I want you to ditch everything you think you know about family portraiture; from preconceived notions or conditioning, and open yourself to a healing meaningful experience. I also hope for my photo sessions to be an empowering experience. I want to show you the beauty of your presence with your unique family. And by “family” I mean our most intimate, our most authentic connections - whatever that looks like!
Whether it be:
You + your partner + your kid people
You + Your dog/cat/ferret/you get the picture
You + your best friend(s)
You + your mom
You + your lover
You + your art
You + your mug collection
The possibilities are limitless!!!
You can read more about my story over on my about page, but I want you to know that if I could have one impossible wish come true, aside from more time with my mom, it would be more beautiful, thoughtful, emotion filled photos of and with her. And so part of why I do what I do is to remedy that longing before you even know it. Emotional visual storytelling has become my passion and love language.
I wish for this alchemy of our work together to be an antidote to perfectionism, a balm for self criticism and doubt, and act of reverence for the real spirits and individuality of you and your dearest people.
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I'm going to be extremely honest here, and address the fact that there is no shortage of choice when looking to hire a family or portrait photographer. If you look around, you will find a vast spectrum of skill and style and pricing. If this is something you are new to, it can surely be overwhelming.
So, let me tell you more about how I price my work.
I do not require you to commit to your end product purchase until you have seen (and fallen in love with!) your gallery.
If you would prefer to pay up front for an all inclusive session plus the entire gallery of digital files, you may do so at the time of booking for a discounted price of $1300.
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Take a deep dive into this website. Get a good feeling for me, my philosophy, and my style. If you feel something tingly in your chest, please reach out and get in touch. I’ll send you my welcome guide and detailed price guide to you can be fully in the loop of what to expect.
We’ll set a date and get all the businessy stuff like contracts and invoices and such out of the way. Let’s set up a voice to voice consult - by phone or email - to talk about your hopes, answer your questions, and plan your very unique, very you session.
I’ll send you the She Saw Things workook to work on as a family. This will help you prepare for photo time, and also help get you in the mindset of slowing down a bit to really get present with your family and appreciate your quirks and connections.
I will get in touch a few days before our scheduled date to confirm, chat about the weather, and talk over any last minute details and ideas before we meet up.
It's a holiday in some families! This is a day to not pack with a bunch of obligations and big plans. I encourage you to set the day aside to slow down and just BE together. We’ll talk more about that.
Once we’ve had our date, its typically a 2-3 week turn around time for me to spend time with your photos curating them into a beautiful photo story and setting up a private online gallery for you to soak in and fall in love even deeper with your family.
There will be a week for you to spend with your gallery and make a decision about your end product purchases. I am available to help with this process!
Depending on your order, you will receive your art in 3-5 weeks (or a day or 2 for digital files purchases).
While I want you to feel good and comfortable, I also really don’t want you to feel stressed about your house.
One thing I know for sure is that I will NOT JUDGE YOU whatever the state of your home. If you can get the brightest parts of your home tidy enough that it won’t make you cringe seeing it in your photos, let’s call it good!
We can always push clutter out of the way if need be too!
I do not believe in anyone being unphotogenic. I think many of us have a history and conditioning of being photographed badly or awkwardly or candidly by someone not skilled in the art of curation.
I also think that this is why a large majority of adults relish the idea of stepping in front of a camera. We also generally have a history of being forced to sit still and smile pretty for the camera. I say fuck that! Being photographed is a vulnerable process and my hope is to help you transform your feelings about it from being a negative experience to a positive one of feeling seen and comfortable.
Honestly, I welcome it all.
This experience honors the whole spectrum of emotions and personalities. Even the unexpected that comes up when a friendly photographer shows up to shower them with attention!
I have deep respect for children as whole people, and I truly honor their experience. I aim to tune into their wavelength and give them what they need, and if I need some guidance I will definitely ask for your thoughts and ideas. I ask that you not stress about their behavior and that we give them the space to just BE.
This is an important question considering where we live! My weather policy is to see what the weather is on the day of our session, as it changes so often and the forecast is so unreliable.
I value both your time and my own;I want to do your session on a day where there is enough natural light to make beautiful images for you. Cloudy days are great, but very dark and stormy days just don’t work. So please be prepared to be flexible. One thing I can promise you is that even when sessions have had to be rescheduled multiple times, they always end up happening at just the right time.
In your space.
This can be your home, your yard, your neighborhood, your favorite ice cream shop, or some other agreed upon location that feels special and important to you.
With little kids I will also strongly encourage at the very least meeting at your house and venturing out if we feel like we need another environment. Why? Because home is where the heart is, and I love meeting your people in their most comfortable place. Your home helps tell your story.
My main feeling on this is what you should wear what makes you feel good!
Whether you’re in pajamas or jeans and your favorite band t-shirt or a cute dress or a costume - I honestly don’t care if you feel happy about it! That being said, I often advise that the most sensitive OR the most fashion conscious take the lead on choosing their outfit and then style everyone else so that they don’t match too much nor clash too much. Clear as mud eh?
I'll give you more tips in your welcome guide.
I do! We are very pleased to offer sliding scale and sponsored sessions - made possible by the clients we serve who are able to pay our full rates, and from donations from folx who want to help families have the photos that they dream of. Read more about it here.