How would you describe your style of photography?
My style is mostly documentary with a little bit of styling and direction. I want to capture the spirit of your family, but I also want you to love your photos, which means you might need a gentle reminder or two about your posture.
How can we best prepare for a lifestyle session at home?
The beauty of lifestyle sessions at home is photographing your life as it is right now. Don’t stress about having a perfect home. I suggest picking a few favorite spots in your home (ideally with windows as natural light is my favorite), and tidying them up a bit. It’s also nice to have an activity that everyone can participate in - for example, making breakfast as a family or your child’s bath routine or playing a family game all make for great photos.
How can we best prepare for a lifestyle session out and about?
There are so many options for gorgeous locations in the Bay Area that it can be a little overwhelming. In order to keep these shoots authentic to your family, I suggest keeping the session personal by picking a favorite location or planning a favorite family activity. This could be heading to your favorite coffee shop or taking the dog for a walk in your neighborhood or having a picnic at your favorite park. And, if you need help brainstorming ideas, I’m always happy to be a resource.
How long does each session last?
The lifestyle sessions are one hour. Most people, especially children, lose interest after that so I work efficiently to maximize the time (and focus) I have with them.
Who can I include in my session?
This is up to you. I do, however, recommend keeping it to your immediate family for the most accurate portrait of your life as it is now.
What is included in the session fee?
The session fee includes the photo portrait time with Alison and a private online gallery of 40 or more final images. These images are lightly retouched and both color and black and white versions are provided. You will be able to download the high res image files without watermark.
What happens if we are supposed to take pictures outside and the weather forecast is bad?
If the weather forecast does not look good, I will reach out to you prior to the session with an option to reschedule.
What happens if I need to cancel my session?
Unfortunately, all sessions are non-refundable. If you need to cancel, please notify me at least 48 hours prior to your session, and you will be able to reschedule.
What should we wear?
I’m a big fan of expression of personal style so wear clothes that you love. If you are really stuck, neutrals and cohesive color palettes for everyone in the session are always safe bets.
Can we do an outfit change?
Yes, I can usually accommodate an outfit change during your session.
I would love to do a session with you, but I don’t live within 25 miles of Oakland, what should I do?
We can do an outdoor session that is within 25 miles of Oakland. Please reach out for location ideas – I have many!
How long does it take to receive my images?
You will receive your images via online delivery within two weeks of your session.
What products do you offer?
Printed images are the best! From your gallery, you will be able to order professional prints in all types of sizes, but you can also make your own prints at any lab with your high res files.
How do I book my session?
Please click Book a Session. All sessions must be paid for in full in order to reserve your time slot.