It's that time of year when students (big and little) are getting ready to graduate. Whether it is University/College or JK/SK, grad photo sessions are really popular. AND we provide the caps and gowns (in both adult and child sizes!) Either in-studio or outside, it's fun to capture such an important achievement.
On campus or off, these memories will last forever.
What do we need to bring?
We provide a flower crown for your child to wear. You will need to dress your child accordingly. Most girls are dressed in princess dresses, with flowing skirts. Boy are dressed in dress pants, some with bow ties and hats. Please bring your child in flat shoes, like ballet or strappy sandals. Bare feet also look amazing in the photos, so you can consider that. Please ensure your child is clean with a clean face and nails.
How long is the session?
Our Unicorn photo sessions are 20 minutes long. There will be time allowed for interaction and fun with the Unicorn
What is included?
Beautiful faux flower crowns for children to wear on loan (we have two), five fully retouched, high-resolution files which will be sent to you by digital download about a week after the shoot. Additional digital photos will be available for purchase if you so choose,
how do i book?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. or use our contact form. We will then let you know which time spots are available and you can let us know your preferred time. Please note, there is a retainer fee of $100 due at the time of booking. This holds your time spot just for you, and we will not book another client in your spot. We accept payment by etransfer only.
Where will the sessions be held?
We are located on Slater Street in Cobourg, just north of the 401. We have 5 acres of property and lots of room for the Unicorn to meet and greet your child(ren)
how much are additional images?
Each additional digital image is $25. You also have the option of purchasing physical prints as well. Prices vary for the physical prints depending on the size you want.
how do i print my photos?
Once you have your digital photos, you may choose to send them to a printing place of your choice. But please be advised that we do not guarantee the quality of any other printing house, other than our own. We use a professional photo printing company called GTA Imaging in Toronto that use high quality archival paper.
What do we do if it rains?
We will keep a close eye on the weather, and if it looks like an extreme downpour, we will reschedule. During your booking procedure, there will be an alternate rain date, which we ask that you make yourself available for. However, if it is cloudy or slight rain, the session will go ahead.
can i pay less for a shorter time?
In order for you and your child to receive the full Unicorn experience, and to allow us to work our magic with stellar photos, the full 20 minutes will be needed.
can my child wear two dresses?
Due to time constraints, there will be a limit of one dress per girl for the 20 minute session.
when will i get my photos?
Your photo gallery will be ready in about a week and you will be able to chose your favourite 5 photos. At this time, you can let us know if you would like to purchase any more digital images.
can i share them on social media?
Yes, of course. We love seeing our clients share their photos. It means alot to us.
“You are the closest I will ever come to magic.”
Maternity photo sessions speak to me. They speak to my heart. A time in life that is so fleeting and precious. So special and honoured. Getting to create life is beyond words.
Creating these memories for this beautiful momma is so important to me as a photographer. She will have these photos to look back on in years to come.
wear clothes that make you feel like you!
It's important for a you to feel at ease with the outfits that you wear for your engagement session. If you typically prefer wearing T-shirts and jeans, it's not a good idea to suddenly switch to a beaded ball gown and tuxedo. The goal is to show your comfort zone could result in you appearing and feeling uncomfortable in photos.
complement - but don't match
While it's good to coordinate your outfits with your partner, matching patterns and prints are not recommended for portrait sessions. Instead, opt for solid prints and colors that complement each other. It's best to avoid busy patterns or prints as they can be a needless distraction in photos. When choosing what to wear for a portrait session, focus on finding complementary colors and simple prints.
pay attention to colours
To ensure that you and your partner stand out in photos, it's best to avoid neon colors that can make you appear like a flashing sign. Additionally, orange is not the most photogenic color, while red tends to draw the viewer's attention immediately. Therefore, it's not ideal to wear clothing that will be the focal point of the photograph, as you want the focus to be on your faces and the love you share. Opting for more muted or complementary colors will help to achieve this. Wear pastels, muted colours, and then consider adding something bright with an accessory.
use a colour scheme to tie everything together
After deciding on the colors for your engagement shoot attire, think about how these colors will appear throughout the entire album. The goal is to achieve a sense of harmony rather than a collection of disconnected images. One way to do this is to pick a color, like light blue, and have one partner wear it as a dress or jumpsuit for one look. Then, in a subsequent outfit, have the other partner incorporate the same color to create a cohesive look without being overly matched. This will help to create a more visually pleasing album overall.
use at least one accessory
Adding accessories, such as a fashionable scarf or a chunky necklace, can add a touch of flair to your engagement attire. These accessories are also versatile and can be easily added or removed, allowing for a range of different looks. For the ladies, incorporating at least one accessory per outfit is recommended, while for the guys, layering clothing can enhance the overall appearance of the photos. Both of these techniques can create more visual interest in the looks and make the images more captivating.
for fall & winter sessions
When it comes to winter engagement photoshoots, don't hesitate to layer up. A useful tip is to wear fleece-lined tights beneath jeans or pants to stay warm. Winter accessories, such as scarves and hats, can also add a stylish touch to your outfit. Moreover, dressing appropriately for the season will make the photoshoot appear more cohesive, particularly if it's taking place in a snowy location. Even if you're not in the woods, having a winter-themed photoshoot in the city can be just as breathtaking.
spring & summer sessions
If you're wondering what to wear for engagement shoots in warmer seasons, embrace summertime vibes by opting for beachy or pier-inspired looks. Consider going barefoot on the beach or sharing an ice cream cone in shorts and sandals. For attire, soft floral prints and pastel hues are perfect for the season, with the added benefit of being subtle and romantic. A statement necklace paired with a maxi dress or a denim jacket paired with a sundress can also create a lovely and charming look. With love in the air and flowers in bloom, your outfit will beautifully complement the season.
Cathy & Jenn of CatsMac Photography, Cobourg, Ontario.