The authentic energy and feeling of connection in my family photography is built on my partnership with Moms and Dads.
Making beautiful pictures of honest emotions in natural moments take preparation beyond powering up batteries and taking off the lens cap.
I direct my Moms and Dads to commit to being present with your family. Our session is a real break from the rush and social media trends and upsetting headlines that beset all of us... a time to breathe... a moment to take nothing for granted about the people who mean the most to you.
This is a time to wear your heart on your sleeve. Whisper to you child how you really feel about them, show affection and joy, and act on genuinely grateful, loving, affectionate, playful intention. You will unlock natural moments full of honest emotions, and I'll be there to capture artful evidence.
My Lifestyle sessions place a premium on spontaneous portraiture. Your interactions with each other will be front and center, as these are the pictures that resonate the most over time. When I see opportunities for a more standard portrait, I'll request your attention. Otherwise, you are all about showing love to your family.
Every family has a different idea of how they'd like to enjoy their photographs.
Would you enjoy a few prints, or a large piece of wall art, or perhaps a triptych on that wall that's begging for one? Maybe you'd love to turn the pages of bespoke book or album, custom designed by you or by me featuring your selection of pictures? Or perhaps you'd like some or all of the high resolution pictures from our session to do with as you like. If you have intentions like these in mind, please let me know before our session.
There is no right or wrong approach, but in my decade-plus experience, printing really should be at the center of how you experience your pictures. I love my iPhone's pictures and social media is great for sharing in the moment, but iPhone's are lost, hard drives crash, and over time social media is a less convenient way to enjoy your photography. There is no substitute for holding a picture in your hand or see it on your wall or paging through a book full of memories.
Experiencing your photography can and should be similar to the way in which we made it. Take a break from life, from screens, from your normal routine, gather around a table or snuggle up in bed, cherish your photography and talk about what was going on in your lives when those pictures were made.
All of your photography will be delivered in an online gallery from which you have access to the best professional print labs in the world to create physical versions of these pictures in any aspect ratio and using any media you would like.
We're happy to create a personalized collection for you.
our "mini-session" is 45 minutes at $400, and includes 10 high resolution pictures of your choice from a gallery of approximately 60 pictures
our most popular package is 60 minutes at $640, which includes 40 high resolution pictures of your choice from a gallery of approximately 80 pictures
digital pictures are available a la carte ($30/ea) and in collections of 50 images ($150 per 50)
please contact us to discuss which session length would make sense for your family
prints, wall art and album packages available
45 minutes of photography in your home or on location
best for up to 4 people
includes 10 high resolution images of your choice from a gallery of approximately 50 pictures
print, wall art, and photo book packages available
My emphasis is always on capturing natural moments of connection among your family members. I like to do my part to set up certain environmental conditions around these moments, putting you in great light with clean backgrounds. And I encourage my clients to enjoy one another. But the authenticity and spontaneity and sincerity of these moments are a result of your feelings for each other, and that's what I look to photograph.
The feelings you're expressing will be just as genuine if you're sharing them after I've set you up in a place with excellent light and helped position you. In this way it's possible to compose pictures of you that preserve a candid, spontaneous vibe.
I try to minimize the camera-awareness of my subjects. You'll know I'm there, I'll give you easy direction for the sake of lighting or to help you look more connected, but I'll rarely ask you to look at the camera.
I find it to be the case (and especially so over time), that pictures in which family are relating to one another have the most nostalgic resonance next year, five years from now, when your children are in college, when they get married, when you're looking at them with your grandchildren.
Finally, I like to meet with families before our sessions whenever it's feasible. At the very least, we'll have a phone conversation. I'm an affable guy, but it still helps both of us when our session comes around if we're greeting each other after gaining some familiarity and rapport.
I offer sessions as short as 45 minutes (my mini session) and as long as a full day (documentary work). We can get a couple of looks and navigate very young children's moods in that time and come up with beautiful pictures.
I generally prefer to spend a little more time together. Because I love pictures of natural moments, longer sessions are preferable because there's more time for such moments to unfold. If we're going to get together to create pictures of your family, then we owe it to ourselves to spend enough time together to get into a groove.
If your child is under two-and-a-half years old, it's realistic to expect our session to last ~90 minutes. Diaper changes, feedings, soothing time to get through a cranky moment... little people need tender love and care.
An average session with children three-years-old and older can run 90 minutes, but it probably doesn't need to.
The key advantage of a longer session is that we have more time to relax into a rhythm and experiment (different locations, wardrobe changes) in ways that produce more varied pictures. Whatever the session length, we'll be able to create beautiful pictures together. Family sessions have many variables, so the best thing to do is to reach out to me and tell me a little about yourselves. We'll find the session length that's right for you.
If our session is outside and is longer than 45 minutes, bring a blanket, a snack for your child (preferably something that runs zero risk of staining a child's skin or clothes with color), and it never hurts to have a wardrobe change on stand-by, just in case. Your child's favorite lovey(s) may come in handy, too. If anyone in your family has long hair,
Don't deviate from your personal style. Always wear clothes that you like and reflect who you are. And while it's not necessary to be perfectly matched, everyone should either be all casual or all formal, staying in the same color palette.
A family session can take place outdoors or in your home. These sessions are meant to capture the way you would interact with your children if a photographer were not there.
Anything you can bring to engage in an activity with your child/ren would be great. Ideally it will be an activity that doesn't create too much space between you for too long. We can hash this out when we speak.
I get it. There is always a degree of unpredictability with young children but there are things we can do help make our session as relaxed and upbeat as possible.
Ideally, we're scheduling our session at a time when your family is well-fed, well-rested, and healthy. The ideal session time is right after a nap or a meal. Scheduling sessions outside after school can be great with young children if you want a lot of pictures of them in perpetual motion. You know your child best, though. Would they be tempermentally up for a session right after school if all they really want to do is get their wiggles out.
The other very important thing is for you not to feel like you need to direct your child to interact with me. So that means, you're off the hook about asking them to smile. Pick'em up and hurl them into the sky. Don't ask them to say cheese, take the smooch and tickle attack approach. Interact, laugh together, play games, be silly. Be together and the smiles will come.
Our time together is all about love, accepting your child on his/her terms. If your child runs off, that is perfectly fine. He/she will come back and pictures of kids running can be cool, too.
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