HOW DID YOU LEARN PHOTOGRAPHY?
I am a self taught photographer, but have always had a passion for it as long as I can remember. I was gifted my first film camera when I graduated high school and have been learning ever since. It wasn't until my first daughter was born that my real passion for storytelling and capturing all of the fleeting moments of life really kicked into high gear. I joined a photography forum for moms and immersed myself into everything photography! My journey to where I am at now has not been an overnight one...it has taken me years to get to where I am today. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to take countless workshops to further my education and find my passion and voice. I applied to the Clickin Moms, ClickPRO program and was accepted!
What is Click Pro?
"Click Pro is a modern network of highly skilled professional photographers and independent artists. Our members’ work spans all genres, including newborn & maternity photography, weddings, children & families, seniors, fine art, and more. Membership to Click Pro is application based, and invitation is extended on the basis of an applicant’s portfolio evaluation".
...From there I have gone on a photography retreat in Bainbridge Island, WA last fall, where I had hands on photo shoots and learned from some amazing photographers and business women! Photography is not only a passion of mine, but is what feeds my soul. I am ALWAYS thinking about it, and can't imagine my life without it. I will always strive to continue my education and learn new things! I am passionate about capturing my family and other people's families moments that are real life moments, moments that they may not think are important now-but will cherish later.
WHAT KIND OF PHOTOGRAPHER ARE YOU?
I am a Lifestyle Children & Family Photographer; I also shoot weddings.
What is lifestyle photography you ask? Well, it is basically a kind of photography which mainly aims to capture people in real-life situations, events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday. The primary goal is to tell stories about people's lives. I will always make sure to get the standard shot of everyone looking at me out of the way at the beginning, but after that it's the details I aim to capture...the connections. I think it's important to capture the little things about each family member that may not seem important now, but when looking back encompass everything about that moment in time.
DO YOU TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF ANCHORAGE?
Yes, I am based out of Anchorage but travel to Eagle River, Palmer/Wasilla and frequently visit the Kenai Peninsula (Soldotna/Kenai,Ninilchik and Homer) throughout the summer months between May-August as I have family there.
WHERE WILL MY SESSION BE HELD?
I predominantly shoot outdoors at a number of locations, I am adventurous and love to shoot near the ocean, in the mountains or pretty much anywhere with beautiful Alaskan scenery. I also offer In-Home/Lifestyle shoots, which can either take place in your home or at a special location of choice.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE WEATHER IS BAD?
Then we will reschedule, there is nothing worse than shooting outside when the weather is miserable.
DO YOU DO SESSIONS IN THE WINTER?
Yes! I shoot year round, the only thing that really stops me from shooting in the winter is if there is a wind chill. See Pricing for details.
WHAT IS AN IN HOME SESSION?
An In-Home Session is a session the takes place in your home. It is different than an outdoor session in that is a bit more intimate. You still try to dress nice and color coordinate as much as possible (maybe in a more casual way if you desire), but the shoot typically takes place with me following you around your house doing activities that you would usually do on a day to day basis OR anything meaningful that you want to document.
MY (HUSBAND/WIFE/FIANCEE/CHILD) HATES BEING IN PHOTOS—CAN YOU HELP ME?
I completely understand that family sessions can be stressful...BUT, I promise you that once we get started, my main goal is to capture your family just loving on each other and being you. There really is no strict posing , and I want to capture it all-the belly laughs, the smiles, the running, jumping, messy hair, the dirty hands and feet, the crying even. I want to capture real life.
WHEN AND WHERE DO NEWBORN SESSIONS OCCUR?
Newborn sessions occur in your home and within the first month.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
It is completely up to you; however, I have pinterest boards available for ideas if you need inspiration. My rule of thumb is that you don't have to be matchy, but try to intertwine some colors from each outfit.
WILL I GET MY DIGITAL PHOTOS AFTER THE SHOOT?
Yes, you will get your digitals delivered via on online gallery along with a slideshow set to music and the option to purchase prints and products through a professional lab.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR ME TO GET MY IMAGES AND ALBUM?
I have a 2 week turnaround time for regular sessions and a 6 week turn around time for weddings.
I will hand deliver your album within 3-4 weeks post session.
WHY IS AN ALBUM INCLUDED WITH YOUR SIGNATURE PACKAGE?
I want you to have something tangible from your session, because I realize how difficult it can be to take the time to sit down and sort through your images and actually print them. Seeing your images in print is something I am passionate about, they aren't there to sit on your computer. :)
WHAT OTHER PRODUCT DO YOU OFFER?
I offer Miller's Signature Books and an add on of a fusion slideshow with images and video combined set to music for additional cost. You have the option to order your own prints though Miller's Professional Print Lab, along with other products.
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE WHICH IMAGES IN MY GALLERY FROM OUR SHOOT?
I carefully select the images that I feel are true to my artistic vision of telling your story in the most complete way possible.
DO YOU OFFER MINI-SESSIONS?
Yes, but only seasonally during the fall and winter months. Please see Pricing section
DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH WEDDINGS?
Yes I do! Please see Pricing section
DO YOU SHOOT VIDEO/INCORPORATE IT INTO SESSIONS?
I hope to incorporate video as an add-on to my portrait sessions in a few months. Stay tuned!
HOW MUCH DOES ALL OF THIS COST?
I have a handful of different packages. Packages are all inclusive with the option to purchase prints, canvases and metals through your Online Gallery along with the option to purchase add ons, such as beautiful Millers Lab Signature Books and Custom Wood Photo Boxes. The signature and newborn packages come with an album. Packages come with high resolution images and a signed print release, giving you rights to reproduce prints at your convenience.
There are no additional costs besides the price you see for the package, unless you wish to order products through your gallery.
I AM READY TO BOOK, WHAT NOW?
I couldn't be more excited to meet you and get to planning your individualized session! Please contact me here: BOOK ME