THE ONLY SILLY
QUESTION IS THE
ONE YOU DON'T ASK
Finding the right photographer for your family isn't a decision you should make lightly. Take your time, do some homework, and come to your decision thoughtfully.
I've tried to answer some general questions here, but if I missed anything, by all means, ask away.
what kind of photographer are you?
I'm what's called a storytelling photographer. I make photos of families, couples, and newborns doing what they do best: simply living and being.
There's a time for dressing up and going to the park or to a studio, and there are photographers who are true masters at that type of photo. I'm the photographer you bring along when you want to document your life as it is. Your authentic life. The joy and the pain, the sticky and the sweet. All of it is awesome, and I can make sure you see your daily life in a wonderful new way.
how long will you stay?
I'll stay for between 1 and 2 hours, but we can discuss a longer session if you like. Sessions generally center around an activity or two at home.
what should we wear?
Whatever's comfortable! Personally, I love showing up to find everyone wearing whatever they would wear on a lazy Sunday when nothing is on the schedule. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing children pick their own clothes. You really get to see their personalities when they dress themselves. And trust me, you'll see that by letting them be themselves, you're giving me the opportunity to photograph who they really are.
what should we do?
Some families simply want me to photograph their everyday routine. Other families like to plan an activity or two. Like cooking or baking together, sharing a meal, completing a school project, gardening, playing a game... If your family enjoys it, it's going to make for some great photos.
will you pose us?
Generally not. Though if you like, I'll certainly make time for a few minutes of posed photos with everyone looking at the camera. But in general, no. No posing.
Do you photograph newborns?
I do! I photograph newborns and their families either at their home during the first three months after birth, or in the hospital within 48 hours after delivery. Hospital sessions last 1 to 2 hours, but for in-home sessions, I'll stay as long as I need to. Generally around 2 hours.
Newborn sessions should be relaxed and easy. Sometimes you'll need to change a diaper, feed your baby, comfort your baby, or get yourself a snack. I'm more than happy to leave time for those things. I have two children myself. They were babies at one point, so I completely understand.
Feel free to browse my Newborn Stories to get an idea of what a session might look like.
what if my children act out?
Children act out; it's bound to happen. They have strong emotions that they're still learning how to negotiate. It's all part of familyhood. I won't stop photographing if you have to tend to a child's feelings, because teaching children how to adequately navigate difficult moments is part of being a parent. I won't shy away from it. You shouldn't, either. It's part of your story.
In general, I find children do best during photography sessions if they are free to be themselves and follow their hearts and minds. Some parents find it hard to be passengers instead of drivers, and they find themselves trying to get their children to do something in particular, or — worse still — to look at the camera. My advice? Don't. Let them be them, and your photos will reflect who they are.
what if something urgent comes up and we need to reschedule?
At the time of booking, a retainer is required to confirm our date and time. If something comes up and you can let me know at least three days before the session date, I'll be happy to apply that retainer toward a future session.
do you sell products and digital images?
I'll be honest. I really want you to have an album of our time together. Albums are the perfect way to tell the story of your family, and they will serve as a legacy for the people you love most.
I offer albums, fine art album blocks, and digital image galleries. The digital images are discounted when purchased alongside an album. When you're ready to explore working together, let me know and I'll send along my Client Guide.
why should we pick you?
That I can't answer for you, because like any relationship, ours will be a relationship. I'm going to be in your home, with you and the people closest to you. More than anything, I want you to feel like I'm someone you might enjoy having in your life for a little while. A few people have been kind enough to say some really humbling things about working with me, so have a look if you like. I photograph a lot of local families, so if you recognize anyone, feel free to reach out to them directly.
If I'm not your photographer, that's absolutely OK. I know a ton of local photographers, each with a different style and different price points. So if we aren't a match, say the word and I'll try to help you find someone who is. Community over competition!
so, THAT'S ABOUT IT
Honestly, ask me anything. I'm extremely accessible and I'm more than happy to answer any questions at any stage of the process.
Good luck! I hope to hear from you.