What should I wear to my session?
Simple is best! Solid colors (or small patterns) will make the photograph about YOU and not your clothes. Try to avoid text or big images on your clothes (this goes especially for little ones!) as our eyes are naturally drawn to graphics. Feel free to bring two or three changes of clothes with you (this is a good idea even if you don’t plan to wear them all).
Where can we go for my session?
Your wish is my command! I have some suggestions of natural park-type locations as well as some more urban buildings that make great backdrops, but most importantly, these photos should reflect YOU. Do you have a favorite place to hang out? Want to document your home and your backyard? I’m there.
For newborn sessions, I almost always come to your house. This is easier for you and it keeps the photographs personal and authentic. Pull out some favorite blankets or heirloom props, but I’ll bring fabric, hats, baskets, and bows as well. And you DON’T have to clean your house… we’ll construct a mini-studio near your biggest window. You just relax!
What can we do to prep for the shoot?
The most important thing is to make sure everyone’s eaten something before the shoot! For outdoor family sessions, bring along some snacks and water, as well. If it’s a hot day, you can bring a towel to ‘de-glisten.’ Otherwise, no prep is needed… I’ll walk you through everything as we go!
If we’re doing a newborn session in your home, I suggest you crank up the heat
(since your little one may be in the buff for some shots), and remove tight-fitting diapers and clothes about 20 minutes before I arrive. I also ask that you open blinds and shutters so that I can find the best natural light to make my temporary studio!
How long have you been a photographer, and what is your training?
Ellie Leonardsmith Photography began back in 2006, and I have loved being a photographer more and more each year! I first got started through formal training at the Sawtooth Center for Visual Arts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and through the Vassar College Department of Art. After college, I interned at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and I began an apprenticeship with a wedding photographer. After my own daughter was born, I was captivated by the miraculous beauty of babies and children, so I transitioned to family photography. Newborns, families, and lifestyle sessions are now my (other) pride and joy!