“Photographing a family with two young kids can’t be easy, but Stephanie certainly made it look that way. We will treasure our photos for the rest of our lives.” -Aleah
Having your photo taken can feel stressful and uncomfortable, but it doesn't have to be that way! Here is some information on how I run my sessions, how to prepare, and what to expect. My goal is to create an authentic and fun environment for you and your loved ones to interact and connect naturally, with me simply there to document it.
My approach to photography is different than most in that I am not after that "perfect" shot with everyone posed, looking at the camera, and smiling. I want something deeper than that, something with soul and emotion, a snapshot into not only what a moment looked like, but how it actually felt to be in it. That might feel like a daunting task, to "model" with that kind of imagery in mind, but I promise, when you're with those you love, that connection is already there. It's my job (and my joy!) to flush it out and document it in a beautiful way. I may give you games to play, prompt you to talk about your favorite moments with one another, or give you a scenario to think about. I may give you a certain pose, and then challenge you to find your way back into it through movement. We might run, swing, or dance. Mostly, though, we'll just lean into the fun of it!
Some general rules that I tell my clients for wardrobe is to avoid clothing with bright colors or distracting patterns, logos, or graphics. It's best not to get too "matchy matchy" with outfits, while still having them look cohesive, so picking a color palette with a mix of similar tones usually works well. I love soft colors and neutrals as I feel like they offer a timeless feel. Using different textures and layering can add beautiful depth to the photos as well, and I love clothing that shows movement, especially for women and girls, so a maxi dress or skirt, or a flowy blouse are wonderful choices. Above all though, wear something that's comfortable, and that you feel like you in! That will shine through in your photos!
An email with a link to your photos and a download code will be sent to you within 3 weeks of your session date. You will have the option to download full resolution images as well as web sized versions if you like. It's important that you download and back up your photos, as the link will expire in 1 month, and I only guarantee backups of your photos for 6 months from the time of your session. As you can see from my portfolio, I offer a mix of color and black and white images. Some images lend themselves better to one or the other, and some work well in both, so you may see just one version of some images, and both versions of others in your collection.