The key to capturing unforgettable pictures is allowing children to be so carefree and uninhibited—their natural state, of course!—that they forget I have a camera. When a session goes as it should because everyone is relaxed, I feel rewarded knowing I’ve touched a family’s heart and created art they’ll always treasure. I love hearing, “You’ve captured exactly who my daughter is,” “You’ve brought tears to my eyes,”or “WOW! We had a great time.” (read more Testimonials!) What makes Tiia Norsym Photography different is quite simple, actually: your experience is customized and hands-on from start to finish.
Before your Session ~ The Design Consultation
Our consultation will take place in your home or over the phone before your session. We will discuss your family’s style and personality, where you plan to hang your portraits, and the ideal location and clothing that will bring it all together. I’ll take photographs of walls you are considering hanging your portraits on (or ask you to send over a snapshot if we’re meeting on the phone) which will help in our session planning and allow you to digitally preview your images on your walls before ordering (how cool is that)! We will go through the Collections and customize one to suit your family’s needs and desires. A huge bonus to meeting at home, is I get to know your children before the session so that everyone is more comfortable on session day and ready to play! All of this time and care before the session, helps to create truly beautiful finished results.
1-2 hour on-location photo session:
While our session will generally last about an hour and a half, some children (and adults) may take a bit longer to warm up to my camera. I will work with you until I feel I’ve captured enough moments you will be pleased with. Any longer than this time frame, however, often results in tired children and adults. Your session will be a natural combination of unposed and posed portraits. I will gently coach you into poses that will encourage close interaction among family members but that is also perfect for the more formal portrait. I also have all sorts of tricks up my sleeve with the little busy ones. I LOVE to get the shots of them moving and shaking, but I also know how to slow them down and grab their attention when we need it. Please bring along any special props that are meaningful to your family. I like to keep things simple, but a special stuffed animal or a little wagon that is a family favorite, can make your photographs even more special.
The location you choose will affect the mood, lighting, and personal touch of your photos. Please carefully consider a few options and then I can help you make your final choice during our consultation. Select a natural location where your child can run and play or daydream under a tree. If your home is the most comfortable, or if you have a new arrival, areas in front of large windows or glass doors will provide beautiful natural light. If you do not have a lot of areas with good natural light, I will bring studio lighting and need minimal space to work with. Also, don’t be afraid to select unique settings such as an urban location that may have special meaning or unusual features.
After our session:
Two weeks following your session, I will send you a video slideshow and a proofing gallery of the best images from our session (50-80). Within 2-3 days following, we will meet over the phone or in person for your ordering consultation to select images for your Collection. During this time, you will have the opportunity to digitally preview your finished artwork on the walls of your home, select frames, and receive help making some of those really tough decisions. My goal is to make the whole process from start to finish, stress-free and enjoyable. Go to our Product and Design Guide and Investment page to learn more about your session and product options.
I look forward to this experience with you!