You've scheduled your photography session! There is something about finally scratching that off your "to-do" list that makes you want to throw confetti, am I right?! I know that selecting a photographer is a very personal choice and I thank you for trusting me with creating your images. We're going to have a great time together!
All photography sessions fees include shooting time (length depending on your session type), an online viewing gallery, digital image downloads (limit 10 on Milestone Sessions) and a print release. Through the online gallery you can view your session images, download images and purchase prints. A customized album of your session images may be requested and purchased for $100. I will personally curate this 20 page album and you may have your choice of linen album color.
Style, Editing & Delivery of Images
I believe the most meaningful images come from moments that are fun and REAL. While I will gladly make sure you have a few “traditional” (everyone looking at the camera) images, however I use a lifestyle approach when shooting each session. This means that I will guide your family into position and or show you ways to interact, but your reacts are completely unposed. My goal is to capture your connections with each other, your smiles, your giggles, and the little looks you give each other.
Afterwards, I will select which images to edit from the session and include in your gallery. I don’t hold back on delivering plenty of images, and I appreciate your trust in allowing me to be the curator of your gallery. Galleries for family, maternity and newborn sessions typically hold between 50-75 images. Galleries for shorter sessions like Fresh 48 and Milestone hold 10-25 images (limit 10 free downloads with Milestone Sessions). Some images may also be duplicated in black and white. I recommend that you download your images as soon as you have reviewed your gallery.
For most sessions, I usually post 1-3 images on social media (Facebook/Instagram) within a few days to allow you a sneak peek of the full gallery to follow. If you would prefer that your images not be shared on social media, please let me know.
You can expect your full gallery of images to be ready within 10-14 calendar days after the session. I will send an emailed link to your online gallery where you can view and download your images. A print release for the images may be accessed through this gallery. Galleries expire after 30 days, so download images and submit print orders as soon as you can.
What to Expect
I try to make every session as laid back and enjoyable as possible. My expectations are not to capture "perfection" (because what is that, really!?), but to capture a moment free from expectation...just the simple enjoyment of togetherness.
Sessions may be conducted at an outdoor location or in your own home. In order to get the best images, I shoot in the best light – which is 1-2 hours prior to sunset. (Or 1 hour after sunrise.)
I make sure I know what images are most important to you and start with those first. However, we all know that even with the most well organized plans there is always the need for flexibility – especially with little ones. My approach to photographing children is to let them play and explore. Allowing them to have a bit of freedom as I photograph usually makes them more willing parties to the more posed shots we guide them back to. My biggest message to parents is not to stress. We will work together to make your session lots of fun for everyone.
What to Wear
I completely understand the stress associated with getting the whole crew to look nice at the same time. I know its important to you to invest in your wardrobe, especially after you've invested in your session and committed your time. Dressing yourself and your family does not have to be a chore. In fact, it should be fun! Whatever you choose, make sure it represents your family accurately and that everyone is comfortable. Most stores have associates that love to help you put together outfits. You could also bring a friend along for a shopping trip and bonus "girl time"! If you still need some inspiration when it comes to wardrobe, check out the suggestions under the Styling tab here.
Getting to Know You
If we aren't friends already, I hope to be soon! In order for me to get to know you and your family better (so we can have a great time together), please take a moment to complete a short questionnaire about your session below. I promise, it is super short and really helpful.