My main focus is to capture your family's relationship with each other - the love, the connection, the joy. I want to capture natural moments of you together. As a lifestyle portrait photographer, my photography style falls somewhere in between posed and candid. I am highly involved in my sessions, guiding and directing you to help create natural interactions that evoke feelings of connection and intimacy. I may come up and squish you together to get you close, place hands together, etc. Some shots may feel more posed than others, but trust me, I'm an expert at creating beautiful photographs that show the love and connection between your family. I always get a couple photos where everyone is looking at the camera, but after that I will direct you to look at and interact with each other. 


I  am not expecting to walk into a perfectly clean home! I know how hard it can be just to get everyone ready, yet alone clean your home! I recommend choosing 2-3 rooms to declutter. Remember it does not have to be perfect! Sometimes clearing nightstands or moving large items you would not want in images is enough. I will also move things if I need to on the day of your session. I will choose shooting locations based on the natural light in that room during our session. It can be fun to incorporate an activity into your home sessions like baking cookies, playing a board game, etc. Think of things that you like to do together as a family, little games or small things you want to remember.


Before your session, prepare snacks, water and any small objects (like toys or lollipops) that might help us get their attention when it’s time for them to look at the camera. If they are old enough to understand you, it’s a good idea to prepare them for what’s to come before the session starts. Explain how much the photos mean to you so they know to be on their best behaviour. A lot of families discuss and pick something fun in advance as a treat after the session if they’re good listeners, like an ice cream cone, for example. It also helps if they’re bellies are full and they’ve has some good rest beforehand. Once you prepare them physically and mentally, then feel free to give them (and you!) grace! They’re little, and I know that some days don’t always go as planned. I’ve seen it all and will make sure to get you great photos, regardless of their moods. Our goal is to make this as fun and stress-free as it possibly can be for you and your family! I direct and interact with your little ones throughout the session so don't worry where they are in the shot or if they are smiling or not, that's my job. Enjoy the moment and please don’t worry about a thing.


Some men aren’t overly excited to take photos. If this describes the man in your life, let him know that all he has to do is relax and have fun loving on family. Take the pressure off. He’ll do great! By the time I am done, though, they can’t believe how fast it went and just how much fun they had!


Read through my Family Session Styling Guide!


Want your photos to look more editorial? Plan on having a little extra something with you! Fresh flowers bring an extra “wow” factor to just about everything. Think about incorporating some smaller items like blankets, hats, coffee mugs or something with sentimental value.  Even planning for just one extra styled item could be a fun way to make your session more unique.


  1. Have fun! It is so important that you and your kids enjoy this experience because it will show up in your photos if someone just isn't having it. Relax and love on your family.

  2. This time is about you and what makes your family special. We'll spend the first little bit getting to know each other. We'll knock out the "Christmas Card" photos (ones where everyone is looking and smiling), and then set off. 

  3. Moments over poses: my style is to direct and guide you so we get images that are full of emotion, connection and love. You will constantly hear me directing you to look at each other and not at me. I may even ask you to dance around, spin, jump -- all of this helps to create something beautiful. 

  4. Always touching: be sure that your always touching someone. Whether it's a hug or snuggle, or just a tender hand on the shoulder. Make contact with your family. This shows connections and love. I will be there to help guide you.

  5. Don't stress: if your kids are nervous or acting a little wild, that's totally ok! I embrace children in every aspect of themselves. We're focusing on moments, so a shy kiddo can get extra snuggles and a wildling can have extra run time. It's all about your family in this season! Remember that. 



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