If you would like to book a session, please follow the links below and fill out the Questionnaire and Contract below.
I want your session to be fun and relaxed. No need to stress about the small details. We are here to have fun. I like my sessions to have a combination of traditional posed images and fun, candid or lifestyle images. Lets face it, if we are photographing children we will only get them to cooperate so much, bribes and all. Why not make it fun and relaxed and maybe just play a little. I am a natural light photographer, meaning I try to only use available sun light. Lets get real, MN weather isn’t always blessed with sunshine, so there may be times I need to break out my flash while indoors. Your session can take place in a number of locations, my home studio, a lifestyle session in your home, an urban setting, an open field, a wooded location, at the beach, ect. The possibilities are endless. Clients will be responsible for any fees that maybe required at a specific location. Also make sure everyones bellies are full before starting our session. We were are hungry we are crabby. This not only includes kids, but adults also. Bringing snacks is also a great idea.
Studio or indoor location sessions
Since I try to use available light as much as possible, on location indoor sessions will usually take place between 10 am and 3 pm, depending on the time of year and available light. Indoor locations may include your home, resort or hotel lobby, library, or any venue that will allow us to photograph you or your family. My studio is perfect for newborns, young children, and small family sessions especially during those winter months. I do use stobes in my studio, so time of day is more flexible for studio sessions.
Lifestyle sessions in your home are a great way to capture your family being themselves in the comfort of your own home. I will ask that you give me a tour of your home so I can find the best and brightest locations through out your home. Don’t be surprised if I rearrange furniture to complement the best lighting situation. No worries if I move the couch a bit and find toys and crumbs under there. You would find the same at my house. Great locations would be kids playing on the floor in their room or playroom, their bed or mom and dads bed (since everyone seems to congregate there anyhow), or cuddling on the couch.
I love to shoot outdoors were everyone has room to move and play. I know some photographers prefer to shoot with overcast skies, but I love to shoot on bright sunny days if possible. The sunshine just makes colors pop. My favorite time to shoot is 2 hours before sunset. I love golden, backlit images at sunset. The light is soft and heavenly. If sunset doesn’t meet your family’s schedule, we can shoot at any time of the day, but locations will have to be chosen accordingly. The sun around midmorning until late afternoon can be harsh and produce unwanted shadows on faces, even on overcast skies. Shaded locations will have to be chosen when shooting during theses hours. Urban locations are perfect during these hours. Just because it is winter doesn’t mean we can get outside. I also love shooting in the winter on warmer days, especially after a fresh snowfall. Oh and don’t be surprised if I have you twirl around until I find the best direction of light falling on your face.
What to wear
Choose clothing that has coordinating colors, but not necessarily matching. It will make the process much easier, if you find a piece of clothing that you love, just build the rest of the family’s clothing around that. I love to photograph bright colors, especially in children. I think it brings out their lively personality. I love textures and layers. Please stay away from logo wear, as it is hard to photograph. If bright is not your style, muted tones and earth tones make for a beautiful and soft feel to your images. Make sure clothing is comfortable and you can move easily in it. If you are not comfortable, it will show in your images.