March 22, 2023
They say trust is the foundation of any good relationship and without it, you have nothing. So it may come as no surprise that what I need most from you at your Washington, DC in-home newborn or family session is exactly that: TRUST.
I’ve documented families for more than 10 years. And in that time, I’ve photographed more people than I can count. I invest in continuing education to evolve and grow my skill set year after year. And, let’s face it, you booked me for a reason. Maybe you found me on Google and loved my work, or were referred by a trusted friend. All this to say, I know what I’m doing. And if you can trust in the process – trust in me – your session AND the keepsake photos that follow will be among your cherished memories forever.
But, let’s drill down a bit more on exactly why trust is so important and why you should not hesitate to have trust in me.
Firstly, light. I know how to find it, where to position you within it, and how to utilize it so that you and your people look your best. It may not be where you think it is, and where I lead may surprise you. Let me find it anyway, and just lean into the process.
If you’re familiar with my work, you know that I’m not big on super staged, posed images, but positioning is everything. So when I ask you to keep looking at your partner, or to lean in close, or to smile even (especially) when things feel like they’re going off the rails, I am doing it for a reason. Trust that I know what I’m doing, and I promise your final images will reinforce why you had no reason to doubt.
Mamas, I know this one can be tough because your kids are always your responsibility. But when it comes to getting kids to cooperate during your photo session, please trust my ability and experience. Threats will never work, and bribes aren’t necessary. In fact, bribes make my job harder because kids focus purely on what they are going to get. It’s my job to engage your kids for this hour, not yours. Try to enjoy it!
There is so much work that goes into preparing for your session. I pore over your questionnaire responses. I know your names and study up on what’s important to you. I even sketch out a variety of poses by hand ahead of the session so I come in with a game plan and, most of all, a vision. So, things may get crazy. It may not make sense to you in the moment. But that’s okay. You are hiring me for my vision, and to bring your beautiful family’s connections to life. Trust that that’s exactly what is going to happen.
While I bring experience and a whole bag of tricks to the table, if you don’t trust me, your session simply won’t be what you hoped for. So my recommendation is to simply lean in. Show up as your best self. If I ask you to do something crazy – and, spoiler alert, I will! – try to do it with enthusiasm and a smile. Kids feed off of your emotions and they will be all in if you are. And my promise to you? I promise to be all in, too. So, will you trust me?