My favorite part of photography is capturing real moments, laughs, smiles, and interactions between families and loved ones. I would say that my approach is half posed, half documentary. I will give you gentle guidance for positioning your body in ways that photograph well, but encourage you to interact with each other more than looking in the camera and forcing smiles. Usually the first 10-15 minutes are spent “warming up”, getting used to being in front of the camera, walking out to the location where we will be shooting, etc. I will typically take some candid/walking photos during that time. For couples with or without children, I encourage you to always be touching/connected in some way, and be snuggled in closer together than what may feel natural. Tickles, telling jokes, whispering secrets, jumping, running, tossing kids up in the air or in between you holding hands are great all ways to produce fun, authentic moments. Don’t be afraid to get silly!
As little as possible. Please leave purses, bags/backpacks, wallets, phones, etc in the car! I always have a bag with me so I can carry your car keys and any other items you can’t live without, but it’s important to be as hands and pocket free as possible so it’s not a distraction in the photos. I’m not a big fan of props or decorations, but if there is something special that you want in your photos, you are welcome to bring it. I often like to get some photos of couples/families sitting on the ground, so if you have a special blanket or quilt that coordinates with your look, please bring it along, otherwise, I always carry a few neutral options in my car.
The most important piece to an in-home session is making the best use of natural light, so picking out a few areas where light is the best. Typically, this is in the living room, master bedroom, and nursery, but of course that varies depending on how your house is set up. I do occasionally have to do a little rearranging to ensure you're facing the light. Try not to stress too much about your house being spotless, but focus more on de-cluttering the areas you think we'll shoot in. Simple is always better in my opinion. Another important piece is to be comfortable and relaxed, and not stress about whether the baby is sleeping or awake, happy or fussy- we will just take their lead.
We live in the PNW, and I embrace our gloomy weather. Unless it’s pouring/hailing/freezing rain, I will be there. We can always touch base before the session and evaluate if a rain-check is needed, but I don’t reschedule sessions for cloudy days!
Easy! Once I deliver your gallery, you can choose to purchase additional images for $20 each, or upgrade to the whole gallery for a flat fee of $150.
Rarely! I only use Lightroom to make small adjustments such as color balance, cropping/straightening, converting to B+W, editing out small blemishes and smoothing out skin tones. If there is some crazy obnoxious stop sign in the background of an otherwise “money shot”, I will use PS to remove it, but I generally try and keep things as natural as possible and don't believe in altering bodies/faces in any way.
If you have children who are part of the photoshoot, please make sure they are well rested and well fed before your session, and bring snacks/treats if necessary. Other than that… relax and come ready to have fun!