This is more than just a photo shoot. We’re creating a window into your life, captured forever on film.
You might be hesitant about a photo session in your home. As a mom, maybe you feel like the house is a wreck, the kids have turned the living room into a playroom, clothes are strung from the garage to laundry room, and the muddy paw prints are still on the kitchen floor. I understand. I've been there. The mom guilt is big! But don't say "NO" yet.....
Close your eyes and think back to *your* childhood. Think of the home your grew up in. Can you picture the different rooms? Can you remember the wallpaper? Shag carpet? Special decorations in the house that your mom had? How about the details of your bedroom and the posters on your wall? What games did you play with your siblings when you were 6 or 7? And how that changed when you were teens. Can you picture the times you helped mom with dinner or when your dad taught you how to fix things? Do any of those memories make you smile? How many of those memories do you have photos of?
As a child, I bet you don't remember if there was dust on the bookcase or if the couch was used for folding laundry or if the living room needed to be repainted. That stuff just doesn't matter to kids. *Your* kids are not seeing that either. We moms are our own worst critics.
Between the walls of your home is where your life happens. Your kids are comfortable there, mess and all. It's where they feel most safe and loved and secure and can be themselves. It is the foundation of their childhood. Having a session in your house or yard or wherever your family loves to be together will be a flashback for your kids in 50 years and they can show *their kids* about the details that made up their life.
My goal is to document the relationships between your family members, not dishes in the sink (unless your kids are washing them!!). Your life and your home shouldn't be magazine ready to be wonderful, but if a session in your home isn't something you want to do, we can go anywhere that allows your family to connect - the park, a store, a picnic, campground, the lake -- it's all about being together and the relationship you all have and documenting this stage of your life.
But regardless of where we have the session, PLEASE don't put it off. These should be annual sessions. Think how much your kids have changed even from 2 years ago!! They just keep getting bigger. Their hobbies and likes change all the time. I'm sure you probably lie in bed at night thinking life is going too quickly... And sad parts of life happen and we'll lose someone we love, and you'll either be grateful you have photos of you all together or there will be regret that it was still on your "to-do" list. Photos will be so precious when it's all you have left. Do you have images spending time with those you love doing the things you love most? Every family needs a grandparent session. Time is precious and limited. It's time to do it.
Ready to document your family's life today? Let's get started!!
Step #1 - Let's make an appointment to chat on the phone. A phone call is the first step to a session. A storytelling session is not a traditional posed session and speaking with you will help me understand what you want documented during your session and talk through ideas to make it work. It will also help me make sure I am a good fit for you. After we chat, we'll set a date to meet! We'll book your sessions when we meet in-person.
Step #2 - Let's get a bagel and go over specifics for your session. Documentary sessions capture details of your life so this in-person consult is required so I can get to know you a little more. I hope your spouse will come with you so he knows what to expect too. He might actually look forward to your photo session since it's stress free and he can stay in his favorite t-shirt!
Step #3 - After we book your session, I'll send you a questionnaire so I can learn more about each of your family members and all the things you love about each other. I even want your kids to answer a couple questions (if they are old enough) so I can see what about *you* is special to them. This helps me know about things to look for during your session.
It's important that you know I am a full-service photographer which mean your session is not completed until I deliver your images as *printed products* for the walls of your home, as an album for your coffee table, and prints to give to family. I will have samples of those products when we meet and you'll see my price list as well. You are hiring me to freeze this time in your life so you can enjoy it forever and you can't enjoy your images if they are only stuck on your hard drive.