Portrait Session Ideas

June 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment



The BEST lighting is 1-2 hours before sunset. We suggest scheduling shoots later in the evening, closer to when the sun will set. 



We can come to your home or choose from any of the ones below. Feel free to make suggestions if you don't see it on the list.


Cooks Creek Arboretum - Bridgewater, VA

Wildwood Park - Bridgewater, VA

Oakdale Park - Bridgewater, VA

Bridgeview Park - Bridgewater, VA

One Eleven South Main  - Bridgewater, VA

Downtown Bridgewater

Bridgewater College Campus

JMU Campus - Harrisonburg, VA

JMU Forbes Center - Harrisonburg, VA

Harrisonburg Downtown 

Shen Lake - Harrisonburg, VA

Purcell Park - Harrisonburg, VA

Hillandale Park - Harrisonburg, VA

Massanutten Library - Harrisonburg, VA

Back Home on the Farm - Harrisonburg, VA

Mountain View Park - Grottoes, VA

Grand Caverns - Grottoes, VA

Gypsy Hill Park - Staunton, VA

Montgomery Hall Park - Staunton, VA

Blackburn Inn - Staunton, VA

Frontier Culture Museum - Staunton, VA

Downtown Staunton

Carter Coffman Christmas Tree Farm


No travel fee but there is a grounds fee (which the client is responsible for).

Engagements are included when booking wedding at a venue.

JMU Arboretum - Harrisonburg, VA

White Oak Lavender Farm -Harrisonburg, VA

Willow Spring Farm - Bridgewater, VA

Cross Keys Vineyard - Mt Crawford, VA

Bluestone Vineyard - Bridgewater. VA

Barn at Walnut Grove - Elkton, VA 

On Sunny Slope Farm - Harrisonburg, VA 

The Columns at Six Penny Farm - McGaheysville, VA

Pebble Hall Wildwflower - Weyers Cave, VA

Swannanoa Palace - Afton, VA

Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm - Keezletown, VA


More beautiful places but travel fees will apply, depending on mileage from 24471.

Blue Ridge Parkway Afton, VA

Reddish Knob - North River, VA

Downtown Charlottesville

Carter Mountain Orchard - Charlottesville, VA

Chiles Peach Orchard - Crozet, VA

Spring Valley Orchard - Afton, VA

Showalter's Orchard - Timberville, VA



Props are a fun addition to any photo shoot.

You are more than welcome to bring as many as you'd like. 

Another Chance RentalsValley Heirlooms also offers props you could rent.









Wooden/Plastic Letter

Small chalkboard with writing

Stuffed animal

Favorite toy



Sports equipment

Musical instrument

Large photo frame







Vintage baby carriage

Seasonal fruits & vegetables


A change of outfits gives some variety to a shoot and we welcome outfit changes. However, since it takes away time from the session, please be aware there will be less photos. Outfits are so fun to plan, but there is so many choices, it can make your head spin.


{First and foremost, make sure the outfits everyone is wearing are comfortable. Otherwise, some faces might not look so happy in the photos, and SMILES are just as important as pretty outfits.}


{Choose 2-3 colors to work with. Try not to do too matchy-matchy where everyone wears the same top and bottom.}


{Play with patterns! They add depth to the photos.}


{Accessorize! Add in scarves, hats, jewelry, ties, colorful shoes/socks, etc.}


Get inspiration with our ideas on PINTEREST! 


(C)Yev Studios


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