What to Expect
finding your beauty in the every day
I start with getting to know your family. What's your normal. What are your favourite places? What do you love about your spouse, about your children, what do you want to treasure right now? When I know what's important to you, it lets me be able to focus on your story. Your heart.
On the day, I’ll shoot for anywhere from 2 hours or to your full day. Authentic moments of emotion & connection don’t come pre-packaged in a short time slot, and I want you to just may forget that I’m there. I will spend the first 10-15 minutes from arriving at your home doing a walk through of your home, finding your favorite places and letting your family get used to my presence.
You don't have to feel like you have to be 'on' or need to 'entertain me' like you would a guest in your home - I'll act more like a friendly fly on the wall! I'll chat with all your family members, introduce myself, get down on the floor and play before pulling out my camera. Once everyone is settled I'll quitely fade into the background and observe your family. I won't interfere (unless someone is about to get hurt) but will encourage your children to have fun. I have no problem with little ones looking at my camera, and I often find showing them what I'm doing helps them feel more comfortable with my camera too! After 10 minutes you probably won't even notice that I am taking pictures anymore!
If we are meeting at your favourite place (a lake, a hike, a campsite, an icecream shop, a toy store) then I'll come say hi, introduce myself and then let you and your family begin your adventure!
Also, here’s the deal… documentary sessions aren’t meant to be “pretty” or “tidy”. They’re meant to tell stories. They’re meant to be beautiful in what they reveal about the relationships in a family. I want to show your real life the way you’d like to see it when you look back through photo albums.
That means I’m not going to tell you where to sit or how to pose. If your kids stop what they’re doing to look at the camera and smile, I’ll wait them out until they go back to what they were doing. It means not worrying about what you’re wearing or whether your kids are all cleaned up and ready to go. It means not tidying your house to make it look like a magazine-ready home. That’s not real life. It's okay to have toys on the floor. It's your home. This is your life.
Documenting your story - the tears, the messy dishes, the kids running around in their undies. Whatever makes up your life right now - that's what I'll document. It's real. It's raw. It's beautiful. If you want to wear pjs all day like we do at my house, that's awesome. If you're a hair done and dressed at 8 am family that's wonderful too. Everyone comes with different priorities, with different normals. And I'm here to capture it all. You might be surprised at how beautiful your home and life is from my viewpoint.
Kids will be kids, and I have 2 of them. I’m completely unfazed by temper tantrums, tears, and “bad” behavior, so please rest assured that there is zero judgement on my part. I aim to create an environment where everyone can feel comfortable in their own skin. The kids can definitely sense if you’re stressed out, so try your best to relax and have fun with this! If there’s a meltdown, I’ll capture it (I love a good crying photo)! Afterall, it is a part of your here and now.
It's really important that you consider this time as a space to connect with your family . This time is about relationships and taking a moment to breath in this stage of life that you're in right now.
Towards the end we will get together and perhaps do some casually placed family portraits. But again - this will be full of hugs and silly faces and most of all enjoyment and getting everyone in the picture at once. I'll be happy to offer some direction during this time. It will take about 5-7 minutes, because everyone is comfortable with me and relaxed so it can go quickly.
I'm so looking forward to spending time with you and your family! If you have any questions please let me know