Fellow mom over here!
I know what it is like having your family photographed.
From the planning to getting everyone on board the day of the shoot, I want to make it easier on you. I’m all about planning for success. That’s why light, location, and your kid’s nap schedule are factored in when determining the logistics of your session. From there the booking process is quick, easy, and done online. I’ll provide resources and input for what to wear. On the day of your shoot all you have to do is show up and smile. I’ll do the rest!
As the oldest of 15 grandchildren, I developed my kid wrangling skills early. I’ll win your kids over with my animal noises, silly questions, and general goofiness. Meanwhile I'll give you direction so you look and feel comfortable in front of my camera. Pair this with my B.F.A. in photography and over a decade of experience. The results are joyful photos that document this season in your life and the unique bonds that you share!
What do we wear for our family session?
Coming up with outfits for each family member that work well together can be a challenge. That’s why when you book your session, I supply you with inspiration boards as well as helpful hints & tips for selecting your attire. From there if you need additional guidance I’m happy to chat on the phone or via text to narrow down your choices!
Where should we take our photos?
I always suggest choosing a location that means something to your family! It could be a local park, your favorite beach, or even your home. As long as we have some natural light and you all feel comfortable in that space we are good to go. However, if you love exploring new places or need some suggestions, feel free to ask me. I’ve got a list of places that I love photographing at and always up for brainstorming more!
What type of equipment do you use?
Most of my family work is captured with my contax645 medium format camera with a little bit of 35mm from my canon 1v mixed in. Both are film cameras, and while you might not be familiar with film and how it works I can assure you that it is because of my use of film that my photography stands out. I love film because it forces me to be intentional with every image I create and the way it beautifully captures skin tones and light. The overall look and feel of film is timeless and that is exactly how I want your family remembered.
When will we receive our photos?
Since I shoot film, my turn around time may be a little longer than someone who shoots digitaly because of lab processing time. But trust me: it is worth the wait! You can expect an email with a link to your online gallery within 4-6 weeks from your portrait session.
Tell us more about the online gallery…
The online gallery is a client proofing website where you will view your photos once they are complete. The gallery will include all the final images from your portrait session. While you are logged in, you will have the ability to mark your favorite images, share photos with friends and family, order high quality prints, and most importantly download all your photos. Your photos will be available online for 6- 12 months based on the collection you purchase.
How do we book a family session?
First, you will want to contact me with a time frame and general location. Next, I will send you an invoice which you can pay online with a credit card. Once I have received your payment we can move forward with your pre-shoot consultation which can be done over the phone or via email, depending on what works best for you! When we have settled on a date, location, and start time, your contract will be emailed to you to be completed online. Once I have your signed contract I'll be officially booked!
"Heidi, you are a gifted photographer and exceeded our hopes in capturing authentic images of our family. You delivered many beautiful options that we can't wait to print! Thank you for the wonderful experience and photos!"
"This holiday season marks the fourth year we have chosen Heidi Vail Photography for our family portraits. Each time, I have a moment of post- photoshoot doubt--will there be one of my kids with genuine smiles? What about a family shot where all four of us look presentable?--and I can honestly say this moment gets shorter each year. I put my trust in Heidi and I am always so impressed with the results. She beautifully captures those moments I didn't even see. Thank you, Heidi."
"My family and I have worked with Heidi for the past 6 years. Heidi photographed our wedding, our first maternity session, and continues to document our growing family. Heidi is so organized, talented, and I always feel so at ease when working with her. Whether it's picking outfits or coordinating schedules, Heidi is the epitome of professional and so pleasant to work with. Heidi is also so amazing with my little ones. In addition to her getting fabulous photos of them, my children really look forward to seeing Heidi each time. I feel so lucky to have Heidi document such important moments in our family's life, and could not recommend her enough."
"Heidi is always a pleasure. She is so kind and patient with my family. She turned a cold and windy afternoon into a beautiful gallery of images we will forever cherish."