Where do you take the photos?

My preference is to take them right at your own house. Whether it’s inside or outside, that’s where so many memories are made! I’m also happy to go along with you to your usual places, whether that be the grocery store, local park, or your favorite ice cream shop. These locations are comfortable to you, and make natural captures easy and fun!

But my house isn’t beautiful! And it’s messy!

It’s OK! Have you ever heard of a beautiful mess? Please don’t worry about the condition of your house. I am there to capture you and your family as you are, and all of your house is a part of that. If, however, there are some areas, rooms, etc, that you just can’t handle an image of, let me know and we’ll try to work around it. And if your house is dark, or it’s a night-time shoot, you may see a greater number of black/white images in your final gallery. I find these to be timeless and striking, and are often my favorite images from shoots.

What should we wear?

Whatever you normally would! For the Short Stories, feel free to get a little neatened up, if you so desire. Matchy-matchy isn’t necessary; think colors that work well together instead, and avoid character/logo tshirts. For the Family Novels, please wear whatever you normally would on a typical day. The goal is to be comfortable, and to be the real you!

Should I teach my kids to smile when I say “cheese” to make it easier for you?

Thank you, but no. My goal is to capture your family doing what you normally do. As a matter of fact, you may see me put my camera down if your child keeps looking at it and cheesing me. Kids usually figure that out pretty quickly, and carry on as though I were just a friend hanging out with them.

I want a picture with everyone looking at the camera and smiling. Can you guarantee that?

If that is an image that you would like, I will do my best to capture it. You can tell a lot about my style by reviewing my portfolio; I hope the photos I take are the right fit for you but if you’d like more of a posed portrait look, I’d be happy to refer you to some excellent local portrait photographers.

It sounds like fun!

Yes, it is! Because that’s what photo-taking should be!