WHAT IS A FAMILY FILM? I make a short film about your family: I come over to your home (or meet you somewhere if you have a special outing you’d like a video of) and spend a couple of hours shooting a series of short clips with my DSLR camera and some other small stabilizing and sound equipment. I film you, the real you: not staged, not scripted, not posed. I watch and capture you playing, cooking, eating ice-cream, helping with homework…whichever activity is going on. I then edit the footage with music that matches your family and mood of the session!
WHY SHOULD I PICK FILM IF I ALREADY BOOK YOU FOR PHOTOS? I LOVE photo but nothing will ever beat the emotion that comes through on film. Imagine seeing a photo of your grandparents. Then imagine the same scene on film where you hear their voice, you see their expressions, the movement…Film captures much more than a photograph does. Sound is such a strong addition to the images. Imagine hearing the sound of your child’s little feet running on the floor, the laughter, all things that cannot be captured in a still.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE SESSION? 1-2 hours of shooting time for a Family Film session. Within 2 weeks you will have a 3-5 minute video sent to you via Vimeo. If you choose to book the Film + Photo session you will also get 20+ edited images sent to you via a password protected online gallery. You will get both low resolution images to share and high resolution images if you wish to print them.
For "A day In the life of…" session the organization is different per family based on preferences. Contact me to get more information!
MY HOUSE IS NOT SO CLEAN…WILL IT LOOK BAD? The focus of a film session is you, your family, not the actual home. It will be in the background…but it is also a representation of you at that point in time. I understand what it is to be in a house full of toddler clutter! But that is us now…and I would love to remember it that way!
CAN I PICK A SONG I LOVE FOR THE EDIT? For licensing reasons (mainly very high costs) I do not use popular songs. Popular songs don’t stay popular anyways and I prefer to set videos to more of an emotional tone.
CAN YOU MAYBE ADD SOME OF MY FILM TO YOUR EDIT? Due to frame rates and quality I do not offer that option.
DO YOU OFFER PHOTOGRAPHY? Yes – I also offer photography. Check out my Investment page for more detail.
CAN I SHARE MY VIDEO? Yes – of course. You will get a print I do ask for you release to credit me whenever possible!
DO YOU SHARE VIDEOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND/OR YOUR WEBSITE? I would love to share your video. However, I respect each family’s culture, preferences, and beliefs. Your video will initially be password protected. If you decide not to share then I ask you to consider the possibility of me making a shorter version of your video to share if the full family story is too intimate. Each of my moms must fill out a contract with an extensive model release, granting me permission to share (or NOT share) your film and/or stills online. As my client, you always have the option to keep your photos completely private. While many of my clients find joy in sharing their story with the world, many others keep those images and video just for their own family. Whatever you choose, I’m behind you 100 percent. I respect each woman’s culture, preferences, and beliefs. Your privacy and comfort is my number one priority. DO I NEED ANYTHING FOR THE DAY OF FILMING? You can clean up a little bit of the clutter, if you find there is too much of it but do not go overboard! Dress comfortably and make sure the kids are comfortable.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY? The deposit is non-refundable but we can always arrange for it to be applied to another later session if you cancel with at least 48hours notice.
IF I CANNOT MAKE IT DUE SOMETHING UNEXPECTED ON MY SIDE, WILL YOU BE REFUNDED? Yes! A full refund of your deposit will be given or we can reschedule if I am unable to make it to our appointment for any given reason (if I am busy shooting a Birth/Labor, for example).