In a nutshell, 4-6 weeks is a sweet spot (in therms of time needed for planning and styling). Busier seasons (Spring,Fall,Christmas) need to be booked 3 months in advance. The sooner you book the better. That way you can well prepare. I will also help with styling/clothing color suggestions, scouting the right location, and getting to know you -- for example: how big is your family, kids age(s), etc.
Why should you book your family photo session as soon as you can?
To get the best pick of dates and times (especially if your family is busy, this will help you get a date that works best with your schedule instead of having to bend your schedule to fit the session date).
To ensure you are able to get a session with the photographer you love. Many photographers, like myself, only take on a certain number of sessions each month. Sometimes that number isn’t as high as you would think because of all the work it takes on the back end. Each season has it’s own thing that may make a photographer book up quicker. Fall, for instance, is busy for most all photographers.
If money is on your mind, you are able to save, as well as, make payments along the way (payment due in full by session date)
You have more time to prepare or dream up fun things your family can do during your session.
Christmas gifts. Seriously…I have clients in the summer who use their pictures for Christmas gifts. There are some photographers who do their holiday sessions closer to December, but most I know tend to do them in the fall. Doing a session in the fall (or sooner) that you want to use for holiday gifts gives you and your photographer plenty of time to edit the images, get them to you, get your order in, and process the order. The sooner you book the better. My calendar is open on the Book Online page now through the end of summer! I promise that the tangible memories with YOU in the frame will be the best family investment. Decades from now you'll be able to walk through memory lane. Warmly,