for big hearted families
"Emily is so easy to work with. She made our session really fun and was able to get "real" smiles out of our kids! Emily has an excellent creative eye, so our pictures ended up beautiful and also really showcasing the personalities and relationships within our family. I would highly recommend Emily and can't wait for our next session with her!"
WHAT IS MY PHOTO PHILOSOPHY?
"I love the authenticity and real moments I see in our photos. Instead of cheesy smiles, my kids look like themselves; all the pouts and sad moments included ha! I framed a few of them at my desk at work and love the reminder that they are complex people just like me." -Stacey
1. Getting family photos are always stressful for me. The kids don't smile. The spouse is whining. Nobody's happy. How is this any different?
As a mom of 2 rowdy boys, I get it. Getting ready for family photos can pop out a few more grey hairs. For this reason I am very mindful about creating a good experience for Mom & Dad too! Here are the two ways I do that: COMMUNICATION & MINDSET. A few weeks out I will email detailed instructions on where I will set up "base camp" so you know exactly where to park, where to meet me and what to expect when you arrive. For every mini session I employ an extra person to be on location with us. They can play with the kiddos, watch for smudged faces, fix crazy hair, answer frantic texts and keep things organized while I'm shooting away. My goal for photos is to get 3-5 great shots of the whole family, then 1-2 shots of each child and 1-2 of parents together. That's very do-able, quick and easy. With the rest of our time we'll play and get lots of action shots too.
Mindset is a larger concept that has to do with my photo philosophy. I wrote a blog post about it HERE. I really feel this is important. I want you to know my aim so you know my photographic style, my priority, and my expectations in shooting. Your photos are important, and if my philosophy isn't quite a match with your style it's OK! I am happy to recommend other amazing photographers in this area who might be a better fit for you! Please ask!
3. How to handle cancellations or bad weather?
If it's drizzling, we'll try it. If it's a complete thunderstorm, I'll text you to cancel. I will open up another evening or two later in the week, or try to get you into another session. I'm very easy going and will work with you to figure it out. If you have paid for the Dierdorff Orchards facility fee, I will certainly reimburse you if we just can't make it work, but I'm confident we can find something!
4. My kid's got a scratch on his cheek, fell into a mud puddle, or is just plain freaking out during our session. Now what?
Hey, this ain't no wedding. If things really don't work out, we can redo it. Sometimes the best photos are made in the midst of or directly after a mini crisis. Tantrums might last for 3-5 minutes and are often followed by some really special kisses & hugs. A little mud on the pants means the kiddo is probably having a great time with a big grin on her face. As parents, sometimes we have to let go of it and just let life happen. I can retouch if it's really bad. I do charge $25/image for an artistic photoshop retouch that includes skin retouching, blemish or scratch removal, or clothing fixes if you happen to fall in love with an image except for that crazy thing in the background or dress that wasn't quite sitting right.