WHAT IS A MILESTONE PHOTOGRAPHER?
Milestone photography is different from most types of photography, because it's very specialized. As a milestone photographer I capture & help you celebrate life's milestones! I primarily shoot high school & college seniors, anniversaries, maternity, and newborn babies! I'll also occasionally do a shoot for children on special birthdays (e.g. 6 months, 1 year, etc.!)
WHAT IS A NATURAL LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER?
As a natural light photographer, I only shoot using natural light...meaning daylight! Because of this, most of my sessions are outdoors where there is ample natural light! The only exception is newborn sessions, and with those, I make sure that wherever I'm shooting has plenty of windows with lots of natural light streaming in! I never, ever, ever use a flash or lighting equipment, and sometimes that surprises some people. While I know photographers who have perfected flash & can capture some amazing, dramatic images with it, I prefer the soft, warm look that you can achieve when shooting only in natural light.
Another question I get pertaining to light is about the timing of my sessions. The timing of my sessions varies a bit throughout the year because of the the different seasons and different lighting conditions! I only shoot 'sunrise' and 'sunset' sessions...meaning that I shoot within two hours after sunrise or two hours before sunset! Early morning and evening are perfect for sessions, because the light is soft, glowy, and wonderful! The one exception I make for session times is, again, my newborns! Because we're typically shooting indoors for a newborn session, we need to make sure we're getting as much natural light as possible! Often times the light is best indoors during the mid morning to early afternoon timeframe!
How long is a typical session & can sessions be shortened?
Typically, all of my sessions last between 1.5 and 2 hours. I do not offer the option to shorten sessions for quality reasons. In my experience I've learned that 1.5 to 2 hours is the ideal length of time for a session, because it allows for my clients to get comfortable in front of the camera, time for outfit changes (which are optional but fun!) and it gives us a chance to explore different areas of the location adding variety to your images. Something that is very important to me is getting to know my clients and connecting with them during their session. The goal is to capture real emotion and your genuine smile! Having more than 30 minutes allows me to do this without feeling rushed. Ultimately, a full length session enhances the overall client experience, which, in turn, enhances the quality of images I am able to produce!
What should I wear?
This is a GREAT question! Once you book your session, I will send you a client guide that goes over wardrobe choices and many other things in detail!
Do you photograph weddings or Engagements?
No ma'am! I'm a milestone photographer specializing in seniors, anniversaries, maternity and newborns! While I don't photograph weddings, I have several very talented photographer friends who do! I would be happy to pass along their contact information if you're interested! If you're a bride, just keep me in the back of your mind for your 1 year anniversary portraits! ;)
Where are you located and do you travel?
My business is based in Roanoke, VA and I primarily serve the Roanoke Valley and New River Valley! I LOVE to travel, though, so if you're from another city or state and are looking for a portrait photographer, please contact me! (I'm hoping to make it to Arizona one of these days!)