Take your time, do your homework, and come to your decision thoughtfully.
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 loving and being. Sessions usually take place at your home, where your life happens.
How long will you stay?
For most sessions, I'll stay for between 1 and 2 hours.
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 doing it, then it’s safe to assume it’s worth photographing.
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 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 up to 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.
What if my children act out?
Children act out; it's going to happen. They have strong emotions that they're still learning how to negotiate. I won't stop shooting 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. It's part of your story.
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.
We only want the digital images. Is that cool?
Yes! I do sell albums and prints, but it’s perfectly fine with me if you simply opt for the digital images. Just promise me you’ll print them, and that you’ll print them at a place that will do your legacy justice.
Why should we choose you?
That I can't answer for you, because like any relationship, ours will be a relationship. I’m not just aiming my camera at you and pressing the shutter button. I'm going to be in your home, with you and the people closest to you. I’m going to 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.
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.
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EMOTIVE, STORY-DRIVEN PHOTOGRAPHY
BERGEN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY