What can I expect during my session from you?
A lot of fun! As a mom of 4, and a background in coaching kids, my style of shooting is very kid centered. We cuddle, tell stories, have races and play games. Sometimes the energy is crazy and sometimes we calm it down. Either way, I'm always shooting and looking for the in between moments. They usually last 60 minutes and I prefer to start shooting about an hour before sunset. At some locations there is a little walk/hike to our spots, so you may need to show up about 10 minutes earlier but I will let you know when you book.
What is expected of me during my session?
There are only a few things you need to remember...
Always be engaging with each other and keep close contact with your family. If you don't know what to do with your hands, don't stick them in your pockets, touch someone!
Relax, you don't always have to be looking at the camera. And let loose and have fun!
Where will my session take place?
Anywhere in Sonoma County that has the type kind of scenery you'd like. Rolling hills? Redwoods? Beach? At your home? It's up to you! I can give some suggestions too. There is a travel fee if the location is more than 30 miles outside of 95409.
How many people can I include in my session?
Family sessions can have up to 6 people. There is a $25 fee per additional person.
What do we wear?
I usually tell people to wear what they are comfortable in. Especially children. If they don't "like" what they have on, it can totally ruin their mood.
There is a lot of moving, playing sitting and standing, so clothes easy to move in is best. Movement and texture look great in photos, so dresses and layers are always a good option. In regards to colors, choose neutrals or a softer palette so your outfits are not competing with you or the background. If you need help with wardrobe, please ask!
How long do we have to wait to see a sneak peek?
I try to get a sneak peek up on instagram that evening or the following day. You usually won't need to wait more than a couple days.
When will we receive the gallery?
My goal is to get you images to you in less than two weeks. You have 30 days to make your selections and download your images.
Is there a deposit required to make a booking?
Yes, a $75 non-refundable deposit is required at booking. The remainder is due before the shoot.
How do I book?
Click on the Contact link above, shoot me an email and I will be in contact shortly.
Do I have to order prints through you?
You do not have to order prints through me but I do not have any guarantee on images not printed by me. I use a professional print lab, Millers Lab and stand behind any image you order. The coloring, focus and overall quality may be off if you print at Walgreens, Costco or similar stores.
DO you travel for weddings?
Yes! Please make sure you contact me as soon as you can. I need sometime to organize my family :). Depending the location, there will be a travel fee that may include flight, room and board, car rental, and/or fuel expenses.
Will there be a second shooter?
For most weddings, yes. Definitely if the wedding is large and/or you've chosen the photography and film package. If your affair is small and intimate I usually shoot solo.
What can I expect during a family film session?
Family films start in your home. I am open to walking or driving to a location outside of your home that is special to your family as long as it's no farther than 20-30 minutes of travel time.
I encourage families to choose 10 activities that they normally do on a Saturday morning. It can be as simple as blowing bubbles, making pancakes or telling stories.
I'm usually quiet during filming and don't say too much to the family. I'm not trying to be rude, I just want the connection to be between you and your family, not me. It may be awkward at first but eventually everyone forgets I'm there and starts to act "normal."
The shoot takes around 2-3 hours. I try not to direct too much but will make suggestions on when we should move from one activity to the next.
I strongly encourage as much connection as possible! I'm constantly looking for the cuddles and the sweet moments, so don't be afraid to connect. :)
DO I get any still images during a family film session?
Yes. I try to shoot some candid, documentary style images if I can or if I see a cute moment. At the end of the session, I usually take 10 minutes to grab some family photos as well.
When will I receive my film?
Films take more time to create and edit than still images. I try to get them to you in 2-3 weeks but they can take up to 6 weeks to complete.
What can I expect during a brand work session?
Brand and business sessions are completely tailored and scripted to your business. Before filming/shooting, we talk via phone or face to face and come up with a plan to efficiently get all the images and footage needed to make your film. Depending on where you are going to be using your film and how long it will need to be will determine how much time we need to spend shooting.
Will my brand film be ready to plug in to where I need it?
Yes, prior to filming, we talk about what your going to be using your film for i.e. Instagram, a website, training videos, etc. That will depend on what format, size and length you receive your film.