For my young family clients, my sessions with them are often the first time they're having their photos taken professionally together, and there are a lot of unknowns for everyone. We do our best to make time to talk through the plan for the session beforehand, make sure everyone's has a general idea of what to expect, talk a little bit what you want to be able to see in your images when you look back, and so on. But hey, we're all busy. You're parents of tiny humans, often juggling a career and other responsibilities in addition to keeping them alive. Sometimes we don't have time to connect much at all beforehand, and you know what? It's OK. Don't worry. The great thing about lifestyle sessions is that they are less about what your home and clothes look like, and mostly about who you are together, and that's something that's probably on your mind a lot already. As long as you bring your love for your kids to your session (OK, and maybe a handful of kid-friendly bribes, just in case), everything else works out just fine. If you need proof, look here. These parents have full, busy careers in addition to raising their sweet children, and we just didn't have time for the questionnaires and such before the day of their session. They did know that they didn't have many photos of all four of them as a family unit, and time was moving so fast that they needed to freeze at least a little slice of this stage of their lives together right now. And as you can see here, that was more than enough to make sure it all turned out beautifully.
Is preparing for your session important? Absolutely, and I'll do as much as I can to make sure that happens. But if you're in a time crunch, it's not game over - just show up ready to focus on what you love best about each other as a family. I'll take care of the rest.