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Everything you need to know

Turning your mundane into memories.
Because you don’t want your story to go untold.

Yep, even the sleepless nights. The diaper blowouts. The excruciatingly long minutes of tummy time or Legos on the floor. It might feel unglamorous or mundane, but from my view? It’s pure magic. These photos will be proof of how much you loved them in these early days.

How it works to get these real-life moments into your hands (Hint: I make this SUPER easy for you):

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Reach out to me and we’ll chat about what kind of session you’re looking for, when it can happen, and where we can photograph to get images that are the most “you.” We’ll sign a contract, pay your deposit, and get to planning. After you’re booked I will send you a questionnaire to get to know you and your family better.

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I’ll run point on the planning part so you don’t have to. You just tell me what you love to do as a family and I can send you ideas for what we can do during the session and where we can go. I’ll send you a client guide with location and outfit suggestions. You can even send me a photo from the dressing room at Target. I want to help you feel as comfortable and prepared as possible.

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.”

Michael J. Fox

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Kick your shoes off (I might too). It’s session time. If we are at your house, we’ll keep things easy and natural. I want to photograph your real life at this stage. That’s why you hired me!

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Time to see your photos! Within 2 weeks of your session, you will receive an email letting you know that I have chosen the very best images from your session and artistically edited them. You’ll get a link to your slideshow gallery, which you’ll have access to for 48 hours to watch over and over and choose your favorite images.

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Once you’ve chosen your favorites, you can choose the downloads that come with your collection, and use your print credit on items in your store. As I photograph your family, I think about which photos you’re going to frame. Which wall they might hang on. Most importantly, I think about how it will make you feel to see them every day. To be reminded of all the love in your life. This step is the most important and I’ll help you choose the best ones to print!

Your Questions

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What is Lifestyle Photography?

For me, Lifestyle photography is about capturing real people, real relationships, real personality, real emotion, and real moments.

It’s about capturing moments that happen in your everyday life: laughter, cuddles, kisses, etc. 

What is your turnaround time?

When I take photographs of my children and family, I know how excited I am to see the images. I want you to see your images as soon as possible and will usually have your gallery ready in less than a week. 

Do you charge extra for extended families?

I don’t charge extra for large, immediate families, however, I do charge $150 for large, extended families. 

Do you have outdoor locations you recommend?

Absolutely. I have some favorite Bay Area locations and am always on the lookout for new ones. After your session is booked, we will discuss locations to best fit the session that you are envisioning. 

Do you have suggestions about what to wear for our session?

Absolutely. I’ll even come over and help you choose your outfits! I also send out a style guide with helpful tips. 

“Life is the flower for which love is the honey.”

Do you charge a travel fee:

My sessions take me to the East Bay, South Bay, North Bay, and Peninsula. There is no travel fee for clients that live within 50 miles of Oakland. There is a $100 fee for locations more than 50 miles away. 

Do you offer prints or albums?

Yes! I have always loved to look at photo albums and my home is filled with images of my family. My hope is that every client will turn their images into works of art that will be treasured for years to come. You will have the option to purchase prints, wall art, and albums through your gallery. All products are processed through a professional lab only available to professional photographers to ensure the best quality. 

Can we select the images that we want?

I capture many images during your session. Each image is carefully reviewed to ensure that you receive the very best images that tell your story. Once I have selected the images that represent my work and your story, the edited images will be uploaded to your gallery. RAW and unedited images will not be delivered as they are not representative of my work. 

You are able to choose the images from your gallery that you wish to download as part of your collections.

What rights do I have to my images?

As a part of your package, you receive all printing rights to your images to make prints, albums, wall art, etc. Commercial use of your images is not allowed unless previously agreed upon. You will receive high-resolution versions of your images for download. As a photographer, I hold all copyrights to all of my images.m.

Do you charge a session fee?

Yes. A $175 session fee is due to book and ensure your session date.  The session fee is applied to the collection you choose.