What precautions are you taking during COVID?
Although I am fully vaccinated, it is still important that everyone feels good about their session. I will approach each photo shoot with an empathetic ear and be mindful of each family's comfort levels.
Prior to sessions, a wellness check and COVID waiver release will be filled out by all families. If anyone's health is questionable, we'll reschedule accordingly, without penalty. During the session, I will be wearing a mask and sanitizing my hands.
Yes, in-home sessions are back! For everyone's safety, all family members 12 years and older must be fully vaccinated. I will continue to monitor CDC and local guidelines and not schedule more than one in-home session per week.
Are you resuming in-home sessions?
A typical session lasts about 1.5–2 hours, goes with the flow (without props), and is casual and fun. Together, we'll choose a time where everyone is most happy and a place that reflects your family. I usually recommend shooting in the mornings when everyone is fresh and well-rested. With older children, a favorite activity or outing is usually established before the shoot. Otherwise, staying close to home is typically favored by most children under the age of one year old.
Though I value posed portraits, I feel that they should not dominate a photo session. That said, Grandparents love them—mine do! Please let me know ahead of time, and we can spend a few minutes on them. Otherwise, the rest of the time will be more unscripted fun.
I do not call out direction throughout the session, but I will give gentle guidance if I see an opportunity that could easily be made in better lighting. I may also help facilitate the kind of fun that makes for good candid photographs.
Can you describe a family photo session? Are there any posed portraits? Does your non-directed approach mean you don't give any direction?
Editing photos carefully is just as important to me as taking them. It's also where I spend 90% of my time with them. The average processing time for photos is 2-3 weeks, but due to the unpredictable nature of the coronavirus and irregular childcare options for my family, images can now take as long as 1-2 months and 2+ months for films. If you would like prints during the busy holiday season for cards, I recommend that you schedule your session 2-3 months in advance.
How long will it take to receive my photos?
How much do you edit the images?
I apply a light hand in editing. I try to keep the integrity of the original photos, but I may adjust the lighting, crop images, or remove boogers if need be.
DITL film sessions are typically 4 hour sessions. It may sound overwhelming at first, but I swear that they're not—scout's honor. Through these sessions, I capture the beauty and chaos of your family's ordinary day. This is where the simple, honest moments shine. Like the moment she reaches out to touch your cheek. The way he cracks up when you say that one word. The way he looks at your when you don't know he's looking at you.
Please think of me as a friend that tags along with your family as I follow you through your routines (snuggling, laughing, cooking, playing) that are meaningful for your family.
Each package includes a consultation, 4 hour session coverage, 20+ high-resolution images delivered by digital download, and a highly edited 3–4 minute film set to thoughtfully selected licensed music.
What can I expect from a typical Day in the Life film session?
What is the difference between Day in the Life films and Portrait films?
Portrait films celebrate everyday milestones, 1-2 minutes at a time—like little intimate time capsules that you'll want to revisit. They focus on one person and a specific time in their life. These abbreviated films are perfect for newborns, graduates, birthdays...basically any finite time you would like to memorialize. The same basic description of a Day in the Life film applies here. No scripts, no props, no posing
What's involved in editing family films/video? Why does it cost more than photos?
Editing family videos is more labor-intensive than editing photos, but it is so worth it! After our session, I cull, edit, and arrange video clips in a way that is cohesive and best narrates your story. I also fine-tune audio for each clip (e.g., I may enhance soft, little voices or remove distracting background noise). My favorite part of the editing process is finding the perfect song to reflect your family. That can sometimes take an entire day or two. And I may have to edit the song if it's too long or repetitive. Another factor that accounts for its price is that licensed music can be as much as $200 for a single-use, which means that I will not be reusing that song for anyone else without repurchasing it (which I usually don't do).
I encourage you to wear what is comfortable and something that you can move in while playing with your children. As a general rule of thumb, I recommend that you wear what would make the most sense to the location that we'll be shooting in. For example, if we're at a beach, wear something that would reflect your family on any given day at the beach, not high-heeled shoes—that's not that type of session. Also, be mindful of colors and prints so that they complement other family members. Lastly, logos and distracting text should be avoided as they do not lend themselves to timeless photos. More detailed information will be provided with your session information.
What should I wear for the session?
I check in with all my families a week before the session to discuss details and answer any questions. In case of illness, I appreciate a two days notice, and I will do my best to accommodate your plans when rescheduling. Likewise, if I or any member of my family falls ill, I expect the same courtesy from my client-families. Outdoor shoots are weather permitting, and if the weather is questionable, I will be in close contact the days before and on the morning of the shoot. Please note that retainers to secure a session are non-refundable.
Is there a cancellation policy?
No one is more awkward than I am in front of the camera, so I can completely relate! Most people tell me that I make them feel comfortable right away, which is exactly why I make sure to get to know as much about you before our sessions and find out what's important to you. The beauty of a photojournalistic approach is that it is inherently unscripted and genuine—you don't have to pose or be anything other than yourself. And, if you are planning on a family session, you can take comfort knowing that children are great at chasing away the photo jitters.
What if I'm not photogenic or am completely uncomfortable in front of the camera?
Bay Area Family Photographer & Filmmaker
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