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A photography session should produce not just beautiful images, but an enjoyable and stress-free experience as well. Online booking, relaxed sessions, and digital photo downloads make everything easy and simple. Let’s have some fun!
While there are many fun editing trends going around, many desaturate photos and are not true-to-life. Full color, natural edits have always been my jam. I want you to love your photos not just now, but 20 years from now. That’s why I avoid trends and instead keep to clean, full-color, natural edits. I’m light on airbrushing, and keep posing simple and candid for this reason too. If that’s your style, I’d love to work together!
Fall is my busiest time of year by far, and sessions are currently booked for the year. When planning your Fall shoot, please book early. September weather is usually warm and pleasant, with light extending into the evening (after-work shoots are plentiful), but sees fewer Fall colors. Autumn colors are at their peak in early October, but be prepared to work around some rain and cold. After mid-October, the weather gets colder, wetter, and days are shorter. November – January shoots are best done inside the studio or your home.
RELAXED AND NATURAL POSING
“I don’t love having my photo taken, will you tell me what to do?” Of course! While I’m not a super-poser, I will give you some light direction and avoid awkward poses. I’ll encourage you to relax, play and snuggle with your children. I’ll set up tickle fights, ask kids to run into your arms, give each other giant bear hugs, or say “boogers!” as loud as they can. When kids (and grown-ups) are truly having fun, we get their genuine smiles and giggles. Don’t worry, I’ll let you know if you’re making goofy faces, have a double chin, or are standing in an awkward way. I’ll make you look good!
LOOK-AT-THE-CAMERA AND CANDID
I adore lifestyle imagery and lots of candid moments, but understand clients want classic look-at-the-camera shots too. We’ll do a mix of both styles, along with a number of backgrounds, so you have a variety of images to choose from in your final gallery. If you prefer candid more than posed, or vice versa, just let me know and I’ll shoot accordingly.
BEAUTY IN THE CHAOS
After 20 years photographing kids, one of three things often happens on photo day: kids get sick, skip their nap, or scratch their face. Please don’t stress! Imperfect is normal (and I can edit out scratches)! If your child starts to fuss, we stop for a snack, snuggle, or go for a little walk. Usually after a “reset” they’re ready to jump back into the shoot. My camera fires 6 frames a second – if children only give me a few good minutes of smiles, that’s an entire gallery of good images. Beauty in the chaos is my motto.
Think of your favorite photo. My guess is it wasn’t taken by saying cheese or posing awkwardly for the camera. So why should a photographer ask you to do either? A good photographer doesn’t force a shot, or direct their subject into painful poses. A good photographer sets their subject at ease, evokes a feeling, or prompts a candid moment and shoots the result. I design and direct my sessions around this concept. Fun, connected sessions produce fun, connected photos. Simple as that.
While attending college at UW 20 years ago, I apprenticed under a fantastic Seattle film photographer, shooting weddings and learning the ins and outs of photography. Committed to my “plan”, however, I got my masters in business and spent a decade in sales and marketing, keeping photography a side hustle on weekends. After my son was born in 2012, I could no longer ignore my calling. I quit my director role at a sustainability startup and became a full-time photographer. Photography never ceases to challenge or excite me. I love this work, love growing my art, and will undoubtedly still have a camera in my hand when I’m 90.