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. Other labels might include documentary photographer, family photojournalist, family documentarian, and visual storyteller. In a nutshell, 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, 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 want to show it all to you in a wonderful new way.
Sessions generally takes place at your home, but if time permits, we can venture out to a few of your favorite places. If it's meaningful to you and your family, it's fair game.
how long will you stay?
That's entirely up to you! I can stay for two hours, four hours, or eight hours, or longer if you like. The 2-hour session generally centers around an activity or two at home, but the longer sessions allow us to get a lot more creative with framing the day. Take me to Target, to your favorite restaurant, or walk me through your daily routine at home. It is entirely up to you.
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.
what should we do?
Some families want me present to simply photograph their everyday routine. Other families like to plan an activity (or in the case of a longer session, several activities). Activities might include cooking or baking together, sharing a meal, completing a school project, playing a game or a few games... 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 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, or in the hospital within 48 hours after delivery. Hospital sessions last up to two hours, but for in-home sessions, I'll stay as long as you like.
I like keeping things relaxed and easy, and this is especially the case with newborns. 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 are still learning how to negotiate. It's all part of familyhood. I won't stop photographing, 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.
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 that.
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 within three days of the session date, I'll be happy to apply that toward a future session.
do you sell products and digital images?
Yes! 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.
Beyond albums, I sell prints and digital images, organized in collections or available a la carte. The digital images are discounted heavily when purchased as part of a collection. When you're ready to explore working together, let me know and I'll send along my informative 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. So more than anything, I want you to feel like I'm someone you think you'll really dig working with. A few people have been kind enough to say some really humbling things about working with me, so have a look if you like.
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, how does it work?
Well, first, decide if you like my work. Look at my photos in Family Stories, check out my social media (links at the top and bottom of my website). Then say hello. We'll potentially be spending a fair amount of time together, so we'll want to make sure you like me.
After that, you'll need to decide how long you'd like me to stay. Next, decide what products you'd ultimately like in your home. Pick a collection or choose from the a la carte items. It's entirely up to you.
And 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.