baby’s mood and willingness to sleep. Make sure baby is well fed before session time.  Sometimes it helps to keep baby awake before the session time so he or she is full and sleepy.  If that doesn’t work out, no worries.  We will go with baby’s flow and work around his or her and your needs.
PROPS:
If you have anything sentimental you would like to use in the session, let us know.  We’ll do our best to work them in!

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What to wear

What to wear– because people always ask– “what should we wear?”

This is meant as guideline– you probably have your own ideas… go for it!  Questions?  Ask?

Bright colors look great! They provide visual interest and make your portraits “pop”!

Whatever colors you choose, be sure to choose something you feel comfortable in.  My style isn’t about holding still and looking flawless, it’s about capturing you being you.  Sometimes I have subjects lay in the grass, run through fields, climb on top of trains or into abandoned buildings.  Keep that in mind when choosing your outfit.

It is also nice to bring a few changes of clothes for your photo sessions to add some spice to the photo and variety, but it isn’t necessary. Things you are comfortable in is best, your favorite clothes, or the outfit you would wear every day if you could. You could always buy new clothes for a session but when you are comfortable in your clothes already it makes the photosession that much easier.

Suggestions for kids:

-Bright, bold colors
-Big patterns, bright stripes, large polka dots, or whimsical prints
-Jeans are great… for girls
-Layers, such as skirts with fun tights, or skirts with cute jackets
-Pretty dresses for girls, especially white cotton or eyelet dresses
-Sweaters with hoods, for both boys and girls
-Overalls without a shirt, for boys, fun tees with retro style pics, layers tees under unbuttoned shirtsetc…  -Pajamas
-Stocking hats, tasseled hats, straw hats, cowboy/girl hats, etc.
-Tiaras, tutus, butterfly wings
-Superhero capes
-Winter coats with fur hoods
-Ribbons and bows in hair
-Striped socks
-Bare feet

Remember what clothes you LOVE on your kids—have them wear that!

What Not to Wear: Anything you don’t feel comfortable in, you will seem uncomfortable in the photos. Don’t wear matching outfits unless you feel that suits your personality. Blend your outfits and make sure you compliment each other. Also avoid black and white shirts because you tend to blend into the backgrounds.  Avoid shirts with writing unless it really matters– writing tends to stand out.

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