FAQ ABOUT DOCUMENTARY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY
“Sometimes you will never know the value of something, until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss
Families come to me at various stages of life, and I strive to photograph them with curiosity, empathy and concern for what their current situation is. They often invite me into their most intimate space – their home – to get real life memories captured in pictures.
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.
I believe in photo books and treasure boxes filled with prints – paper will always be viewable no matter which version of iPad the world has evolved to. I worry about kids of today not having tangible memories tomorrow, which means that I don’t take the responsibility of creating keepsakes for your kids lightly. Even if you are the one footing the bill, I see your kids as my primary client. My job is to make sure that they have pictures to rummage through when they are older – and that you are in those pictures.
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?
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 PHOTO SESSION
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!
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 along the floor. I will try to intervene only if I think something dangerous is about to happen.
HOW DO WE PREPARE FOR OUR 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! Here’s a post about other things I wish my clients knew about my sessions.
WHAT WOULD OUR PHOTO SESSION LOOK LIKE?
I photograph your family without interfering or telling you how to pose. I interact with everyone naturally during the shoot, because getting to know you will help me make more meaningful pictures for you. Here is a behind the scenes video that shows you what goes on during three different sessions with me:
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 PROVIDE DIGITALS?
Yes! All session packages include digital files with print rights. Depending on how busy I am, I can get you the files in 2-3 weeks for short sessions (much quicker for rush jobs for example favorite 1-2 photos for a birth announcement etc) and around 4 weeks for a day in the life sessions.
DO YOU PROVIDE PRINTS AND ALBUMS?
Yes – the print lab I use is specialized in printing on delicious museum grade paper, and I love designing photo books.
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.
My non-disclosure agreement fee is an additional $1,000.
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