When you welcome children into your life, things become a little chaotic. A bit (okay a lot) messier. Your dinner table has been taken over by paint spills, action figures and random socks.
Sometimes you forget what it's like to have a night of uninterrupted sleep. Or what it's like to go to the bathroom without a little human pulling on your leg, begging you for a snack.
Date night becomes tackling the giant pile of laundry you've been trying to ignore all week.
But in the midst of the tantrums and dirty diapers is a love so pure, so raw that when you look into your child's eyes, the feeling just grabs your heart and squeezes it. And you're not sure you could ever feel more love than you do at that moment.
Let's be real.
Does the thought of a staged photo shoot with coordinating outfits give you anxiety? Yeah me too. Or maybe you have an introverted child who has trouble warming up to strangers? Or a free spirited child who is always on the go?
A storytelling session allows the freedom for imperfections and authenticity. Since it will take place in your home, your children will be in a place of comfort, surrounded by their every day familiarities.
Childhood is a magical time that slips away so quickly. Every moment they are exploring something new and the whole world is right before their eyes.
Let's give them the space to be exactly who they are.
What does a storytelling session involve?
After we set a date for your shoot, we'll schedule a time for me to stop by your home for a meet-and-greet with your children and also to talk about what you love most about your little ones. I'll get to know their personalities, favorite toys, snacks, movies, anything they want to tell me. I'm there to listen, not talk.
We'll also walk around your home, looking for areas with beautiful natural light.
The day of the shoot, I'll spend a couple of hours documenting your every day life. Once in a while, I'll give slight direction if needed (ex. "lean in a little closer" or "turn towards the light").
My philosophy on kids:
I think the most important part of photographing children is taking a genuine interest in them. That means putting down the camera for a few minutes while I play blocks, listen to them tell me about their day and making silly faces together. It's about building trust, getting down on their level, and making gentle suggestions instead of anxiously telling them what to do. I call it the introvert method :)
One week after your shoot, I'll come back for your viewing session. You'll get to sit back with your family and watch a custom designed video slideshow of the best 40 images, beautifully retouched in both color and black and white.
After your video, you'll get to go through the images on an ipad and choose color or black and white for an album that will tell the story of your family. Two weeks later, you'll have your gorgeous heirloom album and a usb drive of your images for sharing with friends and family.