We solemnly swear to never say cheese
Our session is going to be fun—I promise. Like hanging out with a friend who happens to be taking lots of photos. There’s a good chance we’ll be real friends by the end of the session, and I may try to hug you before I pack up and go.
Throughout the entire session you’ll be relaxed (and if that calls for a sip of whiskey first, I’m okay with that). Just pretend I’m not there and act naturally while I catch you cuddling, tickling your kids, jumping on the bed, giving (or getting) piggyback rides.
If the kids (or grownups) are acting out or being goofy, no sweat. I’m all about those real moments: tongues sticking out, milk mustaches, bedhead.
I have nothing against cheese—it’s great with macaroni. But I prefer cheese-free photography. Oh, and natural light is essential.
Where to Go
I like to start at your home. Real life, remember? Then we might walk or drive to a spot your family loves. I have lots of suggestions if you need ideas. All we need is good light, interesting backdrops, and a place where you can be yourselves.
What to Wear
Real life is jammies, gumboots, and dog hair—not Sunday best, hairspray, and patent leather Mary-Janes. Be comfortable. If that means your favourite T and best-loved jeans, go for it. Although tutus and tiaras can be totally magic too, especially if it’s what your kids choose for themselves. For Colour-co-ordinating 101, go here.
What to Do
We’ll ride our bikes, puddle stomp, throw the ball around, read the dog a story, chase waves at the beach, draw in the sand with a stick, bake cookies, make daisy chains, catch falling leaves, play paper dolls, and break for a snack or a drink any time. All the while, I’ll take lots and LOTS of pictures.
What it Costs
I charge a flat rate of $500 a session. This includes a 1 hour creative session at your home and/or another location we choose together, an online gallery of at least 60 professionally retouched images, and the high-resolution, digital negatives you can download any time from your gallery. If you need me to shoot outside of West or North Vancouver, please contact me for travel rates.
Most photographers don’t offer you unlimited access to your images. I like to do this for you so you can view, print, enlarge and use them any time you want to. And it’s a relief knowing you’ll have a digital copy as backup. I can also mail you the images on a USB stick for an additional $25.
I collect a $250 deposit when you book and the balance on the day of our session. You can pay via shopping cart here, or I accept Interac email transfer, credit card, Paypal, cash or cheque
Weekday Session: Sessions booked during Monday-Thursday cost $425 (this does not apply to mini sessions)
Belly + Baby: A mini session (30 minutes) with your big, beautiful belly and a signature session with your wee newborn. Cost is $750 if booked together.
Same Time Next Year: I'd love to take photos of your family every year, catching the moments of wobbly first steps, missing teeth, new puppies, and braces-just-off. Returning families get 10% off the flat rate, just because I hate to say goodbye.
Short and Sweet: I offer mini sessions too: 30 minute intervals booked throughout a given day, usually in the Fall and late Spring, at a predetermined location. If you "like" my Facebook page you'll be the first to find out when and where the next one will be.
I love pretty paper, stationary, tangible stuff
While I know hard drives are a safe place to store images, photos are meant to be shared. People want to see your amazing life. And few things make me happier than knowing some of your images were printed and treasured in an album or coffee table book. Or framed and hung on your walls. So I’m quite thrilled to announce two new products (prices and photos coming soon):
The Amazing Book
A beautiful, softcover 8x8" album of 40 images from your session, curated by me.
The Amazing Box
A custom-designed box containing 50 curated images from the shoot, 5x7" prints plus a USB stick with all the images from your gallery.
Wall prints, table prints, gallery wrapped canvases, standouts, storyboards, greeting cards, and customized art. All are artistically retouched, colour corrected, and Photoshopped (if necessary).