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Lifestyle Sessions

lifestyle photography // photography by merrilee

Lifestyle sessions are on location and about 90 minutes to two hours long. Every session is unique and intended to fit each family perfectly. We’ll meet ahead of time to discuss where your family will be most at ease and what it is about your life right now that you don’t want to forget. We’ll pick a spot and come up with the best way to tell your family’s story in a real and authentic way. I love shooting families in their homes and that is always an option.

The session will be designed for you and your family to be with each other and living life while I capture it. I may occasionally direct you, but mostly, I will encourage you to interact with each other. If you have young children, we’ll take breaks and often follow their lead. I have two young boys and am used to going with the flow. I promise that you’ll have fun! So many of my clients are surprised when they tell me afterward what a good time they had taking family pictures.

About a week later, we’ll meet for an ordering session where we can go through all the images and determine what makes the most sense for your family. Many clients choose to purchase the digital files, but I also offer prints, canvases, and albums. We can look at your wall space and I can help you decide where and how to display your images so that you can enjoy seeing them everyday.


The fee for a lifestyle session for a family of up to 5 is $200. This includes your session and an online proofing gallery with 40-50 digital images. Digital images and prints are not included with your session fee, but are available to purchase. Portrait collections begin at $795.  A collection containing the complete set of digital images from your session and a 4×4 memory book is available for $1500. Please contact me for complete pricing information and to book your session.