I have a casual, more documentary or lifestyle approach to photography. I enjoy capturing the special moments between families, which are most likely the expressions that you see most in one another every day. You will find me talking to you and your family a lot, with special attention in engaging your children in the moment. Please allow me to keep them focused on me, rather than being firm with them; I have a few tricks to help kids forget the camera is even there, thus producing more natural expressions and smiles from them. If you have younger children, I may tell some jokes or act silly, with teens, I may pull them off to the side and get to know a bit about them first. I know family portrait-time can be thought of as a stressful time, but I want you to enjoy more than your images, but also the experience of making those images. I gravitate towards the natural posing that families do, but may offer posing suggestions as needed, in order to benefit the final look of your portraits. Of course, we’ll take more than just a family photo… we’ll also do sibling group shots, individual kiddo shots, and a few of mom and dad too! Remember, attitude is everything. A grumpy disposition, whether a child’s or a parent’s, can show up in your final images, so I ask that you come to your session with an open mind, keeping in mind that you are creating precious memories that you will cherish for decades to come.
Family photographs are special, a legacy of who your family was for future generations to enjoy. I want you to enjoy your experience with me, and have a few things to remember before your photo session. Clothing choices are just as important for family sessions, as other sessions. I highly suggest clothing for each family member that has the same tone, not necessarily color. Please, and this is very important, be wary of bold stripes, bright plaid, words and logos on your family’s clothing. These things can be a distraction from your beautiful family. If you need some suggestions on where to shop or ideas on how to create a great look for the session, just let me know! Some of my favorite places to shop for session outfits are Anthropologie, Matilda Jane, ModCloth, Shabby Apple, Tulle, etc. Oh, and bare feet are great for family sessions too!