REAL LIFE IS AWESOME
A GUIDE TO YOUR FAMILY PHOTO ESSAY
You might think your everyday life is messy and unattractive. I'm here to tell you that you're wrong. My goal is to capture the intricacies and details you live with every day because they are the moments you'll forget when high school graduation comes around. Your perfect family portrait is how you are when you're not stressed out about who didn't button up their shirt all the way or who put what in whose hair. Read on for a few brief snippets of how I plan relaxed, fun and low-stress sessions. You'll receive the full guide with wardrobe and prep tips after booking.
RULE NO. 1
I truly believe the best portraits come from genuine and memorable experiences, which don't exist in anxiety land. Running late to the shoot location? Don't worry about it. Is your house not spotless? Don't worry about it. Stress and anxiety are magnets for bad photos, and your kids can feed off those emotions as well--it's pretty easy to tell the difference between a real smile and a forced one.
There are days when you just don't want to leave the house. That's fine. That's excellent, actually. Think about where your kids are most comfortable. Where are you most comfortable? Have Cabin Fever and would rather head out? Fabulous, let's find a fun spot and spend some time together. Heck, I'll even hang out with you during your family vacation (I haven't been do Disneyland in awhile...)
SETTING THE SCENE
THRIVE IN YOUR ELEMENT
ROLL WITH IT
THIS IS NOT A BIG DEAL
It's pretty hard to tell what's going on inside a kid's brain sometimes. And, as you are aware, meltdowns happen. Don't worry about what I am "looking for" just focus on your kids. If you feel the need to calm them down or ride through it, you're the parent and you know your kids best.
These sessions are mostly pose-free. They are all about getting candid and personal photos. You might feel the urge to ham it up for the camera at first, but after awhile, the camera disappears and you won't even know I'm there (I'm pretty stealthy, if I do say so myself).
DON'T SAY CHEESE
KEEP IT CANDID, KEEP IT NATURAL