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1. What’s in your bag?
Nikon D4s, Nikon D700, 35 1.4, 50 1.4, and 24-70 2.8
2. Do you offer mini sessions?
No. In my opinion, there is just no such thing as a mini session. At least for me and my style and the way I shoot sessions. I have tried the mini sessions. It always ends up going over the allotted time frame and the amount of work (during session and after in the editing) is just as much as a regular session. My style of shooting is labeled lifestyle and there is just no way I can shoot that way in a mini session. If you are looking for a photographer that offers mini sessions, I can give you some suggestions so please feel free to ask!
3. What do you shoot?
I shoot families and little ones starting at the age of 6 months old. I do not photograph newborns, weddings, seniors, events, sports, and large families. My family sessions are meant only for the immediate family memebers. (mom, dad, brother, sister etc…) I will photograph maternity sessions and couple sessions. If you are needing a photographer for something that I do not shoot, I can send you some suggestions of other local photographers!
4. Where are your sessions located?
I am a natural light photographer and I shoot on location outside only. I have several locations that I use. Most of them are private property with me having permission to shoot there. I do not give out the where those locations are because of that reason. When you book your session, we will discuss the location at that time. The locations are around the Goreville/Vienna area. If the session is requested to be outside of that area, there is $25 travel fee.
5. When do your shoots take place?
All of my sessions take place one to one and half hour before sunset. The reason for this is because of the light. That is the perfect time of day to shoot. The light is amazing. There just simply is no way that I will schedule a shoot mid-day. Especially in the summer. One other option that can be used is early morning. That is only if the evenings are all booked.
6. What is lifestyle photography?
To me lifestyle photography is custom photography. It is about the real moments in your life. It is about the raw emotion, the small moments that actually are the big moments that we tend to overlook. I love everything about lifestyle photography. I actually do not shoot true lifestyle photography in my opinion. When I think of lifestyle photography, I think of going to your (the clients) home and spending a few hours with you and photographing you being…well you! Doing what you love to do, hanging out with the kids, cooking breakfast or dinner, reading books, drawing/coloring etc… Would I be interested in that? Heck yes! My walls are lined with those type of photographs and let me tell you…my husband and I both stop and look at them on a daily basis and smile and laugh and even talk about moments that happened in the photograph. That is something that is in my head to offer at some point. I understand that is not for everyone and that is totally fine. We are all different and our tastes and likes are as well! That is what makes us all special and there are tons of different photographers with different styles.
With my sessions now, they may not be what I consider hard core lifestyle, but they have the lifestyle feel. I do causal posing and during my sessions and just simple directions. but I am capturing the moments in between, the moments that happen on their own and that arise from my causal directions. It is my job to capture and frame you and your family for the image. You simply can not pose, fake, or force true and real happiness and smiles. That’s all what the families bring themselves. I am not about the stiff poses and stiff smiles. I simply can not and will not do that. With that said, I am not saying the word pose is bad. I am here to “pose” you and your family correctly and in the most natural and relaxed way. That is why I refer to it as causal posing. If you need suggestions for other local photographers if my style is not what you want, I have several awesome suggestions!
7. Can I get some advice on what to wear?
Of course! Once booking with JFP, you will receive a welcome guide that gives tips but here is link to a fellow photographer that is pretty awesome. Sarah with Sarah-Beth photography has put together a post about what to wear and what not to wear and it is amazing. I asked her if I could post the link here and she said yes! She is an amazing photographer and she put a lot of work in this post. It is so helpful! Just click the link below to be directed to that link.
8. How many outfits do you allow?
I really do not put a restriction/limit on this. I will say no more than three… and I will give you some advice. I have done this for awhile now. And from my experience, babies and little ones hate to be changed. Hate it. So in my opinion the less the better. I suggest just one. One awesome, rocking outfit. I know I always have enough problems putting together one outfit for my family of four, I can not imagine picking out more than one. If you just can not pick, I always suggest starting with (arriving dressed, ready to go) with your favorite outfit and the one you will be getting all your family shots in. As you already know, I am a lifestyle photographer. I am not your tutus, bows, matching outfits photographers. When you stop and change, the sense of lifestyle is altered. I catch the real and in between moments, especially in my family shots. When we are pressed for time by having to change outfits, all the relaxed and fun vibes pretty much are shot. With all that said, I will do it if it is truly what you want. But just take my advice in please. And just know, you may not get those real, fun shots you see and love and want if we are changing outfits and upsetting the little ones. Little ones do not last in the first place. And when you go to change them, they are even more done with pictures than before. That is why, if you do have more than one outfit for them, I say start with your favorite. And if you do have another change of clothes you want, try to make it easy and quick. Like switch out shirts, cardis, sweaters..etc… And I also want to point out that if you plan to do a group of pictures on the wall, having one outfit in those shots looks the best. When it comes down to it, if you are wanting the tutus and bows and “studio type” outfits and shots, I am not your gal. I can, however, direct you to some awesome photographers that do that!
9. What do we do if the weather is bad?
We live in Southern IL. Our weather is something else around here. You just never really know what to expect. I have had shoots in the middle of January and the temperature is 50 degrees. Its crazy. I do not shoot indoors. So during the winter months, I do not do a lot of shoots. Its my down time. Now, there are times where the kids are older and the weather is ok/decent and we can do a shoot. I would not suggest taking a baby or little one outside when it is chilly and especially windy. If the little one is not happy, the shoot will not go well. Even in our nice seasons, when can have unexpected weather changes. This is stated in my welcome guide that you receive via email when you book but I will say it here as well. Be prepared to change up outfits last minute to suit the temperature. Be able to add a cardi, a cute pea coat or some gloves, a sweater or leggings last minute if the temperature is cooler than originally predicted for your shoot. Or be able to take away some layers if it is warmer. Layers, layers, layers. They look awesome on camera and you can switch them up when needed. You have to be prepared. What do we do if it is pouring rain? Reschedule of course. Just no way around that. What if it is cloudy, overcast but not rainy? We can do the shoot. I know if you are booking with me you are more than likely wanting that soft, golden backlight that I do in 99% of my shoots. So that is why I allow one reschedule by clients if the weather is overcast. This is also stated in the welcome guide. But if the second shoot is also on a cloudy, overcast day, we will just have to do it. There are cases on those days that we may even be able to move the time of the shoot up a tad, since the sun is not out. I try not to get excited over the weather, which is easier said than done. So I always tell my clients to not fret over it, we will get the shoot done.
10. How many images we will receive from the session?
Every session is different but all galleries will have no less than 20 images. The typical range is 50-75. For lifestyle sessions, the range is 200-300.
11. Do you have a baby plan?
I know that a lot of the times, parents want to document the first year of the babies life and inquire about a baby plan of some kind. Please email me and we can discuss that further.
12. Do you offer every image in a color version as well as a black and white version?
For the most part, yes. There are times though however, that if only one version is offered, it is because I chose it to be that way. But always ask I say.