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Session Details

I am a natural light, lifestyle, family photographer in Albemarle County, Virginia.  I strive to create relaxed family portraits that showcase the uniqueness of your family.  I believe that a beautiful location and smiling family make beautiful pictures, but a meaningful location and a family doing what it loves together create a memory.

Pre-Planning

Once we choose a date for your family session, I will send you a questionnaire designed to help me capture everyone’s unique personalities.   The more details you can provide me in advance, the more customized your portrait session will be.  We’ll review it together and plan a unique session tailored to the interests of your family.  If there is an activity or favorite hobby that you like to do together, we’ll do our best to incorporate that in some fashion.

I will travel to your home or a favorite location of your choosing (maybe a playground, the park, or a favorite winery) so that you and your family can relax and feel your most natural. I’ll bring my supply of silly faces and knock-knock jokes if you promise to bring your animal noises.

I suggest that you wear outfits that are coordinated, but not matchy-matchy, that are comfortable and colorful, and accentuate your personality.  If you want to change outfits mid-session, that’s great!  If you need help deciding, I’m happy to assist!  I strongly discourage the “traditional” photo outfits of solid t-shirts and khakis or white shirts and jeans.  I know from personal experience that dressing your 10 year old son in a brand new itchy wool sweater makes for a cranky child, so consider clothing that is comfortable and allows everyone to be themselves.

Your Custom Photo-Shoot

Enjoy your time playing with your family while I document genuine smiles and true emotions.  For the duration of our session, I’m letting you off the hook and asking you to relax the rules a little bit.  If too many people are telling the kids what to do, they’ll freeze up and go into “cheese” mode.  The pre-session questionnaire is also designed to help me figure out what will work with your kiddos to get the best responses.  My patience is limitless when it comes to (other people’s) children. The moment when you are the most frustrated and think I’m not getting anything good, is probably the moment that I’m getting the best shot of the day!

A family session is about documenting the personality of every member of the family and all of the relationships that make up your story.  I devote a portion of every session to the bond between the parents as well as with the children.  I also believe that every woman deserves a beautiful picture of herself that is more up-to-date than her bridal photograph, so we’ll take a few minutes of quiet to focus on Mom as well.

Your session fee of $150 covers my corny jokes, patience, and face making.  Print and digital collections begin at $500, and individual 8″x10″ custom gift prints start at $55.  I believe in the importance of print images, but also understand the desire for digital archives.  If you are looking for art for your wall, I adore canvases, especially canvas wall galleries.  Click here to see more of my favorites.

Then What?

Within two weeks of your session, I will send you a private link to your online photo gallery.  We can then work via phone or online to create your wishlist and print selections and digital files to fit your budget.

Like what you’ve seen?

Contact me via email to schedule your session or reach me via phone at 703.638.9570.

More Specifics:

I require a $75 non-refundable deposit to hold your session date and time, payable by check or credit card.

I understand that sometimes kids get sick or have boo-boos.  I also know that the weather in Virginia can be very unpredictable.  I am more than willing to reschedule in advance for these types of circumstances.  Additionally, I offer a one time second chance policy in the event that your children just aren’t feeling themselves.

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