It occurred to me the other day that since my photography business is so new, most of you who visit my site would probably have no idea what to expect when it came down to shooting a session with me. There are several different categories, and they're all going to look somewhat different, so I'm breaking this down in a few parts. I thought I'd start with family portraits.
I love families, especially big ones. Coming from a family of 6, I love it when there is constant chatter and commotion and people moving everywhere. However, going to my little family of 2 (including my introverted husband), I've also come to appreciate the quietness of a smaller family, and how each person's personality will shine under different circumstances.
All of my family portrait sessions start out with introductions. I want to learn more than just a name and a face; I'd like to figure out something that will make each one of you smile or laugh, and even more importantly, what will allow each one of you to relax and ENJOY your session, rather than being nervous in front of the camera. It can be intimidating to be photographed, especially for young children, and I fully understand that! I was one of those hard-to-photograph kids, and I remember each and every time my mom 'forced' me into even one family Christmas picture (sorry, Mom!).
After I get to know each one of you, I'll use the first 10-15 minutes of the session to get everyone warmed up. Sometimes I can get great photos during this time, but often it takes a few minutes for everyone to be comfortable. Then the fun begins! I'll photograph every combination of your family you can possibly think of, with pictures ranging from a stunning smile to laughter and playtime, depending on the ages of everyone involved! I like to get the great framed mantle shot, but I also love the spontaneous laughter that a family session can bring.
When we wrap up, I'll get to work right away on your pictures. I'll post a sneak peek on my Facebook page so you can not only get excited about what's coming up, but share it with your friends so they can see your beautiful pictures! After about 2-3 weeks of carefully editing each and every photograph, I'll deliver all your pictures in a custom website, where you can download, print, and share to your heart's content. Meanwhile, I'll write up a blog about your session and choose some of my favorites - it might give you ideas if you're looking for pictures to frame!
Hopefully that helps you understand what you can expect from a family session with me. As always, if you have any questions, head over to my contact page and drop me a line - I'd love to hear from you!