Catherine Murray Photo | Prepping For Your Studio Session



What to Expect

  1. If there's somewhere you need to be right after your shoot, please alert me so I can make sure to get you out on time. Otherwise, I'll let the shoot take its natural course. What's nice about studio shoots is we can go through the photos on the computer while you're there! We can even edit down to your favorites so you don't have to worry about sorting through them later. 
  2. The shoot itself will go by in a flash. I'll suggest a general direction like "How about sitting on the bench?" and then chat with you while taking a bunch of photos. Clients will sometimes ask "What should I be doing?" and I usually say "You're already doing it." 
  3. There's plenty of space at the studio, it's huge! There's a large dressing room for changing clothes, applying makeup and checking hair. There's also a lobby area with couches and toys where kids can hang out while you're choosing your favorite photos. Of course there are bathrooms, tissues, water, and all those essentials, too. 
  4. Photo shoots always go 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.

What to Bring

  1. It's a good idea to bring your photo shoot outfits with you to the studio and get dressed when you arrive, that way there aren't any last minute coffee spills, mud splashes or spit up incidents on your thoughtfully chosen outfits. The studio sometimes runs a little hot or cold depending on the season, so plan accordingly. If you're not sure what to wear, here's a helpful guide
  2. Bring as many outfits as you'd like! The more outfits the merrier, really. The dressing room has a hanging rack, we can pick and choose the best ones together. 
  3. Bring a few accessory options like cardigans, scarves, necklaces, jackets or hats. 
  4. Bring a comb and any makeup you might like to refresh. 
  5. If your child 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. 
  6. I have lots of props, but some clients bring a few things from home like books, blankets, favorite toys, silly glasses, and stuffed animals. They can be silly or sentimental whatever fits your style. My favorite client-provided props have been an inflatable turkey, a bicycle, and a dutch oven! 
  7. Dogs are welcome! Really, so are lizards, bunnies, gerbils, you name it. Just make sure your pet can be contained when needed and doesn't get too upset by new surroundings.
  8. Some clients bring along a helper like a sister or mother to get the kids to smile at the camera and entertain them while the parents are choosing their favorites. This is especially nice to do when the family member is from out of town--it doubles as quality time AND they get to sneak into a few shots to remember the trip by. 

For Babies

  1. Bring at least two baby outfits in addition to the one they're wearing. 
  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 and snacks will keep them clean and happy throughout the shoot.
  5. Pack a few outfit choices for yourselves, too. Consider natural fabrics, similar toned neutrals, shirts without a lot of buttons, layers or patterns. 

For Headshots

  1. It's nice to have a few options ranging from business professional to casual, like wearing a t-shirt and throwing a button down and jacket over it.

For Dogs

  1. All kinds of dogs have been to the studio before! I suggest bringing a leash and some favorite treats/toys.
  2. There are some grassy areas on the edges of the parking lot if they want to go before the shoot. Let the dog sniff out the studio area for a few minutes to get acclimated to the space.
  3. I've never had a group that didn't get great photos both with and without their furry friend. If things get too chaotic, sometimes the family will let the dog take a break in another room of the studio or their car.