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Nothing evokes the wholeness of life the way film does. Truly feel this moment in your family's story, today and for years to come. These aren't your grandparents' home movies.

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Bay Area, Calif

PORTRAIT SESSION

DAY IN THE LIFE SESSION

A Portrait Film celebrates milestones, 2-3 minutes at a time. These are time capsules that you'll want to watch again and again. Perfect for commemorating any poignant moment in your life—welcoming a new baby, graduation—creating a place that invites you to visit that moment anytime.

Families (especially the shy + hesitant ones) tell me this is one of the best investments they've ever made. We'll memorialize your typical day, your routines, and everything in between, so that you can return to the here and now anytime you'd like.

Up to 2 hrs of coverage

Up to 4 hrs of coverage

1-2 persons

Immediate family members

1 location

2 locations

Online gallery of 10 edited, high-res photos

2 - 3 minute professionally edited film curated to licensed music

4 - 5 minute professionally edited film curated to licensed music

$100 gift card to the gallery store for prints & media player

$200 gift card to the gallery store for prints & media player

$1100 + $500* Session Fee

$700 + $500* Session Fee

Payment plans available

Payment plans available

FIRST YEAR PACKAGE

Three Portrait Film Sessions scheduled throughout your baby's first year. From the milestones to the precious everyday, I'll take care of making sure you've got it on camera. You'll have the perfect photos and a professional first-year video to treasure.

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Three 1.5 hr sessions

One Mini Photo Session

Immediate family members

Home location

Online gallery of 40+ photos, 10 images delivered after each session

One 5-6 minute professionally edited film curated to licensed music, delivered after last session

$400 gift card to the gallery store for prints, albums, and media player

Price: 2500*

Payment plans available

- Family Film Pricing -

THE DEETS

Travel fees apply outside San Francisco and 20 miles from Alameda.

Fees are calculated at $1/mile roundtrip, plus any tolls.

* A non-refundable Session Fee of $500 will secure your film session at time of booking.

Payment: 50% of session cost is due 1 month prior to session date, with remaining balance due

the week prior to the session.

Payment plans are also available 3 and 6 months prior to all film sessions at no extra charge.

It all begins with a phone call.

book a free phone consultation

THE PROCESS

I've got you every step of the way

STEP ONE

The heart is the center of my work, and the best way to find out what makes yours skip a beat is by having a conversation. I'll answer all of your questions and go over the details. Once you're ready to move forward, a non-refundable fee of $500 and some paperwork secures your session. We will then complete the pre-session questionnaire together by FaceTime or Zoom, so that we can customize your film and get better acquainted.

Let's Chat

STEP TWO

While preparations help me to know we're on the same page, the time spent in your session is laid-back. Think of it as a space to slow down and reconnect as a family. No heavy-handed direction or posing—just all of you doing what you do naturally, and me, quietly observing. I won't be shooting the entire time, instead picking moments to document as I see them.

The Big Day

STEP THREE

The first time seeing your film is magical, and I treat the debut like the big deal it deserves to be for you. I hope you’ll gather the whole family around the TV and premiere it together. Expect tears, laughter, and wonder as you see and appreciate your life from this very moving perspective. Once you’ve viewed your film, you’ll receive a link to your private gallery, as well as credit to spend in the well-curated store for printing photos and albums and for sharing your film.

What It's All About

Oh, my heart!

"I am so grateful to have these memories with my family. I can't stop looking at the video and pics, and each time I do I'm reminded of how lucky we are to have each other and how special this time together really is.

Carmen, I can't thank you enough for what you brought to our family. The experience you gave us will unquestionably be one of my lasting memories from 2020."

-Daniel

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VIDEO PACKAGES

PORTRAIT SESSION

DAY IN THE LIFE SESSION

A Portrait Film celebrates milestones, 2-3 minutes at a time . These are time capsules that you'll want to watch again and again. Perfect for commemorating any poignant moment in your life—welcoming a new baby, graduation—creating a place you can visit that moment anytime.

Families (especially the shy + hesitant ones) tell me this is one of the best investments they've ever made. We'll memorialize your typical day, your routines, and everything in between, so that you can return to the here and now anytime you'd like.

Up to 2 hrs of coverage

Up to 4 hrs of coverage

1-2 persons

Immediate family members

1 location

2 locations

Online gallery of 10 edited, high-res photos

2 - 3 minute professionally edited film curated to licensed music

4 - 5 minute professionally edited film curated to licensed music

$100 gift card to the gallery store for prints & media player

$200 gift card to the gallery store for prints & media player

$1100 + $500* Session Fee

$700 + $500* Session Fee

Payment plans available

Payment plans available

No scripts, no props,

no posing.

Just an honest acknowledgement of who

you are, right here,

right now.

Who you are in the unscripted slivers of

your life

Just the way you like it — even

if you don't quite realize it

in that moment.

"This film was filled with light and joy, but somehow also included the poignancy of our present moment in time. You captured our daughter so perfectly (Her hands! Her feet! Her big smile! Her tangled hair! Her bossiness with her sister!) It's like you turned my heart inside out. Thank you." - Michelle

VIDEO PACKAGES

brother and sister having a fun morning at home

DAY IN THE LIFE SESSION

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VIDEO PACKAGES

brother and sister having a fun morning at home

DAY IN THE LIFE SESSION

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FIRST YEAR PACKAGE

mother kissing baby boy's feet with father laughing newborn session sf bay area at home

Oh my heart!

I think I can speak for most of us when I say that 2020 is not a great year. But one thing that we did to make it brighter and to help remember the good that will come out of it was to get our family video and pictures with Carme

It's hard to put into words how special the experience was for us. During the shoot, Carmen was so wonderful, putting us at ease and really feeling like one of our close family members. Our kids took to her immediately and it felt more like spending time with friends than getting our pictures taken.

As part of the shoot, Carmen asked us some simple, but powerful questions to reflect on as a family. It was a moment for our family to genuinely connect and appreciate each other in a way we don't typically take the time out to do.

When we saw the video and pictures for the first time, we were absolutely blown away. I already knew the high quality of Carmen's work, but getting ours back exceeded our expectations and brought us to happy tears multiple times. I am so grateful to have these memories with my family. I can't stop looking at the video and pics, and each time I do I'm reminded of how lucky we are to have each other ad how special this time together really is during this time in history.

Carmen, I can't thank you enough for what you brought to our family. The experience you gave us will unquestionably be one of my lasting memories from 2020. Thank you.

-Dan

mother kissing daughter at home newborn session bay area

Category:

Let your "mundane" shine

Family Films

with crumbs on the floor

Location:

San-Francisco / California

These aren't your grandparent's home movies.

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