milestone & family Session prep

We’re so excited to document your family! Please read below to prepare for your session, select location, and submit any additional questions you may have.

What to Expect

Milestone and family sessions are shot outdoors at the location of your choosing, in the studio, or in your home. Sessions last 1-1.5 hours and may include one outfit change and up to six people. Clients typically opt for one outfit especially if the session is outdoors.

In the case of rain/inclement weather, Hayley will be in touch the morning of your shoot to discuss rain plan or reschedule options.

What to Wear

Color Schemes:

  • Make sure everyone in your family is coordinated. Start with mom’s outfit, pull out a color palette of 2-4 colors and stick with different shades of those colors in family wardrobe. Get all of the outfits together and place them on a bed to see how they may or may not compliment each other.

  • You may keep your photos neutral and airy or spice it up with florals, patterns, or a rich color scheme. We recommend a maximum of 2 patterns or prints among the entire family.


  • Choose fabrics that are interesting to the eye - lace details, embroidery, sweater/textured materials, chiffon, and sheer overlays that may allow window light to pass through. We love a long, flowy dress or skirt for mom!

  • Stay away from unlined tops and dresses and clingy knit fabrics.

  • Dads can wear button-downs, flannels, sweaters, henleys, or v-neck t-shirts. My only suggestion here is that Dad doesn't wear a polo or dressy slacks.

  • For the little ones consider getting creative with layers and accessories - hats, suspenders, jackets, overalls, vests, etc.

  • For indoor and fair weather sessions, we can also snag a few naked baby shots (please bring a diaper cover if you’d like to do this).

  • All little girls should wear bloomers or shorts under dresses/skirts.

hair and makeup

For moms (and grandmothers), I always recommend professional hair and makeup to go along with a professional photography session. This is the perfect excuse to visit Drybar and Sephora to make sure you’re looking and feeling you’re best. You may also add-on professional hair and makeup and have someone out to your house before your shoot. We’ll work with our professionals to get you booked for +$225. Remember, these photos may be on your walls for years!

prepping the house (for in-home sessions):

When I arrive at your home I’ll take a look around to see where the best places are for natural light. We’ll likely use a living space, master bedroom, and/or nursery. Please make sure any clutter in these areas is put away. It’s better to err on the side of less - clear away nightstands, remove diaper pails, baby monitors, visible cords, anything you don’t want in the background of your photos.

Receiving Your Photos & Payment

  • Your online proofing gallery will be emailed to you 3-4 weeks after your session date. Once you receive your gallery, select a digital/print package that best suits your needs and reply with your selection. Our studio manager, Emily, will handle invoices and gallery delivery once payment is received.

    You will also be able to select prints, canvases, albums and gallery frames within your gallery for purchase.

Location selection:

Below are some of our favorite locations and a little about why we love them. If you have a different or private location, please let us know. We love exploring new places to shoot!

Note: In case of inclement weather during your scheduled outdoor shoot, Plywood Place is an available option. Please see sample photos under Rain Plan.

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Location options:


Cozy, everyday life of your family in your element - one of our personal favorites.

Whittier Mill Park (Westside): 2980 Wales Ave. NW Atlanta, GA 30318

exposed brick backdrop, wooded trail, open field

Piedmont Park/Beltline: 400 Park Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

a mix of green space and skyline (and fun murals!)

Winn Park (Ansley Park): 32 Lafayette Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

manicured grass, stone bridge, small pond

Downtown Virginia Highland/Candler Park/Decatur/Inman Park

charming shops & streets

Chattahoochee Riverside (Cumberland): 6640 Akers Mill Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339

riverbanks, wooded area with bridge and steps

Garrard Landing Park (Roswell/Alpharetta): 8000 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30022

tall rustic grasses, gravel pathways, running stream, dreamy sunsets

Plywood Place (Cabbagetown): 174 Carroll St SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

outdoor porch, warm industrial indoor, storefronts and streetview

Park Studios*: 690 Miami Circle NE Suite #600 Atlanta, GA 30324

clean whites, airy images, great for cold/hot weather months and cake smash sessions!

*subject to availability, studio rental is included, sessions are limited to 1-hour

Cator Woolford Gardens (Druid Hills)*: 1815 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

columns/gazebo, stairs, green space

*subject to availability

Piedmont Park: 400 Park Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

skyline, rolling hills, lakeside, dock

Cabbagetown & Krog Street Tunnel (East Atlanta): 174 Carroll St SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

hip, urban feel with murals, storefronts, street-view

Oakland Cemetery (Grant Park): 248 Oakland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

brick paths, garden feel with architectural elements

The Polo Fields (Vinings): 4647 Polo Ln SE, Atlanta, GA 30339

rustic fencing, tree-lined paths, horses, farm architectural elements

Donaldson-Bannister Farm (Dunwoody): 4831 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338

classic feel with lots of green space, picket fences, barn doors