WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
Near Vicksburg, Michigan, and I serve the surrounding Southwest Michigan region, including Kalamazoo, Portage, Oshtemo, Climax Scotts, Battle Creek, & more.
WHAT SUBJECT MATTER DO YOU SHOOT?
My passion is documenting families, maternity, newborns, & high school seniors, but I also accept a limited number of commercial projects and 2-3 weddings per year.
WHERE SHOULD WE MEET?
Short answer ... anywhere you want. I shoot both indoors and outdoors, and I’m willing to work with just about any natural light mother nature throws my way. What I’m really interested in, is somewhere that is important to your journey. If you love the beach, let's go there. If you love nature, let’s meet at one of my favorite spots, or somewhere your family frequents. If you love going to the zoo or museum or coffee shop, let’s go there.
But, don't forget your home, your coziest space. For a moment think about how much actually goes on in your home ... the seemingly boring mundane day to day things that aren't actually that small and insignificant at all - it's life. It is real, unconstrained, irrational, beautiful, perfect life - why not take photos there? That's where you play, laugh, cry, it's where you feel your greatest emotions. If you think about it, it's perfect.
Ultimately, I want to go to the place that makes your heart sing; take me on a journey of your soul.
If you aren't too sure where you want to go, that's ok as well, I know a spot (actually a few). Just tell me what you're after and I will find the best location.
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?
First of all, something that reflects you, something that you are comfortable in and something that you feel amazing in (who doesn't want to feel amazing for photos?). I suggest starting with Mom. After finding the ultimate outfit for the queen of the house we can dress the rest of the tribe much more easily. Think coordinating, not matching. Think authentic, fun, textures, layers, flowy dresses or skirts. Think neutrals with pops of colours - accessories are great for this.
If you need a little help, that's what I'm here for. I love to see snaps of outfits beforehand and if you’re going shopping, I can help with that too.
But beware there are some no-nos… No too thin stripes. Avoid showing logos/brand names. No matchy-matchy outfits (remember when all-in-denim-and-white-shirts was a thing?) Avoid everyone wearing black/dark colors (I call this the “blob effect” when there’s no contrast in your outfits.) Other than that, it's all good.
Check out my Pinterest page for some ideas I've already saved, here.
Please keep in mind that I may ask you to sit on the ground, run, play, climb and if the moment (and location) calls for it ... get a little wet. I will ALWAYS choose the moment over keeping people/clothes pristine, this is after all a family/couple photo shoot and not intended for a catalog.
WHAT TIME OF DAY DO YOU SHOOT?
I believe beautiful light is one of the most important factors for your photo session, so we'll meet about 1-2 hours prior to sunset for an outdoor session. For at-home sessions, I typically recommend mid-morning or early evening.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE MY HOUSE?
Please don't stress about this too much. It's your home and I'm not coming to do a spread for Better Homes & Garden magazine, I'm here for you. A general tidy, clutter removed if you’d prefer, but forget the stress. However, if cleaning is your thing ... go for it, just don’t let that become the focus. Your moments will shine whether you’ve cleaned and tidied every nook and cranny. So do whatever will make you happiest and most relaxed.
BUT MY FAMILY’S A LITTLE CRAZY…
Oh I hear ya, so is mine! But crazy's real right?! I have three boys myself and I totally get what life's like; but a little distance will help you see how wonderful it all really is. Don't fight it, it's raw, pure life, so let's embrace it. I will aim to get that one shot of everyone looking at the camera for grandma but after that, there is so much truth in imperfection. It's my job to harness the significance of you and your clan right now, craziness and all.
Do you offer the sale of digital files?
Absolutely. I’d rather not limit the amount of images that I’m able to give your family – I believe in telling your story from start to finish. Digital Files are delivered in high resolution and come standard with a Personal Print Release. Files are delivered via downloadable online gallery.
How long DO WE WAIT TO SEE THE MAGIC?
Please allow up to 4 weeks to receive your family, newborn or senior portrait gallery.
Will you make my teeth whiter/my eyes brighter/my waist smaller/my husband Channing Tatum (say what?!)?
No, sorry, I won't. You are perfect/amazing/incredible/radiant/real/awesome, so no, I won't change any of that. (All sessions do receive a special treatment, but it’s not overwhelming, and is meant to help with smoothing fine lines or to hide major blemishes — ones that aren’t typically there.)
WILL WE GET OUR PHOTOS IN BOTH COLOR & BLACK+WHITE?
No. A lot goes into the decision to make an image either color or black and white, including and not limited to the light, location and surrounding colouring, while deciding I also consider the moment, emotion and story that is being conveyed. I promise you that a lot of thought has gone into making your images perfect and I have used my judgement as an artist to do so.