Thanks for choosing Allons-y Photography for your custom portraiture! This information will walk you through everything you need to know about preparing for our session and what to expect during and after the session. Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions.


  • Have a plan. What type of photos are you hoping to get out of the session? Express that plan to your photographer before the shoot begins so that they can make an effort to deliver that shot that you are hoping for the most. Do you want several shots of your family being fun, silly, and candid or do you want a shot of everybody looking at the camera with pleasant smiles?
  • Think about your clothing. Having a common color scheme is a good idea. Consider putting all the kids in one color palette and then the parents in a contrasting color. Steer clear of graphic T’s or bright clothing that might reflect a color on one’s face, like a bright pink or orange. These colors can change a person’s skin tone completely. Neutral colors tend to work best. 
  • Involve the whole family. Make the session something to look forward to. Letting your kids pick their outfit or favorite accessory (scarf, hats, suspenders, etc.) will help them to feel included and more comfortable during the shoot which in turns makes them more likely to behave well.
  • Eat, nap and be ready. Nobody knows your family’s schedule better than you. Please keep that in mind when scheduling the time of your session so that children have full tummies, are well rested and have a fresh diaper (or recent visit to the potty). We want them to be as comfortable as possible to make the most out of the session time.


  • Warm up time. Before I even get my camera out, I would like to get to know your family a little bit better. This time is so important in gaining the trust of your child and helping them feel comfortable around me. 
  • No cheese please. Remember to be silly, play, laugh and let go. Natural expressions and laugher trump that cheesy smile that comes out when we tell a kid to “smile.”
  • Posing. Family portrait sessions are all about having fun and letting your personality come out. We all love candid photos, but pure candid photos in a portrait session rarely work well. Instead, I often take a “coached candid” approach to posing; I will place you and your family in positions with hopes that your interactions will make it feel natural and candid.


  • Proofing. The editing process can take 2-3 weeks.  You will be notified via email as soon as the proofing gallery is ready. Feel free to contact me if you need help making your selections. Once you have made the final choices, your CD/thumbdrive will be ready to be mailed or picked up within 24 hours. There will also be digital images available to download from the gallery if you can't wait! Any prints ordered will have additional processing times of up to 2 weeks.