Parental Leave Session
'I get so busy sometimes chasing the extraordinary moments
that I don't pay attention to the ordinary moments.
The moments that, if taken away, I would miss more than anything.'
- Brené Brown
The Parental Leave
The past year (or perhaps longer) has been one you will likely remember forever. A rollercoaster ride while you stayed home and raised your baby from infant to toddler.
As your mat/pat leave is coming to an end and you start to plan going back to work, let's tell the story of your past year.
This is what The Parental Leave Session will do for you.
Your day is made up of many little moments that when they come together, they create a sequence and they tell a story.
This session is designed to do just that.
Tell the story of the routine and bond you developed before you go back to work.
I am there to capture the ordinary moments that you are going to want to remember. The longer you are with me, the more natural moments will happen because the more time that goes by, the more likely all of you are to forget about the camera and just be yourselves.
My promise to you is that after your session, you will have peace of mind knowing you really good family photos telling a story of an important time during your parenthood journey.
Here's how it works:
1. You book The Parental Leave Session
2. I come to your home
3. You and your baby live your daily life
4. I document it all
5. You receive a beautiful story of your time at home
The Parental Leave
3 hours - $700*
10am-1pm (in between naps)
Photography session with one parent and child
Travel to location within 100km from Toronto
All post production
Online gallery to view images
Collection of high res files
(minimum 100) - $500*
10 spread/10x10 flush-mount archival quality album - $600*
BOTH collection of images & album - $900*
*hst not included
'I was really struggling with mourning the return to work. Alex's photos brought me a kind of peace I wasn't expecting. The feeling is that of regret - I didn't do enough, we didn't do everything I'd planned, I could have been more this or that. Looking over our photos, I could see - it was enough. I was enough. I love how happy I look. I'm usually very self-conscious, and in my head about my imperfect mom bod, my post-partum hair, and I never never NEVER smile with my teeth in photos (not even on my wedding day). Alex caught me enjoying my daughter unselfconsciously , and my smile is as real as it has ever been. There's one thing to know you enjoy your kid, there's another to see it.'
'Can you feel nostalgic for something that happened only a few months ago? That's how I feel when I look at the photos of Ben. I have this tightening in my heart at the thought that this year is over. He's no longer our baby, he's officially a toddler now. "Babyhood" is such a short, fleeting moment and I'm so thankful we have these incredible photos to help us remember.'
There is no way my kid can be in front of the camera for 3+ hours!!!
That’s ok because you know what, they don’t have to be ‘in front’ of the camera! The beauty of this type of session is that they literally just have to be themself. They don’t have to be on their best behaviour, obeying every word I say because I won’t really be telling them to do anything. They just have to go about their daily life with you, while I act like a fly on the wall and document it all.
Is my partner allowed to be included?
This session is designed to tell the story of the routine you created and the bond you developed with your baby over the past year while off work. If your partner was with you for majority of the time, then yes they can be included for an additional $200.
I’m interested but I’m a little worried my family is too boring for this. What if there’s nothing to shoot?
Boring makes my heart sing because what is seemingly boring to you is very beautiful to me. It is often in the everyday, mundane tasks that great images and stories lie. Before the actual session, we will have come up with a plan of action for activities to document, so don’t worry, there will be plenty to document.
Who picks the photos for the albums?
My job is to make this process as easy peasy for you. I can design the book with the images that I feel best tell the story of your family in a layout that best displays them OR you can choose if you'd prefer to. Once I have the layout designed, I then send you the spreads to review and approve for the book. It never gets sent to print until you've approved it.
Can we decide after we see the gallery if we want to buy the collection or not?
Absolutely!!! You don't have to commit to anything other than the session when you book me. When you see your images, you can purchase the collection or individual images.
If we don't purchase the entire collection of digital images and instead choose to buy the album telling our story, can we purchase individual digital images?
Yes. If you choose to forego the entire digital story and collection, you can purchase single jpeg images instead. The cost per jpeg is $40 each.
If we purchase the collection of high res images, how do we obtain them?
When your photos are ready for viewing, I will send you an online gallery. If you have purchased the digital images, you can download the high res jpegs straight off the gallery to your computer.
Will you come to our cottage? What is your travel fee?
Yes, I will come anywhere you want me to! If you spent your leave at your cottage, then let's shoot there!
My fee for travel outside of a 100km radius from Toronto is 0.75c/km. Any flights to destinations too far to drive will be an extra cost.
I’m sold! How do I book you?
Simply send me an email with which option you’re interested in booking. I will send you a contract to review as well as an invoice for the retainer fee to secure your session date.
** You have a choice of payment plan**
1) 50 / 50
50% retainer due upon booking
50% remainder due upon session
2) 40 / 30 / 30
A 40% retainer is due upon booking
The second payment is due between the time of booking and date of session.
The final payment is due upon session.
I will send you invoices for all payments which can be paid via e-transfer.