I sent out a Survey

Updated: Feb 28

At the beginning of July 2019, I sent out a survey to a lot of families that have had sessions with over the years.


Why? Because I want to get feedback to make sure my services are the best they can be!


The main thing I got back from the survey was that I need to find a way to educate you all more with how I do things. I do have an FAQ section on my website and talk about updates and new ideas in my newsletter and I have a blog full of tips but to find one spot so ALL of you can see it all of the time is almost impossible lol! I will do my best going forward to answer more common questions on other platforms such as Facebook and Instagram as well, but for now, here are some answers to common questions!


Also, THANK YOU to all of you who took the time to take this survey. I REALLLLYYYY appreciate it, and I won't forget it :))


THIS WAS AN ANONYMOUS SURVEY I have no idea who wrote what answer but I appreciate them all!!



Side note: Sometimes kids just cry...and that's ok...and adorable!!




SURVEY Q&A




Questions 1:

What are your biggest roadblocks when it comes to booking a family photography session?


The number one answer was: Scheduling

My response to this main concern: I know right...it's so hard. BUT, with my online booking system, you can see every day and time I have available for at least 5 months. I suggest planning a bit more ahead when possible! And keep in mind, I try and be as flexible as I can, don't see a time available but its YOUR only time, get in touch with me, and I will see what I can do!




Then: cost

Totally understandable, life is expensive especially when we want to do extra fun things like photos, holidays, haircuts or weekend adventures to the waterslides!


With my services, there are a few ways to make it more affordable for you or at least to spread the payments out a bit!


1. Refer a friend to me, and you get hooked up with 25% off!!

*'Frient' discount not valid with Referral discount*


2. When you book your session you need to make a 'booking deposit' think of this as a down payment as this amount comes off of your final invoice!


3. Sign up for my newsletter to have access to me 'Early Bird' Discount that I offer 4 times a year! Do that HERE!



Then this answer: Lack of access to photos/ limited photos provided with the price of the session.



Side note: If your kid picks their noes during the photoshoot I WILL take a picture of it so you can embarrass them if you want when they are older hahaha!!


Questions 2:

What are your biggest frustrations?

I had a lot of different answers for this one so I will respond to each!



One momma's answer: Doing a family photoshoot and ending up with just a couple of myself to choose from but lots of baby and husband (it is usually me taking the photos at home, so this is the 'chance' to get one I like of myself... I did a newborn shoot with someone else, and all photos were of baby and dad and only one of me with a crying baby.

I'm so sorry to hear that...I'm not sure why the photographer didn't take more of you and the baby.


When I'm taking photos of a family, I try my hardest to get ALL of the variations of people. I also try to make sure I ask a few times during the session if there is anything we are missing photo-wise, more of something you would like to take or if you feel we have everything you wanted.


Friends, communication is KEY in any good relationship, and I try my hardest to make sure we are on the same page about your photos every time so what happened to this momma doesn't happen to you!


Another answer: Difficult kids during a shoot

Ahhhh yes...lol this tends to happen...a LOT. Kids are kids, they are not professional models who take direction 100% and know how to make a genuine smile on command. Ohhhh would it be so much easier for all of us if they did!! haha

I'm telling you right now if you have a shoot with me. Let me take care of them! For real, don't even worry about them at the shoot unless I ask for your help! I am really good with kids, and I know how to get them to do what I want (most of the time...). That doesn't mean that you shouldn't prep them before the session and set expectations for them on their behavior and such because you totally should do that. And it will help me when taking photos of them too!


What to wear, this answer came up a lot.

I have a very extensive what to wear guide that is sent to you before your session right when you book. Read it!! And I'm always here to help via email, phone, and skype! Take me up on it to save yourself the stress! I can't help if you don't ask me for help :) SEE BLOG HERE


Another momma: Wanting to have photos done more frequently, but not being able to afford them, but also knowing that your work is so, so good and so, so worth it!

Um, THANK YOU!!! That made my day xo

My Mini sessions are perfect for this! See those HERE


Few more moms wrote: Cost

*Please see above in Questions 1 for my answer :)


Another mom: Hmmm...Not getting the shot I want maybe?

Going back to what I said about communication, make sure I know exactly what it is your looking to capture I ask at the beginning of every one of my sessions if there is anything specific you are looking to get! And if you really want to make sure we got the shots, ask me to look over what we have on my camera! I'm cool with that as I want to make sure we got the shots too!!


Another: Trying to get everything I want done in time.

Book more time!! Rushing sucks and the odds of you not getting everything you want will go up and then you will just be disappointed boo that! :)


Few moms wrote: nothing

Yay!


One mom wrote: Teenagers

HAHAHA ya...you can only do so much with those ;) Good luck to us all!

But jokes aside, get them involved!! What would THEY think is fun? This will make it soooo much easier to get great shots of them!


Last mom wrote: Things not going to plan! Be it kids get sick, weather sucks, hubs and I had an argument, car breaks down, etc but it’s life.

Oh, the curveballs life throws us sometimes right...ugh lol BUT we can't let them stop us from achieving our dreams whether they are going on that family vacation to Europe or having family photos done. Patience and persistence friends always payoff!!




Side note: During your session, let your kids be kids and goof around a bit, it is a part of who they are after all! Isn't that why you want to take family photos anyway? To document them NOW and who THEY are!? :)



Question 3

What is one other thing that you struggle with when planning a family photoshoot?


A lot of moms wrote: what to wear

This is a very common question, and I answered it already, but please refer to my what to wear BLOG


One mom wrote: hair and makeup for mommy

I know people!! If your looking to get pro makeup and hair done just let me know and I'll send you their contact info!


A lot of moms wrote: Scheduling/Availability

This too is very common, and I have answered this in question #1!


One mom answered: Figuring out the best time for the photos (and how often to have them done - considering that babies grow so fast but also balancing that with cost)

Good point! It can be a bit tricky to figure out but in the end...any time is a good time ;) But, with new babies I suggest 10-12 days for newborns or if you want a bit more alert baby 1-2 months. The next milestone is when they are sitting up on their own, which tends to be around the 6-month mark, then the next milestone is 1 year!


Another momma: Trying to be spontaneous and not look forced in our pictures. Mom and dad are older so it's hard to take a great picture. LL is good at capturing spontaneity and telling us how to position ourselves so we look better. Kids are easy to take beautiful shots.

Oh why thank you lol and she's right, I love to direct and take as natural photos as I possibly can!!



Another mom wrote: Trying to relax & look natural.

It is very tricky to do especially when you have kids hanging off you or being squirmy and maybe not listening as well as you would like them too lol.

What I say to this is you worry about you, and I'll take care of the kids!

Few ways to do that:


1. Keep super happy awesome thoughts in your head. Something you did, get to do, etc. This will keep your face natural and happy. Or if I'm doing something silly to make your kids laugh, maybe that will work for you too!! :)


2. Practice a few poses at home in the mirror before coming. With and without holding your kids. Memorize them!!!! This will really help!


3. Breath woman breath!!


4. Don't put so much damn pressure on yourself before the session. You're setting yourself up for disappointment.


5. Have fun with it. Yes, you want beautiful, fun photos that best reflect your family...so have fun together as a family as that WILL best represent you!


6. Know that even though I am doing everything I can to get your kids to have fun and look great, I'm doing the same for you! I will always keep my eye out on you to make sure you are looking your best!


7. Don't put so much damn pressure on yourself. Yes, I said that already. If you're like me though you needed to hear that one more time. xo


Another momma answered: Where to do the shoot

This is an important one!! I get asked this all of the time and my answer is: What is the look and vibe you are going for? Do you want a park, beach, urban, graffiti, themed, activity, etc? I also ask them to think of who they are as a family? What style or location fits them best? Then, call me and we can brainstorm some ideas I know loads of places!!


Another mom: Getting baby to smile.

Kids are kids, if they are not in the mood or not feeling well, it can be a bit tricky to get them to smile. The best plan of attack is to do things they love to do, play, sing make silly faces, etc.


I have even come across some kids who I call 'observers.' These tend to be under 3 years old and don't tend to give big smiles. They have cute little ones, and you can see it in their eyes, but they just don't do the 'big smiles.' And hey, that's ok and is what it is! They are not any less cute it's just who they are, so let them do them! :)


Another circumstance is that your child might be super shy if this is the case you need to for sure meet up with me at least 10/15 Minutes before your session so your child warms up to me so I can get those smiles out of them! I also recommend showing them videos and photos of me prior so they are somewhat familiar with my face!


In the end, to get kids to smile, it's all about them having fun. They are not robots. If you know, they need a little bit more 'coaxing' to smile, bring their favorite toys to the session, bubbles, music, etc. What makes them smile? Also, chat with me about them prior, it will help!


This momma wrote: Convincing my husband to go with it.

THIS answer here is a big one and one of the hardest. You think it's the kids that can be difficult? hahaha nope..