Where are you located?
I live in Brooklyn NY with my husband, two daughters, dog and cat. I love scheduling sessions anywhere in the 5 boroughs.
What's your style and approach?
Relaxed and real. Every family and every kid is different, so every session will be unique in their own way. I do have a few tricks up my sleeve to get you guys to relax in front of the camera, and will direct a little to help set the scene, but I love stepping back and watching a family be together in their own unique way and catching the little things that you do together. My goal is to capture the emotions and feelings of your family, which will then lead to beautiful family portraits.
How long will the photo session be?
A family session is about an hour, but sometimes 1.5 hours is needed. We wont rush, but kids get tired after a while, so I like to keep it flexible and plan around the kids needs. Newborn sessions are similar in time frame, but I'm happy to be there for up to 3 hours allowing for extra time for breaks, feeding, and changing.
What if it rains on the day we are scheduled for our session? Or I need to cancel?
We will keep our eyes on the weather channel app and stay in touch until the last minute. Many times the rain will let up and we can shift our time up or back a couple hours to work around the weather. It can be pretty obvious when it will just be a very rainy day, and when that happens we will reschedule the session to another day. When you book I require a non-refundable retainer payment to hold your date. Unfortunately I cannot refund this if you needed to cancel the session.
How should we plan or get ready for the session?
You don't have to! I mean other than marking the date and time in your calendar and picking the spot. But really, there's not much to plan for. I do the heavy lifting and you guys just have to be you but like, ultra you! For example, I don't do horsey ride on my knees with my kids all day everyday, but I do it every now and then, that way it stays special and doesn't get old. But it's still me and my kids doing what we do and it's a real thing to us. So if I were getting my photos taken, I might save the horsey ride for that ;) For those who want to feel a little more in control, no fret, I send over a prep sheet with tips on what to wear, ideas on what to do during the session, and more. And I'm always available for questions via email.
When should we schedule our newborn session?
Let's get you booked and in my calendar before your due date, and then once the baby is born we will schedule the exact date and time for your session. We can schedule your newborn session anytime between 10 days to 5 weeks old. Babies between 10 days to 2.5 weeks can be very sleepy setting us up nicely for more sleeping baby photos. Babies between 2.5 - 4 weeks are still super little and new but are more awake and we will get more photos with open bright eyes and eye contact with parents. I don't bring props and use only swaddles and blankets you have at home. I focus more on the natural moments of this brief and amazing time.
Where should we have our session?
Anywhere! Keep it simple at home and in your neighborhood, or go on the adventurous side and we can explore a new place. We can even fit in a half indoor half outdoor session! For newborn sessions, we will have the session in the comfort of your home. Want to book a session outside of NYC? I'm happy to travel anywhere and will just add on the travel fee.
What is the best time of day for our session?
If we are having the session outside, then I recommend scheduling the session for early morning, or late afternoon, and avoiding the harsh midday sunshine. For indoor sessions, anytime during the day as I only use natural light. We can always work around your child's nap schedule as our hope is to avoid the grumpy faces also ;)
How do I book a photo session?
Ready to do this and make a plan? Fill out my contact form here, let me know all the details you got, and I'll get back to you within 24 hours. Keep in mind that my weekend dates fill up between 1-2 months in advance in the spring and summer, and 2-3 months in advance for the fall. But it can't hurt to get in touch, and if I'm booked for the time you're looking for I can recommend several other wonderful photographers to check with.
Do you offer mini sessions?
Yes I do, twice a year, once in the spring in April and once in the fall in October. Mini sessions fill up quick so click here for more info on how to get on the list to be the first to know the dates, times and how to sign up!
When and how will I get my photos?
My turn around time for editing is between 3-4 weeks after our session. I will send you a link to your gallery which is where you will be able to download your hi-res photos. I don't offer sneak peeks, but if you need your photos sooner I offer expedited editing for $200 and the photos will be delivered within 7 days of the session. The expidited editing service is not offered from November 20th to December 30th.
Will there be black and white photos as well as color?
Yes, I deliver both color and black and white photos and edit for what is best for the photo. If you have a preference for one or the other, let me know during the session.
Can I order prints?
Yes you can! Once you receive your gallery of photos you have the option to order prints through your gallery. Prints start at $4 for a 4x6 photo and go all the way up to 24x36. You can also get frames and albums through your gallery. Check here for info on the albums I offer. You have personal printing rights to your photos so you're also welcome to order prints from a lab of your choice, though I recommend steering clear from the drug store/big store print job.
I don't like being in front of the camera!
Me too! That's why I'm behind the camera ;) Just kidding. But for real, we all get a little weird and awkward in front of the camera. My tip is to focus on your kids and what's fun for them. Allow them to explore, have fun, laugh, and smile, and that will make you smile those real smiles too. I will help you all out by directing a little, but I also like to step back and observe your family magic :)
Will you travel to the session?
Of course I will! I will come to you for your session anywhere in the 5 boroughs. A travel fee of $100 is added to locations up to 2.5 hours outside of where I'm located in Brooklyn. I'm also happy to travel anywhere in the world for your session with travel and accommodation fees added in to the cost. I do travel frequently into Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maine, as well as Florida in the spring time. I always post where I'll be on my Instagram, so keep you're eye out there if you want to now where I'll be next!
Do you shoot weddings, parties, or events?
Have another question?
I'm available via email for additional questions or thoughts and would love to hear from you! - firstname.lastname@example.org