Perhaps you’ve never had a professional lifestyle session, or you’ve worked with another photographer in the past. You’ve booked your session and now you’re wondering what to expect. I’ve got you covered!
Turning your mundane moments into memories.
Because you don’t want your story to go untold.
What does a day in your life look like? Do you cherish the cup of coffee that you and your partner have before the little ones wake up? Maybe you have movie night each week, and everyone snuggles on the couch in pj’s. Perhaps Saturday morning is the day that you all make breakfast together. You see where I’m going with this? I know from experience that these are the moments that you are going to want to remember when the little ones are grown.
Yep, even the sleepless nights. The diaper blowouts. The excruciatingly long minutes of tummy time. Playing legos on the floor or teaching your little one to play an instrument. It might feel unglamorous or mundane but from my view? It’s pure magic. These photos will be proof of how much you loved this phase of your life.
My style of photography is Lifestyle, with a little documentary thrown in. My goal is to capture this phase of your family’s life and offer a session that is as unique as your family. These won’t be everyone smile and look at the camera photos.
How it works to get these real-life moments into your hands (Hint: I make this SUPER easy for you):
Before your session
Reach out to me, and we’ll chat about what kind of session you’re looking for, the timing, and the location 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.
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. That’s the beauty of a storytelling session. We just do what you’re already doing!
The big day has arrived!
Kick your shoes off (I might, too); it’s session time. Sessions are really about capturing you, doing what you love, with those you love the most. I recommend making this session the highlight of the day. You can’t expect your kids (or partner) to be at their best if they are tired from earlier activities. I also recommend making sure everyone is well-fed before the session.
In-home sessions are relaxed and carefree. I’ll be at your home at the agreed-upon time. Who am I kidding? If you look out your window, you’ll see me sitting out front 20 minutes before our session time. I hate being late! When I first arrive, I’ll check out the rooms with the best light and spend a few minutes chatting with the little ones to make sure they are comfortable.
In-home family sessions
Don’t worry if the little ones are hyped up and bouncing off the walls. Think of this session as “A day in your life.” As a mom with grown kids, I can tell you that it’s the little moments that are going to mean the most when you look back. That’s what I’m there to capture. So, there’s no need to worry about what you’re wearing, if the kids have dirty faces, or if your house isn’t clean. I want to photograph your real life at this stage. That’s why you hired me!
Outdoor family sessions
Your session can be chill or adventurous; it’s your call. We will meet at the agreed-upon time at the location. Again, I’ll spend the first few minutes with the little ones, and then the fun begins. Whether you’re having a picnic in the park, having ice cream in town, or hiking your favorite trail, I’ll be right there with you, capturing all the priceless moments.
In-home newborn sessions
Sessions are designed to capture the wonder of having a new baby. I want to capture it all, you feeding, changing, cuddling, and caring for your newborn. We can even capture a bath. Sessions are baby-led, meaning the baby is in charge. If baby wants to be in mom’s arms for the entire session, that’s what we will capture.
After your session
It’s time to see your photos! Within two 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 will get a link to your slideshow gallery, which you’ll have access to for 48 hours. You can watch it over and over and choose your favorite images. Then, it’s just a matter of choosing your Collection.
Once you’ve chosen your Collection, you can download the included digital images and use your complimentary 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!
Reach out if you have any questions.
Leigh Ann – Your Oakland, CA, Family and Newborn Photographer, serving perfectly imperfect families. And remember, I serve families throughout the Bay Area.
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