I send you a questionnaire to fill out. How else will I know what book your kid loves or what nicknames everyone has? When I arrive all that is left is to put faces to names. I check in with you a week before your session to confirm the session start time (or 3 weeks before your due date just to check-in and remind you about the process of scheduling once the baby arrives). Just in case nap time has changed and we need to adjust the session time.
You pick out something AMAZINGLY comfortable to wear. LOL no really, something comfortable because if you don't feel comfortable it will show in the pictures. But WHAT colors should you wear? Coordinating colors, I always ask that you avoid wearing solid red and you don't all wear the same color.
You clean your house. I mean clean, not sterilize. I want to see your "everyday clean" not the kind of clean you do before your mother visits, you know what I mean.
I show up the day of the session with camera and coffee in hand. I have my own routine of charging batteries, popping fresh memory cards in each camera, and stopping by Starbucks on the way. Must.Have.Coffee.
I pull out the cameras and say "ready... set... action". Well, not really. Sometimes I will walk into your house camera in hand ready to immediately start shooting, particularly if it isn't our first date :)
While I am at your house I will take still images, setup another camera to capture some video (with fusion slideshow upgrade), and joke around to get some natural expressions. I also take frequent breaks to play with your children. I have been known to read books and kick a soccer ball while your kids chase me. [Yes, that really does happen].
"Don't look at me" is the most common thing I will say while I am in your house.
When I am ready to go because I have gotten everything I need or your children indicate it is time for me to go, I will pack up all my things and leave your house gracefully. NOTE- I am known for pulling my camera out 3-4 times before I actually hit the door because something else catches my eye. I apologize in advance. #sorryimnotsorry
I come home and immediately download my cards. Mostly because I am paranoid and want your precious images downloaded and backed up. But also because there are likely 1 or 2 images that I remember taking that immediately need to be edited and shared with the world. [Well, my Facebook fans at least]. You are a fan, right? Don't worry, I send you a model release before I share anything publicly.
Then over the next few days/weeks (you will know in advance if I am able to immediately start editing your session or if I have a few more on my plate to wrap up) I edit and obsess over your images. If you booked a family film I listen to all the songs to find the perfect one for the soundtrack of your life.
When I have your proofing gallery complete, I contact you with a private link. Then you have the agonizing responsibility of watching the slideshow over and over again (have tissues ready) before you tell me if you need any images swapped or if we are ready to finalize the session.
If you have ordered an album I hand deliver this within 3 weeks so you can expect a call/text/email to schedule a time for me to deliver your goods. I like to watch you as you review your album just to be sure everything is as expected.