Reserve your Shoot Date:
I recommend booking at least 4-6 weeks prior to allow time for styling. I mostly shoot on weekdays for less crowds! The session fee reserves your date in my calendar. Note that Fall dates are especially popular and book quickly after my calendar opens in July.
Location + Styling:
I will give you a choice of locations that are not overly crowded and allow for exploration and fun. I will also help to style your family for your chosen location to help you feel amazing and ensure that what you are wearing will photograph well. Clients also have the option to collaborate with me on a custom creative concept/idea for your shoot.
I will direct and guide you and ask you to hug, kiss, and play with your family and truly enjoy the time without always looking at the camera and worrying about how kids may be behaving. We will spend 1-1.5 hours together. Newborn at home sessions can last up to 2 hours.
You will be able to view your slideshow with ALL hand-edited images from your session (60+) within 3 weeks. After viewing your slideshow, you can select which digitals & print credit package you would like to purchase. Finally, you will get access to the gallery to download your high resolution digital images and use your bonus print credit on professionally printed products.
My rates are the same for a family, newborn, maternity, or couple session.
SESSION FEE $300
The session fee reserves your date in my calendar and covers my time and talent.. Location scouting, styling your family and borrowing items from my client closet are included in the session fee. This fee is non-refundable.
Collections are purchased after the session upon viewing your gallery slideshow with all the hand edited images (60-80). This allows you to choose what is best for your family.
Collection 1: The Favorites
10 high resolution digital images from your gallery
$50 complimentary print credit to redeem in your personalized online print store
Collection 2: The Highlights
25 high resolution digital images from your gallery
$100 complimentary print credit to redeem in your personalized online print store
Collection3: The Full Story
All the high resolution digital images from your gallery
$200 complimentary print credit to redeem in your personalized online print store
No. The session fee reserves the date in my calendar and covers my time and talent to scout locations, style your family, and prepare for your session. You will select which collection package to purchase after viewing your fully edited gallery slideshow.
I take a lot of time to scout gorgeous locations all over Los Angeles and Orange County and know how they look during different times of year, how the light falls, and whether they are accessible due to tide patterns. Clients often book with me months in advance to get their dream location at the perfect time. I will send you location recommendations (with sample photos) for your shoot date taking into account where you live, how far you will travel, what kind of session you want, ages of your kids. and how locations will look on your shoot date. Please note that locations outside of my travel radius (e.g. Joshua Tree, San Diego, Ventura or Santa Barbara, etc). have an extra travel fee unless I will already be there for other reasons.
I only shoot 1-2 hours before sunset or at sunrise for that beautiful light. If you have young kids who go to bed early, keep in mind that sunset times are much earlier in the Fall and Winter. However parents are always amazed how long kids can last in sessions past their bedtime especially when they are having fun on the beach! Or consider a sunrise session – you will love greeting the sun to start your day.
I love it when grandparents join! Both kids and grandparents light up in the presence of each other, and capturing these moments is priceless. I just ask that grandparents are styled in advance along with your family, and come ready to interact and play. There is no extra fee to add 1-2 extended family members to your session. If you are having a reunion with more family members, pricing for an extended family session would be different.
Unfortunately I do not offer shorter sessions for several reasons. I put a lot of time and effort into getting to know your family and planning and executing your session, no matter how long it would last. A short session doesn’t allow enough time for capturing your story, beyond a few basic portraits. Worried about your babies and toddlers lasting 1-1.5 hours in front of the camera? They easily do all the time in my sessions because they do not need to look at the camera and pose. They will be engaged playing or snuggling with you and interacting with nature.
What you wear plays a hugely important role in how your photos will look and how I will edit your session for a given location and light. I share my guidelines of what photographs well, give color scheme suggestions specific to your taste and your location, suggest my favorite retailers for photoshoots, and provide access to an online styling tool to help style your whole family. I often also pick out specific pieces for each family member to wear. Most clients end up purchasing new clothing to mix with some of their existing pieces, however you will also get access to my client closet (in the South Bay LA) to try on and borrow free of charge certain mom’s and kids’ outfits. While most of my sessions are styled in timeless bohemian inspired clothing, I also love working on a look with you specific to your family if you have a unique styling vibe or idea.
I adore photographing kids during your session. Their joy and wonder is pure magic. While I have done kids only sessions in the past, I am not offering them at this time. My passion lies more in capturing your connections with your kids – how you love on each other, interact, and play. So yes I will absolutely photograph your kids, but you must be a willing participant in the session. And I promise that you will get better photos of your kids this way, and that I will do my best to make you look and feel great. You will never regret being in photos! Just do it!
While my passion lies in creating storytelling and lifestyle images, I always make it a point during the session to get a great photo of the family happily looking at the camera because I believe that you need an image like this in your gallery. Typically we do this shot first before we move into the rest of the session. However if you expect to have multiple combinations of people all statically looking at the camera, I am not the right photographer for your needs. I do love to catch kids’ eyes and smiles throughout the session, so you will see a lot of those in your gallery!
I love working with you to customize sessions to truly reflect your family and your story. If you have a vision of a certain vibe you want for your session – what you want your session to feel like, look like, or reflect an activity your family enjoys (eg surfing, skateboarding, hiking, etc) – we will work together to bring that vision to life. See an example custom session here: (link to surfing session on the blog).
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