““Trusting the process, and Jenna’s ability really allowed us to let go and just be ourselves.” – Erin
DOCUMENTARY NEWBORN AND FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY – WHAT’S IN IT FOR US?
As a parent it is easy to remember to photograph the big moments – birthdays, holidays, vacations – but what about documenting your everyday life?
Families come to me at various stages of life, and I strive to photograph them with curiosity, empathy and respect for what their current situation is. They often invite me into their most intimate space – their home – to get real life captured in pictures.
By taking a natural approach to family photography I can relieve the frustration that is common with getting the family “put together” for formal portraits. These types of sessions work great for families that do not like posing or dressing up for pictures, but who appreciate the beauty that’s found in their everyday.
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An in-home session means you will get pictures of the place where the biggest chunk of your kids’ memories happen. The roaring laughter, the tantrum tears, the playful roughhousing and the sleepy cuddles – all that good stuff that comes with being a parent.
It is immensely important for parents to be in pictures; moms and dads that are comfortable with themselves will be positive role models for their kids. Not only that, but pictures of you will be priceless keepsakes for your kids when they are older.
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 dad’s in charge. Kiddo’s bestie might stop by – that would be amazing! If anyone needs to nap, change, eat, or get a time-out – it’s all part of your life right now.
THE 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. I honestly feel like 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 pouring a glass of juice on the dog.
HOW DO WE PREPARE FOR OUR NEWBORN OR FAMILY SESSION?
I’m there to capture how your life is at this very moment, which means no need for cleaning or dressing up. There are so many important aspects of your kid’s childhood that will show in the pictures if you let things just be. If rows of unwashed baby bottles or piles of toys across the floors are a part of your life right now, let me capture it!
LOCATIONS AND SESSION LENGTHS
I’m based in San Jose, California, and available for in-home, in-hospital, as well as outdoor sessions in San Francisco Bay Area.
My most popular sessions are for two hour, four hour, and full day in the life sessions. If you need a different amount of hours, we can figure that out.
CAN WE HIRE YOU EVEN IF WE’RE IN ANOTHER STATE, OR COUNTRY?
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 YOU SHOOT JUST 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.
DO YOU BLOG/PUBLISH PICTURES FROM ALL SESSIONS?
I blog photos from most sessions, and usually some of the photos make their way into my portfolio and social media. 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.