Your experience begins the moment we speak.
I connect with families much the same way I approached the news stories of my photojournalism career: deeply interested, observant, curious, gently uncovering what makes you you. I’ll ask you all kinds of interesting and personal questions, and as we talk, images will already start to swirl in my mind...
I listen, question, observe. I bring my skills as a journalist and a storyteller. I bring everything but judgment. Because I’ve seen enough to know there is no typical, nothing is perfect, and there is beauty to be found in every single thing.
Before the session.
The first thing we discover is what you would love to feel more of, because that is the power of fine art that nourishes.
Is it hard for you to believe when people tell you your rapidly growing pregnant body is gorgeous, and you are stunning? (hint: you ARE) What if you could appreciate and celebrate yourself in a way you never have before?
Do you feel the most important thing is for your children to know how deeply loved and cherished they are? What if they could have daily reminders of the love they’ve been born into?
Does seeing your husband as an amazing father to your children make your heart explode? Would you love nothing more than to feel surrounded by that feeling?
Is your child in the awkward age of 7-13, and needs to be able to see how naturally beautiful they are, no matter what anyone else says?
Are you never in photographs with your children? It is because no one ever does that for you, or you don’t ever like what you see?
Or does it simply come down to this:
Do you need to feel cared for and seen in a way you can’t even express?
Because everyone’s needs are different, no session is like any other.
Your experience will be deeply personal and one of a kind, and give you exactly what you need most.
To make this possible, I'll get to know you, to really see and understand you, before a camera even comes out.
You’ll get guidance, insight, and useful tips —anything you might need to feel at ease and excited to be photographed.
And when you see the finished product, you will love what you see.
Creating your art pieces.
After your portrait session, we’ll schedule your private viewing at my cozy studio. Private and sun-lit, it's the perfect place to go over your images together while nibbling chocolate.
Together, we’ll discover which photographs make your heart sing so much, you just have to see them everyday.
We’ll choose the perfect room, the best combination of portraits, and the right size for the wall where they’ll live.
We’ll talk about which walls will come alive with your family portraits, so when you walk into a room, you feel it hugging you back.
Welcome to seeing yourself and your family in a way you never have before.
The images will become more than just beautiful photographs of the ones you love; they will be portals to the feelings you want to be surrounded by.
They will set the tone for the room, and invite everyone who enters to not just see, but feel the heart of your family.
You. Your love. Your life.
The portrait session fee is $250. This covers the time for your session and our pre-session meeting. Prints and artwork are purchased separately.
The final cost really depends on what makes your heart sing... Perhaps it's a lovely collection of smaller prints, or custom crafted fine art pieces, an heirloom book, or all of the above.
Fine art pieces begin at $495, so you could spend $500 or $5,000. Most people spend somewhere in the middle, and no one knows what they’d love to have until they see the particular beauty that comes from their session.
We'll go over all the possibilities to create the end result that's perfect just for you. Not too much, not too little, just the perfect collection of loveliness.
In order to have a genuine and personal experience, every person gets the time and care they need. This begins with our pre-session meeting, where I discover the essence of who you are.
Then, we'll schedule the date of your portrait session, and 2 weeks later we'll get together to chose your artwork. (on a super comfy couch with snacks, of course)
Because of the time and care that goes into each session, my availability is limited. Let's talk sooner than later.
Call to have a conversation about the particulars, ask questions, talk about the meaning of life…
It’ll be relaxed and comfortable, just like your portrait session.
To get in touch:
Call 413.835.1578 Monday through Friday, 9-5pm.
Email me with questions and good times to get back to you.