Outdoor Mommy + Me Mini Session – Planning Guide
We will meet at Spring Lake Park Reserve (8395 127th St E – Hastings, MN) in the parking lot overlooking the river. Once you enter the park, make your first right and then a left and you will be in the correct place.
What do I wear?
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Plan your time:
When you’re planning “getting ready” time before your session (scheduling your hair, makeup, etc.) please give yourself a lot more time than you think you’ll need. Make sure to account for things like traffic, getting lost and parking, so you can prevent unnecessary stress, arrive a few minutes early on your session day and be ready to start on time. Due to the quick-paced nature of the day, I cannot accommodate schedule changes or added time to your scheduled time slot. Please be early rather than late!
Prepping your kiddos:
SETTING EXPECTATIONS BEFORE THE SESSION IS THE KEY TO GREAT PHOTOS AND HAPPY KIDS.
Before your session, pack a bag with anything you might need for the car ride, session, and back home. If your kiddos is too young to follow directions, bring any objects that you think might help me get their attention (like small toys or stuffed animals) when it’s time for them to look at the camera.
If your little ones are old enough to understand you, it’s a good idea to prepare them for what’s to come before the session starts. Explain how much the photos mean to you so they know to be on their best behavior. A lot of families pick something fun to do –– as a treat after the session –– if their kiddos are good listeners.
It also helps if your kids’ bellies are full and they’ve had some good rest before the session. After you do your best to prepare them, give yourself (and them) some grace! I have a lot of experience working with kids, so if they’re “in a mood” or aren’t cooperating perfectly for some reason, rest assured that we’re not judging you (or them). I’ve seen it all and know how to get great photos no matter what! My goal is to make this as fun and stress-free as it possibly can be for you! This season of life feels long right now, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s short. So even if things don’t go exactly as planned or as you’d hoped in terms of your kids’ behavior, one day, you’ll be so glad you took these photos.
I know I just gave you A LOT to think about! Don’t panic 🙂 Just take it one step at a time. If you have any questions at any point, please know I’m here for you! If you’re deciding between two dresses and can’t commit, no problem! I’m here. If you need a recommendation of any kind, I’m on it! Remember, I’m just one email away. You don’t need to have prior experience in front of the camera. Just show up with a smile and I’ll take care of the rest 🙂
I’m so excited! See you soon!
*Have a last minute question or concern? Feel free to text or call me! 612-440-3031 or send a message via email below: