Frequently asked Q&A's + What to expect before, during and after your session with kaptured studios
Before the Session
First things first
// Reflect. Ask yourself what your hopes and dreams are for your session. What is it about your littles and your tribe that you want to remember twenty years from now and HOW do you want to preserve your legacy?
// Your next step is to shoot me a message! Once we start chatting (whether that's face-to- face, over text, email or through a phone call) we will discuss your vision and set a date for your session. From there, we will work together to choose a unique location and create a cohesive wardrobe to achieve your vision and showcase your family's personality. Once a date is selected, you will be asked to fill out a client questionnaire and a model release/session agreement. You will then have 5-days to pay the retainer fee, which is 50% of your total amount due, to hold your session's date and time.
// Your Family or Maternity Session - So your session has been booked. Now what? Well, the most fun, yet terrifying part of the whole planning process - deciding on what in the world everyone is going to wear? A lot of people become seriously overwhelmed when trying to plan and coordinate outfits. There are so many choices, colors, styles, and patterns! Shortly after your retainer is paid, you will receive a unique link to access your Style Questionnaire. This is a free resource to you to help in the wardrobe selection process. Let HoneyTree Style & Select become your personal stylist and shopper. Sit back and relax (maybe even sip on some wine) while they do the work. You can purchase new outfits, rent online, borrow from a friend or peruse the very closets in your home to find the PERFECT outfits for each person of your tribe.
// Your Littles Session - Are we documenting a milestone birthday or celebrating a little life, just because? Whatever the motive is behind your session, one thing is for certain, it will most likely involve props or a theme of some sort. It's simple. Kids like to be entertained and the most organic emotions and facial expressions come from action; when littles are relaxed and in their element. So I highly recommend incorporating a theme. If you need some inspiration, let me know and we can do some collective brainstorming, taking into consideration your child's age, personality, likes/dislikes, quirks and obsessions. There are two types of sessions when it comes to your littles - the Lifestyle Littles Session or Themed Littles Session. Both equally fun to plan and orchestrate. Either way, your kiddo(s) will have a blast.
During The Session
Let your story unfold
// Expect to have fun, be silly, giggle, twirl around, hold hands and have a tickle war. Be ready to just be yourselves and let you your littles' personalities shine through. Don't worry about wind blown hair, shyness, runny noses or untied shoelaces. Embrace the beautiful chaos and just go with the flow. Live in the in-between moments. Soak up every minute of this experience. Allow yourself to laugh, connect and be present. Like I mentioned in the "My Style" section, I will do minimal posing. I will gently prompt you and your tribe to elicit genuine emotion and interaction. I may ask questions that will prompt answers or actions. We may dance, sing along to a great song, jump around, scream, tell secrets or jokes - the goal is to capture your family's genuine personality. No one will be to told to sit and say cheese. Sometimes I will unashamedly rattle off the best dad jokes I know, make weird noises with my mouth or bring out the infamous fart machine; whatever it takes to make the kiddos forget they're in front of a camera and feel more comfortable.
// Disclaimer. Sometimes things don't fall perfectly into place. Now, 9 times out of 10 times that means your session is going to be PURE MAGIC. Trust me. Those unplanned in-between moments lead to some of the most raw, authentic connections and downright breathtaking images - they're the moments worth remembering. However, there is always a small chance that your little will not want any part of the session, no matter what we try. There may be uncontrollable tears, an end-of-the-world meltdown or just pure exhaustion, so in these cases sometimes the best thing to do is postpone to another day. Repeat after me, "It is OKAY." Kids will be kids. This is not a reflection of your parenting. I do not expect perfection, and neither should you! I have worked with enough kiddos to know first hand that sometimes changing the plan to accommodate an emotional babe is the best option in that scenario, for your little's sake and also for mom and dad's sanity. So it's okay to take a step back, breathe and go with plan b (or c, or d, or e....or even plan f). No judgment and no stress. Got it? Good.
// The remaining balance of the Creative Fee will be due the day of your session. I will not begin the editing process until your balance is paid.
after the session
Your Gallery Reveal
// "Sneak peek" images are typically shared within 24 hours of your session. These will have my logo on them and will be resized for perfect Social Media sharing.
// Your completed gallery will be ready to view within 7-12 days of your session. After I send the notification email with your password protected gallery and login information, I typically followup with a call or text (because I'm often too excited to wait!!!). Your gallery will remain active for 90 days. Within that time frame, you will have the option to download your entire gallery or individual images. An assortment of gift prints, canvases and other products are available for additional purchase.