The Experience

What to expect from your family photography session

Every shoot I do is unique, because every family is unique. After years of experience, I have learned how to create a safe space for my clients to feel comfortable and be themselves. Rather than just stiffly posing for the camera, I gently guide and direct you and your loved ones through some of your favorite past times and activities.  You can expect a perfect mix of both looking at the camera photos and candid photos.  And best of all, you can expect to have fun. 

Amidst the gentle guidance I provide, you can expect to make lasting memories with the people you love. Some of my shoots have included grandbabies listening to grandma tell a story passed down for generations, singing the original verses a kiddo has made up to wheels on the bus, cousin dance parties and littles playing ring around the rosies.  No matter the circumstances, you can expect to find love and real life.  

Once the date of your shoot comes and goes, the beauty and joy isn’t forgotten.  I provide one on one assistance in selecting and printing your favorite moments.  I pray these images become an heirloom passed on from generation to generation.  Art, that adorns the walls of your home and memories cherished forever.

When I started taking pictures for others, I knew I wanted the whole experience to be different than what most people knew and expected from family pictures.

In a photoshoot with me, you can expect to make lasting memories with the ones you love, while creating priceless art

frequently asked questions

How can a family photography session be stress free?

One of the most frequent things I hear moms say is “family pictures are so stressful.”  Not the way I do them.  I try to take the time spent stressing out of the experience by helping to guide you through the potential stressors.  The first thing you receive upon booking your session with me is a session planning guide full of all the information and tips you need to make your session anything but stressful.  I am available for consult every step of the way.  Family pictures should be about making memories with the people you love, not about adding more stress to your already busy life.  

How do you achieve candid, genuine photos?

After years of experience, I  have learned how to create a safe space for my clients to feel comfortable and be themselves.  I gently guide and direct you and your loved ones through some of your favorite past times and activities.  Through the process we capture those moments that mean the most to you.

What if I'm not Photogenic?

You are beautiful!  And even if you don’t feel that way, the love you have for your family is beautiful.  I have helped countless other clients, who have made this same statement, create gorgeous images who highlight who they are.  I realize that some of us feel more self conscious than others or have had less than enjoyable experiences in the past with professional photos.  But I am confident that through gentle guidance, attention to detail and years of experience I can help  you feel beautiful and capture those moments that mean the most. 

HOw long is a typical session?

For a full session you can expect around an hour.  Every session and family is different, but generally speaking we get a smiling, everyone looking at the camera picture at the beginning and then we just make memories and enjoy time together as a family.  I follow your lead on the amount of time you want captured.  For newborns typically plan on at least an hour to an hour and a half to allow for flexibility to capture all of those special moments between baby’s needs.  

what if my littles never sit still or look at the camera? | what if my family members typically don't like pictures?

I absolutely love what I do and I am so excited to work with you!  Excitement is contagious and if you are excited about the experience others will get excited too.  Once you arrive at the session, your work is done. From there I am happy to be your guide and help difficult kiddos, grumpy babies or reluctant spouses enjoy their time together as a family.  Often there are mishaps, that is part of real life, but it is nothing to worry about.  I have found some of the most beautiful images have come from a mom, comforting her sweet little one or family laughing over something unexpected.  Don’t worry about having everything perfect.  Life isn’t perfect, it’s a journey, and there is joy to be found in the journey.  Together we can focus on that joy and document the part of your journey that you currently find yourself in.  

DO you offer mini sessions?

I believe that every family should have images in their home that portray their beauty and love, regardless of their budget.  To catering to the needs of all my clients, mini sessions are offered occasionally.  If you would like to be the first to know about mini session dates, please join my email list.  

Investment

For more details on pricing, please contact me.  I can’t wait to hear from you and I sincerely look forward to planning our session together.