Thoughts from parents

My partner hates being in photos – help?

The great thing with documentary sessions is that there is no need to pose or do anything out of the ordinary. As I head out the door, dads often tell me that it’s been the most enjoyable photo session they’ve ever had.

I worry we’ll be too boring for a long session.

A lot of parents worry that they won’t be interesting enough for a documentary session. All the pictures you see in my portfolio are of regular families doing their regular things – there is always magic to be found in the everyday moments.

Cedar's nursing session | Bay Area natural family photographer

WE CAN’T SEEM TO FIND A FULL DAY THAT WORKS FOR A “DAY IN THE LIFE” PHOTO SESSION, BUT WE WANT ONE.

Whatever happens during our time together, that’s ok! Your kids have ballet class – I’ll join! Big sister has a soccer game – that’ll be fun! Mom may not be home all day – let’s capture what happens while she’s at work. Kiddo’s bestie might stop by – that would be amazing! Whether anyone needs to nap, change, eat, or get a time-out – it’s all part of your life right now.

Our kids get crazy, is that ok?

I have a secret to share with you; all kids act crazy sometimes. That being said, I worked in daycare during my 6 years of university studies which means I’ve been exposed to the craziness a lot. After I graduated I worked as a a child psychologist, and I am very comfortable working with kids that have special needs. This type of session works out so much better than a stiff portrait session for most kids. You can read more about my view on photo sessions on kids’ terms here.

PS: I will take photos of whatever happens if you leave the kids alone with me in a room, whether they’re drawing on your couch or stuffing the dog with whipped cream.

CAN WE HIRE YOU EVEN IF WE’RE IN ANOTHER STATE?

Absolutely! Contact me to discuss further, as traveling will affect the pricing. If you can give me recommendations on where to get some yummy food in your area, I will cherish you forever.

Do we get digital files?

Yes! All session collections include the digital files and they are delivered through an online gallery that you can download from.

But–because I know first hand how easily files go forgotten or get corrupted on hard drives, all packages also include a photo book (which can be swapped for prints). This way you will be able to see your pictures every day, whether that’s on your coffee table or up on a wall.

Do we get color pictures as well as black-and-white?

I work primarily in black and white to emphasize the emotions, the action, or the play of light in the pictures – but also recognize that some photographs need color to come alive. With the purchase of a new camera last year I’m getting more and more excited about color.

Myra's natural Fresh 48 hospital session | San Francisco Bay Area documentary newborn photographer

Will our pictures be published online?

I blog photos from most sessions, and usually some of the photos make their way into my portfolio and social media – it is important for my marketing. However, I do honor requests to keep specific types of pictures private.  I would never use pictures in a way that I think would be harmful for the family.

If you would like to keep all your images private, I charge a non-disclosure agreement fee.