Many of my clients have been with me from the very beginning, which is the greatest compliment I could ever hope for. I value these relationships so much and make it my #1 goal that every client has a fantastic experience with me, from pre-session communication, to having a super-fun experience at your session, to your personal ordering appointment where I can help you choose the products that best meet your needs. Providing this full-service experience is very important to me and I would love to create something special for your family!
Whether it's a full-length family session at your family's "happy place" or a 30 minute mini to update your family's photos for a holiday card, my goal is to always capture the love, personalities and spirit of your unique family.
Since the day I started my business in 2004, I have specialized in capturing moments and creating heirloom art that you can enjoy for generations.
I hear this with almost every family session! Don’t worry about it! (confession time: I feel the same way, which is why it’s so important to me when I have my family’s session done to choose a photographer I TRUST.) I have a lot of tricks up my sleeve to make you look fabulous, and when you are having fun with your family, it will show in the images and you will look better than you can imagine!
As we all know, kids have their own personalities! I love getting to know my client’s kids and actually enjoy the challenge of an extremely spunky or shy child. I find that being easy-going translates to happy kids and it’s not uncommon for kids to be sad when the session is over! Sometimes I find it works best for me to move away from parents (within eyesight) so kids don’t feel the pressure of having mom and dad watch them.
I love Pinterest as much as the next girl, but Pinterest is best used as an initial source of inspiration, rather than a checklist for your photographer. If we’re focused on recreating someone else’s photos, we won’t have time to capture the unique aspects of your family.
I generally shoot about 10 times the number of images guaranteed in your gallery, and then I narrow it down to the best 40-50 images. That way you can be sure there are no blurry images or images with eyes closed etc. Since I shoot so rapidly, many of the images I cull out are exact duplicates of the ones you will see, and narrowing it down to the very best ensures that you won’t become overwhelmed with hundreds of images. I’ve been doing this a long time -- you don’t have to worry that the PERFECT shot got edited out. :)
Yes! Every image you will see at your ordering appointment has had 90% of the editing already completed. After your order has been placed I will do final edits on every ordered image. (cloning a person out of the background or retouching skin etc.)
My specialty since I started my business over 16 years ago has been to create beautiful wall art and albums that will last generations. You can have peace of mind that any wall art you purchase is of the finest craftsmanship. However I know that digital files have become more and more popular over the last few years so I do offer digital collections that can be purchased after your session.
Most products such as prints, canvases, greeting cards etc. will be ready for pickup in about 2 weeks from your order date, with the exception of custom frames, which take longer. Digital files will be delivered via download link within 48 hours of purchase. From your session date to final delivery, you can plan on about 4 weeks.
Yes! I am a bit obsessive about finding the perfect location (and in our area of California there is so much opportunity for beautiful locations!) If the location is within about an hour of Stockton, I do not charge a travel fee. If the location is further there may be a travel fee to cover time , gas and wear on the car. I also occasionally travel for mini sessions (ie the beach or Tahoe) and am always open to suggestions!
Complete pricing details provided upon inquiry.
Whether you want to capture your families moments, celebrate a child’s senior year of high school, capture your baby’s milestones or get some fun styled images done, there is something for everyone! My pricing is simple: choose what you want from 3 different categories and get a discount on your entire order. Or you can simply choose a la carte prints or a digital collection! I specialize in heirloom albums and wall galleries because the hugs, snuggles, giggles and watching your family grow deserve to be seen on a daily basis!
If you're thinking of booking a session, please email me! From there we will schedule a phone call where we can chat about your session, and what you want to capture. If you're not sure where you want to begin, that's OK -- I am here to help! Once we decide on a date, I will send you an invoice for you session fee, and we will figure out styling for your family!
This is where the magic happens! We will meet at the location and go from there. I schedule sessions the last hour or so before sunset to get that warm, dreamy light. Sessions usually last about an hour, but I take my cue from the kids. I will shoot until the light or the giggles are gone.
About a week after your session we will have an ordering appointment via zoom where you will view your images and choose which products work best for you!
After our ordering appointment, I will make final touch-ups to all the ordered images. If you have ordered digital files, they will be delivered via download link within 48 hours. Most regular products will be ready within about 2 weeks, with the exception of custom frames which take longer. When your order is complete, I will notify you that it is ready for pickup!
Investment: $150 creation fee.
Session Length: typically about 60 minutes but could be slightly shorter or longer based on your family (I take my cues from them!)
Location: chosen based on the type of look you want for your session within one hour of Stockton (can be held further away with a small travel fee)
Dates: you have more flexibility on scheduling your dates - choose something that works for you! (dates fill up very fast in the Fall!)
Ordering: We will schedule an online appointment to choose your images. Typically lasts about 20-30 minutes. Most clients choose the Create Your Own Collection. You choose just what you want and get a discount on your items!
Investment: varies on session, but typically ranges from $75-$125
Session Length: 20-30 minutes, depending on session.
Location: Locations vary - there are usually 2-4 locations to choose from on specific dates for Fall mini sessions.
Dates: Sessions are scheduled back-to-back on specific dates.
Ordering: We will schedule an online appointment to choose your images. Typically lasts 20-30 minutes. Most clients choose from one of our three Limited Edition collections.
Investment: varies on location
Session Length: typically 60-90 minutes. Could be slightly shorter or longer based on your family (I take my cues from them!)
Location: chosen based on a location that is important to your family and typically 90 minutes or more from Stockton. Examples are Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Beaches, Napa Valley, San Francisco.
Dates: We choose a date that works best for both of us. Typically
scheduled 60-90 days in advance.
Ordering: We will schedule an online appointment to choose your images. Typically lasts about 30-40 minutes. Most clients choose the Create Your Own Collection. You choose what you want and get a discount on your items!
If you would like to create something beautiful for your home and your family, message me. I would love to give you more information on booking a session with me!
"The support with outfits, checking in, etc. was so much more than a mini session normally includes. Then to top it off, her energy makes the sessions fun and enjoyable! No stress!”