photography sessions at casandra heeren photography are relaxed + playful. they may be a little different than what you are used to, as they take place on location, using all natural light, and may last anywhere from one to three hours.
location. we are not restricted to a studio, as all of our custom photography sessions take place on location. we can meet at the park, the beach, your home or backyard, or any other location that has plenty of natural light. for newborns and little ones not yet sitting on their own, i have found the best option for a session to be in the comfort of your own home. if you find that you’re having trouble picking a location, just let me know…we’ll find the perfect place!
lighting + scheduling. i use only natural light, and carry no bright flashes or big umbrellas. i have found that this makes it easier for children to be themselves in front the camera, and for me to capture their true spirit. outdoor sessions are held in either the early morning or early evening, while indoor sessions are typically scheduled for mid morning. if you decide to schedule an indoor session at your home, i wouldn’t be too surprised if we need to rearrange a few pieces of furniture (or if we end up snapping a few photos on the kitchen table.) it’s all about finding the perfect light…and i promise it will be worth it in the end!
style. i recommend dressing your children in something that reflects their personality. this could mean jeans, a vintage tee, and a great pair of converse. or even a funky tutu and a colorful pair of rain boots. for family or sibling photos, i recommend that you ditch the identical white t-shirts, and instead go for something complimentary and fun. layering and accessorizing are encouraged. texture and color are always fantastic. and one bold pattern can really make a photo pop. a few things to avoid would include too many conflicting patterns, uncoordinated colors, and large and obtrusive logos and graphics. i am always available to help with any clothing dilemmas that you may have. and you are more than welcome to bring along a suitcase of ideas!
newborn. newborns are best photographed with no clothing or with a nice diaper cover, and within the first five to seven days of life. a newborn session is primarily focused on capturing those sweet, curled up, sleeping photos. mom, dad, and brothers + sisters are encouraged to join in on the fun. and knitted hats and swaddle blankets make for the perfect accessory. if scheduling a newborn session, please remember to call in advance with your due date, so that we may reserve your spot.
maternity. maternity sessions are best photographed during weeks 32 to 36. pre-pregnancy jeans, yoga pants, flowing skirts, tube tops, partially unbuttoned cardigans, and simple fitted tees are all a fantastic choice. don’t be afraid to show off that baby bump!
duration. a typical session may last anywhere from 1 to 2 hours, and possibly longer for newborns. there is always plenty of time for diaper changes, snacks, breaks, and cuddling. (and oftentimes, these are the very moments that make for a favorite photo!)
i hope this gives you a little better idea of my photography style. if you feel i may be a good fit your family, or if you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
i look forward to meeting you!