All sessions include pre-session consultation (coffee on me!), in-home or outdoor natural light photography, unlimited finalized high-resolution images in a private online gallery for download and a print release. Print products are available for ordering in collections or à la carte.
Please see the FAQ section at the bottom of the page for more details and contact me with any other questions!
30 minute session
Ideal for headshots and individual portraits.
*not available for newborn sessions or groups with more than 5 people
90 minute session
Ideal for couples, maternity, baby's first year and small families.
2.5-3 hour session
Ideal for newborn, fresh 48, high school graduates, families and groups.
A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a session. Travel fees may apply. Number of images provided is not limited and cannot be guaranteed. All prices are subject to change without notice. If you have already booked a session, your price will not increase.
What is lifestyle photography?
A.Every photographer has their own definition of lifestyle photography. Mine lies somewhere between documentary photography on the one hand, and classic portraiture on the other hand. I try to be a "fly on the wall" to catch life as it is without interfering. My goal is to tell the story of real life, as it happens, while trying to be as transparent as possible for you.
I use a mix of authentic and staged. What I am shooting could actually happen in real life, however I would have never captured such a variety of images in such a short amount of time if I had not interfered and set the scene. During a lifestyle session, I create a diversity of opportunities that will generate real-life type of images which might not have spontaneously happened at that specific moment. Some examples: bed jumps, tickle fights, baby's first bath, coloring with chalk, snuggling in bed and sipping hot cocoa, playing a game or snack time.
I do try to control a few things: light being the main one. I may ask to see various rooms in your house to find the best light possible (not because i'm snoopy). I might move items or furniture to get a better shooting environment. I don't use props or backdrops. You'll never hear me say "please bend your head that way," unless there is a hair in your face or something is blocking it. I won't swaddle baby up with his/her foot by her face and put her in a basket. I won't pose you, I will give you something to do, or a game to play, and then I let you BE YOU. I want you to act as naturally as possible and interact with each other as you always do!
I will always stay true to life, photographing situations that could have happened organically. I will suggest starting points (games, situations) and let the magic happen. I will help you find photogenic clothes - you already have everything you need in your closet! I will choose the best spots in your home (or on location) to control the light and get professional looking images.
Don't see what you're looking for?
A.Email me for a custom price quote for your unique project or event!
How do I reserve a session?
A.I work on a first-to-contact basis. All I need is a $50 retainer and signed contract to reserve your session date. The remaining balance is due the day of the session.
Should I book a half or standard for my newborn session?
A.I will always suggest a standard session for newborns simply because it allows us ample time to get the photos you want and operate on your (read: the baby's) schedule. When baby gets hungry, I love to photograph feeding time, but this alone can take up to 20-30 minutes of your session which doesn't allow much time for anything else.
Half sessions are doable but in my experience they are much more stressful and hard-pressed to squeeze everything in.
Can I extend the session on the day of?
A.Of course! Extensions will be subject to additional cost.
Should I book a fresh 48 or newborn session?
A.I've had three babies and know first hand how quickly those little squishes can change, especially in the first few days.
I highly recommend a Fresh 48 session, photos done during baby's first 48 hours of life. These sessions are focused on those brand new details, wrinkles, (lack of) eyelashes, tiny toes, exceptionally long fingernails, the sleepy snuggles and those peaceful moments.
I typically recommend newborn sessions be done in the first 10-14 days of life, especially if you want a sleepy baby. If you want baby to be more interactive in the photos, you may want to wait until baby is 3-5 weeks or older.
If you are unsure whether you want fresh 48 or newborn photos, I would advise you chose a newborn session done in the first few days after baby is born.
Do you have baby accessories I can borrow for our photos?
A.I do have a wide variety of swaddle blankets, headbands + hair clips, bonnets, baby girl clothing, a Moses basket, and other various items that I would be happy to lend you for your newborn session. Just ask!
Do you do birth photography?
A.I have never photographed a birth...yet. But I would absolutely LOVE to. With three little ones and a husband with a crazy work schedule, I'm not available as much as I'd like to be for a birth. If this is something you're interested in, please contact me and I'd love to try to make it work for you. This is something I've prayed about and feel that I am able to do. Every birth is unique and beautiful and those moments and emotions should be documented!
Do you do boudoir sessions?
I'm nervous about my headshots!
Before your session:
- Dress as you would when meeting a client!
- Not sure what to wear? Neutrals tend to focus on the face, which is where we want it. We don't want flashy logos or psychedelic prints. - - Be yourself, and don't alter your dress or makeup/hair specifically for the photos. Basically, look as natural to yourself as possible!
- Keep it classic. Stay away from trends that could date the photos. - - Get shots in your environment. If you're a librarian, you probably don't want photos taken at a race track.
During your session:
- Extending your neck a bit will create a longer, slimmer extension and avoid the dreaded double chin!
- Men, put your hands in your pockets for a more relaxed standing look (thumbs out).
- Women, pop your front leg a tad (during a standing shot) for a slimmer leg.
Relax! It will be fun!
What to wear?
A.For family sessions I recommend picking a few colors and sticking to them for the entire family. Matching too much can look a little overdone. The key is to coordinate, not to look like clones of each other. When in doubt, stick with neutral colors. Neutrals tend to focus on the face, which is where we want it. We don't want flashy logos or psychedelic prints.
Please don't feel like you need to go shopping for photos! You already have what you need in your closet. If you need additional help just ask me. I'd love to give you some additional tips and recommendations.
How long does it take to get the pictures?
A.This typically depends on the time of year, however I aim for the 2-4 week mark for portraits.
How can I pay you?
A.I will send you an invoice and contract at the time of initial reservation. We can discuss payment options at that time.
Do you offer discounts?
A.Yes! I offer military, LEO and return customer discounts. I also have benefits for you when you refer a new client who books a session.
Can I bundle two sessions for a lower price?
A.Absolutely. If you plan to do two or more sessions with me, we will work out a discounted price. Want to bundle maternity, fresh 48 and newborn? Let's do it! Contact me for details.
How many pictures do I get?
A.This number can and will fluctuate depending on the session and other happenings, but generally portrait shoots are in the 50-100 image range.
Will we get a print release?
A.Absolutely. Every session includes a complete written print release. I do not hold your images for ransom!
Can I order prints from you?
A.Yes! You will be able to view your session photos in a secure online gallery and purchase prints there.
Custom designed cards are also available, including save the dates, birth and graduation announcements, change of address cards and holiday cards. I've even done wedding invitations!
There is no requirement to purchase, but for the effort and investment you make, I want your images to be ones you will continue to treasure for a lifetime. Contact me for a product price menu and a tutorial on how to place an order.
What kind of gear do you use?
A.Nikon! And I bring back up gear for the back up gear.
Can I book a session at White Sands National Monument?
A.While White Sands is an absolute joy to visit and should not be overlooked during your visit to southern NM, I do not offer sessions there. Not only because I do not obtain the proper permits to legally do so but also because, in my experience, my camera doesn't have as easy a time there as my eyes do.
It's flat, white, massive, sunny, sometimes windy, and often very hot.
There is the potential to get sand in my gear where it is not wanted. There is little to no contrast making it difficult to show detail and get a proper exposure of you and the sand. The direct sun means weird shadows and it's very difficult to find the perfect angle, line or composition in such a massive area.
The final product is good but not great and I want to provide you with photos that I am confident you will love for your investment. Thank you for your understanding!
Do you have a studio?
A.I do not have a studio. I am a natural light photographer which means I love windows and the great outdoors! Please see "what is lifestyle photography?"
Do you have insurance?
A.Yes. I have a very nice policy and am covered for pretty much anything.
Do you travel?
A.Yes. I have and will travel. All travel is subject to limited availability and billed at cost; typically mileage or airfare to include hotel and/or rental car.