ellen smith

Choosing Your Session

Before you can even think about planning your session you have to decide what type of session you want? The main focus of my photography is lifestyle and documentary photojournalism.

Lifestyle falls somewhere in the middle of posed and documentary styles on the photography spectrum. Where posed is completely driven by direction from the photographer and documentary is the "fly on the wall" approach, Lifestyle centers around interactions occuring in a staged setting. Throughout the session there is usually gentle guidance from the photographer such as, “Let’s move over by the window for better light. Ok, now give mom a big hug. Can you tell her a secret in her ear? Now look at me. Now, tickle fight!”

Documentary photography is completely unstaged and unposed. There is no guidance and the photographer is simply there to be a "fly on the wall" capturing what happens naturally. I like to call these sessions "day in the life" sessions because I basically follow you around and capture what happens naturally. This includes playtime, laughter, tears, fun and everything else that my go on in your day to day life. These sessions typically take a little longer than Lifestyle or Portrait sessions but they caputre truly authentic images. One day you will be able to look back and remember exactly how you felt in that moment.

If you need help choosing the session that best fits your vision, just let me know! I would love to create something perfect for you!


1.5 hour on location lifestyle session. Siblings, parents, and pets are included. Professional image preparation.  Sessions are unique with very little posing. These are usually held in your home or at a favorite location that you frequent together. (Ice Cream Parlor, Zoo, Park, Coffee Shop, etc.) Prints and products sold after the session.



3 hour on location lifestyle session. Siblings, parents, and pets are included. Professional image preparation. Prints and products sold after the session.



1 1/2 hour on location lifestyle session. Pets can be included. May be indoors or outdoors. Professional image preparation. Prints and products sold after the session.


Petite Sessions

Usually lasting about an hour, these lifestyle sessions are great for families or individuals who who want a smaller session. Typically these sessions include some posing mixed in while still staying true to the impromptu style I love so much. Sessions are held on location and can be indoor or outdoor.



One of the most important days of your life is your wedding day. The goal is to authentically document your day from beginning to end, seemlessly mixing both lifestyle and documentary style of photography. Engagement and Bridal Sessions can be included as well as prints, albums, keepsakes, canvases, and many other items to help make your vision a reality!

Please contact me for additional information and to customize a wedding package perfect for you.

Seniors 2017

Your Senior year will fly by and Graduation will be here before you know it! Somewhere in the middle of studying, filling out college applications, and planning for the future you will need to squeeze in some time to take your Senior Portraits. Senior sessions are all about YOU and can include unlimited outfit changes and optional location changes. Plus, hair and makeup is provided by the fabulous stylists at L'eau de Vie Salone. Please contact me for additional information and to customize a senior package perfect for you.


Additional Session Information

*All sessions require a non-refundable retainer of $100 due no later than 7 days after booking. If retainer is not received in this time frame, your session date will be removed from my calendar. Thank you for understanding..

**Contract is signed at booking and will contain additional information.

More Stories…