maternity session  $225

1 hour photo session, 20 digital images, photo print release

newborn session  $300

2-3 hour photo session, 20 digital images, photo print release, 25 customized birth announcements

smash cake session  $225

1 hour photo session, 20 digital images, photo print release, customized digital milestone chalkboard, and smash cake

individual, family, or group session $225

1 hour photo session, 20 digital images, photo print release

graduation session $250

1-2 hour photo session, 20 digital images, photo print release, 25 customized graduation announcements

mini sessions $99

1/2 hour mini photo session, 5 digital images, photo print release, available during selected holidays

No wardrobe changes permitted on mini sessions, props and sets are predetermined according to the holiday

Additional digital images are available for purchase for $10 dollars each

What to expect when you book a session with me

If you are searching for portraits that are meaningful, personal and unique then you have come to the right place

I' m not one to follow the rule books in life,  never really have been a fan of conformity.  With that being said I want to know what your vision entails. Let's get creative and have some fun. Once we have confirmed a booking, we would set up a consultation to meet each other over coffee or lunch.  I feel that it is always best to get to know someone first before sticking a camera in their face. It helps to ease the nerves a bit and also gives me a chance to hear exactly what you are envisioning for your final outcome of the session. Your thoughts, ideas and input are very important. So please don't hold back on your creative vision.

Tips to help you look and feel your very best for your portraits

First and foremost I' am a photographer, not a personal trainer, cosmetologist, or a plastic surgeon. I can not make you thinner, make your hair longer, or make your nose straighter.  So please don't ask or expect the impossible. It is up to you to bring me the best version of you, and it is my job to enhance that with lighting, great angles and a bit of editing. Your beauty will shine through when you show up with joy in your heart, and confidence in your soul. Together we will achieve amazing and beautiful portraits.

Hair

If you’re getting a hair cut for your shoot, do so about two weeks beforehand, just in case it goes wrong – you just never know. For men, a fresh cut a couple of days before the shoot is fine. A professional hair stylist is available to style your hair for a fee of $50.  If you’re shooting outdoors, be ready to put your hair up and make it look nice in case of a windy day. Bring bobby pins, hair clips, headbands or any other favorite accessories.

Eyes

Visine is your friend. Not getting drunk the night before your shoot helps, too. I typically sharpen and brighten up the eyes a bit in Photoshop and reduce the appearance of redness or unwanted veins

Lips

You will probably wipe or lick your lips during your shoot, so bring fresh lip gloss or lipstick to do touch-up. Use lip balm for a few days in advance of your shoot to make your smoochers look their best.

Teeth and Skin

If you want to brighten your smile, start your treatments about two weeks before your shoot. Breakouts – Despite the obvious benefits of a healthy diet and good facial cleansing routine, sometimes a pimple will rear it's ugly head on the day of a session. Don't stress about acne. I will erase any blemishes that you request, all while leaving your skin looking natural. Equally important, don’t cake on a lot of make-up to try to hide blemishes – it’s almost always easier to Photoshop away pimples than to clean up overdone make-up. Please let me know in advance if there is any scarring or birth marks that you would like touched up or left natural.

Make-up 

A subtle application of make-up can really soften your skin and accent your facial features. But make sure you know what you’re doing, and make sure it matches your skin tone, or your face may look orange compared to the rest of your body. A professional make up artist is available for your session upon request. 

Facial hair

Men, be freshly shaved with a new razor, shaving cream and a moisturizing after-shave lotion to avoid bumps and redness. Trim up your beard, sideburns, moustache or goatee, especially looking for wiry stray hairs. Ladies, even if you have some light facial hair (particularly around your lip or chin), indulge in a waxing in advance of your shoot – even barely-there light facial hair will be noticeable in your photos. Men and women both, pluck and clean up those eyebrows. It only takes a few minutes to tweeze but hours of photo editing for multiple images. Help me out here folks.

Moisturizer

 Dry skin can really detract from a great photo shoot. Start moisturizing nightly a week in advance of your shoot. When you get out of the shower, dry off until lightly damp, and slather on moisturizer. Focus on your arms, shoulders, neck, face, hands, anywhere you’ll be exposed to the camera. This includes your legs if you’re shooting in shorts or a skirt.  ProTip: For dry skin on your face, especially around your nose, use a sugar scrub. Mix a cup of sugar with about a quarter cup of olive oil, or just until it looks like wet sand. Scrub your face with it anywhere you have flaky skin, wash it off, then wash with soap to remove the oil. The sugar paste shouldn’t be oily, just wet enough to moisten the sugar. Also, be sure on your face to use a facial moisturizer, not a thick body moisturizer, or you could break out.

Nails 

A fresh coat of nail polish will make a world of difference in your photo shoot. Pick a neutral color that won’t distract in your shoot or clash with your outfits. Freshen the morning of the shoot, then be careful not to scuff it while prepping. Your photo shoot is a great excuse for a fresh manicure, but if you can’t go to the salon, make sure your nails look tidy and clean, including the cuticles. Men you are not off the hook on this one. Clean those digits up!

Bloating

Try to avoid high salt and high fat foods for two to three days in advance of your shoot. Being bloated will sap your confidence and comfort in front of the camera. And drink lot's of water to stay hydrated. Chilled ice water, bubbly water and a fresh fruit platter is provided at every session to help keep you looking your best and to keep any tummies from growling.

Undergarments

 Be sure you bring a set of bras and strap-adjusting accessories to work with any outfit you want to shoot in to keep those straps well-hidden. Ughhhh I hate to even have to go there, but panty lines must be addressed. Not that I take a ton of booty shots, butt... if that is an image that you are requesting, please wear the appropriate under garments so I don't have to photoshop out panty lines. Trust me I will charge you more for this LOL.

Sun burns and tan lines

If your shoot is booked for Saturday, don’t go to the beach on Friday. If you plan to tan before your shoot, do so at least a week beforehand and don’t get burned. Be mindful of clothing tan lines, sunglass tan lines, hat tan lines, etc.  I don't fix these issues in Photoshop simply because it would cost you a fortune, as it is quite time consuming to do.  And for Pete's sake DO NOT get a spray tan the day before or the day of your session! Oommpah Loompah orange doesn't look good on anyone.

 

Ironing – If you iron, iron the night before and then hang the clothes for your shoot. If you’re wearing something that wrinkles easily, don’t wear it in the car on the way to the shoot. A changing room is provided for you at the studio.

Shoes

 No dirty sneakers or flip flops for anyone. Toes are gross and never look good in images. Unless of course you are a sweet little newborn or a child.  Please wear a pair of shoes to the studio location that you can take off as you arrive. Once you are in the studio you can put on a clean pair of your shoes that you will be wearing for your session. This helps to alleviate any mud or dirt from getting onto the set and onto the floor props.

Glasses

If people wouldn’t recognize you without glasses, you want to wear glasses in your shoot – however, the glare on glasses can detract from your eyes in photos. You can have your lenses removed from your frames for your shoot (don’t worry, it’s what Hollywood does to avoid glare in movies), ask your eye doctor to loan you a pair of similar frames, or you can also visit an inexpensive company online and buy a suitable pair of duplicate frames on the cheap.

So there you have it folks. Everything you need to know and do before a session. I take great pride in my profession and a lot of work goes into making sure that everything is set up, and ready to go on the day of your session.  It is a team effort that requires both you and I to do our part.  I can't wait  to create some fabulous and fun portraits with you. So just remember to come with a great attitude, relax, and have fun. You are going to look AMAZING!!!

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