Family sessions are one hour long, although I offer additional time slots for larger families or home sessions.
Absolutely not! I have done sessions for couples in their eighties, to families with adult children, to expectant mothers, to new parents. Each stage of life should be celebrated and documented!
Please plan a minimum of three activities that encourage family interaction and participation. Activities will keep everyone having fun and in the moment so that I can get the most natural images out of your session. Additionally, dress casually and comfortably, in non-matching outfits. This genre of photography looks best when it’s natural. Wear clothes you can get wet, dirty, or do cartwheels in!
Yes. I hold liability insurance and coverage of my equipment on and off-site.
Once your images are ready, you will receive an email with a link to download your digital images. I suggest creating a backup copy on your computer should you accidentally lose your images. Images are kept at this link for only two months. I offer custom flash-drive gift boxes for sale as well.
You will receive a personal license to use your images. The original copyright is owned by me. What does this mean?
Yes: Make prints, albums, post them online (with credit to me as this shows appreciation of my work and allows me to stay in business).
No: You cannot sell them or profit from them in any way, alter them (croping, filters, photoshopping are all no-nos) or distribute them to vendors. I will do this to ensure that the vendors have the correct usage rights.
Documentary family photography is about telling a story, capturing authentic moments and emotions. These sessions are highly personalised and focused on genuine interactions. There is no pressure to pose or smile, no reluctant participants, no matching outfits, no bribery, no stress. These sessions are there to capture the REAL stuff that passes by all too quickly in life. To show their missing teeth, their messy hair, the hysterical giggles, the pouts, the love.
The honest to goodness truth is, I’ve had children throw FAR more tantrums during posed portraits than any of my documentary sessions. You don’t have to try to cheer them up in exasperation while the clock ticks on your session. We let it happen! I photograph natural emotions and I love them, because that is what real life is. I’m not judging you OR your children, so let’s take away that fear!
I am definitely not a fly on the wall. I am far too big of a personality to sit quietly and spy on you. I laugh and joke with you. Your children usually show me all of their favourite things, their cool tricks. Dogs bring me balls to throw. I spend time interacting but know when a beautiful moment is happening it’s time to sit back quietly and document it.
You’d be surprised what little moments are constantly happening. It’s my job to look for unique and beautiful way to photograph the “boring moments”.
During all of my outdoor sessions I allot a time for posed portraits. I typically do these at the beginning of the session to get them out of the way then we move on to having fun right after!
These images are best displayed in an album or a wall display. Wall displays can be prints or canvas prints, and are usually a great mix of photos from your session. Kids LOVE to show off the albums whenever company visits.
My clients choose this type of session because they are looking for something special, different and are drawn to my photo-journalistic approach to family photography.
Wives call me after their session and say, “That was SO much fun! My husband hates his photo being taken but he loved it! Thanks again!”
I’ve had SO many families tell me afterwards that it was nothing like they thought it would be. I have been so fortunate to book the same families year after year to document their family and important milestones! I’ve watched babies grow into children, and that means something to me.
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