The best photos happen when people are relaxed and happy, so think of family sessions as playdates. We’ll pick a location that makes you happy, then we’ll play! I’ll occasionally ask you to move to a certain spot or give a loved one a smooch, but generally I like to capture moments as they happen to create authentic portraits of your everyday experience with your family.
Newborn and baby sessions are usually done in the client’s home, where the temperature can be kept nice and warm for baby, parents don’t have to pack up for an outing, and everyone can take breaks/naps as needed. I’ll spend a few minutes looking around your home to find the best lighting conditions, and may need to move furniture or decorations around a bit (but don’t worry, I’ll put it all back!).
I typically spend between two and four hours with your family, depending on the type of session, number of people involved, and whether we need to take nap breaks. I only schedule one session per day, so sessions are never rushed.
Family love is what I love, and however you define your family is fine by me! I do maternity, newborn, baby, and family sessions, as well as engagements and the occasional intimate wedding.
Baby’s First Year
Make a commitment to artfully documenting your child’s first year of life with three milestone sessions, arranged into a beautiful album. The package includes 25 custom-designed birth announcements.
- Newborn session: within the first two weeks
- Baby session: 3-4 months
- First steps: 9-12 months
Maternity & Newborn
Two sessions to welcome your little one into the world. We’ll meet in your final month of pregnancy for a maternity session, which includes artful images in your home and an engagement-style session later in the day. Once your child arrives, we’ll do a newborn session within the first two weeks. The package includes a mini-album with images from both sessions, as well as 25 custom-designed birth announcements to help you share your joy with friends and family.
The Family Outing
Get the family together for a fun on-location portrait session, and create a portrait of your family that’s anything but boring. Choose the selection of prints or wall art that’s right for you, or go for an all-digital package.
Some common questions…
What the heck do I wear?
The most important thing is to be comfortable. It’s generally best to wear solid colors, and to avoid crazy prints or clothing that is overly tight. If your child has a favorite piece of clothing or toy, bring it along! What you wear does depend on the type of image we’re trying to create, so we’ll discuss clothing specific to your particular shoot once we have the overall creative direction.
What’s the process?
The first step is to get in touch and we’ll talk about the kind of images you’d like to create and how you’d like to display them. Do you want to spend a day at the beach, go fly a kite, climb a mountain, or have cozy family time at home? We can discuss your ideas over the phone or meet at a cafe in Noe Valley to chat in person. Then we’ll brainstorm ideas for the location and time of day of your shoot, as well as talk about specific clothing and props that will help achieve your vision.
When your images are ready, usually within three weeks of the shoot, we’ll schedule an in-home design and ordering session. We’ll settle on the most satisfying way to display your images, and you’ll be able to make any special editing requests.
What if I need to reschedule a session?
The deposit is non-refundable, but I’d be happy to put it toward reserving another date.
Weddings & Events
I do a limited number of weddings and special events. Please get in touch for pricing and availability.