You might be hesitant about a photo session in your home. 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 get that!! But don't say "NO" yet.....
Think back to *your* childhood. Can you picture the different rooms in your home? The decor, shag carpet, flowered wallpaper, the posters in your bedroom? What are some favorite memories with each parent? Do you have pictures doing those things with them?
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.
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 doesn't need to be magazine ready to be wonderful. It's all about being together and the relationship you all have and documenting this stage of your life. No one cares how your house looks but you.
Think how much your kids have changed even from last year. It's time to schedule the easiest photo session of your life, and the one that will mean the most to you. PLEASE don't put it off. It will be the best gift you give your kids.
Which storytelling session is for you?
Moment in Time- up to 3 hours $350 (weekdays only)*
This is a great way to try out a documentary session. We'll pick a simple activity that encourages your family to be together and do what they do in a normal ordinary day. I want you to see their personalities in the photos. Helping you with dinner, playing outside, or the evening bedtime routine, you'll love seeing your family in their element being themselves. Sessions last up to 3 hours.
Slice of Life - up to 6 hours $600
You choose what time to start your session and I'll share half your day. All our lives include doing laundry, kids making their bed, walking the dog, all of these ordinary life activities are PERFECT for these sessions! You don't have to go anywhere (sometimes getting the kids out of the house is a chore itself), but if errands are on your schedule, I'll go with you!! Sessions last up to 6 hours.
One Day - up to 12 hours $1100
I'll follow your family in a full day of your life which will let me spend more time with each family member. You'll see the little details you love most about each of them - curly hair, toothless grins, tantrums, and hugs. Whether your day includes homework, making meals, kids playing (or even fighting!), chores, I'll document it all. The sessions will start at your home but when your day takes you out and about, I'm going too! You’ll want one of these sessions every year to see how much everyone has changed! Sessions last up to 12 hours.
*What is a Session Fee? The session fee covers my time only -- photographing the session, editing your images, and your ordering session. All prints and products are purchased separately at the Proofing and Purchasing session 4-weeks later. Clients spend anywhere from $1500 - $4500+ on the products, wall art, and prints from their session, in addition to the session fee.
The session fee is due with your contract to hold your date on my calendar. It is non-refundable since this date is held for you, and sessions are limited each month. The session retainer for the half and full day sessions can be divided into two payments, if desired, with 50% due when signing the contract, and the balance due 4-weeks before the session.
After your session...
Approximately 4-weeks after your session, we'll meet at a Proofing and Purchasing session to unveil your images. It's a fun time usually with a lot of laughter and smiles and happy tears as you see your sweet life through my lens.
Through computer software, I will show you what your favorite images will look like on the walls of *your* home and help you design groupings, collages, and even an album for your coffee table. You will see samples of products so you can see the quality and beauty and know exactly what you are investing in. It is important to me that I give you a finished professional product that will withstand the test of time.
You will order and pay for the items you want during that Proofing and Purchasing session. Clients typically invest $1500 - $4500+ on prints & products from their session.
Now that you're ready, the rest is easy!
I'm excited to show you how much you will love having a documentary session with your family and help you plan your day. Complete the contact form below to schedule a no-obligation appointment and we'll meet for a tea & chat!