How much can I expect to spend?
Families usually spend about $500 - $1,000 altogether, which includes a non-refundable $150 deposit. The deposit secures our time together and pays for my time, expertise, and equipment.
Each photo package is fully customized to fit your family's needs, while not compromising quality or service. Therefore, some families spend as little as $300 or as much as $2,000+. It's all about your budget and your situation, to me. It is important to me to be completely transparent and upfront about costs, so there will never be any unexpected surprises.
What can I expect from a booking with you?
Photo sessions with me are more like going for an outdoor adventure with a friend or a naturalist. The photos I take capture the natural moments of interaction, curiosity, excitement, and joy (but also the other real moments like a tired toddler or an angsty teen). We'll also get a few posed photos of the whole family because those are also very special to have.
We will simply explore an area that maybe you didn't know existed, talk about what we find, and - most importantly - have fun!
After the shoot, I process all the images and curate the best of the best. After some adjustments for lighting/color, I send you proofs (small, watermarked images) that you can use to choose your favorites. If you opt for an in-person ordering session (which is completely free!), I will bring 4x6 copies of each photo for us to go through together. (Some photo packages allow for you to keep those prints forever!) If you opt for an online experience, you will receive all the images in an online gallery (and a personalized app, depending on the package you choose).
After that, the fun part of ordering and displaying your favorite images officially begins!
How long are your sessions?
Each session is about one hour long, but may run longer if we're all having fun! Little kids normally have a limit of about 1 hour, but older kids (5+) and adults can usually go longer. The deposit doesn't change either way, but the number of photos to choose from certainly will go up the longer we spend together.
Where will we go and what should we wear?
Check out my blog for a list of local parks that I love to go to. If you have a favorite place, let me know! I am totally willing to travel if you have a further destination in mind, but extra fees may apply in that case.
First and foremost, you should dress for the weather! Choose practical clothing that protects you from the elements. I've found that vibrant colors are best for winter and summer, while more neutral colors are best for spring and fall.
Can you do "regular" family photos?
I definitely can! I love photographing newborns and families in their homes as well. The same fees and photo packages apply in most cases, but please contact me for details for your specific needs.
Do you sell prints?
Yes! I only offer prints or web-sized digital images without a print release. I consider my photos to be art worthy of displaying and passing on through generations, and I hope you do too!
What forms of payment do you accept?
I currently accept payments through PayPal, Stripe, and Square.
What are in-person sales sessions?
This is a new service I decided to offer starting in 2021. How many times have you gotten photos done taken, put them on your computer, and then barely looked at them again? Maybe shared a couple on social media? (Been there!)
I offer in-person sales sessions to help alleviate any guilt or procrastination in choosing what you'd like to do with your favorite photos. Choosing the photos you want to order and what kind of package or item you'd like can be daunting, and many people (myself included!) tend to put it on the backburner and never get around to making the order. This way, I can help you through the process, explain what I have available, and you can get that part over and done with and get on to enjoying your photos!
Plus, we get to share the excitement of looking through the photos, reminiscing about our adventures, and you can see what different products look like in real life before you buy.
As always, my goal is to be transparent and honest, and I will never try to sell you anything you don't love.
Why the switch to this niche?
If you've been following me for a while, you may know that I've previously done all kinds of photography, mostly of the posed family variety. Although I love every single one of my clients, the sessions I've had the most fun with have been these kinds of outdoor adventure family shoots. They're spontaneous, exciting, allow me to be creative, and honestly they're the ones that keep me doing this and keep clients coming back.
Nature has been such a huge part of my life since I was young, and nothing makes me happier than seeing someone else enjoying it as well - especially when I have an opportunity to show them something new.
Since the unexpected passing of my brother in 2013 and that of my mother in 2019, I've had a new respect for family photography and the role it plays in helping preserve memories. Not to mention pursuing what I'm passionate about because life is short, after all.
After an in-depth mentorship with a successful photographer who I really admire, I was able to narrow my niche down and figure out how to really make this dream more of a reality.