Relaxed, friendly, playful, enjoyable…
Portrait session with Livia is all about having fun in a relaxed atmosphere. There is no pressure, no saying “cheese,” no threats to smile at the camera “or else.” We offer a very limited number of sessions, which allows us to take as much time as we need to to make sure your child can relax and we can capture memorable photographs.
Please make sure your children are well rested and fed before the session. If your child becomes sick, please do not bring him in for the photo session. Just call and we’ll reschedule your appointment for no extra cost.
Prior to your scheduled photo session Livia will contact you to discuss in detail what kind of portraits you would like to capture. At that time, we will also decide on the location for your photo session which can be your home or a location of your choice or both.
Clothing and props
Simplicity is the best choice in clothing. Simple solid color tops and bottoms such as jeans and khakis have a timeless feel. Layers and textures lend an interesting and modern look. Hats help to frame the face, bring attention to the eyes and complement the clothing.
Please avoid clothing with characters, logos, large or busy patterns or too many colors.
All clothing has to be comfortable. Scratchy clothes make children uncomfortable which will reflect in their photographs.
For babies have a diaper cover and blankets ready.
Jewelry should be minimal.
Avoid wearing watches.
You are encouraged to include your child’s favorite toy, blanket, doll or other significant objects in the portraits.
A session can last anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours. You and your child will never be rushed. There will be plenty of time to take a break. When photographing babies and small children, it is most important to keep them comfortable and happy. Nursing and snack break will be encouraged throughout the photo shoot. Please keep in mind that a successful newborn session might last as long as 3-4 hours.
Parents are welcome to step back and let the children interact with Livia. During our years of working with children we found that encouraging positive behavior works much better than threats and bribes. Please set realistic expectations for your children.
No cameras, camcorders or other recording device may be used at a photo session. Using your own recording device will result in an immediate termination of the session.
Approximately 1 1/2 to 2 weeks after your session, we’ll contact you and present you with about 25-30 finished and touched-up 5×7 photographs. You will also receive a link to an online proof gallery to view. The online gallery will be viewable for 14 days. If you need access to the gallery after the one-week period has expired, there will be a $30 republishing fee. When ordering prints, payment must be made in full at the time of order placement.
Your portraits will be ready in about 2 weeks after placing your order. Canvas prints, collages and cards might take additional time to complete.