I've photographed countless families, and every one of them has been completely different. Every family has its own culture, whether or not they realize it, and it's fun to capture that culture and help you visually see how special it is.
Before your shoot, we'll line up all the nitty gritty details like location and clothing, all customized based on where you plan to display the end product. Whether your family photo shoot experience is in-studio, in your home or off-site, on the day of your family's experience you can relax and simply let the day unfold.
It is my hope that when you see your finished product hanging on your wall or above the mantel, you'll smile not only because of the gratitude you feel toward your unique family, but because of the fond memories from the whole experience.
"I just reviewed our family pictures and I am so happy with how they turned out! Emmalee did a fantastic job! The way she captured the two kids interacting is something I will cherish for a lifetime!" - Kaelyn
What happens during the consultation?
First, I will meet with you in person to get to know you and your family. I will learn about your personalities, your passions and your goals for the photo session. I'll listen to your ideas and share some of my own. We'll go through each step of the process so you will know what to expect and will feel relaxed and comfortable on the day of the session. I'll answer any questions you might have and offer tips for how you can make things go as smoothly as possible during the photography session.
We will choose a location for the session at the consultation. When deciding on a location for your session, it's important not to make a choice based only on what is visually pleasing. Consider the places that mean the most to you, where did the most special moments of your life take place? What location says something about the dynamics of your family, who you are, and what you love? Choosing a spot that evokes memories or emotions will help you to be relaxed during the photo session, and it will add an extra layer of depth to your portraits. If you choose a lifestyle session, keep in mind that natural light from large windows will provide the best result in your home.
I love photographing families outdoors, but that depends on good weather. Excessive heat or cold can be hazardous to little subjects, and rain can drive everyone indoors. If bad weather threatens a scheduled photo session, I will keep in contact with you as the day of the session approaches so we can decide whether to reschedule to another convenient time or move the session to the studio.
Do I have to pay a deposit?
During the consultation, I will work with your schedule to determine the perfect day and time for your photo session. You will pay a non-refundable deposit, sign a contract for my services and I will reserve the date for your session.
Why don't you offer mini-sessions?
Mini sessions don't allow us the time we need to produce beautiful images of your family. My family sessions take about 1 hour and shortening this time rushes the session. I understand children get impatient, but this allows time for me to warm up to your children and play with them in order to get more candid images. For this reason I do not offer mini sessions.
What happens after the session?
After the photographs have been taken and each image has been professionally retouched, you will experience the moment you have been eagerly awaiting. During the viewing and ordering appointment, I will show you the finished photographs and guide you through what could otherwise be the overwhelming experience of choosing what to purchase. I will review each shot with you, answer all of your questions, and offer our professional advice as you choose from prints, albums and other products available. I will do my part to make placing your order a fun and easy experience, and the end result will be beautiful printed works of art that you will cherish forever.
Do you offer Digital Images?
Yes, I offer a Digital Collection that includes edited images, typically 30-40 images on a wooden thumb drive with printing rights (the copyrights to the images stays with the photographer, the original creator of the images).