i begin with the end in mind

My Process

You want family portraits, but you're tired of just getting digital files that you haven't looked at in years.  I believe that portraits are art that are meant to be seen and appreciated. I pride myself in providing my clients with stunning artwork of their kids, pets and families as they grow and change over the years: art that hangs on the walls of your home and albums that give your coffee table that perfect, personal finishing touch. From planning your session all the way through to creation of beautiful wall art, I am there every step of the way to make your family portrait process as seamless as possible.

I start with your finished artwork goal in mind, so that every choice along the way leads to the client's desired end result. At your design consultation, we'll discuss what wall space you want to fill and what style album suits your taste. Want to start building a contemporary black and white gallery wall?I  can do that. Want a more asymmetrical grouping, or a single large-scale stunner? Done. Don't have a lot of wall space? Let's do something small, and tell a story with the rest of your images in an epic family album. I'll go over your unique needs to make sure that your finished artwork is a reflection of your family's style and is chosen for the space in which the art will exist.

Your first step is a call with me so that I may get to know a little about your family and your style, as well as answer any of your questions before the next step in the planning process… the pre-session creative consultation.

Your design consultation is the first step of the process after you've booked your session. Clients are invited into the studio for a close look at the fine art options available for wall art and albums. We'll narrow down what appeals to you and tailor your session to those choices. We'll also ask some questions to get to know your family members. Understanding your family dynamics allows us to capture personalities and relationships as they really are at this moment in your lives.

The design consultation is also where we delve into your questions, such as location, wardrobe, professional hair and makeup, how much you can expect to invest at your viewing & ordering appointment, where you should hang portraits in your home, can you bring the family pet (yes, of course!), etc. Come with your questions and we'll make sure to go over everything in detail!

Design Consultation

Portrait Session

Now for the fun part! If you can show up with everyone dressed, I will do the rest. Literally. I know first-hand how stressful it can be to have everyone well rested, in a good mood, and looking their best on the day of your family portrait session! My ability to connect with people, and the calm, unhurried energy I bring to each shoot, is one of the best advantages to working with me. No more stiff family portraits with fake smiles. No crazy props competing for attention with your perfect newborn baby. Genuine, REAL imagery that takes you back to this moment in time when you're looking back on these images 40 years from now. The quiet, loud, serious, silly, funny, grumpy, sassy moments -- I am here for ALL of it!

My hope for you is that this will be a day of celebrating your perfectly imperfect family, and that the experience of the session itself is a memory you will cherish, as you do the portraits themselves.

Ordering Session

Around two weeks after your session, you'll come in for your Viewing and Ordering Appointment. This is when you'll see your images for the first time. We'll play a slideshow of your gallery, then we'll go back and look at the images one by one. I will help guide you through the final design for your wall art and album. Your Viewing and Ordering appointment is the time set aside to finalize your portrait order, so be sure and schedule a time when all decision-makers can be there.  

"It is always such a pleasure working with Anne. She really takes the time to connect with our son. He enjoys having his picture taken now. Anne is so friendly and patient, we all felt so comfortable. Her passion and talent is undeniable. We definitely recommend Anne for capturing photos that your family will cherish for years to come."

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