“My favorite part of the session was how much fun we had as a couple and with Jessie. She had us answering questions (both silly and serious) while she was shooting, which made it feel like we were just hanging out instead of getting our photos taken.
— Erin L. Wauwatosa, WI

think ahead...

Think about what you want to do with these photos.  Why are you having them taken?  Where are you putting them? A desk? The wall? An album? On a disk in your drawer to die with changing technology?  Where do you see them 10 years from now? 20? 50? On the wall as a daily reminder of that time in your lives? In an album that your kids will sit down with in wonder at how young everyone was?  I'd love to hear your thoughts before the session - it will help me customize the experience and the end results you're looking for.

Jessie was also really willing to incorporate our ideas into the shoot. We brought a bottle of wine (for props and to calm our nerves!), which she easily incorporated into the shoot, and even let us attempt to re-enact “the lift” from Dirty Dancing. Working with Jessie was a blast and I cannot say enough great things about her and her work.”
— Erin L., Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Before the session

I'm available to you via email, text, phone, or even Skype if you have any questions.  I'd be happy to go over outfit choices and ideas with you, and we can also decide on the best location for your session based on the look you're going for or what tones and backgrounds will complement the decor in your home.  

I may also be sending you a small questionnaire to get to know you and your family a bit better. Don't worry, it's not a test and there's no pressure.  I think I'd be annoyed if a photographer sent me a test!  No no no.  I just want you to start thinking a bit about your relationships and connections and what makes them tick. You'll also get a little bit of a feel for the kinds of things we may end up talking about during your session.

during the session

Just bring an open mind!  I'll help guide you a little as far as where to be, but then I'll use some questions or activities to inspire connection, interaction and memorable moments.  There will be little to no posing.  Your relationship is going to be the center of attention here, whether it's a family relationship, a couple, sibling relationships, or your relationship with yourself.  Yes, you need to love and be kind to yourself.

You don't need to focus on tiny details or be self-conscious about anything - I will make sure that you are looking your best. 

Be yourself.  You are the easiest person to be! Genuine feelings, genuine photos. The very very best kind. 

After the session

Within 2 to 3 weeks of your session, I'll get in touch with you and send you a link to your online gallery to make your digital, print, and product purchases.   You'll be able to make your choices for you pre-paid package or upgrade if you just can't decide.  Even though you'll have your digital files and can print them wherever you'd like, I encourage you to purchase your prints through me via your online gallery to ensure the best color, quality, and lasting power of your prints. You'll be getting professional quality prints at prices slightly above (but comparable) to consumer printers. I cannot guarantee the quality or color accuracy of any photos not purchased directly through me, so you are printing at your own risk.  

Not to sound morbid, but someday you'll be gone. These photos will eventually be heirlooms and a piece of your family history.  Print your photos, and invest in quality.  Remember - you can make a new digital file from a print, but you can't make a new print from a corrupt digital file.