Lifestyle Family

UPDATED: 2018 Holiday Minis at Running Reindeer Ranch 11/4/18

UPDATE 10/28/18: All dates are sold out! Thank you so much.

UPDATE 10/24/18: We were able to open up an additional day of sessions! If you act fast, you may be able to grab a reindeer mini-session on Sunday, November 11, 2018 by reserving your booking here.

UPDATE 10/17/18: Nov 4 is officially sold out!!

This happens every year - I’m FLOORED that it’s time to start talking about holiday photo opps already.  Wasn’t it August like two minutes ago?!?  

Alas, it appears we’re a mere four weeks away from holiday mini-sessions at Running Reindeer Ranch!  This will be the fifth year (that’s right - count ‘em, five years) that RRR and I have collaborated to offer Fairbanks short & sweet sessions to capture the ultimate holiday card picture.  

These are my favorite, because while they’re chock full of culturally salient holiday-ness (…no matter how they try, reindeer just cannot shed their association with Santa); these pictures are also quirky, relatively unusual, and a fantastic alternative to the uninspired, cookie-cutter family portraits of the past.  And it is SO much fun to introduce kids of any age to the RRR herd, up close and personal.  Here are some favorites from last year:

I hope 2018 is the year you will join us!  Holiday Mini-Sessions will be offered on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Running Reindeer Ranch in the Goldstream Valley.  (If there’s more demand, we may offer more the following Sunday as well.)  Since that’s the day Daylight Savings ends (…that was not awesome timing on my part…), we’re going to start sessions at 9:00 (because it’ll feel like 10!) and go until 4.  

Sessions are a brisk and very productive 15 minutes, which is the perfect length of time to meet the reindeer, snap some photos, and then hightail it out of there before anyone gets too chilly.  Each session includes your 15 minutes in front of the camera, an online gallery & mobile app, and five high resolution digital files + print release, for an inclusive fee of $150.  

Reserve your spot now!  Sessions are scheduled on the hour, twenty after, and forty after (i.e., 9:00, 9:20, and 9:40).  You can pick your time slot and reserve it by submitting your $50 deposit online here.

I can’t wait to see you there!  

Pictures in the Peonies, July 15, 2018 | Fairbanks Family Photographer

Peony season is HERE!  I am thrilled to coordinate with Sunrise Farm in the Goldstream Valley again this year to offer "Little Sessions" in their peony field on Sunday, July 15, 2018 (and possibly also Sunday July 22 if demand and weather dictate).  

Little Sessions are right in between a mini and a regular, full-length session: 35 minutes of productive picture-taking!  Couples, families, and mother + child groupings are all welcome.  The inclusive fee of $195 covers your session, an online gallery + mobile app, a complete set of finished high res images via digital download, and print release.  THESE ARE A SMOKIN DEAL.  

Sunrise Farm is downright magical, and I can't wait to get out there again with my camera!  I do hope you'll join us.  You can book your spot AND reserve your session time by putting in your $50 deposit online here: 

Here are some images from last year's little sessions in the peonies.  Magic, y'all.  

Spring Blossom Little Sessions at the Orchard, June 3, 2018

Longer than a mini-session but shorter than a custom session, these Little Sessions (30-40 minutes) take place at Clair's Cultivations' fields of fruit trees off CHSR.  And the trees will be IN BLOOM.  I am so excited for this loveliness!  These sessions are a wonderful opportunity for family, maternity, or couples portraits in the loveliest of surroundings.  A complete set of high resolution images, print release, online gallery, and mobile app are all included in the fee, and at $195, these sessions are a SMOKIN deal, people.

One day only: Sunday, June 3.  Limited number of sessions available, so book now!

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Two Events Next Weekend, April 21 & 22

Saturday, April 21Catch Me If You Can

You know the drill about these by now! I still have space for a few more kiddos on Saturday. Snag one by purchasing your deposit here.

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Sunday, April 22: Natural Light Studio Mini-Sessions

Natural light family (or couples, or maternity, or mother + child) mini-sessions in the studio! Come join me for a short but sweet 30 minute session Sunday afternoon, 12-4. Your inclusive fee of $195 covers your session, 10-15 high resolution images, + print release. 

 

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Only six sessions are available. Sessions are precisely scheduled so RSVPs are required; your $50 deposit reserves your spot! Please don't hesitate to contact me to discuss what time slots are available or anything else that might be on your mind!

You can buy your RSVP here or visit the Facebook event page here.

MODEL CALL: half-price concept sessions up for grabs this spring

All year long, crazy session ideas will strike me - usually at extremely busy, inconvenient times.  I've been trying to write them down, though, so that I could pick those ideas back up again when I do have some breathing room.  That time is now!  Well, kind of.  I can't exactly say I'm at a loss for things to do, buuuut at the same time it's a far cry from the craziness of summer, so I'd like to take this opportunity to have some fun. 

So here's my list of Concept Sessions: pre-designed sessions that are ready to go and just need participants!  They're essentially the same custom lifestyle sessions I usually offer - except I've taken care of the "custom" part of it, so to speak.  Every session is definitely going to be unique (I think we'd have a hard time avoiding that), but rather than you & me cooperatively designing a session from the ground up, you get to step right into a ready-made session blueprint. 

Even better?  Because these are ideas on my personal list, these sessions are yours for half price.  Win-win!

The Fine Print: MODEL RELEASES ARE REQUIRED.  Regularly priced lifestyle sessions include 1-2 hours of shooting, a complete set of high resolution images + print release, a custom USB, and an online gallery for a fee of $550.  Concept sessions as offered here include 1-2 hours of shooting, a complete set of high resolution images + print release via digital download, and an online gallery for a fee of $275.  When applicable, gift certificates, coupons, and other promotions may be applied to the regular session cost, and the concept session will be one half of the remaining balance (i.e., a gift certificate of $100 would take the regular cost to $450, and the concept session would be $225).  All concept sessions must be scheduled to take place before May 12, 2018.

Let's start with the biggest one first!

FILLED.  Commercial and Editorial Photography for Small Businesses.  I am seeking a local business/businessperson (sole proprietors are fine!) to 'model' for a truly custom, editorial business package.  I would like to work with you to design an authentic portrait of your person and your business, no matter how big or small, from top to bottom.  This is highly variable depending on the nature of the business, of course, but the work could include shadowing a typical day or relevant work process; studio stock photography; environmental portraits; studio headshots; and lifestyle "action" sessions to show endproducts in use. 

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FILLED.  Maternity Photography.  I am seeking a mama in her second or third trimester (30-35 weeks is ideal) who is expecting baby number 2 to participate in a mother + child themed maternity session.  The older child will ideally be under the age of four.  This session will take place in the studio and will in part require a bare belly.  

Lifestyle Parent + Child.  I would love to document a bathtime routine with a mama or papa and a bubble bath.  At least one child should be two years old or under.  The big requirement here is that the participating family MUST have a bathroom with a tub and at least one window.  

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Breastfeeding Portraits.  I am seeking a mama and nursling set (multiple nurslings ok; any age of child/ren ok) to participate in an intimate nursing session.  This session will take place at home in your bedroom.  Mama must be ok with tasteful toplessness.   The most important requirement is that you MUST have a window in your bedroom.  (I also may ask for permission to move your furniture so your bed is closer to said window - just a heads up!)  

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Lifestyle Family / Parent + Child.  This session would be lovely with either the whole family, or just one parent having a special day with the kiddos.  I would like to document a family in the kitchen working together to bake something.  I was thinking cut-out cookies because they are so visually rich during the decorating stage especially, but I'm also open to your ideas!  This session will take place on location in your kitchen.  Windows are a huge plus.  

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FILLED.  Lifestyle Family / Parent + Child.  This session would be lovely with either the whole family, or just one parent having a special day with the kiddos.  I am seeking the indoor-blanket-fort-building-champions of Fairbanks.  I think you can see where this is going.  :)  This session takes place in your home; windows are a huge plus.  

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FILLED.  Newborn Photography.  I am seeking a newborn (under three weeks of age at the time of the session) for an in-studio newborn milk bath mini-session.  Mama's hands and arms will also be photographed.  

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FILLED.  Herbal Bath Session.  I am seeking a mama + baby pair to participate in an herbal bath.  Tasteful nudity a possibility.  Nursing relationship preferred.  This session takes place on location in your home; you MUST have a bathtub and a window in your bathroom.

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Hopefully one of these sessions sounds PERFECT for your family!  If so, give me a holler.   Only one session per concept is available at the special rate, so jump now.  If you are interested in one of the in-home sessions listed that requires a window, please send me a snapshot of that space with your inquiry so I can get a general idea of what we're working with.  

Oh, and if you'd like the exclusive first peak on stuff like this in the future, be sure to sign up for my email newsletter!  They got this list a full 24 hours before it hit the blog, just sayin'. 

I'm looking forward to hearing from you! 

Fresh 48: not just for humans anymore | Fairbanks Lifestyle Photographer

In recent months I've had not one but TWO sets of friends ask if they could set up Fresh 48 sessions to document the growth of their families - but not because they were welcoming human babies.  Rather, each family was stepping into the animal kingdom. 

I can't even tell you how much I loved this idea. 

Ada adopted two kittens, Bluebell and Rosie; and Ali, Bradon, Eli, and Emi adopted a silver lab named Ru.  And the cuteness just did. not. stop.  

I absolutely loved the opportunity to take the lifestyle approach into documenting such a fun family milestone.  It's no secret that I love portraits that break all the molds, and I love that I have friends and clients who have joined in me in thinking outside of the box.  (I'm so proud!  Sniff, sniff.)  

Non-traditional family portraits: recent favorites.

Perhaps my favorite part of custom family sessions is the process of creating at least one non-traditional family portrait.  It's kind of like solving a riddle: how do I (somewhat organically) get everyone into the frame?  And once I get them there, how do I portray the family authentically, as more than a sum of its parts - preserving at least a hint of the laughter, energy, noise, and personality uniquely inherent to every group.  

I love a good traditional image, too - everyone smiling at the camera.  I call it the "Christmas Card Picture."  I will admit, even I usually end up putting one of those on my personal holiday card, so great-grandmas and far-off cousins alike get to really see how big the kids are, etc.  

But for a canvas in my home?  Personally, one of these is what I'd want printed huge on my wall.  

What about you?  What do you have on your walls?