Booking a Session – To book a session, send me an email via my contact page and I will contact you with availability.  Once a date and time have been set, I will email you a Contract and Model Release.  These must be filled out and returned to me via email or fax prior to the session date with a 50% deposit.

Payment – The balance is due at the start of the session.  Payment for prints, discs or frames are due at the time you place your order.  Payments are accepted in the form of cash or check only.

Rescheduling – Feeling sick and looking your best don’t generally go together!  If you do find that you need to reschedule, please provide 48 hour notice.  Not everyone wants rain boots and umbrellas in their shoot, even thought they can be extremely fun!  So if you’re not up for rainy day pictures, we will reschedule for a different day if the weather decides not to cooperate.

Copy Write – It is ILLEGAL to copy or reproduce any photographs without Big Red Barn Photography’s permission, and violators of this Federal Law shall be subjected to its civil and criminal penalties.  The images that you receive digital copies of, may be used for your own reproduction. Those images will be yours and will no longer hold the copyright status.

About the Session

The Session – Sessions take about an hour, but could go a little longer depending on what we have planned.  (Newborn sessions tend to run long because our subject has an unpredictable schedule)  I try to make the sessions fun for everyone involved.  I will ask you lots of questions about yourselves, so be prepared to talk!  Stiff posing for the camera is not allowed!.  Hugs, kisses, laughing and tickle fights are encouraged.  I of course will give you direction, but I want to capture the most natural you possible.

My favorite time of day to shoot is late afternoon into sunset.  You will get the best lighting you can ask for.  Don’t be discouraged if that time doesn’t work for you.  If there is sunlight, we can be outside taking pictures. But, if you are looking for that warm, hazy look, I would recommend the above time.

What To Wear – Everyone wants to look their best in their pictures.  I don’t have any rules, just a few suggestions.

  • Wear something that makes you feel good on the inside and out!  Don’t get caught up in trying to look like someone else.  Let your personality show through your clothes.
  • Try to avoid busy patters that can distract and neutral tones that can wash you out.
  • No matching!  White shirts and denim jeans are a thing of the past!  Try to coordinate using a color pallet.  As they say on one my favorite shows, What Not To Wear, you don’t want to match, you want to go.  This applies to family coordinating too.
  • Girls, I don’t recommend wearing things that are too revealing, or may show your bra straps, panty lines, etc.  Boys, save your logo T-shirt for another day.

What To Bring– If you have something special that you want to include in your pictures, bring it with you.  We want these pictures to show your personality!  So if you play guitar, have a family quilt that you adore, love daisies, have the cutest baby hat in the world, bring it along!  We can work it in!

Planning – If you have ideas for a themed photo shoot, let’s talk.  Together we can turn a regular portrait session into an adventure!  I also have a few props that can be used.  Some examples include a little white rocking chair, a red fire truck push car, a pedal car airplane, quilts, various baskets and boxes, etc.  I don’t hesitate to pull things from my own house and use them, so don’t hesitate to ask!