"While we try to teach our children all about life,
our children teach us what life is all about."
- A. Schwindt
YOUR QUESTIONS, ANSWERED
Q. How do I prepare for a family session? What do I bring with me?
A. My favorite thing about being a photographer is capturing true emotion, and life as it is in the moment - and in that vein, I have no expectations of your children! I want to see who they are, and their full personalities. It's more than ok if they're loud, silly, adventurous, excited, etc - it's actually great! I want to see them be them. Please don't stress out about them "behaving" for me. I'm going to encourage them to be silly and have fun, and I hope you will do the same. If your kids are older, a little bribery has historically gone a long way, and for younger ones they can be comforted by things like loveys, pacifiers, favorite blankets and stuffed animals. These photographs are about capturing your family just as they are which is perfect all on their own. There is nothing you need to do to prepare, and nothing additional to worry about. All you have to do is come and relax. If you would like direction with or help planning outfits, I love discussing that! We can talk about what would look best at the specific time of year or or location of your shoot, or best colors on your family.
Q. How long will my session take?
A. A typical family session lasts about one hour. We take breaks for laughing and goofing off, to make sure everyone is having a good time and is relaxed, and we always follow the kids' lead.
Q. What is a session with you like? What can I expect?
A. A session with me is fun! My approach is very relaxed. I want our time together to be comfortable, easygoing, and a chance for you to make some memories of and with your family. My goal is to make you and your family feel like old friends. I am a big goofball, and will stop at nothing to make your children show me their true personalities, and authentic smiles.
Q. What is the cost of a family session?
A. Session fees for families of all sizes start at $150. After the session you will have the opportunity to purchase images as single prints, framed prints, canvases, in albums and digital files. You don't have to decide about which images or product to buy until after you've gotten a chance to see them all - because how on earth could you choose beforehand? :) There are no session minimums, and custom packages are available. Detailed pricing is available upon request. Although every client and order is different, clients typically spent between $1500-$2500 on their custom photography.
Q. When should I contact you or book my family session?
A. You should book your family session as early as you can. Some parts of the year get extremely busy, and preferred dates can sell out quickly. It's never too early! Every effort will be made to fit your session in, if you have a last minute booking request, so it never hurts to ask - but avoid that stress by getting your request and session fee in early.
Q. What is the process to book a family session? What happens after I book, before my session?
A. Once you fill out the contact form to let us know you are interested, choose your date, and pay your session fee, your session is officially booked. We'll spend time before your session discussing your goals, the types of shots you are looking for, talk about how you want to use and display your photographs.