My goal list goes a little deeper than the standard “shot list” - it's the heart-melter things, the feelings. If I can capture these things, I know the session is something that will truly serve the family well.Read More
If you're on the fence about booking a newborn session, you're probably worrying about things like what to wear, whether or not it's worth the money, the way your home will look, if it will be stressful to have a stranger there with a new baby...Read More
Yep, your read that right. You will never here the phrases "smile big!" or "give me your biggest smile!" or "smile for the camera!" or ANY variation of that request.Read More
Maternity photos used to be unheard of. Now they're trendy. And because of that, there's this huge misconception surrounding maternity sessions - what they're supposed to look like, how you're supposed to dress, ya da ya da ya.
We've been conditioned, slowly but surely, to believe that a maternity session is a right of passage when you get pregnant. We follow this cookie cutter model and curl our hair and buy a new dress and imagine the dreamy, backlit glow.Read More
It's the perfect way to display multiple favorite images in a small footprint. I also love that it provides a place to enjoy those little baby feet or a silly giggle face on the wall as part of a larger story, without committing to a huge full gallery wall.
These frames are so versatile, which makes them a great choice for transitional young families.Read More
These terms are often used interchangeably, because on a surface level, both are used to describe images that look relaxed and natural. But there's really a lot more to it than that. Let's actually pull these terms apart and break down the difference between a "lifestyle" session and a "documentary" session so you can begin to see and think about what style really suits you best.Read More
Locations are always one of the first and biggest decisions to make when planning your session, and many clients are surprised to learn that there's a lot more that needs to go into choosing this spot than simply some pretty scenery! In fact, sometimes some of the most "scenic" views make for the worst spots for a full session. And you'd be surprised at the locations hiding right under your feet that may not seem ideal, but given the right conditions and clients, are the perfect fit.
These locations all provide areas of open shade that make shooting at relatively any time of day a possibility. This is a big one for me because while I would love to shoot in the "golden hour," every time (the 1-2 hour window of magical glowy light before sunset), this is rarely a possibility for families with young kids. I like to think that families appreciate my flexibility and understanding from a parents' perspective. The golden hour often doubles as the witching hour for kids under 4 who typically are eating dinner, getting tired, and going to bed around that time. Confidence that I can make it work whether shooting at 10 in the morning or 3 in the afternoon is must!
If you're nervous about your photoshoot, that's understandable -- I won't sugar coat it. You've invested your money into a luxury service and you don't really know what to expect. Moods, weather, the hair color your stylist decides to try out on you... it's all unpredictable. I get it.
My job, however, is to negate that as much as possible by providing suggestions for how to handle the things you can control and leave the rest up to me with confidence. In 2015, I wrote about 5 ways to Sabotage Your Family Session, but I felt like it could use an update. Some of the advice is the same (cough, #2) but I've also gathered a few new suggestions that rose to the top of the list. With that, here's my current list of the worst things you can do during your family photoshoot.
Seriously, avoid them at all costs. I call them the "session-killers." Proceed with caution.Read More
When we moved to Hawaii, we settled in a quiet, beach town called Kailua on Oahu in which I could walk from our tiny apartment a mile in any direction and have the sand and ocean on my feet or a cup of coffee and a bagel in my hand. Upon moving, we quickly became regulars at an adorable coffee shop call Morning Brew and during the week, I would often tote my laptop and photography books there, set up shop at a table by an open window adjacent from the school yard where I wasn't employing my degree, and buckle down on my new education with a cup of chai spiced determination.
On days when that brand of fuel didn't seem to cut it, I would head next door to another local joint called Book Ends. Boy, did it feed my soul.Read More
"We really love this bridge down the road, do you think we could do some shots there?"
This question came from the bride during a break in the clouds of a rainy wedding day. Dew soaked the grass and sparkled over the rocks as we made the trek during cocktail hour, full bridal party in accompaniment, to the woods to explore this bridge. I had never been to this venue before the wedding day, never scouted this particular spot, but saying 'no' was not an option. It seemed like it was a simple enough request.Read More
I was working through organizing and printing some of our personal pictures for Kira's album and wanted to share a simple tip for regular, home photos that capture your growing kiddos on a day to day basis. It has to do with location and it's probably the opposite of everything you've ever thought about photography.Read More
It's a little intimidating, and in most cases, far down the list of concerns when you've recently brought a new life into the world and are living off sporadic sleep and frozen dinners. But if you've chosen to hire a newborn photographer to come in and capture this story unfolding, chances are you care about having images you love and want to look good in them. No shame there-- in fact, I applaud you. Side note: You will NEVER regret having a newborn session, especially in 20 years when she's getting married and you're crying on your sofa flipping through the album and remembering her tiny feet in that first week you brought her home.
But I digress.
I have a few tips to offer families preparing for a lifestyle newborn session that will hopefully help narrow down your options and make you feel confident in your choices.Read More