~How would you describe your style?
I like to think my images are a good mix of candid lifestyle moments and modern portraiture. Fun + Honest + Relaxed+ Bright. Some of my absolute favorite images are those where not everyone is looking at my camera but rather interacting with each other. Why? Because nothing is more important than capturing the connection and love you have as a family. That’s what I want you to see when you look at your images… that they are filled with love and that they represent your family, just as they are, right in this moment.
~Why should we take family photos? I take tons of pictures of my kids! Is it really that important?
Oh my goodness, YES!! For me, photography isn’t just for us. It’s for our children and our grandchildren. And one of the few opportunities we have to give them a glimpse at our past happiness and family history. Trust me… Your kids will LOVE looking back at your engagement photos, your maternity photos when Mommy’s belly was “sooo bigger” (as my daughter says), and at how small they were at their One Year session with cake all over their face. And you will LOVE watching them enjoy them. Plus, I’m a mom, so I am guilty of this too… BUT… you should be IN your photos and let’s face it; you are usually behind the camera, right? Moments are fleeting. And THIS time of your life will never be here again. Capture it.
~I’m ready to book! What comes next?
Great! I can’t wait for our session!! The best way to contact me is directly through this site. Simply fill out the contact form (and triple check that your email address is correct) and I will get back to you. We will chat about dates and location and get you scheduled. Once all of that is agreed upon, I will email you a welcome packet where you can tell me a little bit more about yourself and what you are hoping to document. Simply return the forms to me with your deposit, and you are all set!
~What should we wear?
Wear whatever it is that represents who you are. Are you a fun and spunky couple? Bold and bright colors will help to bring that out in your photos. Are you a brand new family capturing your precious first moments with baby? Soft, elegant, creamy neutrals and pastels will keep the focus on your new little and give your photos a gentle feel. Above all… you want to coordinate, NOT match. It’s usually best to choose two or three colors and incorporate them throughout everyone’s outfits. Fun accessories and layers can also add fun POP to your photos. Still not sure? Don’t stress!!! Email me and we will chat about some ideas!
~What should we bring?
If you plan to change, don’t forget your outfits. And if the littles are involved… drinks, snacks (that won’t color their tongues and lips) and a special toy or lovey are usually helpful. Is there something you love to do together? A book you always read together, a family quilt that grandma made, the guitar Dad plays for the kiddos? Bring that! Remember, we want to capture who you are. These special things help us to do that!
~What if my kids won’t smile? What if my husband DREADS family picture day?
Ok… we know sometimes picture day isn’t at the top of the list for Dad and the kiddos. But, this is supposed to be fun! And we will do everything we can to make it that way. Quick + Painless + Low-Stress is always the goal. I want this to be just another hour of fun for you and your family. We are capturing natural interactions as well as portraits. We will talk about the things you love… you can tickle and joke and snuggle…. And all of this will help coax natural smiles and true happiness from all of those involved.
~Our session just ended and we can’t wait to see our photos! How will I receive them and how long will it take?
Trust me… I know you are excited. But probably not as excited as I am for you to see your photos! I try to post a preview of your session on my photography Facebook page and/or blog (so be sure to like it!) within 2-3 days. Then, 2-3 weeks later you will receive a digital link of your gallery and a print release. All of your images can be downloaded and saved directly from your link and reproduced as you please. MPix.com is a great website for prints! Great quality and super-fast delivery.
~Deposits and Rescheduling?
Half of the session fee is due at the time of booking and can be sent to me with your completed Welcome Packet. That deposit secures the date and time of your session. The balance is then due on the day of. Deposits are non-refundable. BUT…I get it…things happen. The kiddos get sick or work gets crazy or Grandma shows up from out of town for a surprise visit. It’s ok! You can reschedule up to 24 hours before your session and your deposit will transfer to your new session date. If you cancel and do not reschedule your session, your deposit will be forfeited. If weather issues prevent your session from happening, no worries….We will touch base as soon as possible and make the call on rescheduling.