A: Safety is my number one priority. If any member of your family feels unwell or has been exposed to someone with Covid-19 before our session, please let me know and we can reschedule the session to another time without penalty. If I am feeling unwell or have been exposed, I will also let you know and reschedule the session for when it is most convenient for you. If numbers are going up and you just don't feel comfortable continuing with the session, that's fine too. We can reschedule for a later date.
I have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as have my husband and children. But if you would still like me to wear a mask, please just ask. I want everyone to feel completely comfortable during our session. I do not mind wearing a mask if you prefer.
A: Check out my "What to Wear" page of advice on picking your clothing for family sessions. Also, feel free to email or text me photos of clothing choices if you are having a hard time deciding.
A. There are a number of options we can consider if you happen to get bad weather on your session date.
First of all, if it's just cold (or even snowy!), I would suggest we go ahead with the session as planned and you make sure you have warm clothes, toboggans, gloves, etc for your family. These can be lovely in photos.
If it's raining, there are a few options we can consider:
We can reschedule to the closest session date convenient for both your family and me. In the fall when it's busiest, I usually have a few dates designated as rain dates. Other times of the year, I can typically fit you in pretty close to your original date.
If it's not raining horribly, I have been known to shoot in the rain. I have lovely clear umbrellas and this can be a fun, different take on a session.
We can change the location from an outdoor spot, to somewhere indoors. A great option is always your home, as that highlights your family's life at this moment in time. Another option is the Factory at Franklin, though they charge a $50 permit fee that you would be responsible for paying.
A. I am open to discussing your suggestions and using other photos as INSPIRATION, but not in trying to re-create someone else's work. When hiring a portrait photographer, it is important that you choose someone whose style matches your vision. My style is very candid and natural. Each session is as different and unique as the beautiful families being photographed and I do not aim to copy or recreate Pinterest images. Before booking a session with me, I want to make sure that you are familiar with my style, and that my style is what you are wanting for your images.
A: The hour before sunset generally offers the most beautiful light for portrait sessions. Most of my sessions are scheduled during that hour, which varies depending on the time of year.
A: Any time of year can be beautiful for family portraits. While many clients prefer the milder temperatures of Spring and Fall for outdoor family sessions, any season can be beautiful. I personally love winter outdoor photo sessions - just be sure to bundle up for the cold. Summer light can also be beautiful but if you really can't stand the heat, a home session can be a good backup plan.
A: Absolutely not! There is no need for your toddler to sit still at a session. We will run, jump, play and interact together. If your little one is shy, we will take the time they need to warm up and feel comfortable. If he wants to be in your arms for the entire session, that's fine too. The goal is to capture who you are as a family right now...that may include a lively little one who doesn't sit still for a second, or it may include a shy toddler who wants to be with mommy. Both are beautiful. Please let me know before the session which category your child falls into so that I may approach him/her appropriately.
A: No, I do not. At this point in my life, my family and children are a priority and weddings are extremely time-consuming, all day/weekend events. Also, my passion is shooting families and children and I believe it's best for me to focus on being the best I can be at family sessions. If you need help finding a Wedding Photographer, I would be happy to recommend a few.
(That being said, my best friend did talk me into shooting her sister's wedding, and it was a lot of fun.)
A: Imagine you want to hire a wedding photographer, but instead of a date, you tell them that the wedding will be any time within a 4 week period of time. But you won't know until the very last minute so they have to be close by and ready to shoot at any time during that 4 week period and may miss important events in their own life. Also, it may be in the middle of the night. The wedding might last a couple of hours, or it might last 12 hours. Also, the lighting in the church will be awful and you don't want them to use a flash. That's what it's like to photograph a birth, so the time commitment involved costs a lot more than a typical session would cost. Also, a birth photographer has to have other skills like being comfortable being in the delivery room and helping the mother and father to feel at ease during the process. If birth photography is not an investment you can afford, another option is a Fresh 48 newborn session at the hospital. This option lets you capture those first beautiful days with your newborn, sometime during your hospital stay with a 2-hour session.
NOTE: For the time being, I am not generally taking birth photography clients. With my husband's job and occasionally unscheduled travel, it is difficult for me to commit to a birth session and still manage my own children. However, I love photographing births and if the timing were just right, I'd consider it.
A: No, I do not have a studio. My passion is capturing candid images of families exploring and interacting with each other and the world around them. For indoor sessions, I love photographing clients in their own homes. What is awesome about having pictures made in your home is the ability to capture special things about your family in your own environment. Home sessions offer the benefit of not having to reschedule because of rain. Beautiful light can be found in any room where there are windows. And of course, in-home sessions are the easiest way to include family pets in the photos.
Another option for an indoor session is the Factory at Franklin. This is a beautiful location with both indoor and outdoor options, but the Factory does charge a $50 permit fee that you will be responsible for in addition to your session fee. You can find more ideas for session locations at my session location guide page.
A: Yes. But when choosing a newborn photographer, it is important that you understand that there are different styles of newborn photography and that you choose a photographer who matches the style that you choose.
My newborn sessions are what is considered Lifestyle Newborn. This means that I capture photographs of newborns in a natural setting, doing things they normally would be doing in real life. I love images of newborns in the arms of their mom or dad, and in their own environments such as their nursery, parent's bedroom, or the living area of their home. Like my family sessions, my newborn sessions are not terribly posed. I do not bring a bean bag, or lots of wraps and props, preferring to utilize things that baby already owns and are special to your family. I do bring a few basic blankets, some newborn diapers that do not have print on them, and a handful of simple headbands for baby girls. If you are looking for more of a posed session for your newborn, I can recommend some photographers for you who specialize in that.
A: Yes. While my passion is families and younger children, I do enjoy photographing seniors. I have especially enjoyed photographing prom sessions where I am able to capture the interaction and connections between couples and friends in a group of seniors.
My senior sessions are pretty casual, much like my family sessions. They are a bit more posed since there is only one person and no one to interact with, but we do a lot of chatting and hanging out and I try to capture moments of them being themselves.
A: The safety of my clients is my top priority. I am up-to-date on my TDAP vaccine and religiously get a flu shot every year.
A: Yes! A gift certificate is a great way to give the priceless gift of family memories to someone you love. You can order them here and I can send you a pretty card to give your loved one with instructions on how to book their session.