First things first…we will coordinate a date, time and location for your family’s photo session. As this is a digital age we are living in, 99% of my communication is via email/text/messenger. If you prefer to speak live at any point, I am more than happy give you a call or even meet face-to-face for a chat! Once we lock down a date, time and location, 20% of the total session fee will be required to reserve your spot on my calendar (which may be paid via PayPal directly through my website). I will also email you a client contract to review and sign electronically, as well as a brief questionnaire so that I can get a sense of your family prior to our session.
Unless something urgent arises, I will be in touch again a couple of days prior to our scheduled session date just to check in and make sure we’re still all set for our session. I generally recommend that we reschedule if the weather forecast shows greater than a 40% chance of rain/storms. If your session is scheduled for the morning, we will make the call about rescheduling due to weather the night before your session. If your session is scheduled for an evening, we will make the call the morning of session day.
It’s session time, WOO-HOO! I will meet you and your family at our agreed-upon location and we’ll begin our session. The session length is generally around 60-90 minutes. I build in plenty of time just in case we need it! I am a very laid-back person, which you can hopefully get a sense of as soon as we meet! I love to keep all of my sessions VERY relaxed. There is absolutely no need to be stressed about having your photos taken. My goal is always to capture images of your family interacting together and enjoying one another. While I do try to get at least one ‘traditional’ photo with everyone looking and smiling nicely at the camera, that is not ever my goal. EVER. I want you to look at your family. I promise you that your smile is totally different when you’re looking at your family versus looking directly at my camera. I want to provide your family with images that are rich with feeling and emotion, not just a bunch of blank stares and forced smiles! After all, what IS family?! Family is messy, it’s chaotic, it is not perfect! BUT, family is also love, it’s warmth, it is comfort and it is HOME. And that is what I want you to see in your images – the beauty that is in the imperfection!
With all of that being said, no one has ever shown up to a session and just started frolicking around with their family! I do provide a LOT of guidance and direction throughout the entire session so that you won’t ever feel uncomfortable or awkward. I find that after the first few shots, families begin to really relax and the natural expressions start to come out. That’s when the fun begins!
After The Session
After your lifestyle family session, the remainder of the session fee will be due. I will then cull through all of the images taken and select the best ones to edit and upload to your gallery. You will receive your online photo gallery within 3 weeks of your session date. At that point, the digital files in your gallery are yours to do with as you wish. I, of course, highly recommend you get them printed or have products made with your beautiful images! You will have the option to order professional prints/products directly through your online gallery – it is SO easy to place an order and you cannot beat the quality, so get those gorgeous pictures out on display!