While I tend to stay away from overly posed “say cheese” type pictures, we will capture at least one of these, so tell Grandma not to worry! Once that's out of the way, expect a lot of interacting, playing, cuddling, and loving on your kids (and spouse!). My favorite photographs are those where your family is comfortable and naturally expressing emotion. Through various methods I will draw that out of each member of your family. The only thing you are required to do is HAVE FUN!
Family sessions are two hours or less. Newborn sessions tend to run longer due to newborns, ahem, "fickle natures", but never run longer than 3 hours.
This is something we will discuss during booking, and depends on the time of year and what you are looking to get out of the shoot. Newborn shoots are always done in your home. For family sessions, you have the option of doing an in-home shoot or an outdoor location. I absolutely love to capture families in their native home environment where the kids are more comfortable. This allows me to tell more of your family’s story: what spaces or objects are important to you, parts of daily routine, etc. Many clients love this option because they wish to capture their home as it is now. On the flip side, I am a nature gal and definitely love to shoot outdoors when weather permits, and we can determine a location together based on our initial conversations.
The most important rule is to BE COMFORTABLE! This goes for your kids too. If you or they are uncomfortable in their clothing, it will show in the photos. I like my sessions to be fun and have an element of freedom, so please dress your children in clothing you don’t mind them playing in. And that goes for you too!
Please do not wear loud patterns or dark black clothing. Using a complementary color scheme is great and is much more pleasing to the eye than everything being “matchy-matchy.” For family attire examples, please see my Pinterest boards for Fall and Spring/Summer .
I am in the Hinsdale area and will travel anywhere within 30 miles, which includes the city of Chicago. Anything further than 30 miles requires a small travel fee.
Your images will be ready for viewing within three weeks of your shoot.
When you receive your gallery, you will also receive a download pin so you can download your photos immediately. In addition to hi-res files, I supply web-size files for online sharing. A la carte prints will be available to order through your gallery link.
Then congratulations, your kids are normal! I’m a mom and I know exactly how these things go. Regardless of how your child is acting, I promise we will get some great shots. I do not expect perfectly still and poised children…in fact I prefer the opposite! While meltdowns are sometimes inevitable, here are some tips that will help your kids adjust to the session smoothly:
Any other burning questions? Please email me!