Hi! My name is Kristi! I am a natural and studio light photographer based out of Barboursville, WV. I specialize in newborn, family and children portraits. I love playing with my two nieces and nephews and draw much of my inspiration from them!
Sessions are relaxed (but fast-paced), fun, and freeing. Don't expect any stiff, super-posed shots. Images are real, spontaneous, and fresh. Once your session is booked, we'll discuss location, clothing, and the overall feel of the session. You'll receive tips to prepare for the session and a full price schedule. These are not your typical portraits and my style is not for everyone--that's okay. It's important to make sure we are a good match before booking so that we are all thrilled with the final images. I love capturing real life moments ... the silly, spontaneous, and playful ... the loving, serious and thoughtful.
Working With Children
This should be FUN! Please let me lead the way and I will ask you if I need help. I will work at their level and their pace. Sometimes, we will work one-on-one, away from the pressures of "performing" from mom and dad. A favorite doll, a colorful toy, or other activities like bubbles, etc. are wonderful, too. It helps to make sure your child gets plenty of sleep the night before the session, that nap time isn't too close to session time and the kiddos are well fed. Nursing breaks for babies, chill out and snack time for little ones, etc are always accommodated with pleasure.
I really like to see the magic between you and capture your excitement as you get ready to start your lives together. I like to try unusual locations, too. Let's show what makes you a unique couple in love. Along those lines, I also like to see your personalities come through in your attire - get funky! Bright spots of color, cool Converse and a hip tie, sexy heels and jeans ... spice it up!
Best Time For Newborn Photos
Newborns are best photographed between 5-10 days old - book before your due date! I will send you an information packet about how to prepare for your session and what to expect.
Choosing the Location
Tell me about the feel you want for your session and I can help figure out the best location for your session. I am open to trying new places!
What is it like?
I will show up to our session a little early and I will want to look everywhere to find the best light. I'll likely have a few fun props I'll bring along to spice things up. We will play and see what happens from there. It's not going to be stiff and formal. Don't be surprised if I ask you to all jump in the air at the same time, lay down in the grass or make silly faces at each other. Super heroes, cowgirls, and fairies are all welcome to come out to play! Just keep an open mind! I always welcome your own ideas, so if you have something specific in mind, please tell me before the session so I can be sure to come prepared.
Hair, Nails, Make-up
Try to keep it simple, and please don't be offended if I ask your child to remove bows or ponytails. Don't forget to clean and trim everyone's nails and toenails (especially mom's and dad's on newborn sessions).
Not feeling well?
If someone is sick, let's reschedule. I will always reschedule sessions if I or my family members are ill.
Can't wait to spend time with you and your family and have FUN!!!