All collections include digital image files delivered in a private online gallery, along with a print release. Prices do not include sales tax.
Sessions outside of the Dallas area may incur a travel fee to cover my time and mileage, but I do love to travel! I'm based in DFW but frequently shoot in the hill country, west Texas, Oklahoma, and beyond.
Time | A session typically lasts an hour to an hour and a half. We'll start about two hours before sunset to get that perfect 'golden hour' light.
Style | The goal is to look fabulous but feel comfortable. We'll walk through outfit planning once your session is booked, and I'll help make sure you're wearing things that will photograph well and make you feel amazing.
Retainer | Portrait sessions require a $100 retainer. A $500 retainer is required to reserve your wedding date.
Turnaround | Waiting is the hard part, I know, so I try to deliver your images within 2 weeks for portraits and 4 weeks for weddings.
What's with your business name? Remember that song, "The stars at night, are big and bright" ... ? Read more about the meaning behind the name here.
What is Life & Style about? Back in 2014, The Big and Bright started out as a blog featuring the work of other creatives. Now, I use the blog to share personal writing, advice for brides, styles I'm loving, and photography-related things I'm learning.
What types of wedding packages do you offer? We'll customize a collection that makes the most sense for you - sometimes with an additional photographer or other add-ons, depending on your day. Each and every wedding includes an engagement session and nine hours of coverage - from getting ready to making your exit at the end of the night, I'm there for ya!
Why do a bridal session? One word: timeless. So your grandchildren can look back one day and see what an absolutely beautiful bride you were. I truly believe every bride deserves these portraits. There's something so empowering about how amazing every woman looks and feels as a bride - and that's worth celebrating. If you're already married but never had bridals taken, I'm a full believer in slipping back into that white dress for some gorgeous portraits. Trust me - you'll be glad you did.
When should I schedule my session? For engagements, 6-7 months out is ideal so you can use the images for save the dates. I recommend scheduling maternity sessions for 32-34 weeks, so there's plenty of bump to show off but less risk of being too close to delivery. For newborns, between 1-2 weeks old works best.
What is a lifestyle newborn session? Lifestyle newborn sessions take place in your home, not in a studio. I don't use props or backdrops. I love to record your baby's first days at home in a natural way - so using lots of natural window light, capturing those sentimental nursery details, and then just getting natural, comfortable shots of the family together, plus several of just your baby and some close-ups of their tiny little features.