1. What does a typical session look like?
My sessions are very laid back with lots of simple directions and movement. My main focus is capturing your love and joy together and I use many different prompts to bring that out. Lots of playing and interacting with one another. Many times at the end of a session families tell me “that was so much fun!” which is the biggest compliment of all as that is always my goal. The less you think about the awkwardness of being in front of a camera and the more you simply have fun with one another is where the magic happens.
2. Do you get everyone smiling at the camera?
I do promise I will try to get one solid posed family shot if you like, and I also always grab a solo portrait of each kid. Besides that though I direct all your smiles to go towards one another. I love the photos to carry the sense that I wasn’t even there. Like some drone just mysteriously was taking snapshots of you unaware while you were hanging out together one day. ;-)
3. Do you give the digitals?
YES!! I am all about you having these for life! You will given access to an online gallery with the images in high resolution to print as large as your heart longs to. All images are hand edited and galleries generally include about 50-60 photos.
4. I’m so awkward in front of the camera, do you direct us?
Don’t worry, unless you model for a living almost no one feels super comfortable with a huge camera in their face! I think this is where the beauty of lifestyle photography comes into play though. You won’t have to be looking at that big lens but rather at the ones you love, and I always find that when doing so all that awkward starts to melt away. Some families may require a bit more direction than others and I am totally ok with that. I come prepared—well, semi at least. If you have a toddler along than he or she will most likely be directing most of the shots. :)
4. What should we wear?
I am a HUGE believer that the clothing plays one of the biggest factors in the overall look of the photos so I really push good dress! Included with each session is a private access to a great and easy styling service to ease the stress of what to wear all while looking amazing the day of. ;-) I also have some other tips you can find here though:
5. Where do you shoot?
97% of my session are at the beach, and that is simply because it's what is requested. I LOVE the beach and have no complaints in this area. :) I love everything nature though--the foothills, fields, urban, etc. I'm also totally open to any places that hold a special meaning to you or somewhere you spend lots of time together as a family. Backyards, in home, local parks, etc.
6. What should we bring?
I'm not really a prop person but if your kid has a favorite animal or blanket that you want remembered feel free to bring it along! Also water and a small snack. for the kids never hurts. You wouldn't believe the number who "suddenly" become famished and dehydrated mid shoot. ;-) Also if it is a beach session you WILL get wet legs! So towels and extra pants in the car are always a good thing!