What’s the best way to prepare my crew?
After booking your session, you will receive a Family Session Prep Guide with what to do before the shoot, and what to expect during. I will guide you! I want your session to be a joyful family experience.
How will you get my
wild spirited child to participate?
I have a lot of tricks up my sleeve and I am very patient and flexible. I will meet your kiddo where he’s at. And if, in the rare case, my tricks don’t work I have a very fast shutter, and will get some shots in which it “appears” your child was happy to participate. And if that doesn’t work, then we will just embrace, appreciate, and capture your child’s strong will.
What will we wear?
I got you! I will help you plan and coordinate. I have a What to Wear Guide with helpful tips and things to keep in mind when getting your outfits together. I will walk alongside you in this.
Why in the world do you recommend photoshoots first thing in the morning, or last thing in the evening?
THE BEST, most gorgeous lighting is right after the sun rises, or right before the sun sets. There are some locations that are the most gorgeous in the morning, and others in the evening. I know sunrise and sunset shoots are usually not ideal times for your kiddos schedules. I totally get that, as some kids go to bed before the sun does, and some kiddos’ personalities completely alter after 5pm. The way most families accommodate for a sunset shoot is to adjust nap/dinner times. Somehow the kiddos always surprise their parents and show off their sweet personalities, even though their schedule shifted a bit that day.
Where should we do the photoshoot?
I have some favorite locations I can recommend, but I’m also happy to hear your ideas!
Can I have edited, high-resolution digital images from the session?
Yes. Digital images are included in every collection, and can also be purchased a la carte.
What if I only need a couple of shots? Can I do a mini-session?
Short answer: “Sometimes”
I specialize in a full, custom experience, and that is hard to offer, in a short quick photoshoot. However, on the (VERY) rare occasions, I do offer limited edition sessions. These are called Portraits for a Purpose, and some of the proceeds go to a local non-profit. These Portraits for a Purpose are at a specific location, date, and time. The 20 minute sessions are scheduled back-to-back with other families. As you can imagine, these sessions tend to be more traditional/posed images. These limited edition sessions are just a little sampling of what a full session has to offer. My photography style normally leans more towards, natural, candid photography: capturing interactions, and family dynamics (with direction and some posing). Though I do try to capture my story-telling ways in a shorter session, it can also be quite the challenge to do in only 20 minutes. If you prefer more of the relaxed, candid portraits, I highly recommend a full family session.
It’s also important to note that Portraits for a Purpose are first offered to SJP families who booked sessions in the previous year.