Family Photography

for Families, Children, babies + Maternity
mom and dad holding baby boy between them and smiling at him during family photography at Jester Park in Des Moines
mom in boho dress at Iris Aisle conservatory looking at baby son in her arms as he looks at the camera
family beach portraits with mom wearing a maxi dress in ocean holding hands with husband and two young sons
young girl in white dress against tall green grass, yellow flowers and blue sky
two kids playing in an Iowa lake before sunset
close up image of mom, dad, daughter and son with feet in the water's edge at Saylorville Lake, Iowa
girl with long hair wearing boho style dress for photo session in woods
son relaxing in dad's lap looking at the camera as dad with large beard and mustache looks down at him lovingly
mom hugging son from behind with foreheads touching and eyes closed and smiling
boho family of five with baby on dad's shoulders in Iris Aisle conservatory for a family photo session
toddler peeking over mom's shoulder smiling at camera
young boy in black rimmed glasses with bright blue eyes smiling at the camera with mouth open and holding mom's hand
young brother hugging his sister with her hand on his arm both laughing and smiling at camera
mom in boho dress and headband holding infant son while kissing older son on the forehead next to a window
dad holding infant son in his arm as they both look down at the lake at Jester Park
couple looking into each other's eyes for maternity photos in the woods
somber profile of boy with medium long blond hair by the ocean at blue hour
boho kids with long blond hair smiling on the beach
portrait of laughing girl with amazing braids
dad holding and kissing baby during family photography session at the beach

The Family Photography Experience


Every family is different, which is why I want to help you plan the best experience for YOUR family. Maybe your shy kiddo needs more time to warm up to the camera. Maybe your toddler (or your teen) is most engaged in the first ten minutes and done after that. Maybe you have a favorite activity or destination your family loves and you want to document it before this chapter of life passes.


This is why I offer a variety of session types and I'll help you choose the best one for YOUR family. After you book, I will be your guide (and your friend) as we work together to create an experience that's unique to capturing your story.


I will help you prepare. I will help you relax. When your kids are running wild during the session I will tell you to run right along with them as I document your family's unbridled joy. Or if your little one just wants to be held I will tell you to comfort and kiss and sway while I capture your connection (and remind you how quickly my own babies grew up.)


My job is to create opportunities for you to engage with each other while I capture those beautiful organic moments that unfold as a result.


I'm here to capture YOUR story, to document your family as you are right now in this season of life. Because I know it won’t last forever.



mom and dad kissing in a sun-drenched Iowa prairie while daughter and son look up at them in admiration and surprise

Family Photography Packages + Pricing

Storyteller Session

Perfect for families who want to document an adventure, a newborn or life at home, this session includes up to 2 hours together and all of the images in your thoughtfully curated gallery.

$650+

Signature Session

This popular session allows for a variety of images documenting your current chapter of life. It includes up to 1 hour together and 10 digital images of your choice.

$450+

Simple Session

Best for small families or individuals, this 30 minute session is available Monday-Thursday in the Des Moines metro and includes 5 digital images of your choice.

$350+

"Jill was absolutely amazing to work with! We had so much fun and she captured every moment perfectly."

—Grace, family client

FAQ

What should I/we wear?

When will my photos be ready?

What if the weather doesn't cooperate?

What does the "plus sign" mean in your pricing?

Do you shoot extended families?

Do you shoot weddings?

Do you shoot events?

Do you travel?

FAQ

What should I/we wear?

The clothes you wear for your session should:
- make you feel fabulous
- be flattering in photos
- be comfortable to move around in

All clients will receive my Style Guide and assistance with wardrobe selection, if needed.

When will my photos be ready?

The galleries I deliver are typically quite large and I take pride in hand editing each image. Please allow 3 weeks to receive your final gallery.

What if the weather doesn't cooperate?

I realize that Iowa weather can change quickly. We'll always hope for the best and work together to come up with a backup plan, whether that means changing our location or rescheduling the session.

What does the "plus sign" mean in your pricing?

The "plus sign" indicates that the prices listed are base prices only. Tax will be added to all sessions, plus any additional fees such as studio or location rentals, additional family members beyond 6 subjects and/or travel fees outside of Des Moines. Any and all additional fees will be clearly communicated prior to booking.

Do you shoot extended families?

It depends on the size of your group and your goal for the session. Send me a message via my contact page with your group size, number of families within the group and dates available. Then we'll chat more!

Do you shoot weddings?

Nope. Not even intimate ones. Or elopements. (I love them, I just don't shoot them.)

If you need recommendations, just let me know!

Do you shoot events?

Not very often. I don't shoot large events, nighttime events or any events requiring artificial indoor lighting. Occasionally, I may shoot a small event such as a baby shower or birthday party that's taking place in a location with tons of natural light.

Do you travel?

Yes! Let me know where and I'm happy to calculate my travel fee for your destination. (If I'm already planning travel to your destination, my travel fee will be waived.)