Where are you located?
I am located in the Sandestin Resort in Miramar Beach, Florida. I serve my surrounding areas of Santa Rosa Beach, Grayton Beach, Alys Beach, Rosemary Beach, Seagrove, Seaside, Panama City Beach and the Destin area. For wedding coverage the sky is the limit as I love to travel! :)
What time of day is best for our session?
Most of my beach portrait sessions are scheduled about an hour or two before sunset. If it’s overcast, we can get away with having the session a bit earlier. I will occasionally do a sunrise session, but I do prefer evening. If your location is anywhere other than the beach I can shoot midday as well. With our gorgeous white sand beaches in Destin, Florida it can be too bright midday for children as the white is a natural reflector of the sun.
Where should we have the session?
All sessions are conducted on location. This includes your home, the condo you are staying out while on vacation here, the beautiful beaches on 30-A, or a beautiful grassy knoll in Destin. I have a few favorite locations that we can discuss, as I am so lucky to live in this gorgeous Florida panhandle!
What should my child wear?
Oooh, the sky is the limit on this one! It’s hard for me to tell you what to dress your child in, I can however make suggestions for what NOT to dress them in. Make sure whatever you choose is an appropriate fit. You don’t want them to be in something too big or too small. Try to avoid busy patterns and big logos. Knit textures look beautiful on babies, and of course I love anything vintage as well! If they have a favorite blanket or toy please bring it along. I look forward to helping you with your wardrobe choices!
What should I wear?
Wear something you feel good in. If you wouldn’t wear it on a regular day, don’t wear it to your session. For example, would you honestly ever match your family in all white and khaki on a normal day? I know I wouldn’t. If you don’t feel good, it will show in your images. Keep it simple, keep it you. I’d be more than happy to help you, so feel free to let me know if you’d like any suggestions.
Is it okay for the grandparents to have a few photos with the children too?
I don’t mind having grandparents in the photos at all! Just remember once we get past 5 people there is an additional fee. Also, please note that my style is not super traditional. If traditional family portraits are what you are after, please let me know and I can refer you to a fabulous traditional photographer.
I would like to have a newborn photography session. When is the best time for this?
Newborn sessions should take place within the first 2 weeks of their life. Babies are still super sleepy and don’t mind me snapping away!
Do you do studio sessions for newborns?
I do not at this time. Newborn sessions will take place in your home. If it’s a wonderful warm day then we can do a few outside.
Your editing is beautiful, do you use actions?
What’s in your bag?
I shoot with a Canon 5d Mk III, and have a Canon 5d Mk II for backup and my underwater photography. My favorite lens is my 35mm f/1.4 and my 45mm f/2.8 tiltshift is a very close runner up! I also have a 50mm f/1.8 and the 70-200mm f/2.8 that I love. Lately I’ve been eyeing the 85mm 1.4 so that may make an appearance in my bag soon… Oh, and my bag is Epiphanie.
What inspires you?
I am often inspired by my children, my clients, laughter, sunlight, music, and random objects to be honest. I have an inspiration board in my office, and I try to keep my creativity finely tuned by keeping a journal, and attending workshops.
If you weren’t a photographer what would you be?
Hmmm…. I think I would be happy just being a stay at home mom! Sometimes I think I should open a cupcake bakery, or design children’s clothing. Whatever it would be, it would definitely be creative!
Do you offer mentoring for other photographers?
Yes, I do! For information on that look here!
If you have any questions you would like answered please contact me!