What's a session like?

We hang out, take some photographs, and really capture the story of your family. I like to call my style lifestyle documentary. True documentary requires absolutely no direction from the photographer but that can feel a bit weird for some (myself included). To help you feel comfortable, I do give a bit of direction (Will you sit over here in the good light? Would you like to pick a book to read together?  Shall we go for a walk?) but I like to keep things as true and natural as possible. Basically, I'm not big into posing families into unnatural configurations all smiling stiffly into the camera, but I may direct you to sit together and tickle each other, tell jokes, or love on each other a bit. I find that kids of all ages (I'm looking at you dads!) are more relaxed when they're just hanging out and given a small task, and relaxed people make for stellar photos. 

After the session we'll make plans to meet again the next one or two weeks. I'll come over and show you your photographs in person (exciting!) and you'll choose which images you'd love to see on your walls, which ones you want to display in an heirloom album, or which images you'd use to create gallery wall to make your walls feel finished. I feel strongly about the power of tangible prints and albums as a way to connect to the past and share your life with the future and I want my clients to have something physical to pass on down to their children and their children's children. Picking your favorites can be daunting so I'm there every step of the way to give guidance and help you choose the perfect pieces for your family.

My personality is pretty chill and relaxed, and I want your session to be as comfortable and stress-free as possible. If that sounds good to you, let's chat! I look forward to hearing from you!

palo alto in home newborn photographer