Welcome 2018!!!! I know for some welcoming this new year was a much look forward to event as 2017 may not have been the best… as for our family 2017 was pretty great.
We became a family of 5, we traveled, we camped and we made some great new friends! As our family has grown (both in number and in age… how is our first born almost SEVEN!?) I have been scaling back on the number of gigs I take so that I can attempt to master this work/life balance. (if anyone has that on lock… give me a call, I have some questions! 😉 ) (Our photos courtesy of Ester Cobe Photography)
As I re-enter the work force again this year I am going to be taking less weddings (probably only 6-10 weddings verses 12-16 I used to!) and try to focus more on portrait sessions and corporate work. This gives our family a lot more flexibility to travel and spend time together as a whole (plus its not super fun for Rico to be home solo parenting every weekend in the summer!)
To kick off this transition I am running a Purely Life session deal for January, February and March. I will be booking select dates for these sessions for the steal of $750 per session. This particular special will come with digital rights which is an average investment of $2550 (so that is a 70% savings!)
For this blog post I wanted to address some of the FAQ I get regarding these sessions… if you have one that isn’t here ask me!!
What is a Purely Life session?
A purely life session is essentially where I come ‘live life’ with you for a small portion of a day.
How do you know what we will do?
I will send a questionnaire to you that will help you plan out different portion of your shoot. I promise we won’t just sit and look at each other 😉
These shoots look fun, what if our life isn’t that fun?
Everyone’s life is fun! I will help to prompt you into the different activities we emailed about and since it is your life it IS fun… and it will look fun, promise. Remember, one of my super powers is making people look awesome 😉
What about our mess?
Well I shoot around mess… but also its your mess. So its part of your story. When we had our family photographed we stuffed a lot of things we didn’t want photographed in my office and laundry room. Like laundry is a huge part of our life but I didn’t want it photographed… other people LOVE having their baby play in the laundry while they fold it… super cute photos! I put all of my mail and bills in my office on the desk, no one needed to see that 😉 But it is a personal decision. Some people live spotlessly, others have stuff. It’s my personal opinion that stuff makes it look real. 🙂 If you’re not sure about it leave it and we can talk about it when I get there. The point of these sessions is to enjoy love… not feel stressed. So please, do NOT hire a house cleaner before I come or scrub the floors, or paint… or anything else like that unless of course that is part of your normal, every-day-activites.
Will we be bored?
Absolutely not. In fact most people find that the session flies by.
How long does it take?
Since it isn’t a typical ‘posed’ session at a park I recommend people block off 2-3 hours. Most sessions last about 2… some last less and some a little more. So just plan on 2-3 hours.
What happens when/if my kids meltdown?
That’s part of life too… it is overwhelming having someone following you with a camera. When kids start to show meltdown-tendencies I take a few steps back and give you space… if you’re cool with it, I may take a few snap shots of the crying because thats part of life too… If you’re not thats fine too! Usually when the kids start to melt down we take a break and get a snack 🙂
Can we have multiple outfits?
Yes! I promise I won’t take pictures of you changing! :p
Can we have some posed pictures?
Absolutely! I will do a mixture of photojournalistic documentation as well as have you sit in a great spot with great light for a few fun posed photos. I also try to make a special effort to take some photos of just parents. Probably the last time you had solo portraits was your wedding (I’m guessing…!) So since we are in your space you have some safe places to send the kiddos… so lets send them there with an activity for a few minutes and nab a few pictures of just you! Time to update your profile picture any 😉
Can we go outside around our property?
Yes! These sessions are generally limited to one location but if it is within walking distance we can go outside or around your neighborhood. Where ever your life is lived, lets go capture it!
Do you have more questions?? Ask them, I would be happy to answer them!
Here are a few more of my faves (ok… a lot of my favorites!) These sessions are my favorite to photograph because I feel like they are such treasured time capsules of reality. Hope you agree!! ❤ To book head to my website and give me a shout out!