Wildflower 2019 Prep Guide

It’s Wildflower season!  This handy guide will help you decide what to wear and answer any other questions you may have!

 

Dallas Family Photographer

Dallas Family Photographer

First of all the fun stuff!  I suggest showing up a  few minutes early to change into your clothes.  Do not let the little ones wear their clothes in the car.  They will pick that day to vomit all over their clothes.  Happens all the time!  6PM sessions start with the kids alone and end with family photos while 7PM sessions with start with family and end with pictures of the littles alone.

 

The NO list:

Solid whites – Why?  If your session happens to be one of the earlier session you will GLOW!   It won’t be pretty, trust me.  Plus in certain weather conditions the camera can see right through that cute white cotton shirt!  I’m not that kind of photographer~!

Solid greens – Why?  In many locations, like the arboretum and the wildflower fields you will blend right into the background and looking like a floating head!

Solid Blacks – Why?  You will create a void.  And unless the rest of your family is wearing back you will stand out.  And if the rest of your family is wearing black they will look like floating heads and hands next to you!  Plus it’s spring!!  It’s all about color!

Sunday Best – Why?  My sessions are laid back and fun.  You will need to get down on your little ones level to interact with them.  You will be sitting on the ground, kneeling squatting, rolling, and maybe crawling if you have a live wire!  Be comfortable.  We are going to have fun and not do a lot of stiff posing.

Large ribbon bows – They will create horrible shadows across your beloved baby’s face!  We need to see those happy eyes!!  If you really must, bring one, but other wise check with me.  I have hundreds of fabulous head pieces made for photography.  I can match just about anything!

 

The YES list:

Clothes that fit – This one should be obvious, but it’s happened to many times not to include it.  Clothes that fit!  Many people wait until they get to the session to try on the clothes and they no longer or never did fit.  Please try on the clothes BEFORE the day of your session!

Colors!  -  Because it’s spring and you can!  But remember, no neon colors!  For wildflowers I suggest pastels and lighter colors!

Dallas Family Photographer

Dallas Family Photographer

 

You will have time for about 3 clothes changes during your session.  That doesn’t mean you have to change clothes 3 times, it just means you will have time to.    Go for different looks.  Something sweet, something sassy, something classy!

 

IMPORTANT – Hair
Sooooo, May.  It’s freaking windy in Texas in May.  Last year felt like a monsoon.  The year before that wasn’t quite as bad, but we never know what to expect until it happens.  Everyone’s hair blowing around causes serious editing delays so please do what you can to control this (I know easier said than done!).  The best thing you can do for yourself is spraying hair spray over your hair regardless of if you normally use it or not.  If your hair is straight, spray and hand then brush it down.  We are using this to control fly always more than holding a style in place!

IMPORTANT – SHOES
Parents please bring comfortable shoes you can move in for the parts of the photoshoot you are not in.  Tennis shoes are the safest.  There are burrs, ants, and sticks that could cut you if you re in sandals or flip flops.  Be comfortable for chasing toddlers around a filed!

Dallas Family Photographer

Dallas Family Photographer

 Family pictures.  Don’t match, but coordinate.  Pick colors from the same color group and run with that!  Another great idea is to pick one color and pull it through with everyone.  Just a touch   I love how the family below was able to do that.  I tell people for family outfits, throw them all in a pile on your bed (or at the store).  If one stands out more than the others put it back and find something else.  We don’t want one person drawing attention away from the family as a unit.

Dallas Family Photographer

Dallas Family Photographer

Places locally to shop

I love Frisco Mercantile!  It’s a huge places with 100s of booths and many of them sell different styles of children’s clothing.  Go!  Now!! HTTP://WWW.FRISCOMERCANTILE.COM/INDEX.HTML

I always show up to spring sessions with a full wardrobe in tow!  I do tend to look at the sizes of the children coming that day and bring things that fit them.  You are welcome to these boutique outfits or you can just wear your own!

 

 PROPS
I love to have fun with the wildflowers and create magical scenes!  Sometimes with smaller items and sometimes larger.   This year I will have a few new sets for the little ones!  A I will bring the usual staples like the ladder and a chair plus whatever I’m feeling that day.  You are always welcome to request a certain props and I will bring what I can!

Dallas Family Photographer

Dallas Family Photographer

 

LOCATION

I send out the location to the field 1-2 days BEFORE your session. This is to ensure that you show up at the right field.  I use 4 different fields for wildflowers.  I designate one as the main field but if it’s under water after a storm or the flowers are trampled I will move to the other field.  I have had to change field at the very last minutes and the only way to ensure that you show up at the correct place is to send it the day before or day of!  For planning purposes, the fields are all near Renner Rd and George Bush.  Please be sure to check your email before you leave for your session.

Dallas Family Photographer

Dallas Family Photographer

WEATHER

I do not shoot in rain or dark cloudy skies.  I want your pictures to look amazing and that requires specific weather conditions for the camera to be able to focus correctly. If there is any questions about the weather please check your email.  I will often ask if there is a specific time you’d like for me to make a call one way or another.  I do have certain days of the week reserved for weather event makes ups!

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