What is included in my collection fee?

Collections include communication with me prior to your session on location, lighting, timing, wardrobe, and special details you want captured during our time together. Also includes my travel time to/from location (within 25 minutes of zip code 52806), post processing with hand editing your gallery, your gorgeous online viewing gallery, and access to my professional printer. New this year I have also added a subscription service with styling options according to age, colors, and where to purchase. Sessions are around 60 minutes depending on the flow of your family / business. Your collection includes 40 full size digital files with a print release. My online galleries also provide access to my professional printer for prints, canvases, albums and a variety of unique and gorgeous options! I am also happy to accomodate payment plans prior to your session.

 

why do you deliver digital images verse prints?

My style doesn't allow my heart to only give my clients a few images or prints. That's why my collections deliver the whole gallery. When telling your story + documenting your moments I don't want to leave out any details - and I don't want you to miss them either. My beautiful online galleries always offer a la carte pricing for prints, canvases, and albums. Leaving you with the whole story - not just a chapter. 

I always recommend printing through me or other reputable printer. My print release does not allowing printing at box stores like Walgreens, Walmart, Target, etc. which are not high quality printers and I can not gaurantee their quality or correct colors with printing. My printing company does an a-mazing job at a fraction of the cost without sacrificing quality to showcase your session.

 

what will my session be like?

My style is not for everyone and that's okay. It's moody, emotional + authentic. I love the look of classic film so I often emulate that feel with a twist. I want nothing more than my clients to be happy with their galleries so it's important that your vision coincides with my style. I'm here to capture your moments + connections and tell your story. My client's are typically creative and non-traditional. I use no formal props and encourage having activities/ideas for children or a location that spurs creative play. I do minimal posing and provide prompts to enhance interactions between couples + families. I always have a "wish list" of locations I would love to take couples + families - so just ask - and I'll provide ideas to make your session unique to you and yours.

 

how much will it cost me?

All of my investment pricing is simple. Collections start at $650+tax with options to add a la carte items.  I like to keep things simple and include personally hand edited digitals with the collection pricing. Never outsourced. Each image touched specifically by me.

 

when can i see my images?

4-6 weeks after our session, you'll receive an email to view your online gallery. I allot this amount of time to put my whole heart and creativity into every detail of your session. You will receive a download pin to your gallery which will be available for 30 days after delivery. Want those photos faster? I offer an option to bump your session to the top of my editing questions for $100+tax.

 

i dont see weddings, seniors or extended family sessions in your packages - do you shoot those?

I am no longer taking on weddings, seniors or extended family sessions. My passion lies in lifestyle + documentary photography and both extended family sessions as well as seniors are more focused on posed portraiture. I am no longer taking on any more weddings to allow more time with family and friends on weekends.

 

can i bring props to my session?

Anything you would normally bring to the location with your family I welcome! (Guitars, books, favorite teddy bear, picnic basket, football, etc). I do not allow items that are not natural to the setting - e.g. cake smash not at their actual birthday party - I want your images to reflect emotion + connection - and out of place props take away from that. 

 

what if my kids wont cooperate?

Find me a kid that will! (especially a 2 or 3 year old). I totally get it. My little guy is either asleep or at top speed (he gets it from my husband). The beauty of a lifestyle family session is that I want to capture what makes your family unique. I encourage moments for your kids to explore the area (which is typically new to them!) And i'll get some shots of them playing in the dirt, finding an amazing bug, or running after their sibling. A little dirt on tiny pants and toes is darling and I'm happy to chase after your ever-moving children. Your children being themselves will make your session so special and help you all remember just as things were. Perfectly imperfect. Embrace it.

 

does it matter what i wear? 

Yes - it matters! I provide a style guide + pinterest board for inspiration for your session all included in my welcome e-mails. I will also personally help you make those last minute shoe and scarf decisions. I also have an online service to show a variety of clothing optoins according to ages, gender, colors, and theme of your session.

I also have a local make-up artist that would get you looking your best prior to your session so you can worry about finding your little's matching shoe instead of your smeared eyeliner. Contact me for pricing and availability.

 

what's in your camera bag?

A Canon 5d Mark IV, Canon 5d Mark III and a Canon 5d Mark II. I primarily shoot with my Mark IV and use my Mark III as a back up (just in case!). 

I have a variety of lenses but love my Canon 35mm 1.4L and Sigma 24mm ART. I also have a Sigma ART 50mm lens but my  35mm / 24mm are my go-to for the majority of my work. My bag also has an 85 and a nifty fifty for freelensing. I have a few zoom lenses but don't even carry them in my bag as I prefer shooting with all primes.

While I do have a handful of external flashes that I will use at indoor events I prefer natural light and the mood it creates - especially at sunset. 

I keep everything safe and sound in my Kamrette backpack.

 

what is your post processing workflow?

My post processing workflow consists of dumping all of your gorgeous 100% raw photos onto my MacBook pro laptop and connecting to my ASUS 27" 4K monitor. I back up all my photos on an external hard drive and home-based backup until your online gallery is delivered. I also shoot with cameras with dual memory card slots so if one goes bad during a session the other one has it safe + sound. I look through each photo individually for clarity, mood, and lighting and decide which images make the cut for hand editing and delete the rest. I do 95% of my editing in Lightroom and will occasionally pull into Photoshop for some advanced editing. 

 

what if I want just a few images?

I no longer book mini sessions or milestone sessions. As my style is candid + storytelling I do not offer any smaller packages with fewer images at this time to allow more time to focus on lifestyle sessions. I am happy to refer clients to other amazing local photographers that offer mini sessions.

 

Are you official?

Yes! - I am a registered LLC, pay my taxes like a boss, and have insurance coverage (for my drone too!). I'm happy to provide a copy at your venue if needed.