The Experience

What to expect from me

There are a lot of talented photographers to choose from here in Phoenix, so what really sets SweetLife apart from the others? I would like to think that its the overall experience that I create and the way my art makes you feel both at the session and when you view your gallery of beautiful images!! I am so passionate about capturing the authentic dynamic between you and your family; nothing brings me more joy than being able to document something so precious and fleeting.

Choosing a photographer is about so much more than great photos; it’s about connection. Connection between your family and the photographer as well as the connections that are being captured. The experiences you have before, during and after a session are just as important as the photos themselves.

Here is a quick run down of what you can expect from an experience with me…


Session Prep

Once you are booked, I will send you a session prep guide outlining everything to expect on the day of your session to help ease those pre-session jitters (full sessions only)! I’ll also send you a pre-session questionnaire and Style Guide so that I can get to know you and your family a bit better. I am with you every step – from finding out what your vision is for your session, choosing the perfect location to your family photo styling.  The Style Guide offers advice on how to prep your family (hubby & kids always need additional coaxing) for photos and ways to ensure we all have a good time.  I will also provide you with access to my online Styling Website (Style & Select), which helps you visually plan (and purchase, if you’d like) outfits for the entire family. My families love being able to plan the perfect vibes for their session right from their couch. Of course, I will be available to answer any questions along the way but most importantly, I can be the all-important tie-breaker between outfit #1 and outfit #2 when you just cant make a choice.

Story Time!

Session day is supposed to be fun! If you’ve read the Session Prep Guide, you should be well prepared. We’ll take a few minutes to chat and come up with our game plan when we meet. I like to ease the kiddos into the situation and get to know their personalities a little, too. After that, just be prepared to interact with your family. Let go of perfection. There will be less looking at me, and more enjoying time with each other and trying to soak in all the moments. That is what this is all about, after all.

After Your Session

Once our session is complete, I go to work meticulously picking out the very best photos that reflect your family perfectly.  I love to focus on the details and the emotion of each image. When you invest in a photographer, you invest in their talent and their eye for these types of decisions;  It is more than just a photo, it is ART.  I edit each photo to make sure it reflects all of the details we both put so much thought into.

About 7-10 days after your session, you’ll receive an email from me announcing that your gorgeous photo gallery is ready to view. Inside your gallery are your final images (already processed and edited) for you to download, share and print to your hearts content.  I always recommend ordering prints and photo products through your gallery as I’ve linked it to one of the best photo print labs in the country. Your beautiful images deserve to be printed and enjoyed daily – don’t let them get buried on your phone! 

I will follow up a few days later with a quick Client Survey to solicit your feedback on the experience with me. I’m human, too… I make mistakes and want to learn from them. If you have anything to share, this is your time! I want to hear from you, truly.