It’s a way to bottle up the emotions, the time & place, and connections ever-present in an ordinary day in your life, and being able to hold onto that forever in photographs. Instead of buying new outfits and meeting me at the beach for the perfect golden hour portraits of everyone smiling and looking at the camera, it’s you letting me into your REAL life to document your family, just as you are.
There’s so much beauty in the everyday, seemingly ordinary moments that make up the vast majority of your time spent together as a family. These everyday, authentic moments deserve to be recorded and celebrated. Because you are enough. Just as you are. And your moments are enough. Just as they are.
Thirty years from now, your kids are going to want to see what it really looked like when they were growing up. Not the edited, sanitized version. Think of the imperfection as a gift you give to them as future parents themselves. The permission to let go of perfection, embrace a little (or a lot of) chaos, and celebrate what really matters at the end of the day: love.
The end-goal of these sessions is not a pretty Christmas card photo (though you’ll likely end up with some top contenders); the goal is to produce a collection of images that honestly and authentically document your family’s here and now, and show just how deep-down-in-your-soul-nothing-else-matters-beautiful your everyday is. Photos that you will hold close to your heart for decades to come.
Once you contact me to schedule a session, I’ll send you a link to complete the session agreement, model release, and client questionnaire forms all online, as well as an invoice for your session reservation fee. Once your forms are complete and your reservation fee payment is received, you are booked on my calendar!
Choose a session that emphasizes photos, video, or both. I offer a pre-session consultation, via phone or Skype. I would love to hear your family’s story, so that I can be ready to document each of the characters, their relationships, and what makes your family uniquely you. We can decide on a location that best embodies “home” to your family, and I’ll address any questions or fears that you have.
We’ll shoot for 3-4ish hours (because authentic moments of emotion & connection don’t come pre-packaged in a 60 minute time slot), and you just may forget that I’m there. If you’d like to completely capture your perfect day, I offer a very limited number of full length Day In The Life sessions where I’ll document your family for up to 8 hours.
Kids will be kids, and I have 3 of them. I’m completely unfazed by temper tantrums, tears, and “bad” behavior, so please rest assured that there is zero judgement on my part. I aim to create an environment where everyone can feel comfortable in their own skin. The kids can definitely sense if you’re stressed out, so try your best to relax and have fun with this! If there’s a meltdown, I’ll capture it (I love a good crying photo)! Afterall, it is a part of your here and now.
I’ll get to work in my digital darkroom. I begin by selecting the best of the best images for editing. Next I’ll expertly process each selected image to bring out the best color or black & white features. I want your photos to be timeless. I’ll present a mix of color and black & white images in your gallery. A final gallery from a family documentary session contains at least 85 images, though my usual average is closer to 100+.
Approximately 3 weeks after your session, your online password-protected gallery will be ready for viewing. Your online gallery will be active for 7 days, at which time your order is due. Payment for additional products is due at the time of ordering.
Your products will be ready to enjoy approximately 2 weeks after ordering! Heirloom books & albums take a bit longer — more like 3 weeks.