Catherine Murray Photo | Prepping for Your Day in the Life Photo Shoot


What to Expect

  1. If there's somewhere you need to be right after your shoot, please alert me right away so I can make sure to get you out on time. Otherwise, I'll let the shoot take its natural course to guarantee the best photos. 
  2. The 2-3 hours we spend together will go by in a flash. The concept is pretty simple, I'll follow you around and catch all the real, beautiful moments of your lives at this stage. By the end, you'll have forgotten you're even being photographed. 
  3. Photo shoots always go surprisingly smoothly, even with the most unwilling subjects. I shoot a ton of photos to make sure I catch illusive smiles and lightning fast kids. I've never had a client leave without loving their photos and usually they have a hard time narrowing down because they love so many of them.

For Home Photo Shoots

  1. If having toys strewn around and a few dishes in the sink is normal, then why not leave them there? If you feel more comfortable having your home photographed as though you were hosting a party, then let's do that! It's truly up to you.
  2. A few things that are helpful for photography: Having blinds and curtains open, hiding utilitarian things like cleaning supplies and electrical cords, and preparing as though I might end up in any room of the house.
  3. Have any activity-related items you'd like to incorporate into the shoot readily available, like ingredients for pancake-making. 

For Location Photo Shoots

  1. Depending on your chosen Day in the Life activity, let's chat about the specifics of what to bring, where to meet, and all of those other little details. 
  2. Make sure to dress for the location, including weather contingencies like umbrellas, boots, scarves, hats... 

What to Wear

  1. This shoot is documenting your daily life at this moment in time, so wear the things that best represent you right now. 
  2. If you're not sure what clothes are flattering for photos, here's a helpful guideSend over photos of your outfits before your shoot and I'll give suggestions!
  3. Bring a few accessory options like cardigans, scarves, necklaces, jackets or hats. If you're comfortable changing in public (a public restroom or in your car), bring a few different outfits.

What to Bring

  1. Bring hair ties, a comb and any makeup you might like to refresh. 
  2. If your baby/kid has something that always makes them smile, bring it. One 2-year-old's successful bribing tools were yogurt raisins and playing the Frozen soundtrack on her parent's iPhone. Whatever you bring might end up in the photo, so make sure it's something you like, too. 
  3. Pets are welcome! Please make sure your pet can be contained when needed and doesn't get upset by new surroundings.

For Babies

  1. Bring a few extra baby outfits, just in case. 
  2. Bring any baby accessories you like. (knit caps, headbands, etc.)
  3. If possible, bring cloth diapers or diapers without colors/prints (like 7th generation). The fewer logos, the better.
  4. Extra diapers, wipes, toys and snacks will keep them clean and happy throughout the shoot.