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The session.

Hiring a custom photographer is always an investment, whether you choose a new photographer or a studied, experienced, certified photographer like myself. An investment in my expertise means that you will have beautiful portraits to enjoy for a lifetime; gracing the walls of your home, the pages of a treasured album beautiful enough to sit on your coffee table, or even to share with friends and family online. But the artistic process is a bit of a partnership, and to create what you want, it’s best for you to know what to expect. Here’s where you can get some insight into how I work. A rarity these days, I am first and foremost all about finished, signed, fine art.  Because let’s face it… when you’re given a disk of files, the disk sits in a drawer. You might show them to friends online, but then you never see them anymore. I want your portraits on your walls and on your coffee table, where you can enjoy them every day. And my offerings reflect this:

First, I have two sessions available. By far the most popular is my signature session at $1200, because it includes the items my clients choose me for…the session time, a wall portrait, and luxe album, at a significant package savings. It also includes the ability to add-on 20 digital files for only $300, available only to signature session clients. Add-on prints are available at a significant discount as well.  The signature session ensures that you will be photographed by me, rather than an associate.

The other option is to book a standard session for $300, where prints are purchased separately at full price. Full-price prints start at $45 for desk prints, and $175 for wall prints.

Because my photography is all about capturing you or your family as the real people you are, not some stuffy studio version of you, all sessions are on location, either in your own home or another location that you enjoy. If you’d like recommendations from me, I have my favorite locations to shoot in. But people hire me because they love that every session I do is different, and reflects the personalities and lives of those I’m photographing. So I’m completely open to your ideas.

During the pre-session phonecall or email, and through a new client questionnaire, I take note of your interests, your style, and your requests to make sure I create work you’ll love.  During the shoot, I see the connections between family members, I notice the looks, the mannerisms, and the moments, and I capture them for you.

Sessions usually last 1-2 hours, but are never rushed. There’s plenty of time for any needed breaks, such as diaper changes, feedings, tending to a crying baby, or a child who has a meltdown. I will stay for 3 hrs if necessary. It’s all normal, and I eliminate the tension for both of us by leaving time to just go with the flow, allowing you and your family to be yourselves.

After the session, when the proofs are ready, we will meet again for the ordering consultation, where I will help you order your album, plan your portrait displays and wall groupings, and/or gifts to family members.  I do sell digital files, and email- or facebook-sized files are included with every image you purchase in print, so you’ll be able to share. Everything I deliver in print has been fully finished and retouched, the prints are mounted, matted, and each piece is delivered as hand signed artwork.

The end result is a set of memories that you’re proud to display in your home as fine art, and will make you smile.

A portrait session with me is, admittedly, not for everyone. It’s for those of you who want a photographer who takes the time to connect with you and tell YOUR story, and providing you with portraits for your walls, not just another disc or flash drive tucked away in a drawer.