As a minimalist, I've learned that it is not through material possessions, but in the relationships I've built, and the memories I've created with my loved ones, that brings the most joy. I carry this philosophy in my approach as a photographer as well. Taking away excessive props, gear, and other distractions, allows me to focus on what is truly important - connections, and all the emotion behind every moment - joy, excitement, and love that can never truly be expressed with words alone.
Photography sessions take place at my natural light studio in Elk Grove. In viewing my portfolio, you'll notice the absence of backdrops, artificial lighting, and unnatural newborn poses - things you may be used to seeing in more traditional photography. In taking away all that is unnecessary, you're able to focus your energy on the moment we were meant to capture - whether it's your pregnancy, the arrival of your newborn baby, or other milestone. I want you to be present in the moment and take in all the emotions, so that I may capture them on camera, and preserve them. When you look back at your images, you should be transported back to that moment.
For newborn sessions, I always photography baby with a simple swaddle, because this usually helps to calm baby and keep them warm. It also makes it much easier for you and other family members to hold baby. If baby is calm and sleepy when we remove the swaddle, I'm able to photograph baby in a second swaddle with their little hands and feet out so that we're able to photograph all the sweet details of the newborn phase. For your baby's comfort and safety, I will only photograph them on their back, and posing will always be baby-led - never forced or unnatural.
*Please note that I am only photographing newborn solos and maternity solos in the studio at this time.*
I. SEND A MESSAGE
Using the "Inquiries" form below, please send me a message indicating the type of session you wish to schedule. If you are inquiring about a maternity or newborn session, please include your baby's due date as well.
II. SECURE YOUR RESERVATION
Once I receive your inquiry, I'll reply back and we can talk via phone, text, or e-mail - whichever is most convenient for you. We'll discuss all the details, and I'll answer any questions that you might have. We'll look at our calendars and schedule a date and time for your photography session. I'll e-mail you your photography session reservation link, where you will sign the photography agreement electronically, and purchase the session retainer in order to secure your booking. Photography sessions can be rescheduled within 60 days of the originally scheduled date, should baby arrive a little earlier or later than anticipated. Because I work in a natural light studio, the session date/time might also be adjusted for the most ideal lighting conditions.
III. PREPARE FOR YOUR SESSION
Now the fun begins. It's time to prepare for your photography session! You'll notice that most of my clients wear shades of white, ivory, and beige - these colors best compliment the light and airy style that I edit in, and the white walls and curtains in my studio. If you prefer a pop of color in your photos, pastels and muted colors work well too. If you have any questions or need guidance with outfit planning, please let me know - I'm always happy to assist. I do provide newborn swaddles in ivory, blush pink, and baby blue. I also have a collection of floral and lace headbands for baby girls. You do not have to bring anything for baby. I do have a small, curated collection of flowy, lace maternity and motherhood gowns for moms as well.
IV. YOUR SESSION DAY
For newborns, plan to schedule baby's feeding and diaper change, just before their session so that they're ready to be photographed when they arrive, however we can always make time for a feeding or change if needed during the session. Photography sessions tend to last about 30 minutes for maternity and 45-60 minutes for newborn.
V. IMAGE DELIVERY
Approximately one week after your photography session, you'll receive a gallery of the final, edited images. All sessions (except mini sessions) include the full gallery download in high resolution. Photos will be 300ppi with a long edge of 5000px which allows for print sizes up to 16"x24".
HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS
We have a child in our household who is vulnerable to COVID-19 complications. In order to protect our loved ones and yours, we have implemented some additional health and safety protocols. At this time, I am only photographing maternity solos and newborn solos. For newborn sessions, only one parent may accompany baby in the studio. The accompanying parent must wear a face mask that covers both mouth and nose at all times.
I will also wear a face mask for the entirety of every studio photography session. All gowns, blankets, and swaddles are washed immediately after each photography session. Equipment and furniture will be sprayed and wiped with disinfectant. There is a minimum 48 hour period between studio photography sessions.
If you or a member of your household have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, have recently tested positive for COVID-19, or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, you must call to cancel/reschedule your photography session. If I or anyone in my household have been exposed to COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, or are experiencing any of it's symptoms, I too, will cancel/reschedule your session. I will always make time for you if you need to reschedule your session.
I understand that opinions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic may vary, however these are the protocols I have in place to keep both my family and yours as safe as possible, during this particularly challenging time. If for any reason, you are not able to comply with these safety protocols, I'd be happy to assist you in finding an alternate photographer. I appreciate your understanding.