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small family ( 2-5 people )

$500+tax

  • 1 hour
  • 75-100 edited photos via download with rights to print
  • Shoot days: Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. There is a $50 upcharge for Sunday shoots
  • Location: Your house (includes inside, outside, and a place within walking distance from your home)
  • Time: Whenever your house gets the most light indoors
  • Info: These are documentary-style sessions that are best for people who want a lifestyle, editorial look to their family photos and a handful of loosely posed shots where everyone looks semi-normal. You’ll pick some favorite activities that your family loves to do, and I’ll come photograph you all having fun together!

large family ( 6-12 People )

$800+tax

  • 1.5 hours
  • 125-150 edited photos via download with rights to print
  • Shoot days: Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. There is a $50 upcharge for Sunday shoots
  • Location: Your house (includes inside, outside, and a place within walking distance from your home)
  • Time: Whenever your house gets the most light indoors
  • Info: These sessions are best for people who want to include some extended family members like grandparents or aunts+uncles. Still a lifestyle, editorial look with a handful of loosely posed shots, plus a little bit more time to accomodate photographing extra people.

LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY – IS IT FOR YOU?

Hey! Have a family? Need them documented in time so you don’t forget them, but aren’t big on wearing matching outfits and shaking puppets around to force your kid to smile in a garden somewhere in a suit? Then you’ve come to the right place! I photograph families in a documentary, day-in-the-life sort of style that’s often called “lifestyle photography.” Basically, it just means that the photos aren’t posed, but are focused on capturing your natural family interactions and relationships. It sounds kinda fancy-pants but really is just about people having fun together… with me kinda quietly lurking around the sidelines in a weird way while you pretend I’m not taking your picture (it’s not really as awkward as it sounds).

BUT WAIT. HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MY HANDS IF YOU DON’T POSE ME? WILL WE ALL JUST STAND AROUND AND NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO?

Nah, the key is good planning (plus I’m a pretty solid director). Before these sessions, I’ll have you pick three activities that your family enjoys doing together. This can be anything, but it has to be kind of specific. So, instead of using the words “playing” or “exploring” (which are vague and usually result in nobody knowing what to do), think: making breakfast, gardening, playing with Legos, picking pumpkins, going out for ice cream, jumping on our trampoline, swimming, flying kites, building a pillow fort, etc. Once we have three activities, we’ll mold the session around these things. It gives you all something to do with your hands, and elicits natural smiles and responses from everyone so nobody looks awkward.

I do, for the sake of everyone’s elderly grandmother who will insist, pose about 3-5 pictures per family session where everyone [attempts] to look at the camera [with various degrees of success depending on ages and attention spans]. But, the rest of the photos are entirely unposed. So if you’re looking for something with more structure and more looking at the camera, you might want to skip me for now. But, if you want to document a normal day for your family in this point of your lives in mismatched outfits jumping on the bed, running down the hall, spilling milk, cleaning up cat hairballs, and other normal stuff, I’m your girl!

Shooting in times of COVID

In order to ensure everyone’s safety and my own personal comfort level, I shoot all sessions wearing a mask. I’m additionally vaccinated and boosted, but I photograph a lot of kids, so a mask also keeps me from spreading other random kid germs around. If you have young kids, I’ll initially ask you to all meet me outside at a safe distance before I put my mask on so I can introduce myself to the kids and so they can see my face. I feel like this puts them a little bit more at ease before I come in the house. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions, and thank you for respecting my decision to mask up!

And, of course, please reschedule if any of your family members are feeling sick or have any symptoms of an illness, Covid or otherwise. Thank you so much!

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

Absolutely! Two people are a family! You and your cat are a family! You and your mom are a family! It does not need to be a traditional, nuclear family by any means. I’m more about focusing on relationships. Some of you may know me from my days as a wedding photographer. My husband Geoff and I shot weddings together for 10 years, so a large part of my background is photographing couples and various types of traditional and nontraditional families.

Nope! They can be any age. However, I find that the best photographs of kids are taken when they’re 12 months and older, since they begin really smiling and interacting around that age, and you can do more with them once they start to move more independently.

I photograph sessions in (and around) peoples’ homes. I feel like kids are naturally more relaxed there in their natural Cheerio-covered habitat, and parents are also more relaxed due to the readily available wine and coffee. It’s also much easier to switch tactics if your kid decides they don’t want to do any of the various activities we’ve planned for them. Kids also get hot, and hungry, and start tearing off the outfit that you carefully picked out for them, and it’s super easy to chill out for a bit and “reset” when you’re at your house with resources available to quickly feed or reclothe someone. Not everyone loves every aspect of their home though, so while we’ll always start and end there, I’m happy to take photographs in peoples’ yards, or at a nearby park or greenway that’s within walking distance from your house – that way we can get some candid images walking back and forth, and the house is still within easy reach if we need to head back. You can also shoot at:

    • – Air BnBs (permission from the owner is needed)
    • – Your sister, your parents, or anyone else’s home if you like their house better (I’m just assuming you’d have permission for this)

No, sorry! I specialize in groups from 2-12 people only, and I don’t photograph family gatherings around the holidays as I’m with my own family at that time (Thanksgiving/Christmas).

Payments are broken up into two parts. A $100+NC sales tax deposit is made upon signing the contract, and the remaining balance is due 2 weeks before the session. All monies are paid through a secure online checkout using your credit or debit card in your client portal.

I travel for portraits within the Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill area and the kinda-extended-Triangle of Apex, Hillsborough, Wake Forest, Pittsboro, etc. I generally don’t travel outside of an hour for portraits, but feel free to ask if you aren’t sure. I’ll occasionally do photographs out of state if I’m there for some other reason, so don’t hesitate to ask!

Since all sessions take place at home, we typically won’t need to reschedule on account of the roof. But occasionally it’ll be super dark and rescheduling might be necessary depending on how gloomy it is indoors, or if you planned on taking most of your pictures in the yard. If we need to reschedule for rain, the deposit and remaining balance just carry over to the new date. Boom! Problem solved.

I’m happy to reschedule your shoot if it rains and is gloomy, or if anyone in your family is sick (pleaaaase let me know if someone is sick!). Just let me know and we can easily pick a new date that works for everyone. Life happens and I try to be accommodating.

Be comfortable and casual. With kids, you’re bending down a lot, so I’d advise against wearing something low-cut (unless heyyy that’s your thing!). Wear something you easily sit and lounge in. There’s usually a decent amount of kiddo wrestling or movement, so being able to be somewhat flexible is key. Patterns are fine, and so are graphic tees, just don’t put something like a Hawaiian shirt next to lumberjack plaid and you should be fine. Regarding colors, don’t all wearing the same color and don’t be super matchy-matchy, but try to wear the same family of colors… think blues/grays/greens or cream/brown/green or dark red/brown/tan or something along those lines. The only thing I would specifically avoid (besides everyone wearing the same thing) are articles of clothing that are neon colored (electric yellow, highlighter pink, etc). Anything that makes you look like you’re about to help a bunch of children cross the road or are trying to avoid being hit while jogging along a busy street are usually colors that don’t photograph well. Bright, crazy colors often reflect back onto your skin tone if you’re pale, and then kinda turn your skin that color too. So go for more neutral, earth-toney, or jewel-toned colors. Ask if you aren’t sure! I’m happy to help.

If you’re interested in booking, please fill out the contact form with your information! I’ll respond within 2 business days with a date that meets your criteria, and you’ll have 3 days to accept it before I open that date back up to others. Make sure you check your spam and trash folders if you don’t hear from me in case my email gets lost. After we hammer out a date, I’ll send you info on how to login to your client portal where you’ll sign a contract and pay a $100 deposit to hold your date. You’ll also be sent links to a questionnaire and your final balance, both of which are due two weeks before your shoot. The week before your session, I’ll send an email reminder to confirm your questionnaire answers, what the weather is currently looking like for your session date, location info, contact details, and more. Then before you know it, I’ll be on your doorstep!

After your shoot, I’ll take the pictures home, cull them down to the ones where you look good and edit those with my snazzy editing style. My editing style is pretty specific, so make sure you like it! All of my shoots are posted on the blog, so feel free to have a gander and enjoy. You photos will be done and ready for download 2-4 weeks after the shoot. At that time, I’ll send you an e-mail to give you a heads up which will include instructions on how to access the gallery and send it to family and friends. Because photos take 2-4 weeks for return, If you’re planning on printing and using for holiday cards or some other announcement, please plan accordingly.

Because as a photographer my business is entirely visual, I rely on my ability to blog and post to social media every session I photograph. I post what I consider to be my best work and work I wish to continue doing, so I do not permit my clients to have control over which images I post. People seeing these photographs is how I continue to get more clients and grow my business. However, I also understand respect privacy concerns. It’s not my intention to make anyone worry or be uncomfortable in order to have good photos. So to strike a happy medium, I offer to keep your photos entirely private and kept hidden off every corner of the internet (no blog, no portfolio, no social media) for an additional $50 charge.  Alternatively, you can also ask me to keep your names and any written info entirely offline (no tagging, no words on the blog post to identify you, etc) for no charge and I’d be happy to oblige.

My editing style has a lot of colors and contrast, and is a bit bold and modern. Make sure you take a good look at my portfolio and blog to make sure you like how everything looks! If you like my content but not my editing, I’m not the right photographer for you, so please make sure we’re a good fit before booking.

When I edit photos, I edit for basic color and contrast in Lightroom. I don’t routinely Photoshop things, and I’m not a professional retoucher. I can take out a zit or two if they occur, but if your kid dropped chocolate all down the front of his shirt, it’s just going to have to stay there. Same thing with crazy rashes, the bangs that your daughter cut herself the night before the shoot, and that tattoo you didn’t give your son permission to get. 

North Carolina makes photographers collect sales tax. Yesss, we are a service, but it’s a service that results in a product (the JPEGs) so NC deems that the entire fee is taxable. It’s automatically collected based on your county. No, I can’t look the other way and you can’t pay me under the table.

  • If you want to shoot primarily inside your home, we need to time the session so that it takes place when your house gets the most natural light (ideally with other light sources turned off)
  • Activities that involve some motion and will elicit excitement/reactions in your children are the best! Sometimes you have to think of a novel thing that they might not have done before, or something that you don’t permit them to do frequently
  • Have snacks on hand! Sooo many snacks
  • No phones allowed! Turn off your phone and hide it somewhere before we start
  • Don’t freak out. We can be extremely excellent planners but that doesn’t mean that your kid will want to do anything we planned. That is 100% okay. The goal, above all else, is to keep your kid happy during your session. If they refuse all activities and want to do something else, please let them do it! I am extremely adaptable, and my primary goal is to capture everyone having fun
  • Try to avoid scheduling around nap times (or consider timing it so that the session ends at a nap time) so that kids are less cranky

Make breakfast, play with Legos, build a pillow fort, play hide-and-seek, have a dance party, cook or bake, play dress up or put on Halloween costumes, have a puppet show, have a wrestling match, play instruments, sing karaoke, do some finger painting, make paper airplanes, make a lemonade stand, paint a cardboard house or make a cardboard fortress, make slime, do arts and crafts, decorate a cake or cookies, make ice cream, read favorite stories, eat some snacks, play charades, give everyone temporary tattoos, jump on the bed, do some science experiments, make your own pizzas, tie-dye some shirts, do any ordinary routines (brush teeth, nap or bedtime rituals, bathtime, special snacks), carve a pumpkin, decorate for a holiday

Try gardening, jumping on a trampoline, swimming, flying kites, riding in a wagon, have a picnic, make s’mores at a fire pit, do water play with sprinklers/water guns/pools/hoses/water balloons, blow bubbles, ride bikes/skateboards/scooters, play sports, set up a tent for yard camping, have an egg toss, play tag, make a sandcastle in a sandbox, play with sidewalk chalk, have a scavenger hunt, go out for ice cream, play on a playground, grab a bite at a food truck, pick pumpkins or Christmas trees

I’m more hands-on regarding posing for couples, but I still try to lean documentary-style wherever I can! Some ideas are: play records, make dinner together, bake a dessert, play a hyper competitive yet short-ish board game, play and cuddle with pets, garden, have a pillow fight, play instruments, take an evening walk, decorate your house for a holiday or season, tackle a home project

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