Session Information & FAQ
Let me start by saying that I am so glad you are here! I would love to photograph your family, but I know it can be daunting and a little intimidating to plan for photos, but as we all know, it is priceless to have tangible memories of you with your family, not just the ones taking the photos, am I right, mamas?
I am here every step of the way to help make this process as easy as it possible, so below I have a description of each session I offer and towards the end I have some common questions answered that might help calm those fears (like what if my child doesn't cooperate?) We have all been there! So sit back and let me do all the work, I would love to photograph your family! Time goes too quickly to not be in photos!!
Outdoor Family Sessions
For outdoor family sessions, my goal is for everyone to have fun! Even dads! The best to do this is to not force smiling or posing for the camera. Instead, come ready to go with the flow, and if that means the toddler has a tantrum or two, we will go with it! ;) We will play games, explore, and just be prepared to be lovey, dovey with each other! We will be playing, tickling, twirling, laughing, and having fun together, and hopefully, will come away with not just beautiful images to enjoy but lasting memories, as well.
In-Home Family Sessions
In-home sessions are shot in the comfort of your own home (as you might have already guessed!), and as this is real life, I would encourage you to go with flow with whatever happens, as it will most likely will not go to plan. But that is okay! The best photographs are the ones that capture true life, and will probably be the ones that will be your favorite in the years to come. So, relax, and if the toddler wants to wear batman underwear and a cape, let them; they usually have the best ideas anyway!
I am a lifestyle newborn photographer so I offer in-home lifestyle sessions that take place in your home. I also offer the option of clients coming to my natural light studio for lifestyle sessions, but mainly most clients like me to come to them for lifestyle sessions in their own space.
Birth Story Sessions
Birth is quickly becoming one of my favorite things to photograph! There is nothing like capturing a baby coming into this world, so fresh and new! I love photographing the reactions, the details, and the things you might have missed the first time while welcoming a new life into the world.
Maternity sessions are such a great way to preserve that time inbetween welcoming a new addition to your family, wether it is your first or your fourth baby, it is so special. Even more so when there are siblings as well. The anticipation and waiting for your baby to come into the world is such a time to treasure. You may not feel your best but you look so beautiful! They are typically taken during 30-32 weeks of pregnancy. They can be taken either indoors in your home, my in-home studio, or outdoors at the location of your choice!
Baby or Child Milestone Sessions
There is a quote, "the years are long, but the days are short," and this could not be more true for kids and babies. I love photographing babies 3 months up to a year old. Children of all ages are welcome to be photographed! Every stage should be treasured.
Frequently asked questions
What should we expect for our session together?
Sessions typically run 1 hour for outdoor sessions, but can be longer for in-home sessions, (and for posed newborn sessions can last up to 2-3 hours). Although I allow plenty of time for breaks if needed for little ones. I want the time we spend together be relaxing, fun, and to not be rushed; as it takes time to get comfortable in front of the camera and this in turn helps you to look relaxed in the final images.
What is a Fresh 48 session?
A Fresh 48 Session is an option for those not looking to capture the whole birth of their baby, but still want to remember and relish those first precious days in the hospital with their new baby. If you book a Fresh 48, I come up to the hospital during either the first or second day of your hospital stay.
How should I prepare for our newborn session?
For a newborn session, it is best if baby is fed right before our session, so baby is happy and has a full tummy. Every session (and baby) is different so I follow baby's lead; so if baby gets hungry, or fussy during the session, we can always take breaks to ensure we get the best photographs. It also helps if room is nice and warm, to keep baby nice and cozy for a lifestyle session in your home, but I do bring along a heater to keep things extra comfortable for baby if it's a posed newborn session.
What is a lifestyle in-home session? And what does it entail?
A lifestyle in-home session is when I come to your home and photograph you and your family just as you are. Being photographed in your own home allows for more natural and athentic photographs, as well as emotion. Lifestyle captures a taste of what your current season looks like and everyday life. Time goes so fast and I love capturing those little details of daily life that often goes unnoticed. I want to capture your toddler making pretend spaghetti for their baby sister, and the little baby shoes in the nursery.
What should I bring to our family or portrait session?
I don't bring or use a ton of props in my images, (to keep them classic and timeless as possible) but if there is a special object or keepsake you want to include in your session, I would love to include it. For a child being photographed, this could be a special blanket or lovey (even if worn) can be a special keepsake and it also helps a child to have something to hold, especially in the beginning of our session when we are still getting to know each other. This could also be a musical instrument like a guitar if you love playing together as a family or a special family heirloom item, etc.
What should we wear to our family session?
Do you take traditional family portraits with everyone looking and smiling at the camera?
Yes and no. I do take at least a couple of everyone smiling and looking at the camera at the beginning, but after that, it is a free for all. I love to capture genuine moments between families, and this includes families cuddling together, tickling, laughing, and playing together. I will give some direction, but everyone should come to the session ready to play and have fun!
What if my child is cranky or fussy during our family or portrait session?
If your child (or children) arrive at the session fussy and just not feeling it, I don't force it. If they need time to warm up to me that is totally okay. One thing to do is to not get upset, and instead, take a deep breath, and relax. If they are more comfortable holding onto mom or dad, we can start off taking images with either parent (if it is a family session, which can lead to sweet snuggling images) and eventually the child should be okay being photographed. If not, don't sweat it!
What happens if my child completely has a meltdown or is sick the day of session?
I am completely fine with rescheduling if it comes to a child having a complete meltdown (it happens!) or is sick the day of the session. Trust me, it happens to the best of us.
Do you offer documentary sessions? What is the difference between that and lifestyle?
Documentary sessions, unlike lifestyle, means I do not interfere in what is happening. I become a fly on the wall and just observe what is occurring in front of me. Lifestyle photography is also more "refined" which means there is usually some direction and styling, but with documentary, as the name implies, I just document. Whether it is a child being born, children running and playing in the backyard on a summer day, whatever it is, I would love to capture an ordinary day for your family.
How and when do we recieve our images?
All of the edited images in your gallery will be finished in 1-2 weeks. They will be delivered to you via email in a beautiful online gallery with the ability to download your images directly to your computer (not your phone). For prints, I highly recommend Mpix for their amazing quality.
I'm ready to book! What do I need to do?
Yay! I'm so excited to photograph you and your family during this super special time for you. Whether you are getting ready to welcome your first baby, or are wanting to photograph your family of five in your home; whichever stage you are in, I am ready to capture it!
How does birth photography work?
Birth photography is becoming more and more popular, with more moms than ever opting to have a professional photographer capture the moment her baby takes their first breath. It is such a special and once-in-a-lifetime moment that can't be replicated; and since dads are often busy supporting mom, it can be hard to capture the moment and be in the moment at the same time.