Welcome!!!


I am excited to photograph you and your loved ones. Custom photography is quite unique because it not only captures what you look like at that time, but it captures who you are. My focus is to capture honest photos of your family. The goal is not to take a stiff and posed shot with all eyes looking at the camera, but to capture real connection with your family. I love using natural light and creating images that become artwork in your home.


Because I value every one of my families and want you to have the best experience, I have created this guide to answer questions and help you feel more prepared for your photo session. I know how valuable your time and investment is. My goal is to give you a fun and relaxing experience and deliver photos you love. Take a look at the information below. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an email. I can't wait to plan this session with you!

So you're ready to book your session. Now what?


Below you will see two buttons. First, to pay your deposit. When you pay your deposit, you are officially booking your session and locking in your photo date. Pay the deposit ASAP, and also note that your deposit will go towards your total session pricing.


The next button brings you to pay the remainder of your session fee. This is due the date of your session. You can pay it before or after we take photos that day. Thank you!

dad holding baby while he and wife kiss on a bridge

What will my outdoor lifestyle session be like?

One thing I need to make more clear is to tell moms that I guide family through lifestyle poses(explain what that means), but I also love getting the natural transitional photos of kids. So I let kids be kids during the session too. All moms to make sure they share this info with dad. If I have shared this info before with them, talk to them as it is a reminder.


Location:

Together, we will decide on the best location for your photos. We can shoot in your home as long as your home has adequate natural light. Many clients prefer their home because of the intimate and personal feel it provides. I have many locations that I love to shoot at regularly but I am always open to new locations as well. You should choose a location that fits your style and personality. I can help you along with this decision. Click HERE to read a guide I wrote about deciding what type of location is best for your family.  (locaiton outdoors, with link. also mention can do indoor or outdoor at their home)


Time:

If we are shooting outdoors we will shoot either in the morning or in the evening. The light is typically too harsh mid day. If your children are up for it, shooting one to two hours before sunset provides gorgeous light and atmosphere. The images in my portfolio look the way they do largely because of my use of light and the time of day your session takes place has a huge impact. Many families tell me that they simply have the kids take a late nap or have some down time prior to their evening session. 


Length of Session:

This type of session usually lasts about an hour, sometimes faster. I am super quick and productive. I have had lots of practice and can easily get a diverse gallery for you in this amount of time.


What To Wear: 

Your outfits should be comfortable, reflect who you are and fit well with the season. Feel free to keep outfits simple with jeans and t-shirts, get real fancy, or anywhere in between. Here is a helpful guide on WHAT TO WEAR.


Props: 

I don't really use props in my photos. Occasionally, I'll bring a blanket, but that's about it. If there is something special you would like to include, let's chat about it and make a plan.


Your Children: 

I don't want you to stress about your kids. I know kids sometimes feel nervous, excited or a mix of both at a photo session. That's okay. I am use to this (I have four kids myself). My favorite images I get of kids are when they are snuggling parents, playing, being silly, connecting with family and exploring. I have poses that allow kids to get a little of each of these things. I adjust the session to fit your family. Most of the time, your job it going to just "be" with the child(ren), play with them, or hold your child and we go from there. The real magic happens when we let the kids be themselves.


Before the session, make sure your kids' have rested, if needed, and have had a snack, water and used the restroom or had a diaper change before the session. Also, make sure their faces are wiped clean. We can definitely take breaks for snacks if needed, however I will probably still shoot during the breaks. Give your child(ren) dry, non messy snacks so their face stays clean during the session. Prepare your child(ren) for the session by letting them know that a friend will be taking some photos of them, I think it's best not to surprise them.


Alright, I can't wait to capture your family!  Again, do not hesitate to ask me any questions you have!