Why “Unscripted” Photo Sessions?

Documentary style photo sessions in and around Northern Delaware, USA.

Why ‘Unscripted’?

Just like you- I hate stress. I’ve worked with families for almost a decade, and I figured it out early on. Parenthood is tough. When you want children to do one thing- they often do the opposite. When you have a tight timeline, it’s as if they sense the urgency, and it almost always causes a meltdown (hey- I think we all feel that way under pressure sometimes..)

I quickly realized that my favorite sessions (and my clients’ favorite images) came from times that were relaxed, little to no direction, and were very candid in nature.

A few points to consider about WHY you should choose a documentary style session:

  • Stress Free! Unscripted Photo Sessions are meant to be stress free. There are no hard time limits. My goal is to be something in between a fly on the wall, and an old family friend hanging out (with a couple cameras 😉). We go with the flow- often let the children lead the way, and capture some truly stunning memories that are authentic.
  • Flexibility!  These sessions can document anything from daily life (little moments to memorialize your little one’s childhood) to big life changes (a growing family, a new home, a new pet, etc).
  • Genuine moments! Without tight timelines and expectations of everyone looking at the camera and smiling, you get real personality and sweet moments that authentic for YOUR family. I even have fun questionnaires that will help me capture things that are most important to you at this point in your life.
  • Completely unique! No staged photos and overused props here!! Documentary sessions allow us to capture your family (and home!) exactly as they are – completely unique with all the qualities you love most about them.
  • Value! When you look back at photos from a documentary session – you’ll be transported to those moments where you were genuinely involved and not praying that the kids will all cooperate and look at the camera at the same time. You’ll feel the love you had in that moment, cherishing their tiny hands and voices as you enjoy these photos for a lifetime.

So if you’re ready to book your own Unscripted Documentary Photo Session today, take a look at my schedule for a consultation, or contact me to get started!

A Slight Business Shift

Transitioning to documentary style photo sessions in and around Northern Delaware.

Alright everyone, it’s time for a change. Don’t worry though.. it’s not a huge change – only a slight shift. I am just continuing to follow my heart, embrace life changes, and tweak my business to fit my personal life & business goals.

Have you ever noticed how life is a continuous journey of self-discovery and endless changes? And every time there’s a significant change, you realize all the tiny details that you miss.. or simply just the tiny details that you are most grateful for?

Somehow I have a gift to notice tiny details as they’re happening, and it’s like they shine and sparkle and flash at me in slow motion- screaming to be captured. I’ve decided to transition my business into the photo-documentary world to hone in on this particular gift, and immortalize some of YOUR priceless moments and precious details.

Starting immediately (aside from any current inquiries & sessions scheduled), I will no longer be offering solely posed sessions. So if you’re looking for posed babies or a family session with a whole lot of “looking at the camera” type photos, I can suggest some truly talented colleagues to you. If you’re looking for documentary-style sessions, or even “lifestyle” sessions, then I’m your gal! Those of you who have already worked with me, you know that my sessions have always been heavy on the candid side anyway, so this isn’t much of a shift!

Moving forward, all of my sessions will be mostly candid, documentary-style sessions. These sessions are super flexible! Whatever is going on in your life is easily documented (maternity, birth, adoption, newborn, babies, general family/children, new home, new pet, etc). All sessions have a session fee of $100 per hour of coverage (with discounts available for sessions 3 hours and longer). I still offer a la carte options with no print minimums for fully customizable packages to meet your budget! Since I’m now charging a session fee, my print & product prices have been adjusted accordingly, so you’ll be spending around the same amount as you have in the past if you have a 1 or 2 hour session. (And sessions of 3 hours or more have discounted session fees to keep my rates reasonable!)

My schedule is pretty hectic for the next few weeks, so if you’d like to get on the calendar, you should contact me right away or take a look at my online calendar to book a consultation or get an idea of when we could do a session (contact me to book the session though, because I want to make sure we have plenty of time!)

With these new sessions, I’ll be blogging & posting a lot more, so stay tuned!

Smiles! ✨😉

2017 Beach Mini Sessions!

Jersey Shore mini photography sessions! Aug 2nd 2017 in Stone Harbor NJ


Hey everyone!! I know it’s been a while. I’ve been busy.. and I’ve totally neglected my blog and most of social media (aside from a couple posts here & there). Sorry for being MIA! I promise, all is well.. but I’ve been longing for a beach day- and one has finally been set up! Next Wednesday (Aug 2nd) I’ll be in Stone Harbor NJ doing mini sessions on the beach! I highly recommend you play hooky from work and swing by with the kiddos. We all need a mental health day from time to time, and the beach is the best place for rest, relaxation, and adorable family photos. (If you don’t believe me, take it from the mermaid.. 😍)

I’ll see you there?! Shoot me a message to set up your session!

 

Latch On & Family Fair 2016 at Nemours

Latch On & Family Fair 2016 at Nemours! It was a gorgeous days filled with gorgeous families! Breastfeeding, babies, family and fun!

So many awesome mothers. And fathers. And grandparents. And incredible littles. (And super amazing staff that hosted this beautiful event!)

The Latch On event at Nemours has proven to be (again) my favorite event to photograph. There is a beautiful sense of friendship and honest, open camaraderie that takes place at the latch on events. I love overhearing mommas congratulate other mommas for hitting milestones or simply compliment one another. There was tons of love floating around on this beautiful day!

I recognized many  faces from last year, and it made my heart so happy to see those families again! There were also lots of new babies this year! One was only one week old!! Oh my, those tiny little hands.. And feet.. And itty bitty nose!
I. Just. Can’t.

So would you like to see what I saw from behind the lens yesterday? Get ready for awesomeness (and make sure you check out the link below the gallery.. there are more images there!)

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Cait’s Blessingway

Gorgeous Mother’s Blessing (blessingway) in Maryland to help Cait prepare for the arrival of baby Max!

This was SUCH a gorgeous day. Cait was surrounded by love and support from a small group of close friends and family. She received gifts of birth affirmations, birth beads, and sacred offerings to remind her of the love and support that would continue to surround her throughout the remainder of her pregnancy and the birth of her baby. At the time, her baby’s gender was a surprise.. but a few weeks after this beautiful day, Baby Max made his way earth-side. 💗

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The Bovee Family {maternity}

Maternity & Family session in Valley Garden Park

At the last minute (back in the spring), we decided to schedule a maternity session to capture The Bovee Family for the last time as a family of four + bump before Mr. Owen made his grand debut! If you follow my Facebook page, you probably heard a lot about Owen during the last few weeks of Kim’s pregnancy, and Owens early days/weeks because of his CCAM. You can learn more about Owen & The Bovee’s story here.

We had a lot of fun during this session, trekking through mud (sorry, Kim…) and dancing to Steve’s iPhone to get Sydney to actually smile. ❤

The Bovees are simply incredible.

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Anton Michael {newborn}

Maternity photos, belly casting keepsake and unique newborn photos in Wilmington, Delaware.

I met Renée & Stephen through my cousin Melanie. They were expecting their first child and we spent Renée’s first Mother’s Day doing a belly casting of her adorable baby bump at 37 weeks… and only four days later, sweet baby Anton arrived early! We could not have timed this project more perfectly! It took me a little longer to finish getting the belly bowl ready, but he still fit just perfect for his newborn photos almost two weeks later.

 

belly cast progress
The evolution of the belly cast bowl – raw cast with sharp edges, cut down then additional gauze added to make edges thicker, additional plaster added for stability, then sanded and painted for final product – READY FOR PHOTOS!

 

Belly casting was SO fun and Renée and Stephen were thrilled with the outcome. They have incredible pictures of exactly how their sweet baby fit in mom’s tummy, and they have a perfect keepsake to show him when he’s older! I’m so ready to do another belly cast bowl… who wants one?! 😉

Are you seeing my posts?!

Facebook keeps changing the algorithm to your newsfeed.. So you could be missing my posts! I’m about to post a dozen or so blog posts sharing pictures from the last three months, and exciting news for upcoming events! You don’t want to miss these!!! To make sure you don’t miss the awesomeness that’s about to flood the newsfeed (over the next several weeks.. Don’t worry, it won’t be an ACTUAL flood…), follow these simple steps!

1. Go to Katy Rose Photography & Design on Facebook. Make sure the box marked “like” is checked!

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2. Click on the downward arrow on the “like” button on your desktop computer. On mobile, click on the “following” button. Both actions will produce the next (super important) menu:

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3. You will see a label called “in your newsfeed” (which will probably be set to “default.”) Change this to “see first”!!!

(Optional) 4. If you’re on a computer, there will be a little pencil icon where you can choose to be notified of certain forms of content (videos, photos, links, etc).

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