The simple answer is, YES! I go over this particular subject in more detail on my blog, which you can check out here. I'm happy to chat with you about the details over the phone.
I believe your session should be perfectly tailored to your family and not a photo mill. Often my favorite portraits come as the session develops. It's rare that I have more than more session in a day and love to be able to truly focus on just you.
The idea of photographic "Props" is an important thing to talk about in our Post-Pinterest world. I highly encourage you to bring items that speak to who you are as a family or to this particular period in your lives. As an example, you'll see the little boy pushing his grandfather's vintage firetruck in my portfolio and the image of my own daughter carrying her monkey. That monkey is incredibly important at our house and at the time there was no sleeping without him. I love being able to look back at those chubby little hands clutching her favorite thing.
Yes! I do not charge extra for including grandparents in the session. This is after all, about your life. If you intend on including family members beyond grandparents, please get in touch and we can chat about creating a package that is just right for you.
I always keep a few dates open each season to help accommodate rescheduling when the weather doesn't cooperate. It's important to me that you are as comfortable as possible on the day of your session.
I schedule lifestyle sessions on both weekdays and weekends. My weekend dates fill up VERY quickly, especially in the fall. I generally recommend scheduling 8-10 weeks in advance when possible. If the weather stays favorable for several weeks without having to use my rain dates, I do occasionally have last minute openings for a couple of extra sessions. Get in touch!
Permits are required for using many the most iconic locations in the greater Washington DC area and around northern Virginia. When hiring any professional photographer, it is important to ask about how the permitting process should be handled. In most instances, I can tell you about the required permits and fees associated with most of the more popular locations and am happy to research additional locations for you. I also keep an annual pass for all Fairfax County parks - at no additional charge.
Both Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and the surrounding areas are rife with incredible portrait locations! I strongly encourage you to choose a location with meaning to your and your family. This may be an iconic DC spot, a favorite local spot, or even your own home or backyard. A place with meaning to you will make the photos feel that much more authentic to you and your family.
Typically sessions last around one hour. However, I try to remain flexible with the needs of your family.
Lifestyle Photography is about your life. It's more than just faces smiling back at the camera, it's about capturing the very essence of the PEOPLE, PLACES, and THINGS that best represent you and the ones you do life with. Every season of our lives is different. From the messiness of life with toddlers, to the changing of your body during motherhood, to the day when your "little ones" are now bigger than you. It's the joy on your child's face when you take him to the playground or embracing how much your family loves life in Washington DC or sailing on the Potomac. I want your photos to reflect you and your family as authentically as possible.