Family means everything to you, and you need someone to capture those moments for you.
Our families are most important and taking photos with our loved ones is so important.
Don't be nervous if you've got a toddler a wild lil kiddo, a grouchy husband, or if you have no idea how to style your family for photos. I will help you throughout the whole process from picking the outfits to getting your little ones comfortable in front of the camera, to making sure you feel beautiful.
One of my favorite things about capturing families as they grow is seeing all the personalities come through in the photos, remember these moments are meant to be unique to you and your family, not absolute perfectly posed photos.
As you decide who to choose as your family photographer here's a little of what it is like to work with me for your photos.
Once we choose a date & package you'll get your proposal that includes your contract, invoice, and payment plan. To lock in your date I require a $100 non-refundable retainer and a signed contract.
From there you'll fill out your style guide so we can work on creating the best photos you can get! The style guide I provide for you is completely customizable and all online. The styling is probably one of the most beneficial part of the process, it can really take your photos to the next level. It doesn't to be anything that doesn't fit your family's vibe! I want this to be true to you, but well put together.
As we plan your session we'll collaborate on your vision and you can send me all the inspiration, vision, etc! I'll be working with you and making sure you love your photos.
Based on your vision, I'll make some location recommendations that'll work with your outfits and style. I want to make sure you feel well-prepared and not stressed, no matter what happens I'll make sure you get amazing photos!
Family photos can be a bit overwhelming, please remember that your kiddos & husband will read your vibe and reflect that! Try to have fun during the process and make it a fun thing you'll be doing as a family. I promise if you make that mindset change, your photos will be so much easier!
When you arrive at your session I am there to help you with anything, don't worry about being perfect, I'm definitely not!
I try to get the family warmed up and relaxed for the best photos. Walking and chatting works great for this and letting the kids be kids. We'll start with photos that are moving prompts like ring-around-the-rosie, walking, twirling, etc. Then once the kiddos are warmed up will grab some portraits and then switch back to moving prompts to get some candid moments. It's really important to work with the kiddos and go with the flow, if your 2 year old wants to run around and not snuggle... we won't be doing the snuggly shots we'll do the running, fun ones! Toddlers change their minds every second so we'll move quickly when they do decide to cooperate. Moms with older kids, we are able to be more creative to get those teens to smile for the camera!
After your photos I highly recommend going out for ice cream or a little family "date" to turn it in to a fun evening your kids will love! Quality time is really great for everyone.
You'll get your 24 hour sneak peek that has 10-15 images and then 3 weeks later, the full gallery will be READY! My favorite part is sending the online gallery over to you, you'll be able to download all your photos from there!
If you have a custom album in your package, at this point you'd select your favorites in your gallery and I'll design that. Send back to you for approval and then off to print!
When you get your archival quality album, you can relive those moments forever with something to hold and pass on. Huddling around a phone screen really doesn't do your photos justice & it's truly amazing to get them professionally printed.
From beginning to end, I want to make this photo experience as stress-free as possible for all of my clients, which is why every single client of mine now has access to this amazing and personalized styling service.
I use a styling guide called Style and Select, it's interactive and allows you to start styling your session as soon as you pay your retainer!
Simply go to the questionnaire https://styleandselect.com/start-styling/ and use your personal access code to begin styling your entire family from the comfort of your couch.
No more running store to store and no more guessing! Style & Select helps you choose your outfits & even if you don’t end up buying any new clothes for our session you’ll be able to draw inspiration and use what you have in your closets!
Fill out the simple Style Questionnaire about your family, color scheme you are wanting and the vibe of clothes you would like to see.
The quick results page will show you photo-approved clothing pieces for each family member and you can view outfits side-by-side while favoriting items. Feel free to play around with it until you have selected the perfect outfit combo!
Click the email button to send yourself (& me so I can see your results & your goal for the session!) the selected items OR shop for the clothes right away by clicking the shopping cart buttons.
Disclaimer: I do not earn anything when you purhcase through the links provided, consider this a concierge service for online shopping. No combing through a million website, sending photos back and forth to me, etc!
That's it! Super easy right?
As you are looking through your style guide options and my Pinterest board for styling, you'll notice the clothing is mostly neautral, nothing distracting you from the beautiful faces!
I HIGHLY recommend choosing light neutrals, they photograph amazing. Of course make sure the outfits are still true to you, but please keep that in mind. I'll also recommend some of my favorite clothing online shops here if you don't want to use the style guide I provide you:
H&M Clothing is mostly neutral/earth tones and they have fabrics like linen with amazing texture!
ZARA has some amazing pieces and I've heard only good things about the company! My favorite is to look up "romantic" in the search bar and you'll some BEAUTIFUL options.
ASOS has such beautiful pieces as well, and they have amazing sale prices and customer service! Highly recommend. I just got some items for my client closet and the quality is unmatched.
I highly recommend 1-2 hours for a family shoot. we'll have time for meltdowns, snacks and outfit changes if you'd like! Both sessions include a 50mi travel time as well as an online gallery with all the beautiful images in both web-size and hi-res options for download!