(laugh) – I get this one a lot. You may have seen me around town – for several years I taught English at Granbury HS, so maybe I taught your child or you!; my husband is lead pastor at StoneWater Church, and from time to time, the church sends mailers out that have a family picture on them.
I have loved photography since I was about 7 and found out how cameras worked. I started reading books and studying in 2003 and received my first DSLR (Nikon D200) in December 2007. For a year and a half I read, practiced, and studied. In April of 2009, I completed my DBA and Texas Sales Tax license to officially become a business. I photographed my first newborn on September 25, 2008, and have now had the honor of capturing over 300 newborn babies.
I did not go to school for photography. My training has come from one-on-one mentoring, group courses, workshops, and reading. I’m constantly learning & trying new techniques that I sometimes incorporate into my sessions.
My husband and I built a home on the White family ranch. In our home I have a modest studio room which boasts amazing natural light, though I prefer the use of studio lights for consistency in my portfolio. I use this studio room exclusively for my newborn sessions and host babies that return for their smiling, sitting, standing, and one year sessions. Sometimes we’ll visit inside for older children, but the family ranch offers a thousand acres of beauty that is perfect for families, maternity, and older children. We hop in my husband’s pick up and drive through the pasture to get to the best spots! I do travel on location for my senior sessions, but my other sessions take place here on the ranch.
I host my newborn and baby sessions when my children are in school, so I begin newborn sessions between 9am and 11am on weekdays, Monday through Thursday. I schedule other sessions on various evenings during the week, and am now limiting my weeknights to no more than three per month. I have limited bookings for Saturday mornings and Sunday evenings, and I do charge a “weekend fee” for those times when they are offered. If you have a specific date in mind, contact me as soon as you can. Right now, I’m currently booked 3 to 4 weeks in advance during the week and sometimes 6 to 8 weeks for Sunday evening options, but there’s always a chance I’ve had a cancellation. I’m striving to find a balance in being with my family more, so dates will become more limited as I seek to find this balance.
It varies. Newborn sessions last up to 2 to 4 hours to allow for comforting and feeding. Baby, maternity, child, and family sessions vary, but I try to make it quick and fun, especially when little ones are involved. Senior sessions generally last around two hours. I won’t limit our session to a time limit, instead, I focus on knowing I have a good offering of images for you.
In most cases your images will be presented in your online gallery within two weeks following your session. In busy seasons (Oct/Nov for family portraits, September for Senior sessions), it may take up to three weeks for your images to be presented. Newborn sessions retain priority as birth announcements need to get in the mail.
I do not at this point. If you would like a recommendation for a photographer, I will gladly give you the name, number, email, and web site of photographers I hold in high esteem. I decline engagements and bridals because it’s important to get to know your wedding photographer(s) [and for them to get to know you] during the engagement & bridal sessions.
No. At this time I am not mentoring or offering shadowing of my sessions.
I use a Nikon D810 with a Nikon D700 as my back up camera. My favorite lenses are my 35 1.4 for newborn sessions and 24-70 2.8 in studio sessions. Outdoors, I LOVE my 70-200 2.8. I love the color and sharpness of prime lenses, but in shooting toddlers & young children, an excellent zoom is a must. For seniors, I almost never take my 85 1.4 off of my camera. Other lenses in my bag include my 50 1.4 and 105 2.8. For studio lighting, I rely on my Einstein light and Westcott 50×50 softbox – such beautiful light!