Session Info and What To Expect

First of all, thank you so much for finding your way here. Whether you have been recommended from a friend, found me on social media or searched your way through seemingly hundreds of photographers to find your way here, I am so grateful for the chance to connect with you. Taking photos is my passion and I would love to be able to showcase you and your loved ones in a way that sparks joy in your soul. My goal is to capture authentic moments and connection. I am here to document the everyday moments that all add up to create the big memories you look to cherish most. I aim to create an atmosphere where you feel comfortable and carefree and that your session is an enjoyable and memorable experience for you and your loved ones. 

 

Choosing Location

We have two general options for the location of your shoot; in your home or at an outdoor location. Both of these options are beautiful and you should make the choice based on what you're hoping to get out of your images. Are you looking for a more carefree, hanging out at home with your family feel? Or perhaps spending the day at your favorite hiking spot or lake location is your family's favorite past time? Are you hoping for a few romantic shots of you and partner in your home? Or are you hoping for more windswept and natural? Take some time to think about what you are hoping to get out of these images before choosing your location.

 

 

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There can be nothing more comfy and carefree than shooting a family in their own home. Just imagine your kids jumping with glee on your bed while you come in with your partner to all collapse in the blankets and pillows in a heap of laughter, cuddles and tickles! If you choose an in-home session, I am thrilled to be a part of your everyday interactions. An in-home session often allows children to relax more and gives space for the family pet to photobomb as much as possible! I can capture you reading stories, making pancakes, having a kitchen dance party or just hanging out together . The options are endless!

In home

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I love outdoor sessions purely for the opportunity to take advantage of the most beautiful lighting. I truly believe in the transformational power of beautiful sunlight. I understand that having your children up early for sunrise, or having them stay up late for sunset, may affect their mood and sleep schedule slightly, but it has always been worth it! For outdoor sessions, we can discuss a variety of options that match you and your family's personality best. Do you like going for walks in the wood, or enjoying picnics in a meadow? Does your family love the water and are you all willing to jump in? Outdoor sessions can really bring a magical feel to your images. Some of my favorite places to shoot are in the woods, a field of tall  grass, or stream! Let's discuss your ideas! 

Outdoor

 

 

Portrait vs Documentary Photography Session

As a family photographer, I am all about taking time to guide you into authentic moments with your loved ones during your shoot. I will not be focusing on the "look-at-the-camera-and-say-cheese" types of images during our shoot. I typically capture a few of these for you, but it is just to capture the more generic posed images one might want for a holiday card or to send to relatives. Truth be told, you'll only have to look directly into the camera  if prompted to do so! I'm here to calm your nerves and I ensure even the most  'camera shy' individual will ease into relaxation to capture beautiful moments. During a  documentary photography session I will simply be shadowing you and your family as you engage in everyday activities. These sessions can be in-home or at an outdoor location and can include me following your family to the park, or on a walk around your neighborhood, going through the bedtime routine with your kids or making pancakes on a Saturday morning! I am essentially a fly on the wall there to document all those special, intimate moments with your family for you to treasure. During a portrait session I will guide you into pretty light, ask you to walk hand-in-hand, suggest you all tickle the littlest member of your family, or even play ring around the rosy! I will get silly with your kiddos during the shoot and will encourage them to fully unleash their unique personality. I love when families take over after one simple prompt and allow their interactions to unravel honestly. Sitting back and capturing these moments and natural connections happen in front of my camera is my absolute favorite. While I will guide you, I also love watching your personalities mix, and defined characteristics of relationships with each other reveal themselves. During this type of session I will be asking you questions that elicit laughter or more intimate moments between your spouse and will prompt your kiddos to do things like list the three things they love about you most! These types of questions prompt them to have genuine smiles and I am able to capture meaningful and authentic interactions. 

 


 

 

*Once you have reached out to me, we can discuss the type of session that you would like. I will then send you a contract and client questionnaire that you can complete online. Once the contract is signed I will send you an invoice and your session will be scheduled and held after payment is RECEIVED in full. I so look forward to connecting with you and please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you might have! 

 

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It takes me immediately away from the departure point of the reality of this scene, and into a world of reflection and feeling.
— Sarah Jean Heart