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Preserving the Details

Did your mother or father ever tell you stories about yourself growing up?
Did you enjoy them? What if there were pictures to go with those stories?

The value of our families images go beyond a Facebook “like”. Images carry the stories and histories of your family, often being passed down from one generation to the next.

Every day has the opportunity for memorable moments. Even the smallest of moments, when you have someone to love, are memorable. Everything from dressing a newborn, breastfeeding, cuddles with grandma, enjoying tea together, can seem so mundane in their everyday
simplicity but really are so beautiful and worth documenting.
It’s in these moments we connect with each other.

Were there ever times you thought, I wish someone could photograph this moment?

Maybe it’s when your can’t-stop-moving-kid finally slows down for a rare hug, or maybe your newborn is finally smiling back at you?
Or maybe you’ve had one of those CRAZY days, and you finally give up trying to make the day perfect but when you
step back, you kind of realize it’s all been a little hilarious? (I remember trying to potty train my oldest,
trying to keep him from shooting pee at me, while also helping my newly-walking baby from falling –
so much chaos. But the scene was undeniably crazy and funny).

Every day has the opportunity for memorable moments. Even the smallest of
moments, when you have someone to love, are memorable. Everything from dressing a newborn, breastfeeding,
cuddles with grandma, enjoying tea together, can seem so mundane in their
everyday simplicity but really are so beautiful and worth documenting. It’s in these moments we connect
with each other.

Benefits of a Documentary Session

Don’t worry about wardrobe or stress about getting to a location on time. These sessions are relaxed, fun, and easy.
(Imagine a session where your husband doesn’t drag his feet and you aren’t fighting the kids to get dressed? They could wear their underwear the whole time and that would be fine – I’ve had sessions like that!) Worried about cleaning up? My home is messy too but when you see my personal photos, you see the moments, not the clutter. It will be the same for you.

One-hour sessions are perfect for mini-stories, documenting specific activities, maternity, newborn, Fresh-48 and couples. Longer sessions are perfect for capturing the full story of a family or couple.

I offer beautiful lifetime guaranteed albums as well as acid-free matted prints and museum archival canvases to help commemorate your sessions. These are heirlooms that can be passed down to your children as they get older or to reminisce over as we move from one season of our lives to the next. And when you choose to put up wall art of your children being themselves, they notice (and studies show that kids who grow up with their portraits in the home have higher self esteem! What a worthy investment!)

Full day-in-the-life sessions are dependent on availability.

If you want a family film, check out the Family Films Page!

Book early for a slot as I only take on 2-3 of these a month.

One-hour sessions begin at $135 but we can customize a session to as long as a full day. Documentary sessions don’t require a pre-consult but we still can do one. If it’s easier, I’ve met with families in a more relaxed environment so the kids get to know me ahead of time. Sometimes that means meeting up at the park or at their house for a consult.

What do clients do with these images?

I think people think only a perfectly posed image should be allowed on their walls. Here’s the thing – if an image does something for you, evokes a sense of nostalgia, love, or happiness – then it deserves to be on your walls. At your ordering session, we’ll discuss canvases, metals, and albums and which is best for your family. Albums are a great way to capture your family’s story for kids to reminisce over for years to come.

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