Why should I hire you to be my photographer?
Because it’s not about me. It’s about you. It’s all about you. I play a small part in all of this. My camera and I are just a mirror to the love and light in front of us. I have the tools and gifts that allow me to help you tell the story of the way it feels to be loved by your family today. Today because it won’t look the same in five years or even tomorrow. We will work together to create something you can hold in your hands, snuggle on the couch with your family…your partner…your babies…your grandbabies…or your beautiful self, and see and feel the way it felt to love and be loved twenty years before.
I offer something unique and I am not shy about saying that. I photograph what I see in front of me and I direct just enough to let out the light and love inside of you. I never want this to be about me. I just want to play a small part in capturing this one wild and beautiful life you have in front of you. This one wild and beautiful childhood your babies have in front of them. This one wild and beautiful love story you have wrapped all around you. If you’re looking for a studio experience with perfectly posed images, I am not the photographer for you. If you’re looking for an experience that is fun and allows your babies to be their little wild selves, then I am your girl. If you’re looking for the cheapest photographer, I am not the photographer for you. I reserve a very limited number of sessions each month to give a more boutique experience. What that really means is our sessions are not rushed. We shoot until we have it (typically 1.5-2 hours for signature sessions). We take time to connect…we may just become bff’s long after our session together is over. There is flexibility to reschedule in case of rain or illness. And I will love on you to the best of my ability…which looks different all the time.
What type of session should I choose?
The most popular session by far is the signature session, and it is the session most clients have experienced through the years. For this session we take our time and shoot until we have it and customize the location to what suits your family.
If you would like a longer session that documents a typical day in your life (or an extraordinary one), or want to capture a day of vacation or do you live outside of KY you may choose the Day in the Life session.
Just want a few images? I highly recommend a mini session to get the most out of your investment for only a handful of images. Be sure to ask about possible upcoming mini session dates.
How far out are you booked?
My suggestion is to reserve your session as soon as you can. Booking for the next year is opened up in November. Some dates are booked near a year in advance and sometimes there are openings as close as two weeks in advance. Wondering if there are any openings during your desired date? Please don’t hesitate to ask. We will work together to find the perfect date.
Where does the session take place?
Where ever you want! My goal is to photograph you as relaxed and comfortable as possible. I absolutely love when at least a portion of sessions are done in my clients homes. Right in the heart of it. Where your family loves and does life. Want to venture out away from the home for part or all of your session? There are so many gorgeous locations in Central KY. What about a park your family goes to frequently? Or a family farm? Even the tall over grown field down the street can be perfect if the light is hitting it right. Let's chat about your family's likes and dislikes, your day to day, and this will lead us to the perfect location! Clients often say, “but my home doesn’t look like the ones on your website!” and feel that everything must be perfectly decorated and, well, perfect. Please know that just outside the frame in many of my images were toys that didn’t get put away, a patch of lawn in the midst of being landscaped, or a pile of laundry that understandably didn’t quite find its way into a drawer the first week baby arrived. Lots of my clients aren’t sure how their home could be a good location, but they always are.
Newborn sessions always take place at your home. That’s right...you do not have to leave your house with your baby. I come to you! I love in home newborn sessions. They are so personal and so sweet and special.
What happens when I schedule a session?
After deciding on your session and date, you’ll receive a “booking proposal” where you’ll reserve your session with your sesson fee, questionnaire, and contract. Your questionnaire is where I'll get to know a bit about you, your family, your ideal session, and more. Your session date is penciled in for a week during which time your booking proposal is completed and your first payment is made. Your session is officially reserved once your booking proposal is completed and your first payment is made. After that you will receive more information and we will chat more to plan your perfect session. Your second payment will be due the day of your session or before.
When will we see our images?
About a month following your session you will receive word that your images are ready for viewing. You'll decide the one week ordering window and you'll receive a lovely online slideshow during that week to share with friends. Your final payment is due during this week and any additional prints may be ordered. If you prefer, you may schedule an in-person or skype ordering session. I select the best images from your session to show (typically around 40-60 for Signature Sessions). As one mother laughingly said at her ordering session, "Thank you so much for not letting those images where I blinked or looked bad even exist in the universe!"
Once your final payment is made, you will receive a download link to your files and your order will be processed. Orders may take up to 2-8 weeks, depending on what items are ordered.
What is your approach to newborn sessions?
My goal for your newborn session is to capture what it feels like to have a newborn home. Okay...a little less of the tired eyes and all of the wonder and love and snuggles. Lots of snuggles. With this in mind, I don’t do a lot of over posing, focusing instead on newborn swaddles and how newborns naturally lay. I love family newborn snuggles and the look on each persons face as they soak it all in. Your job is simply to love on your baby and your family.
What kind of photographer are you?
I am a storyteller first. I am a natural light, lifestyle photographer, specializing in child and family photography. I always say I fell in love with families first and photography second. My first priority is to capture your love, your story, the way you interact as a family. Who you are as a family. I want for you to look at your images and feel that love for generations to come. I want your kiddos to remember how it felt to be little. Mostly, I want for everyone to see their love and know they belong. To have a physical reminder that they are loved. That right in the craziness, life is beautiful and full of…love. These images will be an investment in your family history. I use very loose “posing” or no posing and we just simply play. There are lots of snuggles and lots of tickling. We do what we can to have fun and get everyone feeling relaxed. I seek to capture connection rather than perfection. And it’s nice to naturally capture a couple of everyone looking at the camera too.
How long will my session be?
Signature sessions last around 1-2 hours, and up to 3 hours for newborns. We shoot until we “have it” or until the kids are “done”. Day in the life or birth sessions are around 5-8 hours.
Where are you located?
I am located in central KY, but am available for travel all over the world. Travel within an hour of area code 40444 is included in the collections.
What about bad weather?
Unfortunately, most of the time we will have to reschedule. If the session is in your home or other in door location, we can sometimes work with the light inside despite the nastiness outside. I do only work with natural light, so please keep this in mind.
Will I get digital photos from my session?
Yes! You can purchase both individual images or all images. Each collection comes with all of your high resolution digital images on a flash drive, as well as being available for download. To me, this is the ultimate purchase (as well as the beautiful albums that include all finished session images) as it gives you the freedom to print as many as you'd like. It is truly the way to get the most out of your session. You are able to print as many as you want, in whatever size you would like, from any vendor you would like. I highly recommend www.mpix.com as your go to print lab when you have purchased your digital images.
How, when and where can I order additional prints and products?
Your session comes with an online ordering gallery where you can order prints and products directly from my website.
Do you photograph weddings?
I truly feel my biggest strength is in photographing families, however, I do love a good wedding. I do photograph a very limited number of weddings a year.
What should we wear?
This may be our most asked question. I always tell clients that you could seriously stay in your pajamas and the pictures would be perfect. I want you. I want you at your most comfortable. No matter what you wear, the choice should be as stress free as possible, you should be comfortable, and you should feel beautiful. Do you have a "go-to" out fit or something in particular that always makes you feel beautiful? Wear that! How about letting the kiddos dress themselves? Or having one article of clothing that truly expresses who the individual is? Maybe a few shots with their favorite cape or dress or ratty shoes. You will be so thankful you did this in the years to come. Eventually that won't be their favorite. It's all about capturing who your family truly is and about relaxing...being in the moment. Not comfortable with that for all the pictures? How about color coordinating outfits for part of the session and then the other part of the session letting all the rules go?
Another tip is to look through my previous sessions. You'll see some who have color coordinated their outfits and others who haven't. Get a feel for what you like! If all else fails, bring your choices the day of the session and I will help make the final decisions.
But, my kids are WILD and will not sit still for pictures.
Perfect! They don't have to. And you don't need to feel the pressure of keeping them still or to do every single thing I ask. I want to capture exactly how your kiddos are at this point in their life. I have a five year old and he is wiggly and wild often...especially when something is different. So I completely understand. Let me worry about the pictures, you worry about loving your family and enjoying exactly who they are in this moment. Pressure is off. And, you know what, if they don't want to do something I ask, it's okay. Happy kiddos is more important than that one thing I would like to do. If something happens and we find that this is just completely an off day and isn't going to work, we will figure it out and reschedule if we absolutely have to. No worries. No pressure.
When should I schedule my maternity session? Newborn session?
Maternity sessions are best done in the 3rd Trimester. Newborn sessions are best done within the little ones first 2 weeks of life (however, I want to do this when the clients are most comfortable. There's something beautiful to capture with every stage of a newborn). It's important to schedule both of these as far in advance as possible. We can schedule newborn sessions before the baby is even born and adjust the date as needed once the little one arrives.
Do you do mini sessions?
Mini sessions are offered 2-3 times a year. They are 15-20 minutes long and include 15 high resolution digital images with unlimited personal printing rights and 5x7 proofs of each.
Mini session locations are predetermined. You can see a list of mini session locations and dates HERE.
How do you choose which images you keep from our session and include in our gallery?
Each session is narrowed down to the best of the best. The ones that truly tell the story of the day and speak most loudly to who you are and what we were going for during the session. Signature sessions are narrowed down to around 40-60 images.