Now we all know that there is a certain amount of pressure involved in getting your photo taken, but I want to take as much of that away as possible. My lifestyle photography is fun and informal, and gives a true picture of who you are as a family. No stuffy posed shots, and no outfits that you and your kids wouldn’t normally wear. I believe photography should capture your life as it really looks…putting an emphasis on candid, fun images. I love shooting the picture that makes you say, “that is so us!”
All of my photo sessions are done on location using natural light. I have a variety of places I can suggest, but most importantly, I want the location to be somewhere that “fits” your family in a place that says something about the way you live your life! Strolling through your neighborhood, picnicking in a park, or running through the sprinkler in your backyard. Those are the memories you want to preserve and those are the memories I want to capture… and that’s what your friends and relatives want to see!
The location for all newborn sessions will be in your home for your convenience. I’ll plan use the room or area in your house with the best lighting available for the session.
Full photo sessions last approximately 1 hour – 1.5 hours. The ideal time of day is either the hour before sunset (around 5:00PM) or the hour after sunrise (around 7:30 AM). I’ll usually meet you at our chosen location and we’ll walk around to several areas of that location. Full sessions allow you to take your time with your session and maximize quality time with you and the camera. We’ll take time for snack breaks, outfit changes, etc. as needed.
Newborn sessions last approximately 2.5 hours to allow time for changing, feeding, and making sure your baby is comfortable. The best time to photograph newborns is during the first two weeks. If you are expecting and know you would like to schedule a photo session, please contact me in advance so we can plan for a session after you return home.
What to wear
This is the most common question I hear. Don’t let your fears of not having anything to wear discourage you from planning your next family photo session. It’s easier than you think, I promise! My biggest recommendation is to wear something comfortable. And that goes for the kids too. Remember that the more comfortable you feel, the more comfortable you look. The other thing to consider is YOUR natural style. Dress the way you dress in real life – minus the stains and tears, of course. A good tip is to envision all of the outfits as one big outfit, then match accordingly. This doesn’t mean you all have to wear the same thing, but pick colors that go together. For those who are more visual, take a look at some examples and inspiration below.