First of all, I would like to start by thanking you for choosing me as your family photographer and storyteller! I know there are so many options out there, and I am always so honored and humbled when families choose me. As a mother to four grown children, I can tell you that just as everyone warns you, time really does pass in the blink of an eye.
There was a period of time when I quite doing family sessions, and let me tell you why. I often times left sessions defeated after photographing families with dads that looked like they didn't want to be there, moms frustrated because their children wouldn't sit still and look at the camera, and children that were grumpy and wanted nothing to do with me, and it carried over into my images. Then, as I grew more confident in my ability to capture personality and story within each family, I found my passion re-ignited. It was once I quit posing families, and transitioned into the lifestyle approach of directing families into real connections and interactions with each other that I started creating images that not only spoke to my heart, and left families with images that they loved, images full of emotion, character, and real connection. Dads became active in their sessions and left telling me how much fun they had, I got to capture them being dads! Moms ended up with images of them holding their children close and intimately, images that they would cherish and cling to as years pass by and this season of life moves on. And lastly, I captured images of children full of personality, and fun, and just as they are at this stage of life. I am always searching for joy, light, connection, and your story during our time together.
I do believe that there is no greater storytelling medium than video, it has a special ability to capture emotions, voices, mannerisms, and story that truly sings to my heart!
-Client questionnaire and deposit link is included at the bottom of your guide.
Creating a session that you will love does require some work on the front end through communication and trust in me as your photographer and storyteller.
First, be sure to fill out your client questionnaire with as much detail as you can. This helps me understand your wishes, your style, and goal for our session together. I know it does take a few minutes to answer and fill out, but it really does help tremendously in helping me understand you and your family before our session together.
Location choices- there are so many beautiful locations around the Las Vegas valley to choose from and choosing the right location really does add to your session. We will communicate about locations after your questionnaire is filled out as well.
Outfit choices are very important. I am always available for consultations in choosing the right outfits for your sessions. Typically simple and muted tones work best for family sessions. Long flowing dresses are just beautiful on mamas and simple cottons without stiff button-up collars are best for dads. Your can find my Pintrest board of clothing choices for family sessions here. Most importantly we want you to be comfortable in what you are wearing and want it to be a choice that fits your true style. It is best to avoid bold logos or bright neon colored clothing. Heels are beautiful on women, but if you do plan on wearing them be sure to bring a comfortable pair of shoes as well for walking across uneven terrain to get to locations.
The night before your session be sure to get a good night's sleep and stay well hydrated. It keeps a nice healthy glow to your skin.
Be sure to pack healthy snacks for your children, and bring along their favorite comfort items such as toys and blankets. This will help them feel safe and comfortable between our moments together.
Talk to your children about what we will doing, keeping the mood light and fun. I will be a stranger to them and preparing them with the expectations that it will be fun will help alleviate some of their fears.
My outdoor sessions are photographed in the late day, utilizing Golden Hour (this is the hour to hour and a half before sunset when the light is soft, pleasing, and beautiful). It is my favorite light of the day, and the light that sings to my heart.
Indoor sessions are photographed when the light is most pleasing in your home, this is typically morning through early afternoon.
-My photography sessions typically last 1 hour. Photography + film sessions are typically around 2 hours.
I spend time initially getting comfortable with your little ones, and getting a feel for the overall mood of your family. I will then begin with a few images of you all looking at me, after all these are nice to hang and to share with friends and family, and then I move into the meat of your family. I direct you to interact with each other and will actually tell you NOT to look at me. I am looking for particular connections, and with direction hope to lead you into those. I review questionnaires before each session to ensure that I am capturing the images that are most important to you and your family.
-Clothing choices are very important, they really add an overall polish and look to your images. I am always available for consultations on outfit choices and you can find some suggestions here on my Pintrest board for family outfit choices. I suggest muted tones and staying within the same color palette. Long dresses are beautiful on women as they really add movement to sessions. I suggest that dads not wear stiff-collared button up shirts as they do tend to bunch up around the neck. Avoid neon colored clothing or bold logos. Most of all, choose outfits that you will be comfortable in and that reflect your style. If you do wear heels, I recommend bringing along a pair of comfortable shoes for walking to our locations.
-Ensure you have a good nights sleep the night before our session and stay well hydrated.
-Packing healthy snacks and your children's favorite toy or comfort item is a great idea to help them feel safe and comfortable.
After your session I will get to work editing your images and/or film. Photography sessions typically take 2-3 weeks to edit, films 3-4 weeks. I do often times post an image or two on my social media sites as I work through them, it makes it fun for the families to see their images as I work on them, and it is how many of my clients find me. If you are not okay with this, be sure to let me know. I take great care in choosing images from your session to edit.
Photography only sessions typically average 50+ hand edited images.
Photography + film sessions average 20+ hand edited images and a family film.
Once your gallery is complete, I will send you a link to a private online password protected gallery of your images. You are able to download your full-sized, full-resolution images right from the website. You are also able to mark your favorite images for your album. I include an 8x8 album in my family sessions because I really do love you to leave your session with me with beautiful and tangible products. These are a beautiful way to remember your session. Albums typically take a week for turn around.
Once your album is in, you will receive a package of your album and custom USB of the edited images from your gallery.
*Click on the image below to complete your client questionnaire and pay the deposit for your session.*