Why choose me? Because I never settle for average. I love what I do. I want beautiful light, magic moments, geniuine connection and beautifully artistic and unique imagery that documents you.
It’s my goal to help everyone feel comfortable and have fun! Initially, I will focus on helping your children be comfortable with me and, depending on their age, I may crack some jokes or act silly. In no time those genuine smiles will be shining. I gravitate towards the natural posing that families do, but we will get some posed shots too.
Getting to Know the Kids
As a mom, I know my child can be shy around new people. I always respect a child’s personal space and gently work on getting them to open up to my camera and I. My goal is to get them to laugh, have fun, and really open up to let their personality shine. If they are old enough, I will talk to them about my camera winking at them. Kids love this! From there the magic begins! If possible, stand behind or next me and on the camera level so if they are looking at you, they are also looking at the camera.
Smiles All Around
“Say Cheese” are two words you will typically never hear me speak at your child’s session. I strive to get honest and natural expressions from your child. When a child is asked to ‘say cheese’, he or she will not give a natural smile, but rather they will be performing, and this will be apparent in the images.
What to Wear
Family photographs are an investment not only in time and money, but also in your future. Clothing choices are just as important for family sessions, as other sessions. I highly suggest clothing for each family member that has the same tone or complimentary color, not the same color. I would also suggest not dressing siblings alike. Layers are HIGHLY recommended. Layers provide dimension and interest to your images. Avoid words, logos, or characters on your family’s clothing. These things can be a distraction from your beautiful family. Shoes are just as important as the clothes. Avoiding character shoes, light up shoes, (most) tennis-shoes are also not recommended. White and black are two colors I suggest steering clear of. Instead, go for cream and navy. They will photograph much better. When choosing clothing for a family session, think about where you might hang the portraits in your home and what tones would look good in that area. Muted tones (think beach colors) are perfect for spring and summer pictures. Jewel tones (think burgundy, mustard, plum, navy) are great for fall pictures. Neutrals look great any time of year and throwing in a pop of color is always fun, too! Prints such as a large floral print or large stripes are a fun addition to pictures, but limit it to 1-2 items. Small, intricate designs/patterns on clothing photograph as if it is 3D (small plaid, gingham, etc) if possible, I would also advise against.
If your child is sick or not feeling well, please call me to reschedule. I’m a mother myself, and I understand that sometimes children get sick. I want your child to enjoy the photo session, and a sick child just won’t be up for pictures. I would appreciate if you could call to reschedule as soon as you know you will be unable to make it. Also, there is no need to worry when your child gets a small scratch or blemish on his or her face a few days before the photo session. Minor re-touching is included in your pricing.
I have a casual, documentary style of photography. I enjoy capturing the special moments between families, which are most likely the expressions that you see most in one another every day. You will find me talking to you and your family a lot, with special attention in engaging your children in the moment. I know family portrait-time can be thought of as a stressful time, but I want you to enjoy more than your images, but also the experience of making those images, as well as cherish them for a lifetime!