Hi friend! If you are here, you are thinking about a session and I would LOVE to work with you. Below you will find some information about me, the different types of family session I offer, as well as my investment information. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me!
a bit about me
I'm Stephanie and from my very first camera, I've always had a passion for photography. As a little girl, I daydreamed of having my own big darkroom where I could spend hours developing photos and holding my breath just waiting for that magical image to appear. Like many others, my obsession with photography began soon after my children were born. My sweet mom passed away when I was just 19 years old and a part of my childhood left with her. As I watched my children grow, change and develop, I knew I wanted to record and capture every single detail of their growth and personalities and made it my mission to learn as much as I could about photography.
I would love to share my passion for photography with you! I am a film photographer based out of Raleigh, North Carolina + I adore capturing those everyday and special moments for others. I have a strong passion for helping mothers and families not only record their time together, but to tell their story. As your photographer, I want you to see your life and blessings through the eyes of a camera. I want you to see how amazing your life truly is and to help you document those everyday, fleeting moments. Whether you are capturing your family together, welcoming a new, sweet bundle to the family or want to record those precious mother-child moments, I would be honored to help you preserve your memories.
I OFFER TWO TYPES OF SESSIONS FOR DOCUMENTING THIS UNIQUE MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE.
Choose between an IN-HOME LIFESTYLE session or OUTDOOR LIFESTYLE session.
choosing your session
My goal with every photography session is to not only capture what makes you uniquely you, but to watch and observe the relationship between your family. Whatever your photography wishes, I will turn them into keepsakes that will remain as much a part of your family as your smiles, hugs and relations. Your moments matter and should be documented. Seeing those ‘moments” makes me FEEL something and that’s the biggest part of photography for me. I love when a single photo can make you FEEL the moment, even when it’s in the past.
I currently offer two options for your session - an in-home lifestyle session which takes place in the comfort of your home or an outdoor session where we roam, run, play and adventure together.
in-home lifestyle sessions
In-home lifestyle sessions take place in the comfort of your own home. These sessions are perfect for your family - just as you are. Whether you are welcoming a new baby to your family, want to document a special activity at home (like cooking or art), just moved in together and are madly in love or have a family of ten and want to show all the day-to-day craziness, these sessions are perfect for you. They are honest, intimate and timeless. They capture YOU as you are, and are a wonderful snapshot of your beautiful life. In-home sessions give the perfect snapshot of your here and now.
Sessions generally last 1 to 2 hours and include breaks for a drink or small snack as needed, as well as an outfit change if desired. We will also venture outside around your home, weather permitting. Most in-home sessions are scheduled between 10 and 11 am.
outdoor lifestyle sessions
Outdoor lifestyle sessions are as equally as special as in-home sessions. These session still focus on your love and connection, but give you the opportunity to get out of your element and explore somewhere new (or somewhere familiar that you love!). You are creating memories as I capture them. These sessions are full of fun, laughter, giggles, smiles and hugs. We will dance together, sing songs, play games, all while recording your love for each other. Outdoor sessions last one to two hours (depending on your family/kids) and are typically scheduled around sunset. These sessions are perfect for families, pregnant mamas and couples.
your moments matter.
Photos are timeless. Photos take us back to our past and help us remember those details and in-between moments of life. When we're together, I want the focus to be on you and your sweet family. For the most part, I am going to ask that you please just IGNORE my camera and the fact that I'm snapping your photo! I know photos can feel awkward and weird anyway, so just pretend that I'm not there and we should be great! We will definitely take some of those "everyone look at the camera" moments, but unless we're setting up for that, I want you to turn your attention to YOUR sweet family and your time together! I want you to cuddle everyone, give them kisses, play with your kids, hug your husband, dance with them all, throw them up in the air, walk, run, laugh, and be silly! I want the REAL you. Your REAL family moments. Those REAL smiles. I truly believe in capturing those organic, natural moments of your family. The moments that I wish I had captured for my family. The moments that fade too quickly with time....the hand holding, the hugs, tears, cuddles, giggles and more. Just about anyone can ask you to look at a camera and "smile". My goal is to give you a glimpse of what your wonderful life looks like through the lens!
The family session is all-inclusive and is priced at $850. It includes your session, all film and development costs and a downloadable gallery of a minimum of 40 images, 4 weeks after your session takes place. I also offer a variety of prints, storytelling albums, prints and more because I think these memories need to be printed and shared. If you don't see the products or prints sizes you are looking for below, I am more than happy to create a collection just for YOU! Feel free to email or call with any questions or ideas.
When I say “I shoot with film”, I’m not referring to using a video camera to capture audio and moving visual. I’m talking about taking a roll of photographic film that you load into a camera and have developed by a lab. Film is a timeless medium. It has this unique way of capturing light, color, and detail. The richness and depth that comes from a film image is equally balanced by the dreamy skin tones and overall softness. When you look at a film image, it almost looks like an artist painted it… capturing so much more of the moment, because I know it was carefully curated. When you shoot with film, magic happens. It's not fast, it's not always perfect, but it's captivating and real and honest. We live in an age of instant gratification where it takes little effort for instant results. Everything is digital and clean and edited to be perfect. Film is a breath of fresh air and brings back the magic of photography.
My sessions aren't just about pretty smiles on Christmas cards. These images are for you...your children...your legacy. I want you to walk away from our time together smiling and feeling excited. I want you to look back on our day and your beautiful images and remember these moments you made with your family. Life is so darn short and ever-changing. Take the time to document the here and now.