Perfectly Imperfect | Raleigh Family Photographer


When it comes to my personal and professional work, my head and my heart often speak a different language. 

My head loves perfectly composed, well-lit, in-focus images.

My heart loves weird crops, double exposures, out of focus images and blurred movements.

The dilemma...

I know I will always be my hardest critic. I am brutal with both my personal and professional images. I can cull 200 images down to 50 in about 5 seconds flat. I'm the first to discard a weirdly cropped image or softer focus image. BUT....y'all. The culled images might be perfectly composed and completely in focus, but those other moments....the softer moments that were captured during the craziness of a session....those speak to my heart. They make me happy because they are REAL. They are RAW. And most importantly, they are YOU.

Over the past year, I have really taken a look at both my personal and professional work and have tried to dissect WHAT a moment means to me. I've poured over image after image trying to figure out the WHY behind my work. My end goal with any family session is to always evoke an emotion. Maybe it's happiness and laughter...maybe it's love as a family....maybe it's a quiet moment captured unintentionally. I am always searching to capture the "here and now", and in my life, and mind, the "here and now" is rarely perfectly composed.

I think all of our "here and nows" are perfectly imperfect. Life is perfectly imperfect. We are dealt with what we are given and it's up to us to either let that sourness take us over or make that lemonade with a smile on our face. 

My client galleries always include a mix of BOTH of these moments.....the well composed, well-lit images, AND the perfectly imperfect images. Some of those imperfect images are purposeful because that's the way I saw that particular moment in my head or that's how the moment unfold before me. Some are unintentional and happened because often time life just moves too quickly - but they are just as important.

So all this is to just show you a little bit of my heart and for you to know WHY I shoot the way I do, or why I share the images I choose to share. I will always share the images that speak to my heart. The ones that quicken my pulse and make me want to pick up my camera and shoot another family session IMMEDIATELY. My heart will always be a part of your session. 


And with that, I know that you want to book a session immediately, right??. : ) Here's the low-down for ya. Family sessions are done in your home + fave places...we usually always venture outside around your home to play  (weather permitting). Some folks like to do just their house and yard, some folks like to do just one room of their house and their favorite park up the road. We're not meeting in some random park or place you've never been before. These are the places that matter most to you. This stage/house/moment you're at right now will be totally different and changed and just "where in the world did time go?" a year from now. Take the time to capture your here and now. I promise you will NEVER regret preserving those in-between moments. Call or email me for session deets (or just click this link riiiiiiight here).