The Session Experience
Documentary means there is no posing! Your kids will just be themselves and do what they love to do.
Consider me a friend coming over to chat with you and play with the kids. No need to clear your schedule, buy new outfits or deep clean the house. I'm focused on getting natural, candid images of your children that represent their unique personality and this time in your lives together.
I have an intuitive, relaxed approach and I prefer to let children lead. When I give them this freedom, they are more expressive, engaged and open to being photographed. I spend time playing with them and following them around their environment, patiently waiting for real moments to document.
For newborns and younger babies I like to capture feedings, naps, baths and time simply being held by their parents.
Before our session we will chat about what a typical day looks like for you and decide when is best for me to visit. We can plan some activities, but I do like to keep it loose and spontaneous!
Check out the FAQ's below for more information and common questions ...
DOES THIS HAVE TO BE AT HOME? My house is not photo-worthy.
What your house looks like is not important to my style of photography at all! This is not a lifestyle or catalogue shoot, you don't need to clean up or stage the furniture. I don't need much to work with, my images are tight and the background just falls out of focus, I promise.
I love capturing children during their everyday routines at home and I think you'll love to have images that allow you to look back on this time in your lives. Kids are SO much more relaxed at home in their normal environment.
With that said, if we decide on a location outside of the home, let's go to a favorite place.
WHAT DO WE WEAR?
Please resist the urge to dress any differently as you normally would on any given day. This will prevent the images from looking staged and you from feeling awkward. Better yet, let the kids pick out their own outfits and we can admire their creativity. With black and white photography, clashing colors is not an issue.
do you shoot in color?
I will work in color occasionally, but usually my images are black and white, grainy and nostalgic.
IS THIS TO INCLUDE ALL MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY?
I can keep my focus to the kids only or I can document the whole family spending time together. Dad can pop in for a bit and then go do his thing. I don't want anyone to feel they need to be on camera for my entire visit.
will you take posed Family portraits of us?
I'm always happy to take a few camera-aware portraits during our session if requested. If you are looking for a lot of these, I’m not the right photographer for you. I’m more interested in spontaneous moments.
do you travel?
YES. If you are not in the Los Angeles area but do wish to set up a session, please let me know.