Are you the right photographer for me?
Portrait photography is one of the most personal and important heirlooms you'll ever invest in, and that's precisely why choosing the photographer who best understands you and your needs is critical to the success of your session.
There is a vast spectrum of quality family photography styles out there, and, as you can see from the images I share here, my approach falls somewhere between lifestyle and documentary. This means I look to cultivate real moments in real spaces, though I will sometimes use a few tricks to break the ice and keep things moving. I care more about freezing moments of you connecting with each other than I do about moments of you connecting directly with my camera lens.
If you have visions of matching outfits in a styled studio space, or if you only want photos of everyone looking at the camera with a perfect smile, I’m not the one for you (but there are plenty of other talented people nearby who might be!). If you want to look at your images and see the best parts of your real life reflected back at you, then we’re probably perfect for each other.
As for editorial and brand work, I keep the same ethic and approach here--authenticity, context & storytelling--but we'll do a little more tailoring to your project's specific needs. If you're looking for donated services to support a charitable cause, I keep limited space open for those, so get in touch ASAP and I'll see what I can do.
For a family or newborn session, you'll get a 1-2 hour shoot, all full-resolution digital files, and an online gallery hosting your images for 2 weeks, where you'll have the option to purchase additional, a la carte print products directly from my most trusted pro lab (the one I’d use for my own family photos). I do flat rate for a reason: you get the digital files you really want, I get to know that the entire story of your images will stay intact, and you have to option to treat yourself to some extra goodies without any awkward sales pressure afterward. My philosophy here—throughout the entire process, really—is to treat you how I would want to be treated, if I were in your shoes.
For editorial assignments, I'll provide a custom quote & deliverables according to your specific project parameters.
For more information on rates, drop me a line.
What's the session going to be like? How do we prepare?
Most likely, I'm going to convince you to shoot at home. Please don't freak out if your home is not professionally styled and/or spotless! All the images you see on my website were shot in real homes, just like yours. Your home holds so much depth and meaning that your images are guaranteed to be cherished, regardless of how your things are arranged (or not, as the case may be). Home is where you all loosen up and connect most easily; it deserves to be celebrated that way. It’s also where kids tend to feel most comfortable opening up in front of a camera. We'll talk through prep in more detail, one-on-one, before your session, so don't worry if you're still a little nervous about this - for now, please just trust me.
If you absolutely cannot shoot at home, then we'll at least pick a place that has meaning for you. Please note that outdoor sessions are at the mercy of the weather, and, while I try my best to accommodate rescheduling requests, I can't always guarantee them.
As for clothes, everyone should look like themselves. Feel free to loosely coordinate, but there's no need for Pinterest boards, unless that’s really your thing. I generally advise against large prints & logos, and aim for outfits to complement without matching identically, so no one person is sticking out way more than everyone else. There aren’t any per se rules here, except to put on something that makes you feel your own best.
Each family is different, so I allow room for the flow and structure of your to vary according to your individuality. We’ll be in touch in the weeks leading up to your session, so we can sketch out a plan together to make sure you walk away with images you love.