FAQ

"I still have questions! Please help!"

What type of photo sessions do you offer?

I primarily photograph families and children but will occasionally photograph newborns, engagements, elopements and weddings as well. I photograph musicians from time to time (my husband is a musician which led me to wanting to provide photos for more musicians in need of head shots, cover albums and promo images) and new in 2019, I also offer short family films to capture your favorite moments in motion! Click here for more info on family films!

I have a unique idea for a photo session but it doesn't fit into any category you offer. Can I contact you?

Of course! I'm always open to new ideas! And if for some reason it doesn't fit my style, or I don't have the right equipment for what you need, I will research a photographer that can provide for you.

How much is a photo session?

All pricing can be found here (portraits), here (films) and here (weddings). If your session doesn't fit into any of the categories listed, contact me for a quote.

What is your photo session process in a nutshell?

1.) Contact me with a couple of weekend dates you're hoping for and I'll check my availability. 2.) Once shoot is scheduled, you'll fill out a couple forms, sign a contract, pay the fee and we'll have the shoot! 3.) Within 1 to 3 weeks after session, you'll receive your secure, online gallery full of your final, edited images (30+)! 4.) Download your images for keeps!

What do I wear?!?

First, don't stress! I just have a few simple no-no's but 99.9% of the time, my clients can easily find something that complies and they don't feel the need to go shopping for new clothes. Keep it simple, keep it casual. Most importantly, we want you to feel the most comfortable in your clothing. I have a whole page dedicated to wardrobe ideas, tips, and guidelines to help you out but you can always ask me for further assistance if you need!

Do I need to get professional makeup done for the shoot?

Most all of my clients do not get professional makeup done. Again, keep it simple, keep it casual. I'm all about photographing you as you are in your every day life. You are beautiful the way you are, you really are!

How long do these sessions last? I'm not sure my kiddos will last longer than 10 minutes!

I understand! I can speed up or slow down depending on the attention span of your little ones. I can get you quality shots in 20 minutes if needed. I've worked in schools and other educational settings for over 10 years, so I've dealt with it all and have no problem adapting to the need of the child. I'm very patient and if we need to shoot in between fits of tears, or if I need to wear my tennis shoes to keep up with their energy level, I'm okay with that! Candy works really well and BUBBLES! (I'll supply the bubbles if you bring the chocolate!). If your child is super young or bribery doesn't work on them, we'll just go with the flow! I've never had a kid cry for the WHOLE session and we've always been able to work around the tears and for kids who don't sit still, I tend to gravitate toward action shots and games like playing tag and getting shots that way. 

We've been having a really....really bad day. Can we reschedule? Is there a fee?

We can absolutely reschedule. No matter the hour, no fees, no questions asked.

It's raining! Now what?

When you schedule a session with me, unless it's a special mini session event (you would know), I block out the WHOLE day for you, even if we aren't meeting until evening. The reason is because the forecast might say rain for a certain part of the day, then will only be cloudy the rest of the day, for example. I make sure I'm flexible on your session date in case we need to adjust the time at the last minute.
 

Cloudy weather is my favorite to shoot in so we shouldn't pass up our session because it might be raining! We could even get awesome rain shots. Dress your kiddos in rain boots and rain jacket and I'll bring an adorable umbrella for them! Why not? But if it's a serious downpour, then yes, let's reschedule. I typically won't cancel for weather purposes until 1 to 2 hours before a shoot because weather here does change so rapidly.

I have no ideas for a location and I'm stressing out about it!

Don't stress! I have a list of favorites in various parts of the city and state, and can determine the right fit for you based on your family's needs and where you're located. Sometimes a client will want to shoot at their home or ask for a particular place in or around the city. It's no problem!

Should I bribe my children to behave for a photo session?

Bribery has been known to be effective in my experience. For family FILMS, I do NOT recommend it, but for an hour photo session, it hasn't been a problem if you do this. For younger children, I always recommend bringing water and a snack they love (but make sure it's not crumbly). Some of my clients like to reward their children with a fun activity the next day or extra dessert that night to keep them motivated throughout the shoot.

Can we have a photoshoot earlier in the day? My kid needs to get to bed early!

I understand! But lighting really is the most flattering right before sunset. In the winter, this isn't a huge problem because we'll meet before dinner and all is well. After we switch our clocks forward in the springtime, it becomes more problematic with the younger children. I CAN shoot earlier, but most all my images you see on my website have been during the golden hour, right before or right after sunset, so your images, while they still will be print-worthy, will have a somewhat different style to them due to lighting. I recommend maybe allowing your child a longer nap that day or push the nap to later in the day if possible, or we can meet earlier if it's too stressful otherwise!

I love your lantern photos! Can I get one with my child? Is there an added fee?

There is no added fee but to get a lantern photo, I'll first need to learn a little more about your child. Safety if my number one priority with all my sessions so I need to make sure your child is above a certain age and is mindful enough of their surroundings. If we determine this can happen, I'm totally happy to brainstorm some ideas with you!

Are you available on the weekends?

I typically shoot ONLY on the weekends! Preferably, Saturdays, but Sundays work as well. If you need a weekday shoot, let me know as soon as possible.

Will you travel? 

Yes! I love to travel! Any excuse to travel, really. I have friends and family from all corners (and middle) of Oregon, Washington and Tennessee, so in these particular states, travel fees may be less, but I really can go just about anywhere in the world with my American passport. Contact me for more info!

How soon can I book you?

I typically book 3 to 4 months in advance for the busy seasons (fall and spring) and am more open during winter and summer. It's never too soon to book!

I still have questions. Can I contact you?

Of course! Email works best, but a text or phone call works, too! I look forward to hearing from you!

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Children & Family Photographer based in Portland, OR