If you're looking for the "say cheese" staring at the camera pictures, or assembly line of cookie cutter sessions... I'm sorry, I'm not your girl!
Not to speak badly of these types of photos, they just aren't my forte! It's not my fault I have ADHD! Okay, that is true, however that's not the only reason why. I don't feel we can all fit into the same box, so of course each session should be different. Your best photos will come from a place that feels like you.
I have spent a lot of years studying photography. A lot of hard work, persistence and commitment have got me to where I am today. This is not just snapping a picture, it's knowing exactly how to utilize the light and surroundings to create captivating images every single time. My gear is an extension of me, I can assess a situation with future edits in mind confidently, leaving all my energy to capture my subject in all the creative glory possible! My sessions may all look different, but the overall artistic care and quality will always be the same.
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My pledge to you- I will always do my upmost to capture beautiful natural moments and create something unique and special to your family. I will utilize the best light possible in different ways, strong composition and hand editing to build a dynamic variety filled gallery. I take great pride in producing individual products that highlight the character of each client. I will do everything I can to create a fun and enjoyable experience for you, because great pictures of you will also make my heart sing!
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Location, Location, Location!
First and foremost you want to select a location that suits you and feels right when you hang those beautiful new photos on your walls! Homebodies? Consider a cozy in-home session. Outdoors enthusiast? Let's get to those mountains or your favourite picnic spot! Farm girl? Maybe a field of hay bales! Love architecture and lines? Downtown might be the spot for you!
Consider the whole story when narrowing down your location. Dynamic geography to interact with and entertain the kids is always a great choice. Just as simplicity never disappoints. If you are more of a minimalist there is always something to be said for a simple brick wall or open field.
Wardrobe and location go hand in hand. So either use your wardrobe to help decide on the best location, or use your location to help with the best wardrobe. Flowy dresses love a breeze to create a romantic feel so an epic backdrop on a beach or in the mountains will help. Cozy fall knits look at home in the forest or amongst hay bales. Casual attire looks great on a rooftop parkade with city views or an old-school yard! The key is to consider how your location will add to the overall feel you want for your session.
Okay so now you're thinking, "Great how on earth am I finding this 'epic' location??" I got you! I always scout locations for my clients. I prefer to avoid overly manicured parks or hot spots where you'll have an audience. Unless of course that's the look we're going for. Once you've booked we'll discuss your vision for your shoot and I can suggest locations based on that info. Not sure what you want? No worries! I can help you narrow down options and get things rolling for you!
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What to wear-
Layers, textures, patterns & accessories - Add dimension, depth and interest to your images and set the vibe. Accessories I love to use include hats, headbands, jewelry, scarves, suspenders, jackets and vests. Adding a simple prop such as a blanket, guitar, flowers or a child's toy are another way. Some of my favourite fabrics/textiles to use are linen, tweed, lace, knits, denim, fur and leather. Patterns are essential! Most patterns are game, but avoid super loud. I encourage using more than one print, just try to avoid using multiple similar prints.
Wear what you feel good in- If you don't feel comfortable in your outfit selection it will show! Be true to your personal style!
Dress for the season & location- Chunky sweaters and flannel shirts are perfectly at home in the mountains on a fall day vs. the beach in the summer. Also consider the colours you'll be encountering so your outfit selections are complimented by your surroundings.
Dressing for in-home sessions- Consider the colours in your home; you'll want your wardrobe to suit the space. Neutrals with texture are always a great choice indoors.
Okay, so where do you start?
Here are my three go-to starting points for getting your wardrobe selection going:
1. Choose a colour palette- Pick 4-5 complementing colours, don't forget to consider the colours at your location.
2. Pick a print and pull from there- Use the colours in the print to find other clothing items in those colours.
3. Neutrals- Neutrals are a great choice if you like simplicity in your images. They are my fave for newborn sessions. Classic neutrals white, cream, black, grey.
Remember I'm here for you! Together we can go over all of this info and plan your wardrobe together!
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I want you to know exactly what to expect!
Ready to book your session?
I would love to work with you! Click the book now button and let me know what type of session you're looking to book and the approximate date. I do recommend booking in advance for ideal dates. To secure your session I'll send you a quote that will guide you through paying your booking retainer (50%) and contract. The remainder of your balance will be due one week prior to your session date. Don't worry I send a reminder.
Now we get to have fun! 24-72 hours after you've confirmed your booking I will be in touch via email to book our session details phone call(text also works if you're really not a phone talker). Let the planning begin!
What happens after our session?
That session was everything!! I'm so excited! I must share a handful of sneak peeks with you via email/text or social media in the days after! I hand edit every single image I send you. My editing process is honestly My average turn around for gallery delivery is 3-6 weeks. If you selected The Essentials Session you will first receive a proof gallery to choose your favourite images, the finals will be delivered 24-72hrs after they're selected.
Can I order prints?
Nothing brings me more joy than seeing your photos hung on your walls! I offer professional print options directly in your final gallery! Making the printing process super easy, leaving you no excuse to not print!! My session fee also includes print release on your final images, meaning you can take those files and print them anywhere you choose.
So how does the actual session work?
My goal is to tell your genuine story. My favourite images are always the candid real smile moments. You know, the ones that feel effortlessly unposed. These moments are often the product of gentle direction and subtle guidance. I'll ensure we utilize the best light available through out and take advantage of our surroundings. Creating a captivating gallery filled with your love story.
UGH! My kids are being crazy!!!
Can I tell you a secret?? So are mine!! LOL sorry I know that's not helpful! I want you to know that kids are kids. They feel the energy around them, especially from their parents. Getting organized for your session can feel stressful, allow yourself a deep breath when you arrive to your session and relax into your time being photographed. No need to force anything, let's enjoy our time together!
Can I ask you a favour?
I love that you want to show your new photos off to the world!! My best advertising is you, my amazing client! I appreciatively ask you tag me if you decide to share images on social media!
- Jim Carrey
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