What time should we shoot?

For the most flattering light we will want to shoot 1-2 hours after sunrise or before sunset. We want that beautiful golden hour effect! Depending on the location you choose and the time of year, I will send specific morning and evening times for you to choose from.


what should we wear?


I have a list of locations in the Iwakuni area that I’ve chosen based on their lighting and beauty. Here in Japan, we are so lucky to be close to so many unique backdrops so whether you want to shoot at the beach, in the bamboo, downtown, the Kintaikyo, or the Iwakuni Castle... I will recommend the perfect spot for you! Although, if you have a special place in mind, let me know and we can figure it out together!

Clothes make a huge difference on how your photos turn out so I love to help my clients choose clothes that will photograph well. After you book with me, I’ll send out a welcome guide that includes information about what type of clothes and colors to choose that will work well with the location and times you chose!

I worked as a nanny for 10+ years and am very comfortable working with kids. I don't mind the chaos, I find the beauty in it. One of the ways I do that is by allowing kids to be themselves and encouraging parents to do the same. I pride myself on capturing genuine smiles and moments and will direct you in a way that allows those moments to unfold. 

One thing I've learned over the years is that how you see your child is vastly different from how others see them. You may be embarrassed of their tantrum in the grocery store, while others just see a cute (slightly loud) three year old. 

The same holds true for photo sessions. Your child is in a new element and a stranger is holding a big camera in their face. They're likely not going to entirely be themselves. They may show off more than usual, or your extrovert may become shy. 

The best thing you can do for your kids is to go with the flow and stay positive. The more you relax and have fun with things, the more likely your little one (or big one) is to get on board. 

It can also be helpful to pack a few treats and bribes for younger children. Favorite toys, special snacks, and the promise of ice cream afterwards work wonders.


do you travel?

Heck yes! Tell me when and where and I'll make it happen. If it's over 30 minutes away, I'll give you a quote for travel. 

It will take me 3-4 weeks depending on how many other sessions I am working on at that time. Once I am finished with your session, I will upload the edited images to an online gallery for download. 

What do i do with my hands?

When it comes to posing for your session, you don't need to worry about a thing! I'll guide you through the entire process, beginning with "poses" that are super easy and natural. If I tell you to do something that feels a little funny, it's probably because I know it'll make you laugh and that's the money shot I'm looking for! 

sunsets & bedtimes

In the warmer months, sunset sessions often fall during the witching hour. They may even fall during or after bedtime. As much as we love a consistent bedtime routine, in order to capture the best light during "golden hour," we're going to need to throw off your schedule a bit.

If our session takes place close to dinnertime, we recommend feeding  kiddos (and yourselves!) before we begin shooting!

If your little one is going to be going to bed later. consider pushing their nap a bit that day, letting them sleep longer, or packing pj's so that you can quickly tuck them into bed as soon as you get home.