Your Lifestyle Session
Booking A Session
Once you’ve decided that I am the right photographer for your family, please get in touch with me by using the contact link above or by calling me at 609-949-4428. We’ll chat about your session date and time, which will be locked in to my calendar once the non-refundable retainer has been paid in full. From there we'll grab some coffee and plan the fun! Session fees are payable by cash or Visa/Mastercard. Newborn sessions are preferably held within the first 7 days of your little one's arrival. While we won't be able to schedule a firm date until after he/she is born, it's important to get your due date on my calendar in advance.
Location & Styling
My lifestyle sessions are held on-location, meaning the sky is the limit! Your session is all about capturing the spirit and beauty that makes your family uniquely fabulous. These are memories we are documenting, so let's go somewhere that allows you to be free to enjoy being with your favorite people. Let's go for a hike, splash in a lake, hit your favorite ice cream shop, or bring your dog to the park; let's stroll around your favorite Main Street and use the wall textures and architecture as a backdrop. Let's cozy up in your own home, bake some cookies and hold a dance party. (I absolutely LOVE photographing children & families in their own homes...everyone is relaxed, and the backdrop couldn't possibly be more personal). If you have a specific location in mind, let me know and we'll make it happen! If you need some recommendations, I am here to help! We'll talk about the "feel" you want your portraits to have and activities your family likes to do and pick a location based on that.
Putting together a cohesive look for an entire family can seen overwhelming, but no worries - I've got you covered! As part of our session planning you'll receive tips and examples on selecting a great look for everyone involved. You can also pop over to Pinterest and check out the boards I have dedicated to just this very thing.
Planning Your Portrait Displays
A full catalog detailing all of the beautiful print & design options will be made available to you once your session is scheduled. As we plan your session we'll also discuss display options for your home, giving me the opportunity to best serve you while keeping you within your budget. Most families know that they want portraits, but may not be sure exactly how they want to enjoy them. Discussing options prior to your session helps you get a better idea of how you'll want to display and enjoy your memories, making it easier to plan a budget. This discussion also helps me prepare for how I'll photograph your session; shooting for a coffee table book, for instance, allows me to photograph with compositions that would differ from the negative space I'd need around your family to fit the wrapped edges of a canvas piece.
Preparing Your Kids for the Session
Whether you have a cuddly baby, curious toddler, shy pre-schooler, energetic grade-schooler, or independent middle-schooler, I want your kids to be relaxed & 100% themselves during our time together. There's some simple little tricks I've learned over the years that you can do in the time leading up to your session that will help your kiddos get excited for the session and feel relaxed in front of the lens. I'll share those with you as we plan our time together.
A couple days prior to your session we'll chat again to confirm the location and time and double-check that we have each other's cell phone #s in case of emergencies the day of the session. On your session day I'll arrive early to our location to set up, and I'll expect you to arrive dressed and ready to begin as scheduled. It's important that we start your session right on time to ensure we have the best lighting possible and ample time to enjoy capturing the memories. The session itself typically lasts an hour, but if little ones need a break or diaper change, or if we're just having too much fun exploring and laughing, don't worry - I'm not going to rush our time together. *newborn sessions will last longer to allow time for feedings, etc.
Selecting Your Prints & Designs
I'll be able to give you a more precise timeline the day of your session as it varies based on my workflow, but typically 7-10 business days after your session I will have your completed gallery ready to enjoy. Your gallery will include your fully-edited proofs, which are the "best of the best" from your session. Unless otherwise stated for a special promotion, regular lifestyle sessions will include a gallery of 15-20 portraits. This gallery will be password protected, and you will be able to share it with friends and family who will want to enjoy your portraits as well.
You will enjoy your Gallery online for 48 hours before we meet in person to go over your gallery and finalize your portrait collection and any custom designs or framing. I have a great collection planning guide to help you gather your thoughts as you enjoy your gallery and prep for our Design & Order Consultation.
All orders must be paid in full before they are sent to press at my professional print lab or to The Organic Bloom for framing. Cash,Visa and MasterCard are accepted for all print/design/and framing orders. Payment plans are available upon request. Due to the custom nature of these portraits and products, all sales are final.