FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How many photos can we expect to see from our session?
I will typically show you between 50-100 images, depending on the length of your session. You don't need to decide how many digital images or what printed products you want until you see your images during your ordering session. I only want you to walk away with photos and products you LOVE!
2. What sort of timeline can we expect for each step in the process?
After your photography session, I will narrow down the images of the day to pick out the very best. I will then edit these images and get them ready for you to view them.
Your ordering session will be held about a week after your photography session. Once you’ve made your purchases, I will send your orders in to our artisan labs and can expect to receive them within 6-8 weeks. As soon as I receive your orders, I will contact you to set up a date and time to deliver them to your home.
3. What should we wear?
Please wear what you normally would! If we’re starting your session in the morning and you would usually be in your pajamas, that’s what you should still be wearing! If your kids are going swimming, get them in their swimsuits. If you’ll be lounging around the house, wear what’s comfortable for you. I do recommend avoiding shirts with large logos or very bright, highlighter-colored hues, but if that’s your kid’s absolute favorite shirt at the moment, they should wear it loud and proud! Most importantly, no matching white shirts and khaki pants allowed unless that’s what you wear in your daily life.
4. What should we plan to do?
I’ll help you to decide this based off of your answers to the questionnaire I'll send you. For Half Day and Short-Story sessions, most of my families will plan some activities to do together as a family—this might be going to the beach, going swimming, baking cookies at home, eating breakfast, lunch, or dinner together, cooking, going to the farmer's market, taking the dog for a walk—anything that your family loves to do right now that you want to remember later.
For full day sessions, you don’t need to plan anything at all! You’ll just go about your normal routine, and I’ll document it for you. This might include a run to the grocery store, nap time, play time, bringing your child to their dance class—your normal, daily life is beautiful and absolutely worth capturing.
5. What if my house is too messy?
If your house is normally messy, it should stay messy. If your house is normally spotless, then you’re a wizard and I would love to know how you do it.
It’s my job as your photographer to make clean, beautiful photographs in the midst of your normal messiness, or to embrace it and show the chaos that is real life, depending on the moment. You don’t need to worry about doing anything out of the ordinary—this is real life family photography, not real estate photography.
6. What if I don’t like the way I look first thing in the morning?
I get it. You may not feel your freshest first thing, without your teeth brushed, your hair washed, or your makeup on. But your kids, significant other, and/or pets don’t notice these things; they love you for you. So try to embrace and love yourself anyway, because they will, and they want to be able to remember you. However, if capturing these early morning moments isn't a priority for you, you can book a Half Day or Short-Story session instead and we can start the session later in the day when everyone's up and ready.
7. Do we need to do an ordering session? Could you just send me the photos online or on a USB instead?
Getting a gallery of 50-100 photos and deciding what you want from all of those options can be very overwhelming; I offer ordering sessions to make that process as easy as possible for you, so that I can guide you through it from start to finish. I want to be able to make sure you get these beautiful photos printed for you to enjoy and appreciate them, and to make sure they’re printed from a high-quality lab so that your photos are protected and will last for decades.
For families in town, we do the ordering session in your home-- you don't even have to leave the house! For families out of town, I have an online ordering system that allows me to walk you through the gallery in a video chat and help you to make your order.
8. Full and Half Day sessions sound like a really long time.Will you be shooting the whole time?
Full and Half Day sessions are all about capturing as much as possible of the beautiful everyday moments in your daily life. Don't worry! This will be easy for you—you get to just live your life and enjoy your family time. For Half Day Sessions, I will be taking photographs the bulk of the time without much of a break. For Full Day Sessions, I may stop taking photographs during your family’s down-time; if your toddler is down for a nap and you guys are just watching TV for an hour, I’ll capture the moment and then put my camera to my side for a bit so you don’t end up with 200 pictures of you watching TV. I’ll also take breaks to eat, also based around your family’s down-time.
9. But what if we’re not interesting enough?
Every family is interesting, they just don’t realize it. The most magical moments happen when you’re helping your child brush their teeth, when they’re going down for a nap, when you’re eating a meal together, or when you’re snuggling with your dog on the couch. You don’t have to have anything out of the ordinary planned—your ordinary life is enough.
10. What if there are parts of my day where I want privacy?
I operate on an open-door policy. If you want privacy, just close the door, and I won’t go in there. No worries.
11. Do you only photograph certain types of families, like families with young kids?
Not at all! I think all families of all shapes and sizes are unique and beautiful, and offer sessions for anyone. Single mothers, members of the LGBTQ community, families with children with disabilities, families with only fur-children, big extended families who love to all gather together in one home for a meal, and anyone else not mentioned here—all of you have moments that are special and should be captured so that you can remember them, and I’d love to be there to document them for you.
12. Do you do sessions for special occasions? Vacations? Adoption days? Gotcha days for pets?
Absolutely! We’ll talk about what you’re looking for during your planning session, but if you have a special occasion coming up in your life that you know you’re going to want to remember forever, I’m all ears. The first day you’re bringing your newborn baby home from the hospital. The day you went to pick up your new puppy. The day you spent with your family member who has been recently diagnosed with a terminal illness. A birthday. A family reunion. The day you treated your dog to the best day of his life and fed him hamburgers and took him to his favorite park, because he’s going to be put down soon. The day you spent on vacation at the beach with your family. The happy and the sad—if you want to remember it, I can be there to capture it for you.