“family is not an important thing, it's everything”

My family photos reflect genuine emotion and artistry. They are designed to capture you as you truly are and the love you have for each other. I go beyond posing to capture beautiful, natural, quality images that will last a lifetime. My goal is to make you Shine!

Your session will have a relaxed and natural feel, which will allow you to just enjoy our time together and be yourselves. This should not be a stressful experience in any way. My goal is to capture you as you really are, being yourselves, laughing and enjoying each other.  

                                       - Let's go have some fun!

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What should I bring to my session?

It's a great idea to bring a small bag to hold phones, keys, wallets, sunglasses and anything else that you might normally keep in your pockets. We don't want them showing up in your photos. ​ It's also a great idea to bring mess free snacks and drinks to keep little ones happy and hydrated during your session. If possible, please avoid sunscreen before your session as it can be reflective on the face. If you are planning an outdoor Summer session with me please bring some sort of bug spray or repellent. The mosquitos can get quite bad in certain locations.

what should I wear?

Every one wants to look their best for their photos. I often get questions on what to wear. Honestly, I would wear something comfortable. It's very possible that you will be squatting, sitting, jumping, leaning, lying down and standing during your session so the more comfortable you are the more natural and relaxed you will feel and this will be reflected in your photos. I strongly suggest that you don't try and match. Instead, find outfit choices and pops of color that coordinate. Try complimentary colors or use neutral shades in muted colors for a timeless look. You could also try warm or cool tones in varying shades of the same color. Have fun playing with patterns and colors just make sure patterns are complimentary of each other and scattered though out the group. If you are unsure then I would stick with a neutral base and work in a few pops of color

I would avoid clothing with pictures or logos on them and anything neon or too bright as they can distract from the face and cause reflections.

What happens after my session?

Your collection will be beautifully and professionally edited and ready for your viewing within 2-3 weeks. You will receive and email from me with an invitation to view your photos in an online gallery. If you choose the Essentials Collection you will have 1 week to look over your images and select your favorites. Once you have chosen your favorites I will send your gallery back to you with a pin # to download them. If you choose the Indulgence Collection, you will also receive an email invite to view your gallery online however, yours will come with the pin# to download.

Can I share my ideas with you?

I am very open to your ideas and would love to implement all or most of them into your session. Please feel free to share any ideas that you have. If you have a Pinterest board feel free to share that as well. Please contact me with any additional questions or concerns you may have. You can message me on my Facebook page U Shine Photography, my Instagram at ushine_photography or you can email me at ushinephotos@gmail.com.

how much time should I plan for?

My family sessions will last anywhere from 20min-1.5 hours depending on the package chosen and how many people are participating. If you have little ones please plan for extra session time.

Where would we meet?

I am a natural light photographer. all of my family sessions are done outdoors or in your home. Family sessions are typically one location, chosen by you. I have a short list of locations to choose from. If you already have a location in mind I will be happy to look into it for you and see if it's available, open to the public and free.

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