A little background...
Ever since I spotted my Nana's Polaroid camera many years ago when I was a little girl, I have been drawn to photography. But it has only been within the last handful of years that I've spent much time (and a little bit of money) in developing my knowledge, skill, and eye of this art. My family have been my guinea pigs. But they grew impatient and tired of my camera, and now, being teenagers (and a humble hubby), they value their privacy. So I've reached out to family and friends, and in turn friends of friends and family of family (so on and so forth) have reached out to me to help scratch this creative itch that is such a deep part of who I am. I have been part of many special moments while photo-documenting their stories, listening to them and capturing a bit of who they are through my lens. It is a privilege to share in these moments, an honor to listen to these stories.
What is my style of photography?
I love to be able to capture mood and personalities. I look for light and shadows, I'm a moment seeker. I love "candid" photography. Photography that tells stories. I am drawn to contrast, deep colors, vivid clarity. I avoid special editing effects, valuing instead simplicity which helps focus the eye on the true character of the story.
Who are my clients, what is my specialty?
I have shot anything from small weddings, to senior portraits, pregnancy, newborn, children, and families. My specialty is family lifestyle photography. I just love the love between the personalities in a family. But, really, I enjoy it all. I have a special place in my heart for senior photography. I've met a handful of young men and women who just inspire me. And I love the little toes and noses, and sweet faces of babies.
What is family lifestyle and family documentary photography?
I'll tell you what I've been telling my friends and clients. Literally, I'm copying and pasting from emails I have sent (its just so much easier that way).
So documentary photography, in the family realm, is taking pictures of everyday life, in the clients everyday setting like their home. True photojournalism/documentary does not give the clients direction or guidance, the photog just shoots the clients as they do their normal everyday activities. This may, at first, sound strange and boring. But this kind of imagery stirs my heart!! My parents house burned to ashes in 2008. Almost everything was lost. Thank God my brother and I had some family pictures stored at our houses. These are the pictures that tell my family story. Pictures of my bothers and I playing in our backyard at the Hartman street house. Pictures of Thom and I playing puppets at our home in Stowe, VT. Of my brother pushing me on the swing, of me at recess twirling a piece of my hair in my fingers. Pictures of my mom when she was young with a cast on her leg. We take these kind of pictures everyday of our kids, but we're not in them. I wish I had pictures of when my kids were born, of me giving them a bath when they were babies, of giving them a bottle, and reading them a book, of them having a temper tantrum and the mess they created when feeding themselves! I wish I was in more of my own family pictures. I want to provide these kind of true story-telling pictures to other families because they are so beautiful in their everyday moments but we forget these moments when trying to recall what a day was like "way back when". I want them to be able to relive these moments whenever they look at these pictures.
How long is a session? That depends on what we are shooting and your endurance. A birthday party? The time around your children's bedtime? A family activity? Pregnancy portraits? Newborn session? I strive to be accommodating and value the time you give me, whether it's a half hour or a few hours. Usually the sessions last an hour or so. I could shoot all day, if it was up to me! :)
Where will my session take place? That depends on the kind of session you want. I can shoot in your home (No need to deep clean. Daily living involves mess. This is part of your story!) We can shoot at a special outdoor location or I can tag along with you on a family outing. This is your personal preference and vision. But if you need ideas, we can chat about it!
What should I wear? You can wear whatever you would like, whatever reflects you. I would just recommend you avoid wearing obvious logos/brands on your clothes and "coordinate, don't match". Here is a great article on dress suggestions for your session by Paint The Moon Blog.
How long before I get to see the pictures? I strive to edit your images within 2 weeks. It all depends on how long the session is and how many other client sessions I need to edit. I take great care in editing each image. In this digital age, editing a RAW file is like going to the darkroom and processing film. For every hour I shoot, it takes me a few hours to edit. I edit a couple right away (because I just can't wait to get to them!) and share a picture with you within 24 hours to help hold you through. I will send you an email when the gallery is ready for viewing.
How do I view my pictures and order them when they are ready? Your pictures will be posted to an on-line personal gallery site that you can share with friends/family/and Facebook. Part of your collection may include a personal album app. If you choose to purchase digital files, you will be able to download the full resolution files right from the gallery using a pin number I give you. Eventually, you will be able to order prints from the gallery as well. But for now, orders will be taken by email/phone/or personal consultation at my home. My lab of choice is a professional lab using archival paper and ink. Your printed images will last a very long time!
1 hour session with 20+ edited images to view, personal gallery that can be shared, $50.00 print credit.
All of Collection One plus a personal album app that does not expire, full resolution digital downloads of all the images and limited print release.
All of Collections One and Two with an 8x8 Custom Photo Book.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read through all of this! If you have any questions, please reach out to me, I would love to talk with you.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me know the best way and time of day to contact you.
You know how every once in awhile you do something and the little voice insides says, "There. That's it. That's why you're here." ... and you get a warm glow in your heart because you know it's true? Do more of that. ~ Jacob Nordby