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Q. What does your travelling studio set up include?

A. I come with a backdrop holder and variety of backdrops, a light reflector to maximize the lighting in your home, a cushion to lay newborns and small children on, two floor drops, and a variety of baskets and containers to lay the baby in if you so choose. I also provide a number of accessories such as ties, headbands, tutus, bloomers. These are just the studio basics, I have many more items. I recommend contacting me regarding the type of shoot you are looking for. I can then go over everything I have and travel with those items that are most appropriate for what you would like to capture.

Q. Will you travel anywhere?

A. I will travel within 2 hours of Toronto. Pricing is standard within the GTA, if you are outside of the GTA (Toronto, Markham, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Pickering, Mississauga, Oakville) call to inquire about any additional cost.

Q. What types of Photography do you do?

A. Anything that captures people. The core of my business is maternity, child and family photography. I also do engagement shoots, boudoir shoots, trash the dress shoots and any other kind of portraiture you can think of.

Q. What does the CD include?

A. Unless I specify a number of shots, all the CD’s include a collection of high resolution edited photographs from your shoot. Occassionally I will run mini sessions that have a limit on the number of photographs you get, but in regular sessions the number of good pictures I get are the number I give back to you. This ensures that you get all the pictures and can choose based on your own personal preferences and taste. I am not choosing for you.

Q. How should I prepare for a shoot?

General Tips for getting the most out of your photography session

1Communication- let me know what it is that you want out of the session. I always find it helpful when clients take the time to e-mail me a few example photographs of the style of photography they like or ideas they are hoping to achieve.

2Grooming- make sure that any part of your body that is going to be visible to the camera is well groomed. This makes you look better and cuts down on editing time allowing me to get your pictures to you faster. Generally, I recommend that people get a manicure/pedicure before the shoot . For portraits of women I recommend false eye lashes as they draw attention to the eye and create that extra drama and glamour. Keep make-up simple and natural looking. Have lipgloss on hand during the session for touch ups. If you plan on doing a boudoir shoot a shimmer lotion will help the skin look more smooth and supple.

3Dress- Although not all people are comfortable in them, form fitting clothing actually helps to make you appear thinner on camera. This combined with the posing we will go over on the day of the shoot will help shed a few extra pounds on camera. Dress for portraits can range depending on what the portrait is for. I would suggest you keep it simple and wear solid colours or very light and subdued patterns if you prefer a pattern. The focus of the photograph should be YOU, not what your wearing (unless of course it’s a fashion shoot).

4Location- variety is the spice of life. Having more then one location in your photo shoot will enable me to give you a larger variety of pictures. Options could include an indoor/outdoor venue, two outdoor venues that are very different in character (e.g urban vs. rustic, or rustic country vs. a forest). Interesting textures such as rocks, brick, stone, barn board, old farm fences, park benches, fountains etc….add interest and nostalgia to the background of the photograph. These are all things to think about when choosing a location. Outdoor light is always better then indoor lighting. If the venue is outdoors it is better to book the outdoor portion of the shoot in the early morning or late afternoon/early evening as the light is softer and not as harsh (sunlight directly above will cause harsh shadows on the face).

Tips for a maternity shoot: How to work with me to get the best pictures possible!

1Location- variety is the spice of life. Having more then one location in your photo shoot will enable me to give you a larger variety of pictures. Options could include an indoor/outdoor venue, two outdoor venues that are very different in character (e.g urban vs. rustic, or rustic country vs. a forest). Interesting textures such as rocks, brick, stone, barn board, old farm fences, park benches, fountains etc….add interest to the background of the photograph. These are all things to think about when choosing a location. Outdoor light is always better then indoor lighting. If the venue is outdoors it is better to book the outdoor portion of the shoot in the early morning or late afternoon/early evening as the light is softer and not as harsh (sunlight directly above will cause harsh shadows on the face).

2Grooming- Your hands in a maternity shoot are going to be in a lot of pictures and for this reason you need to make sure they are nicely groomed, no hang nails please! This can mean you groom them yourself or treat each other to a manicure/pedicure and make a nice romantic day of it. God only knows that pregnant women need pampering and deserve it!  Feet aren’t as important unless you plan on wearing sandals or plan to be taking a lot of bare foot pictures (e.g at a beach venue). This is very important as it really cuts down on editing and allows me to get your pictures to you more quickly.  Keep make-up natural but you might want to make it a bit more dramatic than you would on a daily basis.

3Dress- The most important thing is that the mom and dad-to-be dress in co-ordinating outfits. If this is a second pregnancy then the big brother or sister-to- be should obviously co-ordinate as well. Don’t wear anything that is too busy and will draw attention away from the star of the show, your BELLY! Black, white, and solid coloured form fitting clothes are good options.

4Personalize your shoot! If we know the babies gender we can personalize for gender. If we know what the babies name is going to be or possible name options we can include that in the shoot. Pets can even be included in the shoot. I love it when people think of things that are uniquely them and incorporate it into the shoot. Anything you can think of we can try doing!

5Food and Water- as we will be shooting at the later stages of pregnancy you could be quite uncomfortable. I recommend dressing in layers and making sure there is food and water on hand. Just let me know when you need a break and we can rest.

Tips for the Newborn Photo Shoot: How to get baby to work with us to get the best pictures possible.

I do offer a traveling studio set-up for newborn and baby photography. I will come with my own background stand, light reflector, floor drops, backdrops, a pillow for the baby to lay on, a variety of baskets, as well as some newborn props including tutu’s and headbands for girls, as well as ties and bow ties for boys. Everything is washed in piping hot water prior to my arrival and is completely sanitary for your little bundle of joy to lay on. I wash my items with unscented sensitive detergent keeping in mind how sensitive newborn skin is.

Tips for a Newborn Photo Shoot:

1Try to plan to have the photo’s done in the first two weeks of the babies life. Babies sleep most of the time at this stage and are easier to pose and take photographs of. Obviously this is a hectic time in a new mothers  life so if we have to postpone the shoot that is no problem, just anticipate that the baby will be less co-operative.

2Feed the baby prior to my anticipated arrival. This will keep the baby happy and likely put the baby to sleep.

3As I am a traveling photographer I am somewhat limited as to what I  can bring as a prop. If there are specific things that you would like included such as sports equipment then you will have to supply this yourself. I will be bringing a variety of head bands, baskets, blankets, ties and bow ties for the newborn shoot. Thinking of personal items to include in the shoot makes the pictures more personal and unique in the long run. Prior to the shoot we can discuss exactly which props you would like to use and I can pack accordingly.

4Doing shots in another locations in addition to the mini studio should be considered as a nice option and will add variety to the shoot. We can do photos in your bed with the whole family, in the nursery and weather permitting in the yard or nearby park.

5Anticipate that editing for newborns can take up to 2 weeks as the babies cannot hold their heads up, so for some shots you’ll be helping to support the head and this will then need to be edited out.

6The sky is the limit! Please suggest any ideas you have and depending on the baby’s level of co-operation we can attempt whatever shot you would like.

Newborn shoots are up to 3 hours long so that mom and dad can stop and feed, change or rock the baby as needed (Newborn shoots are priced as a flat rate for 3 hours).

I will bring a small area heater that we can place near the photo shoot area to keep the baby warm during nearly naked shots.

I have a daughter of my own and will handle your little bundle of joy with the utmost respect and care.

I look forward to capturing your most precious memories!

 

Tips for the Engagement Photo Shoot- How you can work with me to get the best photos for you!

Tips for the shoot:

1Location- variety is the spice of life. Having more then one location in your photo shoot will enable me to give you a larger variety of pictures. Options could include an indoor/outdoor venue, two outdoor venues that are very different in character (e.g urban vs. rustic, or rustic country vs. a forest). Interesting textures such as rocks, brick, stone, barn board, old farm fences, park benches, fountains etc….add interest to the background of the photograph. These are all things to think about when choosing a location. Outdoor light is always better then indoor lighting. If the venue is outdoors it is better to book the outdoor portion of the shoot in the early morning or late afternoon/early evening as the light is softer and not as harsh (sunlight directly above will cause harsh shadows on the face).

2Dress- for engagement shoots I usually recommend that the bride-to-be wear something feminine such as a dress for at least a portion of the shoot. High heals will elongate the leg and make for a nice silhouette in full body shots. Having more than one outfit to wear is also a nice way to add variety to the pictures. You could plan to have one set of outfits for one venue and one set of outfits for the second venue. One more casual and one dressy outfit is a possible option. Most importantly make sure that both people are wearing similar colours, stay within the same part of the colour wheel. If one is wearing black the other should as well. You get the idea.

3Grooming- Your hands in an engagement shoot are going to be in a lot of pictures and for this reason you need to make sure they are nicely groomed, no hang nails please! This can mean you groom them yourself or treat each other to a manicure/pedicure and make a nice romantic day of it. Feet aren’t as important unless you plan on wearing sandals and or plan to be taking a lot of bare foot pictures (e.g at a beach venue). This is very important as it really cuts down on editing and allows me to get your pictures to you more quickly. For the bride-to-be, keep make-up natural but you might want to make it a bit more dramatic than you would on a daily basis. The bride-to-be may want to consider false lashes. Lashes draw attention to the eyes and add more glamour. Lashes can be purchased at MAC make-up for approximately $40.00 or most salons will apply them for around $60.00.

4Posing- I will go over this when we meet in person. There are certain things to keep in mind so that it looks like you have a neck in photographs. Also, posing can shed 5-10 pounds if done properly and create a longer leaner body shape.

5Most importantly- think of things that are individually important to you as a couple. What makes you unique? is there a family heirloom you’d like to include? If you have the wedding date set we can include that in pictures so you can send out an engagement flick as your save the date card.

 

 

Hopefully this have given you something to think about. If you have any questions, comments, concerns don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

 

Sincerely,

 

Meghan Gilmore