Your Family

"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.
Ronald Dahl

Documenting Your Heart and Home


Real, Authentic, Genuine. Intimate. Your family is your heart, sometimes it is messy, sometimes it is joyful. Yet, it is always powerful, always deep, always soul stirring. This is the magic and grace I seek to capture.

My goal is to dig deep beyond the traditional poses into the depths of who you are as a family. It is my belief that these images will be cherished for years to come as they tell your story to future generations.


This Is Us Sessions are unposed, unscripted, authentically documented sessions that tell the story of your family as they are now. I will come along side of you, as you are, and make images of your life and routine. The location depends on what memories you wish to preserve. Is it your evening routine of prayers before dinner and bubble baths at bedtime? Is it early morning feedings and rocking your newborn back to sleep? Is it after school homework or Saturday playground trips? Let’s preserve these memories, these places, this ever fleeting, ever changing beautiful life.

But….

My house is messy or plain or ordinary. It’s not photo worthy

My kids misbehave and cry and melt down. It’s not photo worthy

My family is ordinary and boring. We don’t do anything photo worthy. 

Oh dear one, you and your family are worthy all on its own. Not because of the perfection but because of the imperfection, the ordinary reality of a family building a life together. The tears and the joy. The meltdowns and the cuddles. The moments of alone and together. The legacy of love and life you are creating moment by moment throughout your very ordinary day. 

This Is Us means come as you are, as your family is. It means embrace the stage of life you’re in, from toddler chaos to teenage independence. I am not making pictures of your house, your behavior or your activities, though those will all be photographed. Rather I am making pictures of the way you look at one another, the way you love hard and show up moment by moment.  

As your share popcorn and view your session slideshow I hope you see all of this through my lens. I hope you see the legacy you are building day after ordinary day. That you see the truth and intimacy in the images and declare “this is us”.

"This image is totally us. Calm and crazy fun all mixed into our family togetherness. You're amazing my friend!"
New mom and baby boy redlands family photographer
Alaina Nunez
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Pricing and Details

 

This Is Us sessions begin at $500 with various session lengths and product packages available.

Where will it take place? Wherever you go with your family on the day we schedule. This can be all in your home, or maybe soccer practice and grocery shopping are on the agenda. Or maybe the day is for the zoo or the beach. The key is that the location reflects what a day in your life would look like.

What should we wear? Whatever you normally wear 🙂 No special clothes needed, just be you!

How long will the session last? It depends on the session length you choose. I offer a 2-hour, 6-hour and 12-hour session. Once the length is chosen we will select the best block of time during the day based on the answers to your family questionnaire and what is the most meaningful for you to have documented. This could be your morning routine, park day, dinner and bath time, soccer games, errands, a day at home, or anything else you choose, the possibilities are endless.

What is included in the session? All family sessions include the session and a custom online slideshow. Print and digital collections are available for an additional purchase. I believe in having items that share your family’s story, my favorite being an album. These are beautiful books that can be touched, shared and passed down to future generations. Think of it as a yearbook for your family. I also have prints available to display your art around the home.

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"The magic, the joy, the love I create as a mother. I can see it now sister. Because of you... and this super power gift you give us through your work"
Tina Rivera