Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ!)
WHAT SHOULD I/WE WEAR?
Comfort trumps everything else. No itching, too tight, too short, pulling or scrunching outfits. You might sit on the ground, throw your kid in the air, play tag, or walk along a wall. Wear clothes that allow you to do all these things.
And, this goes for the kids too. Everyone is more likely to cooperate when they feel at home in the clothes they're wearing. That said, you'll love your photos more if you're intentional about what you're wearing. So, read on for more tips!
Choose a limited number of neutral colors and add small pops of color. There's a few color palettes below for you to consider. Looking for more ideas? Search Pinterest for family photos or color palettes. You want a sense of cohesion without looking too matchy-matchy. Also, outdoor settings in Oregon are often filled with greens, a handful of fall colors (reds and oranges), or have a neutral off-white (fields of dry grass or the beach), so consider wear the shoot will take place as you choose your color palette.
Throw in some patterns, but not too many. Use stripes, plaids or florals for a touch of bling, but don't blind us with them! You can also add jewelry, scarves, or hats to add texture to the images.
Be prepared for the elements! This is Oregon, so bring layers and wear sensible shoes, especially for outdoor sessions.
Still struggling with what to wear? Let's talk. Text or call me. We'll get this sorted. And, I have a small clothes closet, so maybe we'll find the perfect loaner for you there!
I'M NOT SURE IF I WANT A MINI-SESSION OR A FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSION?
Mini-sessions are ideal for families I have already met or know outside of my work as a photographer. They only want a small number of photos for a specific purpose, like a holiday card. Because our time together is limited, we don't move around much during a mini-session. Posed shots typically include ones of the entire family, some of just the kids, and a few of the parents. In contrast, a family portrait session unfolds more slowly. We walk to handful of spots within a location and I take posed and candid shots throughout. The "must haves" shot list is longer ( i.e. mom with all kids and each kid and dad with all kids and each kid).
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE & SESSIONS?
I'm a lover of bright and bold colors, the outdoors, and capturing life as it unfolds. I think everyone is perfect just the way they are. My aim is to capture moments that reflect the diversity and fullness of being human. Our lives rarely look like a perfectly staged shot and that's not what I am aiming to give you, so keep that in mind if you decide to pick me. The best way to get a sense of my style is to look through my portfolios - families, seniors, and kids. I'm totally committed to making every session FUN. I do everything I can help people relax into our time together. I expect your kids will run around and sometime refuse to pose. Finally, I'm not a fan of yelling or giving orders and kindly request that moms and dads don't do this either.
WHERE WILL OUR SESSION TAKE PLACE?
I make every effort to select a location that is convenient for you. I have a handful of parks and outdoor areas that I love. Most are located with in the Metro Area. Your suggestions and requests are welcome. Some locations require special permissions or permits, so we'll talk about the location at least a week in advance. I will travel up to 25 miles for no additional cost, after that there is a mileage fee.
What about the weather?
If we have to cancel our session due to weather, we'll simply reschedule for another time. Generally, I only reschedule if it's pouring. There are no fees involved.
WHY DON'T YOU GIVE YOUR CLIENTS ALL OF THE DIGITAL FILES?
My motto is quality over quantity. If you've chosen me, a professional photographer, to document your family, your kids, or a special event, then my promise is to deliver a meaningful and beautiful return on your investment. The images I produce for you have been created with loving care. They are memories, pieces of art, and keepsakes. They'll look great on your walls, in albums you'll cherish forever, or as gifts for the people you love. And, let's be honest, these days most people have phones and computers filled with photographs they are intending to do something with but rarely do. I don't want the time we spend together ending up as another item on your long to-do list. Let me take it full circle for you because completion feels so good!
WHY WOULD I CHOOSE TO PURCHASE PRINTS THROUGH YOU AND NOT DO IT MYSELF?
Well, for one, it's easy. All you have to do is select the images you like, the size and the format (paper, metal, canvas, etc.), and I take care of the rest. The prints will either be shipped directly to you, or I'll hand deliver them to your front door. I also work with top-notch vendors that are my partners in making sure we you get the highest quality prints that can treasure for years to come. There's a lot of behind-the-scenes adjustments that are essential when transferring a digital image to print and me and the vendors I work with take great care to get it all right.
HOW MUCH CAN I EXPECT TO SPEND ON PRINTS?
It really varies. My clients spend anywhere between $30-$1,000 on printed materials (prints, canvas, metal and albums). When clients receive their private gallery they also have access to my online store where all prices are posted.