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Welcome To Donna & Michelle

Photography

Capture life's greatest moments to treasure throughout your lifetime! Natural light creates a soft warm glow perfect for portraiture. Let's get outside and enjoy the natural light.

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Session Details

Welcome

We’re so excited to meet you and your beautiful family! We are Donna and Michelle Photography. We are a mother-daughter team, Donna is located in the Boise area and Michelle photographs in the Lewiston and Pacific North West. We want you to know that we are honored to be your photographer and humbled that you have entrusted us with your memories. We cherish family moments and want to hang on to them for a lifetime. Our goal is to provide images for your home that you will be able to hand down to future generations. We look forward meeting you!


Scheduling your session

Our photography style is clean, bright, and timeless. We want you to have the very best during your session. The best time for portraits is the few hours after sunrise and just before sunset. That magical hour where the light is soft and airy is called “The Golden Hour”. It’s important to remember that the sun sets at different times during the year, earlier during the colder months and later during the warmer months. If your work schedule requires you to work late, summer might be best. If you have young children with early bedtimes then spring or fall is your time, Plus those beautiful colors!


Locations

Let’s get out and explore! We are always up for an adventure. During booking we will ask you a few questions on what environment you would like for your backdrop. We love shooting in wide open areas with beautiful landscapes, but maybe you’re a bridges and urban area person. It’s up to you. We are always on the lookout for new locations and we are always up for new suggestions, especially if you have access to a unique place that’s personal to you. Think outside the box. Great locations usually include a little drive time so make sure to plan ahead for that. Here are a few of our favorite locations.



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Style Tips

Get Fancy!

Your style is important to your personality. Let it Shine! Don’t be afraid to add a few layers have some fun with this. There is no such thing as overdressed up when it comes to portraits. Family portraits are a special occasion and everyone needs a reason to dress up once in a while. It’s all in the details; Necklaces, bow ties, watches and shoes, Careful attention to these small details will bring great visual interest to your photos.

Whatever your style, the most important thing is that your portraits reflect you and your family's personality and that you wear what you feel comfortable in.

Colors

Start with a color pallet of at least 3-4 colors. Embrace neutral tones and soft shades. You can always spice it up with a pop of color. Gone are the days where everyone matches. Mix up the colors so that not everyone is wearing the same color on top and bottom. There are a few ways to do this.

1. Look at the room where your photos will be displayed. What colors did you choose to decorate with? This probably reflects your personality the most.

2. Search Pinterest boards for coordinating color pallets. This is especially helpful for family reunions. An option of 3-4 colors to choose from gives everyone a variety that is most likely already in their wardrobe.

3. Consider the seasons and location. Is fall your favorite season, bring fall into your home year round. Dress in warm colors and light layers and head to the mountains. Dream of the beach all year? Perfect! Chose light pastels or create a contrast with bold colors and find your closest sandy spot. 4. Use the color wheel for inspiration. Colors across from each complement each other it’s called Triadic color harmony. Picture a triangle on the color wheel. The spot where the three lines intersect are your 3 inspiration colors.
4. Here is our What to Wear Gallery

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Tips for Her

When choosing what to wear I always say start with her. If she looks good, everyone looks good. Wear what makes you feel pretty. Flatter your best features. Accent the positive. A belt or cinched waist at your smallest part of your waist will draw attention to your thinnest point and create a nice flattering curve. Long or 3\4 length sleeves will slim and elongate your arms. A higher heel will create a toned look to your legs. Here are some more tips for dressing slimmer.

Say Yes to the Dress.

Dresses and Skirts look best on camera because they really flatter and elongate you. They add a little romance to your background and look gorgeous in nature. Not a dress person, that’s okay too. Slacks or jeans look great too. Dress them up or dress them down with some cute accessories, layers, and some great shoes.

Tips for Him

The same goes for men when it comes to dressing up. Every guy looks good when they dress up. When it comes to men the most important thing is fit and the second is comfort. Swap out baggy shorts and polo shirts for long, fitted Jeans or slacks paired with long sleeves and a button down shirt. Roll your sleeves to dress it down or add a jacket, sport coat or a Blazer for a more sophisticated look. Blazers and sport coats broaden the shoulders and slims the waist line creating a more masculine look. Nice jackets or sweaters can dress up a casual pair of jeans. Mixing your coat with a different pant color adds a little flair and interest to your image. Pair your outfit with nice dress shoes and remember black socks, unless we are at the beach. Brown leather shoes complement any color.



The Kiddos

Mix it up, they don’t have to match! You can pair one outfit in a dress and flats while the other can wear leggings and boots and cute jacket. The most important thing when it comes to kids is make sure they feel comfortable. Do a trial run the week before and see how long they can last. If they don’t like suspenders and tight ties try a blazer and unbutton the top button. Nix the itchy tags, tights that don’t stay up, and uncomfortable head bands.


Family Sessions

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Prepping Your Family for Your Session

It’s important for family members of any age to know what to expect. Explain how much the photos mean to you so they know to be on their best behavior. Let them know what your expectations are.

De-stress Your Day

Children fuel off of our emotions; they can feel your stress. De-stress your day by having clothes and shoes laid out and ironed the day before. Start getting ready early and allow mom extra time to get ready herself. Make a day of it. Get lots of rest, eat dinner early, and go out for a treat after. Why not, you’re already dressed up!

The kids

Bring them on full tummies with plenty of sleep, you might want to feed Dad too! If your session is in the evening have an early dinner. Practice for your session! Stand in front of a mirror and show each other silly faces, smiley faces, sad faces, real smile faces. Have fun! Have a pretend photo-session at home. Let them be the photographer!

Should I Bring Treats?

Bribery can be a powerful tool and should be used as a last resort. Bring children with full tummies. Have water and die free treats on hand in case of emergency, Applesauce pouches work well, If needed we can take a little break to reset and refuel. Remember that whatever they eat will show up in their smiles, and can cause drool so no eating while the camera is ready. Gum is a big no, no. It always shows, and will cost extra to remove it from pictures.

At the Session

I like to allow the kids to explore this new world around them and let them settle in and capture those first looks of wonderment; then focus on smiles. Somber portraits are just as important as happy portraits. It’s important at the photo shoot to allow a trust relationship to form between the photographer and the child. In order for us to get eye contact with the camera it is very important that we are the one to get their attention. Some kids do better 1 on 1 with a photographer and others do better if mom and dad stand back but stay in sight. Let’s talk at the session and see what will be best for your child’s personality.


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What does my family session include?

Your session will be one to two hours at a location of your choice. Your photographer will do a variation of family and individual poses. You will receive 30-40 of your best images through a digital download link with print release and a one year sharable online gallery. A 4x6 collection box of all images and a print credit to create your own wall art collection.


What breakdowns are included in the Family Reunion session?

A Family Reunion session includes full group poses, generation poses, and family group poses. 


Can we purchase extra breakdowns at the Family Reunion session?

Yes, absolutely. Individual breakdowns can be purchased for $195.00 per family.

Senior Sessions

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What does my senior session include?

Your Senior session includes a one to two hour session. You may choose up to two locations. You can bring up to 3 outfit changes. You will receive 30-40 of your best images in a downloadable link and a one year shareable gallery with print release. A 4x6 collection box of all images and a print credit to create your own wall art collection.


Do you take out blemishes?

Yes! Your images are fully edited. We remove anything that would not represent your true self in two weeks. Any other blemish removal is available upon request. Additional edits may require a fee.


Can I bring a change of clothes?

Yes. You may bring up to 3 outfits. Additional outfits may require a separate session due to time and lighting.


Can I bring a friend to the shoot?

Yes. Add your friend to a pose or book a friend session and split the cost!


What is a Friend session?

Split the cost of a senior session with your best friend for a great deal.  One location and an outfit change. This session includes10-20 of your best images each with a one year online shareable gallery with print release.


Can I bring props?

Yes, please do. Have a talent? Love your car? Play a sport? Bring it with you!

Maternity and Newborn

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What should I wear to my Maternity session? 

Show off that bump. Wear long dresses and shirts that accentuate your tummy. Solid colors are best but not absolute. Avoid distracting patterns and logos. Wear loose clothing prior to your photo shoot so that you don't have crease marks on your tummy. Check out our Pinterest board for inspiration.


How far along should I be in my Maternity session? 

You want that belly bump to show and yet still be comfortable. between 6-8 months.  


How much notice do you need for the Hospital or Newborn session?

As soon as you know, let us know! The sooner the better. Keep us posted. 


Can you photograph the birth?

If hospital or birthing center's policy allow and if schedules coincide we would love to photograph it for you.


How old should my newborn be when I schedule the Newborn photo-shoot?

Newborns should be about two weeks old when they still have that "new" look to them if health allows. Babies should be fed and sleepy at the time of the session.


What to expect at your Newborn session.

Safety is our main concern. Our photographers are all immunized. Please be prepared to be photographed with your newborn. Most of our portraits are a composite shot of two photos with a parent's hand on baby at all times. For Newborn sessions full and asleep is best. try to keep baby awake as long as possible before we arrive. Wait to nurse until we arrive. Babies eyes are week and tend to droop or cross. All babies are different. Some like to curl and cuddle while others like to stretch and sprawl, we are prepared to pose both.


What ages do you recommend for the Baby Stages session?

Since babies develop and grow at their own pace it all depends on them. Any stage is worth capturing. We recommend newborn, sitting or crawling, and walking. First Food and Cake smashes are fun too.

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