Getting the whole crew together for photos can be a bit stressful. I will help you with a Portrait Guide filled with wardrobe suggestions, session day advice, and general FAQs. My priority is to make your experience as stress-free as possible. During the session, I promise you patience and no judgement when you break out the bribes :)
Family Session Experience
This session is to document the whole family as you are. While most of the session will be interacting with your kids, we will also do some posed portraits. I don't do too many posed images because I want to document real life, authentic moments. The real smiles come when you actually make them laugh or when your four year old tells a silly joke.
All edited digital files are included via an online private gallery, along with a print release. You can expect 60-90 images with a full hour session. The gallery will be a combination of color and black and white images.
I offer mini sessions once or twice a year, so spots are fairly limited. If you think this is the right session for you and your family, make sure you are on my Insider List to get first dibs! Most of the time, it is the children's ages and/or the reason behind the photographs that will make this decision for you. Kids under one (particularly non-walkers) and those five and over, are usually fairly cooperative and would be more likely to do well with a mini session. It is the tricky ages of 1-4 when it may take them a little while to warm up and be comfortable with me. I can't think of a time that I didn't win over the kids by the end of a full session. But, this can take some time which is why I would recommend the full hour session for the toddler age group. With that being said, you know your kids the best! I speak generally when I give these recommendations. I just really do not want you to be stressed out if your two year old isn't cooperating and you feel like you're racing against the clock.
The other thing to think about is why you are doing this session. My main goal for any session is for you to have photographs showing the connection between you and your children that you will cherish forever. If you are only looking for one shot, with everyone looking at the camera with a cheese face, I may not be the right photographer for you. I want to show the emotion and love that you all have for one another. I offer mini sessions to try and accommodate everyone that would like to have certain moments in their life documented forever.
When I do offer mini sessions, they are 20 minutes at one location. If you are interested in doing one when I am not currently offering them and you can get together a group of three or more families at the same location (within 30 miles of New Fairfield, CT), we can discuss options.
I offer timeless, authentic images. I do not go by the current trends with composition, props, or editing, etc. My dream is for these photos to be seen for generations and I want you to trust your family's legacy in my hands.
Family sessions can feel stressful (I'm lookin' at you, mama), but what I see is something totally different. I mainly like to capture moments in between the next guided pose. Those are the real moments - the ones where you are fixing a problem for your three year old, or giving snuggles to a tired infant. I will always photograph posed and candid moments, but trust me - the ones you get the feels from, are those in between moments.