I have a casual, more documentary style of photography. I enjoy capturing the special moments between families, which are most likely the expressions that you see most in one another every day. You will find me talking to you and your family a lot, with special attention in engaging your children in the moment.
Please allow me to keep them focused on me, rather than being firm with them; I have a few tricks to help kids forget the camera is even there, thus producing more natural expressions and smiles from them. If you have younger children, I may tell some jokes or act silly, with teens, I may pull them off to the side and get to know a bit about them first. I know family portrait-time can be thought of as a stressful time, but I want you to enjoy not only your images, but also the experience of making those images.
I gravitate towards the natural posing that families do, but may offer posing suggestions as needed, in order to benefit the final look of your portraits. Also, attitude is everything. A grumpy disposition, whether a child’s or a parent’s, can show up in your final images, so I ask that you come to your session with an open mind, keeping in mind that you are creating precious memories that you will cherish for decades to come.
I frown upon “matchy” shoots, so please NO white shirt and khakis/jeans. (honestly, that look is sooooo 1997 anyway!) Think, “not your every day attire”. Think about your personality, and take it a step “outside the box”. I LOVE color…especially if you are having a beach session. There’s nothing more boring than neutral colors (like khaki) against the neutral sand and rocks.
I even encourage my clients to buy a new outfit, get your hair and makeup done, treat yourself to a mani/pedi. When you feel your best, it’ll show up in your images and since you’re investing good $$ for your session, go all out!Also, I’m not into bringing a million different props to a photo session, but I love it when clients bring special things that are part of their life at that time. (ie. a child’s favorite book, a favorite stuffed animal, a blanket that’s been in the family for years, etc.)
Guys: stick to solids or subtle designs. Try not to wear white.
Girls: I love accessories, boots, fun shoes/heels and dresses
Kids: accessories are great (ie. pretty hair pieces for girls and bow-ties/ties for the boys), definitely wear fun shoes (unless, of course, we’re on the beach)
When in doubt: Bring a bag of several outfits and I’ll help style your session (I’m the photographer; I know what’ll look good in pictures!)