Family welcome guide
is everywhere and we are uplifted by being witness. Having an art background and formally trained in fine art photography, I am an extremely visual person (GPS was made for me!) I tend to be intuitive, emotive and at times serious. I love dreams and am honored to be able to capture the dream of having a family! When I'm not behind the camera, I am at museum or pouring over apartment therapy pages. When something is perfectly un-perfect it is unique and pleasantly surprising. My style is natural, sensual and minimalist. I love discovering through pictures what is unique about each family. Whichever session you choose its important to me that the time we are together is your quality time with your husband, your husband and newborn or your family. Photo sessions are the best when it is the quality time and each moment is savored with the ones you adore.
I customize the type of shoot to meet your family style. Documentary is the most honest story about life in your family. It captures you and your family in your element. It is truly what is - laughing, crying, playing and the between moments. These moments are often telling about the connections between your family members. For newborns, I come to to the hospital (or home) within the first 48 hours of the baby's birth. Lifestyle photography is a combination of directed poses. These are usually more slightly composed than documentary but still have that natural element. Classic are by nature the most highly composed types of photographs. are meant to be timeless portraits.
For families, A day in the Life of demonstrates what it life is really like naturally without being posed at all.
They are created to be natural looking (and can be) but are typically fabricated in one way or other. Composition, lighting, location and some posing are important elements for a lifestyle shoot.
What to Wear
(and Getting ready)
Your wardrobe can contribute to the kind of images you want to create. Wardrobe, as the style of photography you choose, should reflect who you are - casual, whimsy or sophisticated. Wardrobe with kids can affect their mood as well or be a total game changer - watch kids put on their costumes and be transformed! Clothing has the power to make us feel and therefore project various moods. Dreamy, campy, pure…wear something that makes you feel beautiful.
For a minimal look that can be classic or casual I recommend very simple selections as well as neural colors like white and cream. They allow the photograph to be about the people in the clothes! Having said that, adding one bright color (like a scarf) to make things pop can be totally fun! Refrain from logos on tees or baseball hats (unless you are going with documentary style) please. Mother and daughter outfits are fantastic are a great way to bond before the entrance of the newborn on the scene. *Purchase a maternity-newborn collection and the studio will purchase a dress of your choice from Sew and Trendy! For more outfit ideas please check out my Pinterest page. Here are a list of vendors that are also cute options.
A Few Fun Clothing Vendors
Sew and Trendy - Maternity and Mother & Daughter outfits
Zuilly - Women’s kids & Home
H & M - Women, Kids & Men
Matilda Jane - Girls
Boden - Women & Kids
Prep for Families
Getting ready for your family session, doesn’t have to be stressful. The hardest part is getting dressed. We will form a loose plan prior to the shoot of how your session will unfold. For documentary style it could be cooking together or even playing a board game. Choose a favorite family past times that you will look back and want to remember. Perhaps incorporating a dress up time for girls wearing mom’s shoes or necklace. For boys that might be something like putting on ties together… It keeps the session simple yet offers something to focus on. On-location will usually take place in the morning or late afternoon to avoid contrasty sun. These are the best times for skin! If you are having an In-home lifestyle session you may need to clear the frame of potentially distracting elements. Talk it up to your children. They will be excited about the photo-playdate if they are looking forward to having fun (and creating fun). Create a secret scavenger hunt before I get there - kids love to play games, share their hiding places and bring the grown ups into their world! I love to get to know families over time and I recommend giving yourself time (over a year or so) to create a collection of beautiful images.
WHAT TO EXPECT
I am pretty easy going easy going. I enjoy getting to know my clients and creating photo sessions that are relaxed and totally about you and your peeps. Sometimes we will come up with a plan - that creates a kind of visual story other times a simple quiet session that is just about being with each other. For instance, an outdoor lifestyle session might unfold like this; we start with those shots of family looking clean and at the camera and then work from there with kids playing and laughing (and even getting dirtier as the session progresses). I like to customize a loose simple event (blowing bubbles, or tickle monster) that we can build on so that I can capture natural beautiful expressions of you interacting with your children and then perhaps some photos of your children only as they explore the world around them. Just as I allow the newborn to lead the session I also follow the tempo of my client sessions and families. Sometimes I’ll see a pose or lighting striking a certain way and ask you to hold it for a few seconds or I will physically reposition a hand or turn your head slightly - all part of the fun! My approach with newborns is simple and minimalist. My intention with a maternity session is to capture how amazingly beautiful it is to bring a life into this world and what a special and unique and joyous time this is.
Prior to your session
$100 deposit will hold a date and time on my calendar. Acceptable rescheduling includes: weather (if an outdoor shoot) illness or birthday change. Those babies, aways keeping us on our toes! Since only 5% actually give birth on their due dates, how I handle this is add your due date to my calendar. A designated person (usually a partner) will let me know once your baby is born. Then we will adjust the date of your session accordingly. The remaining balance of your session is due on or before the actual day of your session. You will receive a contract and invoice with the details of your session. An email or , if you prefer, phone consultation will take before your session. We will customized discuss, location and if their is a special feeling or vision you have in mind or would like to create.
$150 Print credit will be put towards any package you buy.
After your session
Within 48 hours of the session, I will release a sneak peak on my blog and FB. You are welcome to tag yourself and share these images with your friends. If you have already pre-purchased the digital files prior to your session I will post these without my watermark. It takes time to hand-pick and re-touch all of the best images. I hand-picked and edited all of the best images and then Two-three weeks from the time of your session, I will send you a link to your online digital viewing gallery. (At busy times of the year it can take up to three weeks to receive your gallery.) Once you have received your retouched photos they are ready to order. You will have the opportunity to order prints or digitals a la cart directly through the Frolic Photo Shoot-proof system. Your gallery will be live for 14 days. After that time your online ordering album will be archived. Contact me directly for ordering albums or collections. I’ve included some collections packages and we can tailor packages to meet your needs.
10 digital files
8 x 8 album
5 x 7" framed photograph
8 x 10 framed photograph
$100 print credit
20 % off digital files
A day in the life...
2 small parent albums
11 x 14 Album
1- 16 x 20 framed photograph
1 box of 30-50 5 x 7" prints
All high res. digital files
A la cart price list for prints, albums + wall art available upon request.
Im honored to be able to capture this time in your life. Its truly one of the most life altering and magically moments and more important than any other possession you have in your house are pictures of your loved ones! It is an investment in capturing these memories not only for you but for your immediate family to reflect on remember together and cherish always. Especially in this time when things often seem rushed slowing down to look through an album of photos of that amazing time when you were pregnant or the arrival of your baby ad thee milestones thereafter these moments offer perspective of what is truly important in your life. I think the pictures in our lives have us love a little deeper by appreciating special moments - they are timeless mirrors of what was, what is, and the potential of what can be.