Hi there! Thank you so much for booking your Family Portrait session with me! I’m so excited for the opportunity to share this special evening with you! Below are some guidelines to ensure that I can give you the best experience possible.  

  • In order to get cute candid pictures and genuine smiles, I really try to make it a light-hearted, relaxed, and fun experience for every one.  At times throughout the shoot, I’ll be taking pictures when you don’t expect it, you can just ignore me:) The candid shots are the best, so just be your cute self!

  • Don't stress! Let your kids be their wild crazy selves so we can capture their cute personalities!  (Although some bribery treats are not a bad idea;) Smarties are the best because they don't turn their mouth a crazy color!) Try to keep the vibe of the day leading up to your shoot stress-free.  I know, easier said than done, but the happier everyone is at the shoot, the better the pictures will be! 

  • Please be open to different locations. I choose locations according to a simple/non-distracting background and lighting.

  • Speaking of lighting, we’ll want to start shooting about an hour or two before sunset for best lighting. This is the only time of day I will shoot. Trust me, this is the only time you’ll want to shoot, because it’s also the most flattering lighting.  (Not applicable to indoor sessions)

  • WHAT TO WEAR! Here are some tips for choosing outfits:

    • Confidence looks great in photos. Wear clothes that you LOVE so you can feel confident and LOOK confident, happy and beautiful! 

    • Bring options.  We may only have time to shoot one or two outfits, but why not bring multiple options so we can choose colors and styles based on our surroundings and backdrops at the shoot?!  I can help you decide by letting you know what looks best on camera! 

    • Keep it simple.  We want these pictures to be about the personality and relationships within your family, not about your outfits.  Adding texture and layers is great, and maybe a floral or plaid pattern, but for the most part, keep your outfits simple.  One-piece outfits (like a dress for mom and a romper for baby or toddler) are a great idea because that is one less shirt you need to worry about being perfectly tucked in! Simplify! :) 

    • Choose outfits that coordinate  with each other rather than having all the outfits match perfectly.  

    • When choosing colors, choose soft, earthy versions of the colors you want to wear.  For example, instead of red, burgundy.  Instead of yellow, mustard.  Instead of purple, plum.  Instead of green, sage or olive.  Instead of bright blue, dusty blue or navy.  Instead of pink, blush.  Muted, earthy colors photograph better and are more flattering on skin tones.

    • Choose clothing that is fitting for the location.  If we are shooting in your home or a studio, i'm all about comfy clothes and bare feet! For outdoor sessions, a more formal look is better. 

    • Choose colors that will pop from the location.  For example, if we're shooting somewhere where trees will be our background, don't wear green.  Wear light colors that will contrast the green background.  

    •  I’m all about baggy dresses and sweaters, but sometimes they can actually make you look bigger, especially in photos.  Choose slim(ish) fitting clothes.  If there is an area of your body that you don't want showcased, ruffles, draping, and layers can work wonders in hiding those darn lumps and bumps. 

    • Avoid horizontal stripes.  Choose solid colors or consistent patterns, avoiding logos or words across your chest or back.

    • While keeping all the above guidelines in mind, dress to feel comfortable and confident! Let your outfit represent your personality! If you're a cowboy, wear a cowboy hat! If you're like me and absolutely cannot walk in heels, wear flats! 

    • If you are unsure of a clothing choice, either bring it or text me a picture of it and I'll be happy to give you my professional opinion. 

  • MAKEUP TIPS: Because photos are 2-dimensional, your makeup will look different on camera. I recommend having your hair and makeup professionally done for your photo session, but if that is not an option for you,  here are a few tips for applying makeup for photos:

    • Wear matte makeup; nothing that shines or shimmers (except for lip gloss).  Use tissue or facial blotting paper to eliminate shine, and dust a little powder on that nose!  

    • Wear your eye shadow and mascara slightly darker and more dramatic than normal, to make your eyes pop! But go lightly on the eye-liner, as heavy eye-liner can make your eyes look smaller in photos. 

    • Wear your lipstick a few shades darker than your skin.  Without that pop of color, your lips tend to blend right into your face in photos.

    • Fake lashes - they may not be something you would normally wear, but they can completely transform your eyes in photos.  

    • Don't be afraid to apply your blush and bronzer a little heavier than normal.  It will accentuate those cheek bones and give you a healthy glow.  

    • Concealer and foundation is also important for a flawless look.  Apply it generously.  It won't show up on camera, but will help even out your skin tone.         (Source: Listotic.com)​​

    • Add a little more body to your hair than you normally would, as this will flatter your face.  

  • You will receive your pictures in a gallery through email. You’ll be able to download to your computer and phone all the high-resolution images from the gallery. If you want your pictures on a disc, there will be a charge of $5 per disc, $10 per mailed disc.


  • Payment is due at the time of the session. Electronic payment (Venmo or Paypal) is preferred, but I also take cash or check. For families outside of Cache County, there is a travel fee of 50 cents per mile. Please allow a couple of weeks or so for editing. I really try to get them done as soon as possible, but sometimes life is just crazy. Especially during wedding season and Christmas card season!

  • Please give credit where credit is due.  Tag @chaptersbyjacki when posting any photos or videos from the session. Please do not use filters when posting my photos or videos.  Also do not do additional editing to my photos or videos and then post them, as this is copyright infringement. 

Feel free to call/text with questions! 435-770-8842

I am SO excited to shoot with you! THANKS, Jacki.