family & child session info

I go into every family session, every family’s home, with an open mind and heart, ready to document the people I have the honor of photographing just as they are. And in those moments, it’s impossible not fall in love…..THAT is how I bottle up the moments you see in my photographs.

IN YOUR HOME OR WHEREVER WE MAY

WANDER

My husband and I had a session with Katie for our anniversary. It was a blast!  Katie didn’t try and make us “pose”, She followed us around and caught sincere and everyday, natural moments between the two of us. We were in downtown Cambridge and the shots with the older buildings in the background made the pictures even more awesome. Couldn’t thank her enough for the caught memories!

Tarah

WHAT IS YOUR SESSION FEE?

These sessions are about two hours long. They are simple sessions photographed in the hours of lovely sunset light.

The session fee is $250 and is required to book your appointment date.

This fee is non-refundable.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

The session fee includes my time, travel and hand editing of every image from your session.

Studio Prints, Products and Digital Collections are sold separately.

Please email for a full Studio Catalogue.

WHERE WILL OUR SESSION TAKE PLACE?

Ideally – at your perfectly imperfect home! I have a strong preference for photographing people in their natural environment, where they feel most comfortable – this is ESPECIALLY true for the kids! There’s nothing more real & gorgeous than capturing a family in their home zone — unmade beds, dog hair, pancake batter and all. But if you’ve got a special location in mind — a park that’s near & dear, a biking trail, the farmers market, or some other spot that means something to you — let’s talk!

WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?

Short answer: whatever makes you feel beautiful. Could be your favorite kimono. Might be a bowtie & sneakers. We’re going for casual, unfettered & free. I’d strongly advise against dressing in matching ‘family uniforms’ — it (almost) always looks awkward and forced. I am generally not a fan of tiny prints (they can go all buggy in photos), big logos that are distracting (they will become dated), neon colors (they cast their colors on skin tones), or lots of bright white. I usually advise that Moms choose their favorite outfit, and then style everyone based on her choice. Just make sure that outfits are too matchy, nor too clashy. Really, as long as everyone doesn’t show up in matching polos and khakis, we’re good.

WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO VIEW AND ORDER FROM MY GALLERY?

Please allow up to three weeks to receive your portrait gallery. It is important that you schedule your session with this in mind. I like to post a sneak peek within a few days of our time together.

DOES MY SESSION COME WITH A DISC OF IMAGES?

No, the session fee includes my time, travel and hand editing of every image from your session.

Digital Collections start at $500

Digital Files are delivered in high resolution and come standard with a Personal Print Release.

Files are delivered via USB within 4 weeks of purchase, however, an instant digital download option is always available.

I offer an array of other products, but Digital Collections remain the most popular.

Please email for a full Studio Catalogue.

WHAT OTHER INFORMATION DO I NEED TO KNOW?

WHAT IF IT RAINS OR IT’S TOO HOT/MUGGY?
We’ll sigh. We’ll sulk, and then we’ll choose a new date, together — as soon as reasonably possible. Here in Minnesota, the weather can be fickle & frustrating. But trust me — once you receive your album of photos, bathed in incredible, radiant natural light, you’ll know … it’s worth the wait.

WHAT IF SOMEONE IS SICK?
Plain and simple, we reschedule. You don’t want to force a photo session if someone is feeling awful. I’m all about real life, but this is where I draw the line. The discomfort will show on your faces, and to be quite honest, I don’t like to get exposed to stuff when I can avoid it since I have a high needs family and business to keep on track! I’m all about communication and full disclosure – just keep me up to date on how everyone is doing. And I promise to give you the same courtesy if I’m not feeling up to snuff!

I AM TOTALLY AWKWARD AND IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA, HOW WILL YOU HANDLE ME?
Well, I really don’t believe that anyone is unphotogenic. I think that you have been conditioned to force a smile and stiffly pose in front of the camera OR just plain haven’t been photographed by the right person. So of course you feel uncomfortable being photographed! My goal for everyone is to make you feel relaxed and comfortable so that I can show you the real beauty that I see. I will not remove wrinkles or make you thinner in photoshop, but I do promise to be a witness to who you are if you let me.

HOW WILL YOU CAPTURE WITH MY CRAZY/WILD/SHY CHILD?
You’re just going to have to trust me on this one – I can take whatever they have to dish out! I love kids, and will spend our time together very much tuned into THEM. They have an amazing way of knowing when someone is interested in them, and tend to like to share themselves with me. There may be a point in our session when I ask you to let us have some one on one time because sometimes they feel less pressure to behave a certain way and chill out if there aren’t several pairs of eyes watching what they’re doing. I will be asking you ahead of time for some inside scoop about their personalities and if they have any particular sensitivities or quirks that will help me get to know them. In general, kids and I tend to be best buds and holding hands by the end of our time together.

WHAT SHOULD WE DO TO PREPARE?
My best advice is this: make sure everyone in your family is excited and completely on board for the photography adventure — and knows what to expect. That includes both your kids — and your partner. Make sure to sit down together and have a look & read through my website together.
It is also helpful to plan a few activities that are relevant to your family to do during our time together. That could be anything from cooking a meal & blowing bubbles to an an art project & dance party. Having something to do that you enjoy as a family helps to tell your story & takes the focus off of the camera.
Other than that, get a good night’s sleep, and let real life unfold … as it naturally does.

WHAT IF WE’RE UNHAPPY WITH THE PHOTOS? CAN WE GET A REFUND, OR A DO-OVER?
I don’t do refunds, and I don’t do do-overs. It’s simply not sustainable, from a business perspective — but happily, it’s a very infrequent concern.
Here’s the thing — if you love my portfolio, feel drawn to my personality, and are genuinely open to a playful, unstructured, real-life photography session … you will love your photos. They will be beautiful. They will be true. They will be … you!
If you’re already feeling shaky or iffy about working with me — that’s OK! We might not be a match, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I’d encourage you to look elsewhere. There are oodles of family & lifestyle photographers in Minnesota.

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