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, 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 one 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 1, 2, or 4 hours, or longer if you like. The 1- and 2-hour sessions generally center around an activity or two at home, but the longer sessions allow us to get a lot more creative with framing the day.
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're going to 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 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.
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 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?
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.
I offer albums, fine art album blocks, and digital images, all 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 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. 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.