FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY FAQ
WHAT IS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY
Family photography isn’t what it used to be. The images you see on this site are called lifestyle photography. What this means is there is no stiff posing or fake moments.
My goal for your family photos is to dig a little deeper. We will work together to find out what is actually meaningful to you and photograph that.
Those candid and real life moments are what we are working to create.
WHAT ABOUT MY KIDS?
Kids bring so much energy and story telling to your family portraits. I think together as a society we have moved passed looking for that perfect family photo and we want something more real.
Worrying about how their kids will behave is a large barrier for parents who want family photos. To be honest, no kid behaves perfectly well during their family photography. There is usually lots of preparation and some element of bribery. And this is ok! To an extent, I encourage parents to let kids be themselves.
Kids usually want to do crazy things like take their pants off, show off their toys, run away from the camera … and I generally let them. After years of being a family photographer and interacting with so many families, I think I’ve seen it all. There is absolutely no need to feel embarrassed over your kid.
Obviously, they need to listen to some extent and we can’t let them go completely wild. My point here is that by letting kids be themselves, we will be able to photograph those moments. One day, they won’t do that thing that annoys you anymore and you might miss it and be happy it’s part of your family photos.
Oh, and it’s pretty normal for there to be tears too. Spending time with someone new and being around a camera is a lot of pressure for those little guys. The good thing is that tears always lead to snuggles, which leads to beautiful portraits together.
NERVOUS IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA?
That’s ok too! And very normal.
The average person doesn’t spend lots of time in front of a camera or know what to do with their hands. The majority of families you see in my photos said the same thing.
With lifestyle family photography, we will move around, talk about things, and play easy little games to create those natural looking photos. My goal is to create a comfortable environment so that you can relax and enjoy spending time with each other. That’s when great family photos are created.
Even the most camera shy individuals have been able to settle into family photos with me. I take pride in my ability to keep everything easy-going.
WHERE DO WE TAKE OUR FAMILY PHOTOS?
With family photography, you have the option to take them indoors or outdoors.
Indoor family photography has a very cozy feeling and incorporates your home as part of your story. You don’t have to clean your entire home for this type of family photos. My advice is to declutter one or two of your favourite comfy areas that you already naturally spend time together in.
Outdoor family photography can happen anywhere. I’m located in the British-Columbia Rocky Mountains so we are lucky to have endless beautiful photography locations. If you have a place that is already meaningful to you, let’s do your family photos there. Otherwise, if you are unfamiliar with the area I have lots on hand. From growing up here and many days out biking and skiing, I have discovered some really beautiful places for family photos.
HOW DOES IT ALL WORK?
The session fee for family photography is $300, which will be returned to you as a credit for digital or printed photos. The digital and printed photos are sold separately from the session fee so that you can pick out and create the perfect package for yourself.
Some families just want one or two beautiful digital images and some families want wall collages, albums and prints. This way, you get exactly what you want and there is something for everyone.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Hi, I’m Jena. It would be my pleasure to be your family photographer.
I understand that these are moments you will never get back. It’s so hard to savour life while we’re in the middle of it. My job as your photographer is to help you preserve your favourite feelings and memories from this phase of life.
If you have any questions at all please get in touch. I am happy to explain or walk you through anything to help you decide if this is the right experience for you.