Preparations for the Session

Charles Garrett Photography sessions capture you and not just what you look like at the moment. I aim to capture genuine moments. The goal is to capture the true essence of the photo session. I take a documentary approach to photography and I use my equipment and light to create images that will become works of art that you can hang in your home or share for the world to see...


Location: Together, we will decide on the best location for your photo session. Many clients prefer their home because of the intimate and personal feel it provides. I have many locations that I love to shoot at regularly but I am always open to new locations as well. You should choose a location that fits your style and personality. I can help you along with this decision.


Time: If we are shooting outdoors we will shoot either in the morning or in the early evening. The light is typically too harsh mid day. Shooting one to two hours before sunset provides gorgeous light and atmosphere. 


Length Of Session: The portrait sessions will never last more than two hours. 


What To Wear: Wardrobe should be comfortable and reflect who you are. I do not recommend matching but rather coordinating. 


Props: I do not use props during my sessions, however if you have something in mind please let me know.


Your Children: It is best if we give the children time to relax and try to capture their natural self.  To get the family shots, I usually direct the adults to simply "be" with the child, or hold the child and we go from there.


To get the most out of your session, make sure that your little one has rested and has had adequate snacks and water. We can take breaks for non-messy snacks. Prepare the child for the session by letting them know that a friend will be taking some photos of them, it's best not to surprise them.


Please arrive on time or be ready to start on time: Please plan for traffic or parking constraints. It's best to arrive early. 


Do not hesitate to ask me any questions you have.  You can email me at