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 joy and I use many different prompts to bring that out. Lots of running, walking, tickling, cuddling, and spinning. And yes I usually throw the tickle prompt even with “big kids.” :)
2. Do you get everyone smiling at the camera?
I start my sessions with a solid posed family shot. After that I direct all your smiles to go towards one another. I’m all about freezing your love and joy with one another, and use my camera in more of a “fly on the wall” approach.
3. Do you give the digitals?
YES!! I am all about you having these for life! My galleries include all the “keeper” pics from our time together, edited and in high resolution to print as large as your heart longs to. ;-) Most my sessions end up including around 70-80 digitals.
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.
4. What should we wear?
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! A change of clothes for the kids juuuust in case is always a good thing, as well as water and a small snack. You wouldn't believe the number of kids 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!