WHAT TO EXPECT
my top five things
Off the beaten path
No matter what location we choose, I will generally gravitate toward the more natural open simple settings over man made areas.
I will always tell you what to do with your hands, feet, where to stand, etc. Getting relaxed, natural smiles is important to me and I will always take a variety of every pose and setting so you have plenty to choose from!
Parents off duty
Mom, Dad, Grandma, whoever comes along - feel free to make them laugh and adjust their hair, etc.. but always be sure to give some room for them to feel confident, to open up to me and to allow me to do my job!
2-3 outfits is suggested. You can have more if you’d like, but keep in mind, this cuts into our time together. Try a variety of outfits, dressy, casual, trendy, school/sports related, etc. But always make sure you are comfortable and feel like yourself!
Inspired by you
I love to talk and ask questions, it is so fun when you are able to open up and share what you’re enjoying about life right now! It always helps me create your images more intentionally!
My posing is always very relaxed, we will play off of your personality, our location, the things you love and what you’re comfortable with! I offer lots of "prompts" to help you along and keep it natural! You will receive a large variety of poses in the final gallery. I will include a few formal, “looking at the camera smiling photos” between all of the many candids - as well as a mixture of wide, scenic shots and close up intimate shots.
I will tell you just how and where to stand, what to do with your hands and feet! Do not worry! If there is anything you are particularly self conscious about, be sure to let me know and I will do my best to accommodate! Feel free to share any ideas you have for photos as well! But don’t feel the need to prepare, I will come up with lots of ideas and will especially take into consideration your outfit colors, your location, your body type and your personal “vibe” and likes!
A $50 deposit is due upon booking. The remaining amount is due at the time of your session. Your deposit is nonrefundable. If something comes up and we have to cancel, but you book another session in the near future, the deposit may be able to be transferred to the new session.
How to pay:
Clients are able to pay via Venmo (firstname.lastname@example.org or ask for the QR code), Cash, Check (written to I’m Laura Marie or Laura Margraff), or via eCheck through your invoice that is sent to your email (eCheck allows you to connect directly to your bank account online, super easy!) - This last method is preferred on my end, but all are fine!
Outfit Changes + Advice:
I usually suggest at least one casual and one dressy. More than anything though, make sure the outfits represent you and this season of your life. If there is a hoody you love and always wear, bring it along with some nice jeans and shoes! If you have a cute simple dress or a plaid button up for the guys - bring it along. We don’t have to take a ton in all the outfits! You can let me know what’s your favorites and we will photograph accordingly! Feel free to bring all the accessories, the whole shoe bin, your sports gear, school jacket or tshirt, etc!
How to prepare + what to bring?
I will be sending an outfit guide to you to help in case that is something you struggle with. Don’t worry about finding ideas and poses unless you really want to! I will take the reigns and you can just sit back and enjoy! Helpful things you might like to bring to your session: water bottles, tissues/wipes in case of mud, bug spray, make up touching up if you might want it, a rag/towel if it’s super hot and you tend to sweat a little (I will be drenched, no shame!)
Props and such?
I will never tell you no if you want to incorporate something meaningful to you into your photos! Your track shoes, your softball uniform and glove, your varsity jacket and football helmet, a musical instrument, etc.! While my style of photos is a little more on the natural and relaxed side, generally without props, I am still more than happy to accommodate to help you remember those special things!
What if it rains?
If the weather is looking bad, we can be in touch the morning of your session (or night before if need be). I always let you make the call on whether we reschedule or stick with it. I will give you my honest opinion and we can decide based on our future mutual availability. There is no additional fee if we reschedule, having a good day is important!
Can you put a rush on returning my photos?
If you need your images by a specific time, I am more than happy to accommodate depending on the busyness of the season. Please let me know ahead of time and I will do everything I can.
What if I am feeling sick?
If you might be coming down with something, I am totally fine with rescheduling. We live in a fast paced world and sometimes it’s best to just stay home and rest. The only time that is very difficult to reschedule for me is late Fall, when the cold weather and bare trees are coming soon and my schedule is super packed. Just reach out and we will see what we can do.
Can I share these online?
Of course! I always just ask if you would be kind enough to include my name or website/link to my page when sharing. Most all of my clients find me through word of mouth and it means the world to me for you to share!
Can I include other family members/the dog in my session?
I never mind if a friend, sister, mom, etc.. jumps in a few photos with you! No problem at all! And yes! Pets are definitely welcome! I would suggest bringing a friend along/mom to help when we aren’t including the dog in photos. Be sure to bring treats and plastic bags! Also be sure to let me know ahead of time so we can plan an appropriate location.
I'm nervous about ____ when I have my photos taken, can you help?
We look at ourselves in the mirror every single day, I see you and don’t even notice that mole that bugs you, the recent acne you’ve tried to cover up or your bangs that lay a different way than you’d like. I am always conscious of general “flattering” of different body types, but I love the help when you point out something I might not otherwise notice! Please feel comfortable to let me know or ask to look at the back of my screen!