I am so happy and humbled that you have chosen me to photograph your family. My aim is to have a laid back and relaxed session where I capture your family showing all the love you have for each other. We will have fun, laugh, run and maybe even have a little dance. Can’t wait to see you all soon!
Take a look at the info below and shoot me an email if you have any questions. I want you to feel as prepared as possible for your session to help you relax and just enjoy!
YOUR FAMILY SESSION
So you are booked! So exciting! What’s next?
I will send you a questionnaire to help me learn more about you and your family. Then we will schedule a short video call to discuss location, wardrobe selection and any other questions you have.
I am so excited to capture your family in this little pocket in time so that you can have a long lasting record of these wonderful memories. My aim is to capture images that are an honest representation of each of you. This style of photography is not about stiff poses of everybody looking at the camera, but to capture the true essence of your family. I take a documentary approach to photography and use my understanding of my equipment and natural light to create images that will become works of art that you can hang in your home and pass down for generations. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your session with me.
Location: Together, we will decide on the best location for your photos. We can shoot in your home as long as your home has adequate natural light. Many clients prefer their home because of the intimate and personal feel it provides. I have many locations that I love to shoot at regularly but I am always open to new locations as well. You should choose a location that fits your style and personality. I can help you along with this decision.
Time: If we are shooting in your home, I prefer late morning, because that is when homes are usually lit up the best. If we are shooting outdoors we will shoot in the evening. The light is typically too harsh mid day. Shooting one to two hours before sunset provides gorgeous light and atmosphere. The images in my portfolio look the way they do largely because of my use of light and the time of day your session takes place has a huge impact. Many families tell me that they simply have the kids take a late nap or have some down time prior to their evening session.
Length Of Session: A usual session lasts about an hour. I feel that this is the ideal amount of time for us to get to know each other a bit and relax into the shoot.
What To Wear: Wardrobe should be comfortable and reflect who you are. I do not recommend matching but rather coordinating. Color and texture coordination are incredibly important to bring your photos to life. I will be here the whole way to help you select your outfits.
My client closet is available to all my clients. It contains pieces that I curated to make your pictures even more special. We can set up an appointment for you or any other members of your family to try clothes on.
Your Children: Remember that children are not usually fond of being told to pose or smile. It is best if we just give the children time to relax and try to capture their natural self. Don’t worry if your child is running about and active, most of the images you see of young children on my site were captured while the child or toddler was busy playing and exploring. To get the family shots, I usually direct the adults to simply “be” with the child, or hold the child and we go from there. To get the most out of your session, make sure that your little one has rested and has had adequate snacks and water. We can take breaks for snacks and play, however I will probably still shoot during the breaks. Bring dry, non messy snacks so their little faces stay clean during the session. Prepare the child for the session by letting them know that a friend will be taking some photos of them, it’s best not to surprise them.
Please arrive on time or be ready to start on time: Remember, your session is scheduled according to light. It is important that we start on time. Please plan for traffic or parking constraints. It’s best to arrive early.
I can’t wait to capture your family! Do not hesitate to ask me any questions you have. See you soon!