Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Documentary Style Session?
Documentary Style Sessions are about capturing your family being together in the comfort of your own home. There's no preparing or stressing out about getting the perfect picture. Instead, it's a peek into the way your family is living right now. The images from your session will show you the story of your family, your home and your heart.
Because you should have authentic and beautiful images of your real life. You deserve to have the kinds of images that will take you back in time and spark a feeling. Because one day, when your kids are grown, they will love to see the way you looked at them...and the house they grew up in...and all of the things that make your family special and unique.
After my second child was born I started shooting from my heart and my passion for documenting life artistically and authentically continued to grow. I started capturing the mischief and pouts along with the smiles. I started photographing messes and favorite toys - proof that we're a family that lives, laughs and loves in our home.
When my kids are grown, I want them to see who they were, how much they were loved and the place they called home.
So, what's the session like?
I promise that after a few hours together it will feel like I'm part of your family. We'll probably laugh...a lot. Your kids are free to be themselves and so are you. It's as simple as it sounds. No stress, no judgment and zero expectations. I want to capture your family the same way that I capture my own. I observe, I photograph and at the end of the session, we'll say our goodbyes...as friends :)
Is there any posing?
If you're looking for "Pinterest Perfect" family photos (the ones where everyone is dressed up in matching outfits and cheesing hard for the camera) then I'm not the photographer for you. However, I still like to include a few family photographs in every gallery and will spend a few minutes photographing your family together when the right moment presents itself.
Do you offer Family Sessions on location?
Yes! I also shoot Lifestyle Sessions on location. These documentary inspired sessions are super relaxed and are aimed at capturing connection and emotion. Some direction will be given but this is not your typical posed family session. These sessions are meant to be fun for the entire family giving me the opportunity to capture your family honestly and beautifully in an outdoor setting.
What if I want both?
I also offer Hybrid Sessions that start by capturing your real life at home and end with an on location lifestyle session during sunset at a location nearby.
Do you offer Maternity and Newborn Sessions?
I adore pregnant bellies and newborn babies! Newborn sessions are photographed with both a photojournalistic and lifestyle approach. These storytelling sessions can be shot at the place of birth or at home. I also offer Maternity and Motherhood Sessions and would love to chat with you about photographing these once in a lifetime experiences.
What if I only want pictures of my kids?
I 100% believe in documentary photography for families but also understand the want and need for wall portraits, holiday photos and headshots of your kids. I totally get it and love working with children to create beautiful portraits. Check out Nicole Austen Kids for more details.
When I look at my kids I can't believe how much they've already grown. I know that the photographs I have of them will jog my memory and take me back in time. Back to messy highchairs, uncombed hair and toys scattered across the living room floor. These are the best days of my life and I want to treasure them forever. Let me do the same for you.
Trust me, you're gonna thank me in 20 years...