Hello! So nice to meet you!

I’m very much looking forward to making {real} memories for your family. Before we can get started, there are a few administrative details we must tackle first. I only pencil in booked sessions. To book, please return your signed contract(s), complete payment and fill out your questionnaire. Then, we can go over all.the.details on how to prepare.

1 Contract

Click here to download your contact. Please have each family in your session sign and return to stephanie@bestillmyheartphoto.com

2 Session fee

For sessions over 1 month away, please feel free to pay the session fee in its entirety or 50%.  For sessions less than 1 month away, please pay the session fee in its entirety. Full session fees are due 1 month prior to sessions. Payments are accepted at paypal.me/BeStillMyHeartPhoto.

3 Questionnaire?

It helps me to know a dash about you before we rock up at your session. This questionnaire will help me make amazing pictures that capture the real you. Please do take a minute to answer the questions fully.

Now that the admin details are taken care of, here are a few helpful hints to get you started. After booking, you’ll receive a detailed guide to a successful session.


Step 1: Check out my 'What to Wear' Pinterest board, then head to your closet.  

Step 2: Decide on a style and coordinate your entire family.  Sunday Casual. BOHO. Denim. Preppy.  Any style will do as long as it's You.

Step 3:  Toss all the outfits together so you see how they mesh.   Then head back to the closet or start pondering a little shopping. 

Step 4:  Send me a picture of all the outfits together. I'll help guide you to perfection!


A few helpful wardrobe hints:

Wardrobe is the most important aspect of your planning. It will dictate the look and feel of your entire session. Beach sessions are best in pastels or light colors. And family photographs are best when each person shows his/her own style (i.e. no matching).

Little kids: Add an element of texture, delicate pattern, or light colored pant to the outfit.  And, a hair bow to keep hair out of little girls’ eyes.

Dads: Depending on the style you chose, light blue collared short sleeve-shirts or vintage t-shirts look great. White isn’t my favorite, simply because it will make your final images a little less bright than my typical editing style. But, if you love it, I love it. Plan on something breathable that doesn't show perspiration. 

Moms: Necklaces and layers look fab.  Long flowey skirts look great! As do light-colored skinny jeans and dressy tops if it’s fall. You’ll be sitting on the beach for some of your photos so be cautious of short skirts or shapeless dresses.  And, be prepared to pull you hair back. Some beach sessions are very windy.

Newborns: Babies are best photographed in clothes specifically made for newborn photography or a simple or lightly patterned onsie.  A well fitting outfit looks best. If you’d like to purchase a newborn photography outfit, I’d be happy to send some links to vendors.

What’s your plan, stan?

Please do let me know what you plan to do with your portraits. Digitals are amazing but often get lost in a hard drive never to surface again. Let’s chat about printing your images. Not boring, standard printing. That’s so 1990s. But beautiful, simple, stately printing that is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Your portraits are art. Let the world see their simple beauty.


Thank you.

Thank you for the honor of making your family portraits. I am so grateful to be able to take a moment in time last forever. I know it sounds kitchy. But, I promise you, it’s heartfelt. Pictures, especially of my loved ones who are no longer here, have a very special place deep down in my heart. Thank you.