This is a great place to start, so everyone is expecting the same thing.
I am a natural light lifestyle photographer.
Definition: What is Lifestyle Photography? To me it means, less posing and more candid or real moments. It’s a documentary style of photography that aims to tell a beautiful story, with contemporary and artful crops and stylish editing. What I love most about Lifestyle is it’s relaxed nature. We organically get these photos instead of forcing them. That said, I am directing you the entire time to get these beautiful shots.
The Photos: I choose all of the photos and edit them as I see best. I also choose the locations, unless you have a preference. I am also here to help you with wardrobe, color and fashion choices for your family, if you would like. After all, these reasons are why you hired me. I will finish your edits within 2 weeks of our session and deliver your images via direct download (secure password protected) to you. You will receive at least 30 images, but usually more. An average image delivery is between 30-50. Unedited images are not shared, only artistically edited images. These are GIVEN to you, you own them to do with as you wish. I can recommend a photo lab for prints, enlargements, collages, albums, wood, metal, etc- for you to order exactly what you want.
Locations: I do most of my sessions outdoors at sunset, however I do come to your home for newborn photo sessions. I can come to your home for any type of session. My locations change constantly, depending on time of year & new discovers. I love sunset shoots in natural surroundings, fields, prairies, lakes, & forests, for most of my sessions. I also have a couple of urban places I like to shoot if that’s more your style.
Payment and Contract: All payments are done online, unless you have a different preference. It’s $75 to get on the calendar, and the remainder is due on shoot date. I have a short contract that I send over and encourage you to please read. Don’t worry, it’s short!
What to wear: I encourage outfit changes, depending on type of session, I love variety. This is completely up to you. I’m happy to help you with specific suggestions, just call/text or email me. As a general rule, avoid neon bright colors. Neutrals always look great in photography. I love neutrals with pops of color. It looks best to try to coordinate instead of matching. Prints are great, just not everyone in a print. I love texture, like jewerly, or layers, like scarves, and I love hats. I have 5 maternity dresses that I offer my mamas to wear as well. I will send you a pinterest board for ideas.
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At the Session: During our time together, we will talk and get to know each other, talk about wardrobe changes and what you want most out of this shoot. I will position you and direct you the entire time, I know that most people are not very comfortable in front of the camera. I do love candid shots the most, so I will be capturing these unplanned moments as well. I’m not a “say cheese” kind of photographer, and rarely ask you to look at the camera. I aim to capture real moments. If kids are involved, I aim to make friends with them first :), I carry lollipops in my pocket, and will be patient for those smiles and family cuddles. We will play games, sit on a blanket, hold hands and walk. If infants are involved, I’m probably in your home, so I am looking for the best lit rooms and aim to capture that new pure love all over the house. I bring hats, wraps, headbands, and diaper covers with me for you to choose from. I don’t use props. This session is mostly about the connection between this new family member and his or her new family. I do macro shots, and feet shots, and get combinations of everyone.
After the Session: I chose your best photos and edit those. I will have these ready for you to download within 2 weeks. I edit both color and bw versions. It’s very important that you download these pictures within the allotted time frame of 2 weeks because they will be removed. I do not save client galleries, so please keep these files in a safe place. If you would rather have a custom USB sent to you, that is an upgrade option, ($30) just ask.