EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE OUR STORYTELLING PHOTO SESSION


 

Q: My family is boring. I'm not sure if there will be anything interesting to photograph. 

A: The everyday may seem boring or mundane to you because you are in the moment, but in a few years I want you to be able to look back on these images and laugh/smile/groan at the unique things your kids or partner did, especially kids who are in a new phase (whether that’s new to the world, or new to you). An afternoon snuggled on the couch watching cartoons or an evening in the backyard playing can reveal powerful photographs that capture your family's love, devotion, and loyalty. Your family's dynamic is unique. No other family lives or loves like yours. I want to capture your uniqueness for you to remember. Someday the everyday mundane will be fond memories, and you'll have them in photographs to remember!

Q: What should I wear?

A: Wear whatever you want. My goal is to capture you naturally — no contrived or artificial looks. Dress for comfort and be ready to have fun. However, I would recommend staying away from patterns and stripes, and don’t wearing matching outfits (just say no to khakis pants and white shirts).

Q: If you signed up for an in-home session: Should I have my home deep cleaned by a professional maid service before you arrive for my session?

A: My goal is to document your real life. If your home looks like a spread from Martha Stewart, then kudos to you! But there is no need to have your home spic and span before I arrive. I’d recommend tidying up so there are no death traps for me (thanks in advance), but your home should be a reflection of you — embrace the imperfect.

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Q: What should I bring?

A: Just bring yourself. No special equipment or props are necessary. However, I recommend you plan an activity to do together with your family and bring the necessary items for that activity. Don’t worry too much about choosing the type of activity you’ll be doing. The actual activity isn’t important; I’ll be focused on capturing the connections between each family member as you engage with one another during the session.

Q: I’d like some pictures that don’t include my children hanging from the rafters. Is that something you can do?

A: Yes! If you’d like some more traditional posing for yourself and your loved ones, we can spend the first 15–20 minutes of the session with some direction and minimal posing.

Q: How long will it take for me to receive my photographs? 

A: Your images are important to me, and I want to take the time to create pictures that will impact you for a lifetime. All of your photos will be edited, so expect 3 to 4 weeks (depending on the length and type of session) of processing time. Once your images are ready, I’ll send you an email and provide you with an online gallery for you to view your images. Prints and products will be available for ordering as well, and I’m happy to set up an in-person consultation appointment if you’d like to discuss the best products to showcase your family. I definitely recommend purchasing an album of your images to tell the story of your family.

Q: This sounds great and I want to schedule a session. How do I reserve a date?

A: I'd love to work with you! Please email me at ore@oreadesina.com to reserve a session. In order to reserve a date, you'll need to sign a photography contract and provide a retainer equal to 50% of the session fee. The remaining 50% of the session fee will be due a week before the date of your session.