The fun begins once you reserve your session.
I want to get to know you so that I can provide a custom experience for you. My intention is that when you look at your photos, you say “yes, this is us!
The first step is to complete a planning questionnaire which tells me about your family and sets your vision for the session. I'll also invite you my client lounge, where you can find information on topics such as getting everyone on board for the shoot, preparing your children and other adults, and choosing the ideal location.
Next up is a zoom styling call (or an in-person meeting in person) to plan out your wardrobe. You have access to my client closet, or you may pick something you already own. We will coordinate the rest of the family based on mom's outfit.
During this time we’ll choose the perfect location together. I have a number of favorite spots from the beach to the mountains to parks that I like to shoot at. Or if you prefer, we can schedule the session for your home. All sessions are conducted using natural light, preferably at the golden hour (either an hour before or after sunset). Depending on the time of year and location, we may need to meet mid-week or at sunrise to avoid crowds, especially at popular places.
A few days before the session you’ll receive a detailed checklist, to keep everything on track.
THE PHOTO SHOOT
I like to match your family vibe.
With high-energy kids we may start with some running or a game of tag. Calmer families may enjoy exploring the environment for a bit, or talking and getting to know each other. This gives everyone time to settle in and feel comfortable with the camera.
During the session you may walk, play, run, jump, dance, tell jokes and sing to each other. Other times I may ask silly questions or hold a family contest. A typical session with me begins with some posed portraits, and then I’ll encourage a more relaxed portion of our session, to give you and your loved ones a chance to have fun while I capture some candid photos.
Don’t worry about being the perfect model; I'm here to carefully guide and direct you through the entire session to create opportunities for authentic and emotive moments.
Above all, know that your kids don't need to smile or act like angels; I'm used to the many moods of little ones, and I'll meet them where they are. In fact, no one needs to smile or act like an angel - this session is about the authentic, real, beautiful, wonderful people that make up your family.
Do not worry. Your photos will be gorgeous.
THE AFTER PARTY
I will provide you with an online gallery of curated, hand-edited digital images within four weeks after the session. You can directly download the digitals or order art-quality prints, albums or other products. A print release is provided should you choose to print locally.
Your gallery includes both color and black & white digital images.
Once you select your images I will provide you with information for downloading.
You have the option of printing through my professional color lab, or printing the images locally. A print release is included for this option.
I provide assistance should you choose to create a keepsake album or design a gallery wall for your home.
Up to 6 people
$20+ per additional person
Access to client closet
Individual, artistic, hand editing of every image delivered
Access to online gallery for viewing
The session fee is non-refundable and payable upon reserving your date
Custom designed keepsake albums, prints and gallery collections are also available. Inquire for more information.
I can’t recommend MJ enough! We had a fabulous experience working with her. From start to finish, the process was clear, smooth, and efficient. She presented us with great options for location, which took away the stress of trying to find one on our own. She then followed up with extremely clear directions of not only how to get to the spot we chose but what to bring and how to dress to make the experience as stress-free as possible.
During the shoot, MJ was calm and thoughtful and did a wonderful job giving suggestions of what we could do to get the shots we wanted. She really knows what she’s doing! The time went by quickly and was really enjoyable and bonding. And don’t even get me started on the photos themselves - perfect! She captured our little family so well and we will treasure the photos for years to come. Thank you, MJ!!