What is Storytelling & Lifestyle Photography?
A lot of people make the mistake of calling this style of photography, "candids". Storytelling photography is actually much more intentional. When I am doing a documentary or storytelling photo shoot, I'm not just snapping random photos and hoping that I get a good one here and there. I am actually there to observe and document the moments that look and feel important to remember. It includes capturing details, like hands that have reached for each other and held on, a tired head rested on a shoulder, a tender wiping of a tear. I use my skills in creativity and observation to recognize a special look or gesture. Sometimes I prompt or guide you to help you to relax or to help you find a more aesthetic look. This is especially true in my more lifestyle-oriented shoots (couples, maternity, newborns, etc). However, Storytelling Photography does not involve posing. It takes time, it takes energy, emotion, and commitment. And the outcome is something truly special.
Is Storytelling Photography what I want?
Storytelling photography creates images that can be treasured throughout time. They make beautiful photo books and some of the images are absolutely gorgeous as wall art. If you want a photographer who will spend time learning about you and your family and what memories you want to preserve then you've come to the right place. If you want a photographer who will give you lots of beautiful, natural, authentic photographs, then you've come to the right place. If you want a photographer who offers top quality, professional, archival print-products that will be family heirlooms throughout the years, then you've come to the right place.
Your time is valuable and I want to make sure that we are going to be a good fit for each other, so... If you're looking for a photographer who will carefully pose each person, tuck hair to the side, place hands, and tell you where to stand, then I would love to point you toward a different photographer, but that just isn't me. If you're looking for a photographer who is fast and cheap--will get you in and out in less than 30 mins and then send you a few digital files the same day, then please, save yourself time and energy, as I am not the photographer you're looking for.
What should we wear?
Choose outfits that compliment one another, but matching is not necessary.
Choose muted, natural, earth tones--they photograph ideally. Jewel tones can really make a statement.
Layer--scarves, sweaters, vests, jackets, beanies.
Think about textures! Think soft cotton, chunky wool, textured linen and denim, corduroy, knit, or even furs.
All black, all white, and very bright colors, logos, text, and baseball caps.
Wearing clothing that is very similar to the color of your hair.
Ultimately, you all should be comfortable, confident, and yourselves. It's not the Pinterest family's story I'm after, it's yours.
My style of newborn photography does not require props, but I love it when you have a special outfit, swaddle blanket, bassinet, headband, quilt, etc. that you want to include in your images. I'm happy to accommodate, but please keep in mind that I do not do studio newborn work so I won't do much to 'pose' your babies. All of their stretching and flopping and kicking is perfect to me.
By now you know that my style of photography is not the lined-up, perfectly posed, family portrait. I prefer to tell a story through images that capture your family interacting naturally. If your family is very large, it's possible there will be few photos of all of you together in the frame. However, if it's important to you, I will do one 'posed' photo. BUT, even that will not be what you might imagine a family photo to be... Someone might be laughing, looking lovingly at the child they're holding or making a goofy face (kids love to do that!). This is your family and I invite you to embrace it and adore it in all of its beautiful imperfections.
A Photo-Shoot in my home?
You might be feeling a little uneasy about your home being a part of the images that you hope to hang on your walls and share with the world. Or you might worry that it's too dark, too old, or too messy (did someone say toddlers?). Here's the thing--YOU are the subject of my frame. You are the focal point. And you are beautiful. Trust me to use the light in your home to create images that you will treasure and be proud to display everywhere.
If you're still not convinced, why not send me a few pics of your spaces (with lights turned out) during the time of day you think you'll want to book the shoot and I'll give you my feedback on it. If it's not going to work, we can definitely do something outdoors or find another special location for the shoot.