You are a work of wonder and your life is worthy of documenting, celebrating, and stopping time for.
My goal is for you to have incredible portraits for whatever event you are wanting to cherish. I specialize in intimate portraiture for women & couples, fashion-forward high school & college seniors, branding portraits that put your true self front and center to the world, and all things motherhood; lifestyle maternity & newborn sessions, as well as, full birth coverage.
Over the past 15 years and hundreds of portraits photographed, I have found that my clients view the investment in themselves is well worth it. They recognize the value in documenting who they are for generations to come; knowing that what they bring to the table is valuable, meaningful and makes a difference. When it's all said and done, the images that will remain to tell your story to the people that will come after you. It's about making your mark.
My clients don't just want to walk away with digital files to share on social media (although they love that, too). They want to walk into their home and see their portraits as art on their walls. They want a tasteful, custom designed album to look back on over the years. They want to give their portraits as gifts to the people they love.
I'm impressed with your courage to stand up and tell the world you are here! Let's get your session scheduled and start creating something magical.
The Portrait Process
Step 1- A quick 10-15 minute phone call to help me understand what you are looking for and get to know you a bit better. This is a great time for you to get a first impression and see if I might be a good fit.
Step 2- We've talked, you've spent some time soaking up my portfolio and chilling on my social media, and you've decided that I'm your photographer!
Step 3- You call me to say, 'Yes!' and I send over your portrait agreement and we set your session date, as well as your pre-session planning appointment.
Step 4- We meet in person (whenever possible... via Facetime or Skype when necessary) and we plan your session. We discuss your session locations, your wardrobe, your hair & makeup, and every little detail you may need to understand.
Step 5- You get all dolled-up, we go have an amazing time together, & I take incredible photos of you!
Step 6- 4-6 weeks after your session, your session gallery will be revealed. If you live in Juneau, during this time you will come to my home office and allow me to pamper you as you see your portraits for the first time. Next, I provide a guided artwork consultation to help you choose how you want to incorporate the beautiful art we have created into your life with our handmade albums and stunning wall-art and display options. Then I release your online gallery so you can go home and relive your day in full and share your images with the family and friends that have been anxiously awaiting them.
Step 7- The order you placed at your reveal appointment has arrived at your door! Time to revel in your own awesomeness!
What You Are Investing In
Quality- Luxury portraiture is always about quality, not quantity. I work with the highest quality professional cameras, lenses, equipment and software to provide the highest quality images possible. I am a professional with over 15 years in the industry and boast over 750 portrait sessions during that time. I was voted 'The Best Photographer' in Alaska's capital in 2015 & 2018- then the Coast Guard moved us to Colorado until this summer. The fine-art prints, wall art and albums I offer are hand made right here in the USA by true professionals that stand behind their work. I am professionally licensed and insured, which is important.
Persona- Maybe you wouldn't consider this when choosing your photographer, but who they are is important. Do the images you see in her portfolio show real people reveling in their moment? If so, that is the work of a photographer putting them at ease; helping them feel comfortable with in front of the camera. Let's be real- that isn't a natural feeling! I nearly panic when I am the one in front of the camera! Without a warm spirit on the other side of the lens, you get images that feel 'pinched' and forced. When you meet your photographer you should feel safe and relaxed; like she can handle the vision you have for your day. I have heard from my clients that I made them feel so at-ease and fully present in their experience. That is huge. I may not be everyone's cup of tea but if I am yours- trust your gut!
Experience- Your photographer should provide you with more than nice photos; you should feel that you had a great experience. It is my goal to help you feel heard, understood, supported and valued from the very first day we meet. I want you to have clear expectations and know what's coming up next as we create these magical images. The way I provide this is by authentic connection and genuine care. Every couple is given a personal 'portal' to have access to all of their important appointments, documents, galleries & album designs in one place! I strive to make your photography process easy. I am in your corner and I want you to feel that from start to finish.
Honesty- Pinterest has bred an entire culture of 'stylized portraits' created to inspire others. The images are perfectly curated, the models pre-selected, and there are no real-life moments to interfere with flawless photographs. The work you see on my website is from REAL people, living real lives and telling real stories. I rarely have time to focus on editorial work, but when I do, I post those as 'Editorial' work on social media, so my clients don't feel misled.
Personal Touch- In order for many photographers to keep up with their crazy schedules, some outsource various parts of their workflow to others, outside of their studio. When you hire me to photograph your portraits; you are getting all of me. Every session requires over 8 hours of post processing & meetings to create the final product that you will call your own. I personally select every image used, I adjust any details that will make the image a better one and edit them to fit the style and emotion you hired me to provide. Every album is designed from scratch for each client. And when your final wall art and albums arrive, I deliver them to you myself, when geographically possible.
Reputation- One of the things that makes me most proud is that my clients come back and make me their personal paparazzi for life! I am so honored to have glowing reviews from my clients that tell their experience and how they would choose me again. How I serve the clients before you matters. The relationships I've developed with vendors that trust me and refer me matters. It's all a part of helping you feel confident in your choice to work with me.
My Portrait Offerings
Since every wedding is created to be a custom fit that involves different amounts of time needed, varying travel requirements, and album & wall art style differences, I don't have set pricing on my website. We will create your custom package together. I can share what most of my weddings average at, to help you get a good starting point for our discussion.
Intimate Portrait Sessions- start at $550 (includes professional hair & makeup)
Engagement Portrait Sessions- start at $450
Senior Portrait Sessions- start at $400
Motherhood Portrait Sessions- start at $550 (includes professional hair & makeup)
Personal Branding Portrait Sessions- start at $550 (includes professional hair & makeup)
*Once you choose your favorite images, you will be offered the opportunity to choose or create a collection of wall art, signature bookds & albums, and gifts for your family at a 15% discount.
Boudoir Bachelorette Parties- Intimate mini-sessions for all the bride and her girl-squad. These are amazing! We go to a local hotel or b&b and enjoy drinks, treats, & lingerie! Every woman gets a 40 minute session with 2 outfits, professional hair & makeup, good times are guaranteed! $350 per person (minimum of 4 guests / maximum of 8)
Baby Bundles- I offer combinations for couples wanting to maximize this incredible family journey. I can do a Maternity & Newborn Session combo or Birth Coverage & Newborn Session or All 3! I've photographed over 20 arrivals- it's an incredible part of your story and you will want to look back and see it again!