My Style

I am a laid-back down-to-earth mama trying to find the good and true moments in this world.  My photography style matches my personality in that I gently seek out the real, honest moments that are reflective of you and your family.  During our relaxed sessions, I encourage you to move, play, get messy, and be yourselves.  We have a lot of fun, even when taking some lightly posed shots.  Sessions are a blend of lifestyle and documentary photography.  I love capturing the raw joy and emotion of your family connecting.  Years from now, you’ll want to remember the meaningful moments – holding hands, snuggling, and laughing after a family tickle fight.  I want you to look at your photos and see the best part of yourselves – the essence of your family. 

Your real beautiful life.  

Packages

All Sessions include:

All-inclusive pricing

My time spent with your family during the session

All email and phone consultations

Fully edited custom online galleries for downloading digital images and ordering additional products

$100 deposit due at time of booking

Pets always welcome

$50 discount applies to all active duty military, veterans, teachers, and health care workers

Family Fun Session

$495

Approximately 60-90 minutes.

At a location that is meaningful to you such as your home or a park.

Includes photos of the entire family, sibings, couples, and individual portraits.

Up to six people.  Additional people are $25/person.

A proofing gallery of at least 75 high resolution digital images ready for viewing within three weeks.

You choose your top 25 favorites for downloading.

A select printed product of your choice. 

Option to order additional print products.  

Option to download all the images in your gallery for an additional $150.

Discounted pricing for returning clients.

  

Couples / Engagement / Maternity

$395

About an hour.

At a location that is meaningful to you, such as your home or a park.

A proofing gallery of at least 40 high resolution images ready for viewing within 3 weeks

You choose your top 15 images for downloading.

Option to download all the images in your gallery for an additional $125.

A select printed product of your choice.

Option to order additional print products.

Day-in-the-Life Adventure Family Session

$695

Approximately 4 hours.

Perfect for capturing the everyday activities that define your family, such as weekend mornings making pancakes, roasting marshmallows on the fire pit, going out for ice cream, spontaneous dance parties, trips to the grocery store, taking a family walk in the neighborhood, or building forts on rainy days.

At least 100 high resolution digital images ready for viewing and downloading within three weeks.

A select printed product of your choice. 

Option to order additional print products.

Headshots / Personal Branding

$225

Full portrait session plus edited digital images.

Includes outfit changes and multiple locations within close proximity.

$75 per additional person.

Newborn Session

$575

Approximately 2-3 hours.

Occurs in the comfort of your home.

At least 75 high resolution digital images ready for viewing within three weeks.

You choose your top 30 favorites for downloading.

Option to download all the images in your gallery for an additional $150.

A select printed product of your choice. 

Option to order additional print products.

Please contact me for discounted rates when combining maternity and newborn sessions, Fresh 48 sessions, and for milestone sessions (e.g. 3/6/9 months, one year).

Events & Corporate

Please contact me to discuss your event in more detail.

FAQ

Where are you located?

I am based in Alexandria, VA, and serve the greater Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland areas within 20 miles of my home near Old Town.  I will gladly travel beyond that for a small fee.  The majority of my sessions are in Alexandria, with many others in Arlington, Fairfax County, and DC.  

What should I wear?
I believe great photos are about how you feel, not how you look.  So please wear what you love!!!  That being said, I find that simple outfits are best because they don’t distract from the subjects – you!  For families, coordinating or layering colors work well.  I don’t recommend outfits with patterns that are too busy, or have graphics or words.  However, if your style is spunky and loud, then please wear bold colors.  If you want a more subdued look, that’s great too.  Wear what best reflects your personality.

Please note that you will be in various positions during the session. You’ll be standing, sitting on the ground, a bench, or a bed, or even laying down. So please choose outfits that can work well in various positions, such as a long flowy dress or jeans and a nice top.

How do we choose a location?
I have several ideas for locations and can discuss these with you.  I always ask where you feel most comfortable and if you have a particular location in mind that is meaningful to you.  I love outdoor sessions in parks and nature.  I also love in-home sessions where I capture the essence of your daily life.  I also love exploring and adventure, so let’s go somewhere exciting!  Or let’s go to your favorite ice cream shop.  The possibilities are endless.    
I would love to have my family photographed doing an activity but I don’t know what to do.
Swimming at your local pool.  Playing in the creek.  Running through the sprinkler.  Jumping on a trampoline.  Playing catch.  Making cookies.  Chopping vegetables.  Roasting s’mores.  Hiking on a trail.  Walking the dog.  Building a fort.  Having a dance party.  Decorating a Christmas tree.  What is a common activity that you want to remember about your family years from now?  
What is the best time of day for an outdoor photo session?
The best times for photo sessions are within 90 minutes of sunrise or sunset.  This is called the “Golden Hour” and often provides soft dramatic light.  But…I can do a session anytime of the day.  I love working in different light situations, so if you want to start at noon, let’s do it!  
What is the best time of day for an indoor photo session?
Anytime!  There is a lot more flexibility with indoor sessions although most start in the late morning.
What should we bring to an outdoor session?
It’s always a good idea to have extra snacks.  And a ball or toy that will spark movement or a game.  I love capturing children in action and playing with something they love. 
I’m worried my kids won’t cooperate, especially if our session is right before dinner. What happens if we don’t get any good photos?
I allow a lot of time for sessions because most kids either need some time to warm up or they need to take a break and eat a snack.  Many times parents have left sessions with little confidence in the photos after they didn’t think their kids behaved well.  But they have all been pleasantly surprised at what the camera captured in those little moments.  So please don’t worry!  I will get wonderful photos of your children being themselves.  
Do you include black & white images?
Yes, I love black and white photos!  I typically include a few in each gallery unless the color is  so amazing that they simply don’t work as well.  
Do you offer referrals?
Yes, referrals are the heart of my business.  I would love to offer you $50 off your next session for referring a booked client.  Multiple clients = multiple discounts.  
What music should I listen to before the session?
Obviously this is a personal preference!  But here are some of my favorites to get you in the mood for a fun and meaningful session.
  • Best Day of My Life – American Authors
  • I Lived – OneRepublic
  • Photograph – Ed Sheeran
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  • Shine Your Way – Owl City & Yuna
  • Beautiful Life – Nick Fradiani
  • Never Grow Up – Taylor Swift
  • Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds
  • Better When I’m Dancin’ – Meghan Trainor
  • Raise Your Glass – P!nk
  • Happy – Pharrell Williams
  • Kickstart My Heart – Motley Crue
  • Wannabe – Spice Girls