The Portrait Process

Hello and Welcome

Thank you so much for your interest in my portrait photography services. I strive to provide my clients with a pleasing photography experience, great images, a diverse product line and exceptional customer service, all at an affordable price.

I seriously love taking photos, I love the interaction I get to have with my clients, and the genuine bonds I form with them. My greatest joy is being able to give you images that you can hold on to and treasure for many years to come.  I am a natural light, lifestyle photographer and I combine traditional portraiture with photojournalism to create images that tell your story. 

That little toddle that all too quickly becomes a run,  those chubby cheeked dimples, or that expression of complete innocence — I believe every little bit of life is worth celebrating — from the everyday to the extraordinary.  I love to capture real moments with your child and between you and your family.  I will capture a variety of loosely posed and completely candid moments to ensure the moments and relationships that matter to you can be celebrated for a lifetime.

I want my images to tug at your heart, to bring tears to your eyes and to show you how beautiful and wonderful your family is. I want to create a timeless image that captures the fleeting look – you would know the look I mean – the precious look your child gives you and the world stops. Just for a beat of time or two. But your breath is going and life is magic.

Please read through this welcome packet to learn more about my services, check out some of my work, and be sure to contact me with any questions and concerns you may have.



Before your Session

Once we’ve received your booking fee I will start planning your session. I will call or email you to go over the details of your session. 

We will decide on a location of your shoot, what you should wear and what you want to do with the photos; ie wall portraits, photos to hand out to family or friends,albums.  

I will keep an eye on the weather forecast and contact you (the day of or day before your session) if I feel the session may need to be moved  or re-scheduled.

We will then meet for your photography session, have loads of fun and capture great images.


After your Session

 A week or so after your session I will post a facebook sneak peek from your session. Around that same time you will receive an email link to your online gallery, from there you can choose your favorite photos, decide on a package of prints and digital files or create your own package (our most popular choice, as it’s the most flexible).

We’ll post our favorites to our blog & facebook page. Remember when you post & share, you earn extras! We then create, package & deliver your customized portrait photos and any additional products you’ve ordered.




Let's Have Fun

Please feel at ease at your session. If pressured to “smile”, natural expressions may be lost. Many of the great images I capture are the “in-between” shots, when the subject relaxes & smiles. Photo sessions are work for both subject and photographer but I have tricks that make it fun & easy so don’t worry and don’t try too hard! Relax, it’s your day!

What to Wear

 Good choices in clothing is one of the key elements of a great photo session! For family sessions, clothing should be coordinated. Clothing should be simple and timeless. Favorites are jeans, khaki colored pants, white, black or neutral colored shirts, sundresses, gowns, hats and bare feet. (Large, busy prints, checkered patterns & geometric designs don’t photograph well).

I’ll be checking in with you to  chat about clothing choices. It’s a great idea to plan the outfits 2 weeks before the session. Lay them out on a bed, step back and take a look.

Once you’re happy with your choices, make sure they are clean and wrinkle-free, then set them aside for your session.

Don’t forget about shoes and the most overlooked item ... the socks! Yes, the socks are important...(the color).

This will lower your stress level on session day!

Clients are encouraged to include their own props. Examples are: A sign, or family keepsake, blanket  or something that is meaningful to you or your family.  Favorite toys for children are also great props for photos.