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.
Now that you know these are the images you want, the rest is easy!
Click the TELL ME MORE button to let me know what you want photographed and a good time to chat on the phone. Speaking with you will help me understand what you want documented. During our chat, we'll set a date to meet. I'll then email you over the session guide with pricing information. The guide has a short questionnaire so I can learn more about each of your family members and all the sweet and quirky 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.
When we meet, I'll get to know you and your family a little more by going over that questionnaire. I hope your spouse will be 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 ditch the tie! I will bring samples of the products I offer. I am a full-service photographer which means my focus is to deliver your images to you as *printed products* for the walls of your home, or as an album for your coffee table, and as prints to give to family. You are hiring me to freeze this time in your life so you can enjoy it forever but you can't enjoy your images if they are only digital files stuck on your hard drive.
Session Day! You do nothing extra, just be yourselves, have fun, and go about your day! I'll do all the rest.
About 2 weeks after your session, we'll meet again to see your images. At this reveal session, I'll help you choose the items you want to highlight your images and you'll purchase them at that time so they arrive to you in 4 - 6 weeks.