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We've tried to answer the most commonly asked questions here for you. In order to complete the booking process you will need to fill out the required form found here.
Location and Directions
Our barn studio is located south of 94 and west of Ann Arbor.
The address will be sent to you in a private client email. :)
Google maps will take you to our woods, just next to the farm - so just go a little further! You are looking for the red studio barn and the big gray farmhouse.
Please park on the grass on the east side of the red studio barn. (The barn pictured here - nearest to the road.) There are garden boxes along the side where you will park. As you are driving on the farm please drive slowly and watch out for free-range chickens, ducks and children!
Day of the shoot
On the day of the session, if you need to reach us, please do not contact Jillian or send an email.
Please text or call Amy's cell at:
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If it seems like it may be too hot, too cold, too windy, or too rainy for your session I will get in touch with you! I will contact you the day before, or the day of your session regarding weather. If we need to reschedule, we leave time blocks open each week for just that purpose.
In Case of Illness
Please let us know as soon as possible if you have illness or injury. We are happy to reschedule you at no charge, but really appreciate the notice! Clients often ask if they should reschedule for a scratch on a child's face, etc. If the child has a large visible cut or rash, please reschedule. If it is small, and hardly noticable then in most cases we can work around it. If you are unsure, please text us a photo.
What to wear
You are welcome to as many clothing changes as resonably fit into your scheduled time. We do have a private changing area.
You will find ideas for every kind of session and season on our Pinterest.
People often ask about props. At the farm, you will find few "props" and zero backdrops. What you will find are countless objects and locations of understated beauty. We have artfully woven basets, and soft hand knit blankets for newborns. For older kids we have a wood and iron wagon, a hand-carved rocking horse, a variety of handmade stools, benches, couches and beds. There are animals, a great farm swing, and white enamelled woodstove that warms us through winter... Real places, real memories.
Babies: at their best in a diaper cover. Hats are great - knit, vintage, and handmade are perfect. Neutrals and simple never go out of style. Some of my favorite baby shops are:
Boys: Classic worn jeans, a tee-shirt or hoodie, a button up and tie, a ball cap, knit sweater, or knit hat and scarf. Overalls, bare feet, suspenders, rain boots, etc... (Don't worry, I have two boys and I've seen it all! I can handle "energy"!)
Girls: Simple sun dresses are perfect - tutus, boots, color and layers. Striped tights or leggings, chunky knit hats, sweaters, and scarves - don't think formal, think fun. (I've got two little girls, too! I know that beads and wings can be an outfit change!)
Mom & Dad: Contrary to photo lore, you do not need to wear neutrals. Colors are great, just be sure they are colors you wear frequently, and feel like yourself in. Cowl necks, chunky knits, scarves, all add texture and color. A dressing room is available, and clothing changes are great; the most important thing is to wear favorite items that make you feel great, and feel like yourself. Again, don't think formal, think fun!
If you are not planning a change of clothing, please bring a spare outfit for any kids. It's a farm and mud, chickens, puddles, and the unexpected happen!
We often have people write and ask about props. Our studio is unsual in this regard - at the farm, you will find few "props" and no fake backdrops. What you will find are countless objects and locations of understated beauty. We do have artfully woven basets, and soft hand knit blankets for newborns. For older kids we have a wood and iron wagon, a hand-carved rocking horse, a variety of handmade stools, benches, couches and beds. There are animals, a great farm swing, and white enamelled woodstove that warms us through winter, 70 acres of woods, meadows, a pond... you get the idea. Real places, real memories.
Please feel free to bring meaningful objects of your own, and write us with any questions!