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My style is very natural, photographing you just being you! I strive to make you feel at ease, and establish a friendship between us. If you have an idea for a neat pose or action, tell me! We'll do our best to make your idea picture perfect! If at any time, you or someone in our photo shoot needs a break, we'll stop and take as long as you need!


Location | MelissaCockmanPhotography is based in Sherrills Ford, NC; zip 28673.

I shoot on location (of your choice, or my recommendation) using available ambient light taken outdoors, usually in the late afternoon or early evening. The Midday bright sun is many times too harsh, especially when photographing children. If you prefer to do indoor shots (in your home, for example), we will use available light from windows or doors or a flash if necessary. We will always be sure and check the weather forecast before our scheduled shoot to keep en eye out for dismal conditions.



I might bring a few props to our shoot that I think might add interest or enhance the beauty of the photos. Feel free to offer any ideas of what you think might appeal to the photograph using props or other items!


Family or Group Portraits - What to Wear

When photographing you and your family or group, we'll make sure you are comfortable in the location, and we also want you to feel relaxed in what you're wearing! When it comes to colors, it's a good idea to dress everyone in a similar color tone range, you don't want a single member of the group standing out because the clothing is too light or dark compared to the rest of the group. Light pastels, bold stripes or patterns are sometimes too distracting. It's a good practice to stay away from logos, decals or brand markings on clothing, as this can be distracting. Short sleeves or sleeveless tops tend to photograph wider than they actually are and can take away from the beauty of the face; therefore long sleeves or mid-length sleeves work better. Often, white or like color shirts and khaki or denim bottoms look great for a casual look!


For more ideas of What To Wear, click here to go to my What To Wear Board on Pinterest.


Time Frame

Anticipate our photo shoot to last anywhere from 1-2 hours (or more!), especially if photographing more than one individual. As long as we have available light to shoot, it's fine with me if we continue over this time frame! Sometimes those twilight silhouettes are just dazzling after the sun sets!


Clothing Changes

Feel free to do a wardrobe change during our session! The photographs I take are a reflection upon you, and if you're happy, I'm happy! If working with children, it's a good idea to bring along an extra set of clothes for those inevitable spills or accidents.


What to Bring

With small children, you might want to bring their favorite toy and blankie. These serve to help comfort the child and sometimes assist me in getting an emotional photo showing the relation between the child and the object. If your child plays a sport or certain instrument, be sure to bring along any sports equipment or uniform or instrument if you so desire!



Shortly after our session, I'll work hard to get your photos edited in my digital darkroom. Editing is usually completed within 1-2 weeks of proofing.



You are welcome to call or email me at any time prior or subsequent to our session with any questions, comments, ideas or concerns. I want you to be happy with the photography I shoot!


Full Disclosure

Some of the photography I take during our session may be used for advertisement purposes (either on the blog or marketing materials)


Copyright Notice © Melissa Cockman Photographs may not be used without my prior permission. Please do not copy any pictures from the website or blog without my knowledge and permission.


*Pricing and Details subject to change at any time.*


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