Client galleries. Why I aim to deliver as many images as possible.

One of the questions I hear a lot from other photographers is, “How many photos do you deliver to your clients?” The answer to this question varies, of course, depending on the length of the family sessions and each photographers own style and business plan. I can’t speak for other photographers, but for me, my goal is to deliver my clients as many real and beautiful moments that I’m able.

After every session, I get to go home, grab a glass of wine, sit down at my computer and look through all of pictures I took of your family. I quickly see that not every picture is show worthy though. Like this one.

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So, as I’m sitting there at my computer looking through your photos, I delete these guys. Gone also are the unfocused ones and the mid movement images that have half blinked eyes and unflattering expressions.

What’s left? A lot of GREAT pictures that I can’t wait to share with you! The thing is too, I don’t know which ones YOU will love and which ones you won’t. Many times I have loved a photo, shared it on Facebook, Instagram and my blog… but it is not one that my client loves. This is why I deliver as many photos as I can to you. Whether it be a mini session, where you then only get to pick 5 of those images, or a full session where you get ALL of the edited digital images, my goal is the same, to give you lots of choices and variety from your session.

I want to share with you a gallery I sent a client of mine. This was a 30 minute session and we got a TON of genuine and sweet images. So many, that I just could not narrow it down and I didn’t think it was fair to.

As you look through the gallery, notice that at first glance some photos seem identical, but if you look closer you’ll see the subtle differences in each one. Different expressions, snuggles, hand holds and squeezes can turn just one “pose” into lots of variety and choices for you. How am I to know which images will you move the most?

So, how many edited images do I deliver to my clients? As many as I possibly can. :)

They meet | Orange County in Hospital Newborn Photographer

This sweet big brother really didn't know what to think of his new baby brother. He was hesitant, nervous and fidgety with his hands in his mouth and not wanting to even touch this tiny little baby who was his brother, his future best friend and cohort. Siblings meeting for the first time... this is what I love to capture almost more than anything else during my Fresh 48 newborn sessions. How special for me to be able to be there to photograph these moments that are, truly, once in a lifetime. 

Spring in Orange County | Mission Viejo Family Photographer

Normally when I do spring mini sessions, the hills of southern Orange County are covered in wild flowers. Not this year. This year, I had a super hard time finding those beautiful flowers that are usually so perfect as backdrops for spring mini sessions. No worries though! Because truly, the subjects in my photos are the families. The love. The connection. The moments. And those are more beautiful than any flower you could find. 

Lemon squeezy | Orange County Family Photographer

It's always an awesome day when I get to photograph one my best friends and her beautiful children! And I absolutely loved this location. Lemon trees make for such a fun, sunny and beautifully natural back drop.  

Moms, it's sooooo important to get in the pictures with your kids! I know we all have insecurities, but to our children, we are beautiful and amazing Queens! They will remember the love, joy and security you give them and won't care about anything else. Trust me, in 10 years, you and your children will be so thankful to look back at your photos and remember that YOU were there too. 

More love to give | Mission Viejo Family Photographer

This amazing family has just begun their adoption journey. After many many years dealing with infertility after they had Hudson, they realized that it just wasn't in the cards for them to have another child... biologically. But they didn't feel complete. The ache of having another child to love only grew stronger. Unfortunately, adoption in the United States is extremely expensive and so for them, it just didn't seem like a possibility. After months of research and trying to find some way to complete their family, they decided to take the plunge and sign up with an adoption agency. Matt will be writing grants, Laura will be coordinating fundraisers and they, as a family, will keep pushing forward until they have their missing piece. 
Laura has a blog that she updates pretty regularly. You can find it here: A Sibling For Hudson