First off, thank you for considering using me to capture your special moments! I put every effort into making my clients feel comfortable and natural, which always results in some wonderful photos.
I like to think of myself as more of a “portrait journalist”, using real life moments to create beautiful portraits for you and your loved ones to treasure forever. Because each child, family, and couple are different; no two sessions are ever the same. I want children to play, explore, and be themselves. I never manipulate or direct each and every move. I may suggest a few general poses, but overall, I try to just go with the flow, allowing the natural expressions to shine through. I aim to capture the sweet details, gorgeous smiles, and happy moments that make my clients unique and beautiful.
Before your shoot, we will discuss what your ultimately wanting out of your session. This includes any location preferences, a particular look you want to achieve (i.e. urban, rustic, etc), clothing options, hair and makeup suggestions, and what you’re wanting to do with the images after we’re done.
A typical session lasts about one hour, however I will definitely stay longer to make sure I’ve gotten the most (and best) out of a session. Feel free to bring any items that make you or your child unique (ie. sports, hobby, keepsakes, etc).
Newborn lifestyle sessions are typically done in your own home, in order to best cater to baby’s needs and comfort. It is recommended to schedule newborn sessions within the first 2 weeks of life, while they’re still in that sleepy phase. I do not do overly posed or prop style photography, however if you have an item that’s significant to your baby, we will certainly make sure to capture that as well.
A few wardrobe changes are perfectly fine, although certainly not mandatory. For family portraits, clothing should be coordinating and not matchy-matchy.
For small children, I suggest bringing along some snacks, drinks, and anything that might encourage a smile out of your little one, such as a favorite toy or treat. And don’t worry… if they show up a little less-than-thrilled about being all dressed up instead of playing? We’ll roll with it and make it work. The more we relax and smile, the sooner they’ll join in on the fun!
After the session, we will schedule a time to meet with you to review your gallery and select beautiful artwork to display in your home. We are firm believers that images should not sit in a folder on your computer or on a disc in a drawer, but should be proudly displayed and enjoyed for years to come. If you’ve invested in hiring a custom professional photographer, you should have custom professional products to show for it. All decision makers should be present at the ordering appointment to make sure everyone has a say. While we wish we could devote all the time in the world to our clients, in order to adequately serve all of our families we can only accommodate one ordering appointment per client. However rest assured, these meetings are super relaxed. No annoying sales tactics or pushing you to buy anything you don’t want. There are also no minimum purchase requirements. We are only there to help you get the most out of our time together and provide our expertise in choosing the right products for you. As for being able to share images online with friends and family, we have you covered there as well. Every product purchase comes with a complimentary digital copy. No matter what your needs, we will be there every step of the way.
We work within the larger Charlotte, NC metro area, including Gastonia, Lake Norman, and the Rock Hill, SC areas. We are willing to travel but may charge a fee, depending on the location. If you have a favorite spot, don’t hesitate to suggest it! We’re always up for new and creative locations!
Ready to book a session? Click “Contact” at the top of the page, and we’ll get started! Still not sure? Feel free to give us a call (704-918-3409) to discuss your thoughts and to find out if our style of photography would be a good fit for you.