DURING YOUR SESSION.
We know being in front of the camera isn't at the top of most people's resume. I get it. I don't particularly like having my picture taken either, BUT, I'm here to help and it's not only our job, but our personal mission to help you feel as comfortable as possible during our time together. Here are a few things to keep in mind during your session:
IT MAY FEEL AWKWARD // To be completely honest, you will most likely feel a little awkward at first, especially if it's been a while since you've had photos done. And guess what? THAT IS OK. I'm not expecting you to break out in killer pose after pose. We do this all the time, but I try to constantly remind myself that this is not something my clients are used to doing. So kick back, relax and enjoy the ride. We have a very laid-back, conversational way of shooting. We like to get to know our clients as we photograph them and not worry too much about stiff posing. We'll direct you into natural movements and encourage you to communicate and engage with your fiance/family/spouse (who ever you're with!) in a fun, flirty and natural way.
PDA IS ALWAYS ENCOURAGED // I'm a hopeless romantic which is why Danny and I always strive for intimacy in our work. Whether it be an engagement session or a wedding.....we are firm believers that moments are what truly matter. Perfection is silly and a stiff portrait is not ever what we aim for. Our goal is to capture your love in a way that is not only authentic, but raw. Nothing makes me happier than to be photographing a couple so madly in love they can't keep their hands off each other. Those are my people. Those are the ones that keep me going when endless hours of editing can be daunting. That is where art is found and where my passion fully thrives. There is such beauty in intimacy and it is an honor to be able to capture just a fraction of that love between my couples. || I say all of that to say.....clients, don't be afraid to take our time together and turn it into one of the sweetest dates you've ever been on. In fact, I encourage you to treat it that way. Give him that kiss....pull her in extra close...look into each other's eyes and remember what it was like to fall in love with them. Let loose, get flirty, whisper something sweet in their ear. It not only makes my job easier, but it will make your photographs that much more special. I'll help along the way, but ultimately, I want you to forget that I'm even there (even if I'm standing 5 feet away with a huge smile on my face...)
PERFECTION IS OVERRATED // I know it's easy to get embarrassed when one of your kids is having a meltdown in the middle of the session, but can I fill you in on a little secret? That perfect family photo you saw on Facebook MOST likely involved at least one meltdown (possibly multiple). Kids will be kids and devoting a whole hour to behaving and smiling on command is not usually their idea of fun. I literally had a kid run away at full speed down a nature trail while screaming and losing his mind in the middle of a session recently (his parents are good friends of mine, so I'm allowed to tell this story, haha!). Rest assured knowing that I've seen worse than anything your kids may throw at me. We try our best to keep things relaxed, fun and natural...so try not to worry if your three year old decides today is the day she no longer wants to wear her shoes, or if your six year old thinks taking family photographs is the equivalent of being sent to timeout for half an hour. We will roll with the punches and ask that you try not to let the kiddos get you too worked up. ;)
TRUST // My favorite clients? The ones that trust us. The ones that let us do what we do best. The ones that don't bring a list of things they've found on Pinterest to their sessions. The ones that let us take care of them. You have hired us to do the best that we can do but that can't happen without trust. Trust our vision, trust that we won't let you look dumb. I promise you won't regret it.