FAMILY & CHILD
COUPLES & ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY
WHAT TO EXPECT
In photography, as well as in life, I believe everything is relative. In my opinion, some photographers focus too heavily on branding, to the point where all their photos look the same because they frequent the same kind of location at the same time of day, and ask their families to wear specific types of clothing. People who are looking for a certain type of aesthetic might prefer this style of photography, and that's totally cool, but it's not my thing.
Instead, I aim to document your days by celebrating the uniquely beautiful narrative of your love and your life. I strive to capture the real and the authentic by building friendships, rather than a client base, and by trusting my instincts. What you can expect is a lot of collaboration and questions from me about your ideas and vision; a humble, fun, and friendly atmosphere during the shoot; and high-quality photos that accentuate the one-of-a-kind energy of your world and our time together. If that's cool with you, let's talk!
Frequently Asked Questions
I'd love to have portraits taken, but I'm uncomfortable in front of the camera.
I feel you, so am I. But you see, we're not conducting a portrait session - we're celebrating! Think of our time together as a fun hangout sesh with your loved ones and an old friend who always has her camera strapped around her neck. We're just gonna meet up at some pretty park or cool spot in the city and do a little exploring, get to know each other, and have fun!
What happens once I reach out to you about a session?
First, I'll ask some general get-to-know-you questions and inquire about what you want in terms of portraits. For instance, I may ask how old your kids are or what you envision for your shoot or what, if any, location ideas you have in mind. Oftentimes, my families, seniors, and couples prefer a type of location, like an outdoorsy place with soft, pretty backgrounds, or a more industrial setting in the city, but they don't have a specific location in mind. If this is the case, I'll suggest potential settings and once we decide on one, we'll schedule a date and time for the shoot.
Where are the best places in the area to have portraits taken?
There are so many lovely locations in the Lehigh Valley area. I'll pretty much travel anywhere within an hour or so. That includes various regions within Northeast Pennsylvania, including Easton, Bethlehem, Allentown, etc., as well as Northwest and Central New Jersey, such as Phillipsburg, Washington, Hackettstown, etc.
What should I wear?
When choosing an outfit for your session, I suggest taking the portrait setting into consideration. So, for instance, I conducted a maternity shoot in the winter at Jacobsburg Park and the mother asked for suggestions on what color her dress should be. My response was to consider the setting. Since it was winter and the shoot would be taking place at an outdoorsy and natural setting, there'd be a lot of browns, tans, and grays, so I suggested a darker color, like a forest green or navy blue. She went with the green and it was gorgeous! You can see the example in my portfolio.
How should I prepare for my session?
Before your session, I recommend thinking about any props you might want to incorporate into your photos. For instance, think about bringing along a special baby blanket for a newborn session or baby shoes for a maternity shoot or a nice blanket to sit on. Also, if you're taking family photos with kids, it may be a good idea to bring along snacks and baby wipes in case they start to get peckish or decide to play in the mud. Speaking of which, I'm totally cool with outfits getting messy as this is a sign we're having fun, but feel free to bring a change of clothes.
How will I receive my photos?
After 1-2 weeks of processing time after the shoot, you'll receive an email from me with a URL that links directly to a Google Drive folder containing all full-size, high-resolution JPG images edited by me and available for you to download to your computer. This email will also contain general need-to-know information regarding the photos and your files, like advice on where to have them printed.