“Time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life.” --- Brian Andreas
Home is my favorite place to be… nowhere to go, no one to impress, surrounded by the people I love most. There is a sweet comfort in the familiar.
Home is also my favorite place to photograph families. Let’s be honest, picture taking is stressful enough without introducing entirely new surroundings. At home, everyone is more at ease. You don’t have to scramble to be anywhere on time. Everything you need is on hand. You are free to just relax and snuggle and love on your people. Forget forced smiles and uncomfortable poses. Let’s make pictures in a meaningful place.
What is “home” to you? Do you love your house and neighborhood? Let me capture you in it. That park around the corner where you spend every sunny day? I’ll meet you there. Or maybe “home” is simply wherever the people you love are. Let’s focus on that. I don’t want you to ever forget this messy, tiring, wonderful life with your little ones and how you loved each other. These are the days.
"THERE'S NOTHING LIKE STAYING AT HOME FOR REAL COMFORT." --- jane austen
+ Where will our session take place?
The longer I photograph families, the more I find myself returning to settings where little ones and their parents are most comfortable… which is why I almost always recommend starting our session in your home. At home sessions are a chance to capture your family as you are right now. Our time together is about focusing on you and your family and the love you share. We’ll make sure to get a few “posed” shots, but mostly we will be reading books, playing with toys, coloring or painting, tickling and loving on each other. I’ll provide minimal direction as far as activities and where to position for the best light, etc and then have you do your thing. If weather permits, we may head out to the back yard or a nearby park your family enjoys.
+ What can we do to prepare our home for a shoot?
Clean houses are nice, but certainly not necessary. I recommend minimizing clutter, if possible. We will probably be shooting in the master bedroom, and if so, I recommend simple white bedding – sheets, duvet, etc. Not only does it provide a clean background, but the white reflects light beautifully.
+ But our home is too small/dark/boring…
I’ve photographed families in tiny apartments and beautiful large farmhouses and I’ve found the same thing to be true : the beauty of shooting at home isn’t so much about your home itself, but rather the love of the people inside it. Still not convinced? We’ll work through a pre-session questionnaire that may help us come up with another meaningful location for your family.
+ What should we wear?
One of the number one questions asked before a session! I recommend keeping things simple…
+ Avoid shirts with logos or distracting patterns
+ Be comfortable! We’ll be moving around a lot – tickling, snuggling and possibly chasing after toddlers. Dress accordingly.
+ Pick a palette of colors and work within that color scheme. Think coordinating not matching. Mom’s outfit is a good place to start and choose everything else from there… I advise staying away from red and fuschia as they can cast a color tone on skin. Black can weigh a photo down, but white and light colors and patterns photograph beautifully.
+ How much should we expect to spend? How do you process payment?
The family session is offered at $950 which includes all images on a USB drive, 4×6 prints, and a coffee table book commemorating our time together. At the time of booking, a $250 deposit is due (which will be credited toward your family session fee). You will receive an invoice to pay this fee online via credit card. Your balance will be due following our time together. A la carte items such as enlargements, gallery canvas, and brag books are also available.
+ Who is Penny Gray?
Penny Gray is tribute to my littlest girl who was a most unexpected surprise in a very difficult season of my life. She was the sunshine when my skies were gray, and her name is a constant reminder that we never know what good may come through storms. My circumstances are happily changed for the better now. I’m married to my best friend who loves and supports me unconditionally, we have a crew of 6 who make life wonderfully rich (and loud), and I have a job that I simply adore. We are living our happily ever after, and I couldn’t love the story more.