I have a portrait of my dad, as a boy of about 9 or 10, newly immigrated to Canada. He's standing in front of their family house in his dapper little suit, hand on his hip. We all laugh because of the way he’s standing and his cheeky grin, which provoked the Dutch proverb his mother used to say to him constantly, “Act normal! Normal is crazy enough already!” I’m so glad someone took that picture.
My whole life I’ve heard the stories of my family through the albums on the shelf, from the old black and whites to the orange toned 70’s prints. The pictures have become my memories. Sitting with my Oma, laughing with my sister, camping with my family. What those pictures have cemented in me are the values of those relationships and people.
It’s what I seek to do with my own family, to photograph the details of our lives and our connections. During every session with the people that I am fortunate enough to photograph, I try to capture relationships and character that are uniquely them. In my classes, I want to equip people technically to be able to photograph well, but mostly how to develop an eye for light and people and to document what makes their lives unique.
I am a happily married mama of four crazies. We have a life that doesn’t ever really seem to slow down, but we like to be involved and we love to be together. (This may be why a little crazy during a photo session doesn’t bother me at all but makes me laugh!)
I believe in the incredible value of people and I am purposeful as I engage with you during photo sessions. I want for your photos to reflect who you are and to tell your story. My perspective is relational and casual. My goal is to create portraits that you'll look at and think, "That's so US!"
The kinds of images that I want to hang on the walls of my home of my own family, are the kinds of portraits that I strive to create for you. Beautiful light and genuine connections make me jump up and down on the inside. My work has been described as timeless, warm, and genuine . I love it when people who have been in front of my camera tell me that it's comfortable and fun. My goal is to give you an environment where you can be truly yourselves and in the images, see your value and the blessing of those you love the most. I know that there are a lot of great photographers out there, and I greatly appreciate being given the opportunity to capture you.
My session fees are all inclusive and cover our time together and a full gallery of the best images. You don’t have to choose which ones you want….you get them all! Then you can print to your heart’s content. (Grandmas always want a copy of everything!)
Portrait Sessions I $450 (including tax)
One Person Mini Session I $180 (including tax)
A 20-30 minute shoot for one person (child updates, headshots for business or websites, etc) and 8 high resolution images delivered by digital download.
Head Shots for Businesses
If your business or organization needs head shots for a group of people, contact me for pricing.
Baby’s First Year Package $1560 or you can do Maternity/Newborn $860
Here's how you'd pay as you go: $450(maternity), $410 (newborn), $370 (6 months), $330 (first birthday)
Four complete sessions and image galleries: maternity, newborn, six to eight months, and one year.
Gift certificates are available for classes and for sessions.
No need to stress! My biggest advice is to wear what you like and feel good in. Happy people are way more important than everyone’s clothes. I love color and texture and patterns. Rather than feeling like you need to perfectly match everyone (unless it really floats your boat!), think instead of choosing several colors and then having everyone wear varying clothes that work together. The only thing I advise you to stay away from are logos which can get distracting.
Newborn sessions are shot in the comfort of your home. Other sessions can be shot in home or at an outdoor location. We live in such a great area of the world. I have lots of ideas of creative places to shoot and if you have a spot in mind, we can do that too. We can do urban streets, warehouses, bridges, fields, parks, a river, a marina, a beach, the waterfront. I have lots of experience finding the best light in a variety of locations.
You contact me and I’ll be delighted to hear from you.
We’ll set a date and confirm it a couple of days before. I'm always watching the weather in the PNW!
We’ll get together and have a good time as I photograph you.
I’ll post a peek within a day or so (because it’s fun to have a peek)!
You’ll get an email within three weeks with your digital download link as well as printing recommendations.
We’ll both live happily ever after.