Spokane Family Photography

Choosing a Session – Documentary, Lifestyle or Film

My goal with my session is for you to come away with images that encapsulates you. Your family. Your now.  All my sessions will have some element of candidness but you and I can work together to decide how much – what suits you. Some families want full-on documentary styled session where nothing is staged or posed. Others want to have more control over the environment and clothing. Choosing your ideal session type depends on what you are looking for in your photographs.

Please take the time to browse my galleries and find which images resonate with what you are looking for in a session right now. However, each one of my session experiences are unique, just like your family, and I’m certain we’ll be able to create images you’ll love for a lifetime.

“Margaret will give you family art, not just photos. We love our portraits – especially
the perfect balance of posed shots and unposed moments (those our often our favorites). These are going to
be family keepsakes forever. Thank you, Margaret.” -A.Griffin


Once you’re ready to book, we’ll get together to fine tune your session details. We’ll pick a date and time for your session and if needed, we’ll schedule a wardrobe consult as well (for lifestyle sessions). I’ll send a digital contract and model release for you to sign. I’ll also send your invoice, which once it’s paid, will reserve your date in my calendar!

During your Session

Regardless of what type of session you book, your session will be relaxed. Don’t be afraid of “lulls” or “quiet” moments. SERIOUSLY, embrace those moments. If it’s a lifestyle session, let the kids relax with me. Let them “figure me out”. It’s okay! This is when I get the best candid moments with them. For documentary sessions, go about your day as if I weren’t there. I love getting to know my clients so I tend to meld into the family. Embrace your family’s quirks. Forget your home’s mess (or cleanliness, but if you’re like me there’s a mess). And let your family’s story unfold in the session. For portrait sessions, we will do some posed images and I’ll help with posing but all my sessions focus on the moments you don’t realize even happen. My goal isn’t just making pretty pictures – it is in making photographs that you will look at 10, 20 or 30 years from now and those photographs will take you back to this moment in the image and make you remember.

Remember, kids are crazy. They tantrum, they fight, they blow snot projectiles from their noses at incredible speeds. I am used to it. So please don’t stress if they aren’t angels during the session – they don’t have to be. I’ve got two monkeys who have managed a tantrum over every thing imaginable so don’t worry – really, I had no idea a toddler could get upset that I can’t change the color of the sky. And yet, I witnessed that tantrum last Tuesday. If it is a part of your lives now and your story, then they are memories worth having. They won’t be like this forever. And someday these seemingly mundane or everyday moments will actually be so missed and cherished..

After your Session

After your session, I’ll do my best to edit your images in a timely manner. I am a full-service photographer so expect to meet again within 1-2 weeks. After scouring the globe (really, anywhere that will ship to the United States) for the best of the best vendors, I have handpicked products for their museum archival quality, their lab’s color calibration, and the paper’s durability. Your family, your children, they are your artwork. They are people you have helped craft. And so, I not only do my best to take images that represent your family but I get your images printed on substrates that will showcase your family, your artwork, as best as possible.

Products take anywhere from 2-6 weeks and if you are in the Spokane or surrounding areas, I hand deliver them to make sure they are delivered safely.