Where?

I shoot primarily in the Portland, Or Area, but I do shoot the the Bay Area and Seattle area as well. I am fortunate to make several trips down to the Bay Area every year to visit family and am happy to set up a session while I am in town.

Photography sessions take place at the location of your choice. The location can be your home, a local park, the woods, the beach, your backyard, or a favorite family spot. I am happy to suggest a location if you do not have one in mind. All photography is done in natural lighting so sessions may be weather permitting. Any entry fees for the location are the responsibility of the client.

I am open to your ideas for what you would like to get out of the session. Please let me know if you have something in particular that you would like to capture and I will do my best.

*There are additional fees for travel outside of the Portland Metro Area.

When?

Sessions are done 7 days a week. Please contact me at least 3 months in advance (4-5 months for holiday photos) for availability. Most sessions last between about 1 hour, but are never rushed. I will spend a few minutes getting to know your family or child before we begin shooting. The entire shoot will be fun and playful. I have many tricks up my sleeve for getting your little ones to smile. Your child will let us know when we are done.

Morning and early evening are the best times for lighting. I recognize that children have unique schedules, so the best time is ultimately when your child is well rested, fed, and happy! Breaks can be taken for nursing, snacks, etc.

Maternity sessions are usually best in the 7th month of pregnancy (give or take). Please call by at least your 6th month to schedule a session. Newborn shoots are typically best within the first 10days of life. If you are expecting, please contact us with your due date, scheduled c-section date, or induction date and we will do our best to fit you in. Newborn sessions take 2-3 hours usually so please be prepared for a lengthy session.

Please prepare Dad for the length of the session if you are doing family or maternity photos. I find that they tend to have the hardest time with the longer sessions.

What to wear?

Keep it simple! Bright colors or solids are usually best. Try to avoid logos and graphics. For families it is best to try and coordinate colors and fabrics, but you do not have to match. Layers work very well! For child photos, please feel free to have some fun! Tutu's, cowboy boots, and fun hair bows are all great. Expressing your child's personality is part of the fun.

Clothing changes are fine as long as your child tolerates them. I am happy to discuss clothing if you need additional help.

After the shoot

Your client viewing site will be available within 3 weeks of your session. You will be given a password to log in and share with others. Your client viewing site will remain up for approximately 2 weeks from the time it is published. There will be an additional $25 fee if you would like to extend the length of your client viewing site for another 2 weeks.

You will receive your CD with approximately 20 digitally enhanced images within 3-4 weeks of your shoot. You will own these images and be able to use them however you wish. I am happy to help with print ordering if you would like some help.

Some sneak preview images may appear on my blog. Be sure to check there often after your session!