Not to me - and you'll find that it's not boring to you either. See what Laurie had to say...
"When you were taking pictures, I was thinking, 'we're not even doing anything! Maybe we're not interesting enough'... fast forward to our Reveal appointment 4 week later, I was blown away because I realized that my son doesn't hold me in the morning like that anymore. Just a month ago, it was an everyday thing that I took for granted. Never even thought about it! I'm sad that things have changed, but so incredibly happy to have all of these amazing photographs to help me remember how special each little stage really is. Thank you".
The closer you stay to your normal routine, the better it will be for you & your kids. Remember, this is not a typical photo shoot, and you should not be 'on' for hours on end. That would be exhausting! Rather, you should relax and follow your usual routine. If you book a short session, however, or if you have older kids (over 10 yrs), then a couple of planned activities is a good idea. We can chat about what makes sense for you and your family before you book a session.
Hey, I can relate! But please don't fuss about how tidy your house is. After all, we're not taking real estate photos, we're capturing real family life. And if that means there's laundry to be folded and dishes in the sink, that's okay. I am creative with the angles I choose and what I select to be in focus. I would encourage you to be present with your kids and your spouse and let that be the focus of our session.
Hey, that's part and parcel when it comes to parenthood, isn't it? But worry not, because, unlike traditional family photo sessions, your child will not be forced into anything or be bribed to stand and smile for the camera. Let them be themselves, and if they throw a tantrum, that can honestly make for some of my favourite photographs. I am 100% okay with kids being kids and parents handling it as they normally would. As mentioned previously, it's best to stick with your normal routine (including meal times, etc.), so that there's little to no stress on you or the kids (aside from normal, that is!).
There is NO DIRECTION from me at all. Documentary-style is based on photojournalism to document authentic moments and I don't wish to disturb the integrity of the moment. I will interact in terms of chatting with you occasionally. It's like having a low-pressure friend over for the day. My clients have told me that they relax within about 15 minutes.
Men tend to quite enjoy the documentary approach because it requires no planning, no awkward posing or matching outfits, no forced grins... you can all just be yourselves. It should be fairly stress-free all around.
Hear from some clients:
"Alison makes it easy to relax and go about your day. Even my camera shy husband said it went really well!" - Michaela
"We really enjoyed having you there." - Scott
"Thank you, Alison. We love the photos!" - Darren
Yes! For 6/12 hour sessions. If you're outside the Calgary area, just ask me for a custom quote for the travel.
I understand that documentary family photography is an investment almost as big as your wedding pictures. A lot of work goes into documentary photography. I photograph families for hours. Following that, I spend weeks editing and developing your completed story. To help offset your costs and get the story that your heart desires, you can set up a payment plan.
Payments can be made via e-transfer (always appreciated!), credit card, or cheque. Your have the option to pay in full or make a payment arrangement. Session fees must be paid in full prior to the session date.
Definitely. My business is built on photographs. It's how you found me and how others will find me in the future. I do share photos online and in print in order to market my services, however, I am mindful of photographs that may be more sensitive and personal in nature. I am always considerate and respectful of my clients and would never post a graphic photograph without your consent.
Food & coffee, any entry fees that might come up if we visit a park or museum (so that I can stay with your family). Please treat me like a member of the family, while I'm with you.