What is your approach in photographing a wedding?
A wedding day as an unfolding story which I am there to capture and describe. Your day is rich with detail and meaning; I aim to thoughtfully highlight the joy and love present. It is my privilege to be trusted with creating images of a day that will be treasured more with each passing year.
Can you tell me about your pricing?
Our packages start at $3000. You may also build a custom package based on your wedding needs. Please contact us for further details.
What style of albums do you offer?
I am delighted to offer our clients exquisite fine art albums individually handcrafted in the USA by artisans. Every album is made from smooth, heavyweight, archival paper and fabrics. These albums offered by Cypress will be cherished for generations!
What can I expect from a session?
My goal is to highlight the spirit of childhood by capturing your child's wonder and view of the world. All sessions take place on location at your home, a local park or other location of your choice and are shot entirely in natural light. I will happily consult with you to determine the best time for your session based on lighting conditions and your child's schedule. Sessions usually last a little over an hour, allowing plenty of time for snack breaks.
How should I dress my child/children?
A mix and match of colorful patterns and neutrals photographs well, but here's my take. If your little girl loves to wear your red heels or old scuffed up cowboy boots; if his favorite t-shirt depicts the Incredible Hulk, then go with it! The more comfortable your child is, the more comfortable I am! We can always pause for a snack and dress change once your child realizes a session is pretty much one big play date.
I would like you to photograph my newborn. How do I go about setting up an appointment?
I love photographing newborns! The true newborn stage is so fleeting (the first two weeks, ideally) that it is best if you contact me regarding a session while you are still expecting. I will take note of your due date to ensure my schedule remains light ten days before and ten days after your due date.
What is the price of a childhood session?
A childhood session is $400 dollars and includes $200 print credit. An online proofing gallery will be available for print selection and ordering. For an additional $150, you will receive a cd of the edited digital negatives (high resolution jpeg images). Fine art albums, beautifully crafted by artisans as well as wall prints available a la carte.
I didn't see any family pictures on your website. Do you photograph families?
My blog contains many examples of family photos. Keep in mind that I do emphasize children and relationships with my own artistic eye and informal style. So if you are having a family reunion and a traditional family portrait is the outcome you are hoping for, you may be happier with a portrait studio. But if you want photographs of the cousins singing around the campfire and Uncle Bill spinning his famous yarn, please invite me along! If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to ask!
Because life doesn't line up to be photographed.
Because children run and weddings waltz by.
Because authentic beauty comes from the heart.
I was raised on Portuguese soil where artisan is a way of life, from crusty bread to splendid cathedral. I married my best friend and college sweetheart. As second photographer and in-house computer guru, Steve is my partner in life and business. Our home is a crazy, joyful co-op of creativity and learning. Each of our five children has transformed me. Their compelling life stories could fill a best-seller, their faces in the flurry of life draw me to my camera again and again. Together our family loves and serves the Creator of all things.