Session information for families, kids & events

Whether you're commissioning me to document your everyday life with littles, your toddler playing in the backyard, or your parents' 60th anniversary dinner, it's essential to me that you relish this experience from start to finish. Revealing your world to a person with a camera takes a bit of bravery and a whole lot of trust. There's no way around it: I people-watch your life and I break into your personal bubble. But I do it without judgment or expectation. This isn't an exposé. You quickly lose sight of the camera and all feels pretty dang normal. Here's how it all works.

Family Documentary Sessions

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Before your session

We meet for coffee. I learn about you and your family. How your preschooler saunters around the house with a bowl on her head ordering her little brother to inspect every can of Play Doh for mixed colors. Or how your partner has built and dismantled the baby swing three times and still ended up with extra pieces. We engage about your goals for your session. These conversations provide the foundation to tell your story authentically. And you get to know me, so we can avoid those awkward meeting-for-the-first-time moments on the day of your session. If you’ve commissioned me for a full Day in the Life session, we have an additional “meet the photographer” gathering. This way when I’m standing in your kids’ room first thing in the morning as they rub their eyes they aren’t totally wigged out.

During your session

I integrate into your family like a friend who just happens to have a camera. Sometimes I put down the camera. Sometimes I step back from the activity. I don't tell you where to stand, when to smile, or how act. There is no pressure to be anything other than who you are. And while it feels like we're all just hanging out, I'm observing your family dynamic, assessing the lighting, and designing compositions.  

After your session

Once your gallery is completed, I come to your home for your ordering appointment. We first view your photos in a slideshow where you relive your story and your connections through my lens. (And, MAN, do I get verklempt watching you have your real life reflected back to you this way!) Then together we select your favorite images and create a true piece of art. This may be an album, a fine art print, or a gallery wall of mounted prints. I'm present to help you choose which images work best as wall art and where you may want to display them in your home. In the end, you have pieces that serve as beautiful art, lasting heirlooms, and a family chronicle.


kids-only sessions

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Before the session

We meet for coffee, with or without your children. Or I come to your house so your kids can first meet me in their space. I learn about you, your children’s personalities, and your goals for this session. Maybe you want to remember your son missing his two front teeth, or the way your daughter twirls in circles for hours on end. And you learn about me so you’ll feel so comfortable the day of the session, that it’ll be easy to avoid telling your kids to smile or look at the camera.

During the session

Kids-only sessions can happen at your home, a favorite park, or any place where your children enjoy being themselves. I like to let kids be kids, which jives perfectly with a documentary approach to photography. Hands off. No posing. And children certainly appreciate not being told what to do so we can truly capture their personalities. In addition, I do take some time to make environmental portraits of your children. This may involve some ever-so-slight direction.

After the session

Once your gallery is completed, I come to your home for your ordering appointment. We first view your photos in a slideshow. I get to watch you view your child through my lens, which is the best part. Then together we select your favorite images and create a true piece of art. This may be a photo book, a fine art print, or a gallery wall of mounted prints. I'm present to help you choose which images may work best as wall art and where you may want to display them in your home. In the end, you have pieces that serve as beautiful art, lasting heirlooms, and a visual record of your child at this wondrous stage.

 

events

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Before your event

We meet for coffee.  I learn about you, your event, and your goals for the event photography. I’ll probably ask a ton of questions because I like to be ultra-prepared. Being ultra-prepared allows me to be ultra-flexible on the day of the event. So, you don’t have to worry about a thing in terms of photography on your special day. You’ll also learn about me so you’ll know what to expect and you’ll feel comfortable having me present at your event.

During your event

I take a documentary approach to photographing your party/ceremony/gathering. I never tell anyone to look at the camera and smile UNLESS you specifically request posed shots of particular people or groups of people. On the same note, if your guests ask me to take their picture I’ll do so (we don’t want them to think you hired a rude photographer). But the rest of the time I’m documenting moments as they occur. It will feel like I’m blending in with the crowd, yet, at the same time I'm observing events unfold, assessing the lighting, and designing compositions. I may lie on the floor or climb on some furniture with ninja-like skills, but no one will notice because they will be enjoying the moment.

After your event

Once your gallery is completed, I come to your home for your ordering appointment. We first view your photos in a slideshow and you get to relive your magical event. Then together we select your favorite images and create a true piece of art. This may be an album, a fine art print, or a gallery wall of mounted prints. I'm present to help you choose which images may work best as wall art and where you may want to display them in your home. In the end, you have pieces that serve as beautiful art, lasting heirlooms, and a visual record of your fabulous event.