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A Few Common Q&A’s

YOU’RE A LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

• I capture people/families in a real-life candid and intimate way. Basically, I’m sort of the fly on the wall that gently guides the session and encourages naturalness…by adding thoughtful playful engagement to put everyone at ease.

CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT YOUR SESSIONS?

• My sessions are both on location and in studio. With either location, you can expect a very easy, comfortable experience, with me connecting with your family and taking photos of each moment, and all the nuances that happen in between.  Each family is unique, which means each photo session is unique. I’ll capture all the goodness and richness that is your family. 

HOW TO DECIDE ON THE PHOTOGRAPHER THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU?

• Getting referrals is a great starting off point and with that info, do a little research into their portfolio and whether it fits with your style. When I started photographing families 11 years ago, there were only a few photographers shooting Lifestyle Photography and now there are hundreds, many of whom are great photographers! That being said, we’re all very unique. So ultimately, if you can find someone who has the portfolio that fits what you’re looking for, approaches the photo session in a way that works with your family dynamic, and is within your budget, then you likely found a good match!

Why purchase a session early?

• My calendar fills up quickly for highly desired time slots and/or dates. By pre-purchasing your session, you’re guaranteed to get a spot on the calendar much earlier. Please email Renee at renee@goochtoo.com with questions or call @ 312.929.4891.

What’s the best time of day for an outdoor photo session?

• There are three answers to this: morning, early evening, and around naps. The latter is KEY. If your child is still on a nap schedule, then my schedule is around those naps. And that’s okay. I can make anytime of the day work. The only tricky time of day is middle of the day because the sun is directly over us. But if noon is the best time for you, I can make sure our outdoor location has some available shade as shade at noon is uber important.

What should we wear?

• This might be the most popular question I get. It might also be the one I’ve become more relaxed about over the years. I’d love my answer to simply be – “be yourself.” But even I would have a hard time deciding on clothing if someone told me this. So instead, I recommend that you consider your style and use this as a guiding point. This answer is still a little general, but hopefully a good stepping stone. By staying true to yourself (family included), it will emphasize who you are as a family at that time in your life and allow everyone to feel comfortable. It’s okay to mix and match prints, patterns, solids, etc, all while being aware if some obvious clashing is happening. One quick trick I always mention to aesthically bring your family together is to add one complimentary element in your clothing choices that play well off each other.