Gone are the days of a photographer telling you to stand somewhere and smile and coordinating matching outfits for a family of five. At least those days are gone here.
Let’s photograph you in your home — where your life happened, where your things are, where you can include your pets and you can let honest chaos unfold. Let’s go to your favorite park or pick through the garden or cook a meal together.
When I think of the purpose of family photos, I often think of legacy. I think of my grandparents and how much I loved them. I cling to the photos I have because they’re the only tangible thing I have left of them. But what’s even more powerful than that are the memories they stir up. I see a photo of my grandpa in his red flannel and I remember the smell of cigarettes and how it felt to hear him say he was proud of me. The photos take me back to a time that I loved and wish I could linger in a little longer.
We’re in it for memory preservation.
Forget everything you've ever known about family photos.
We do things differently.
Family photos are complex and sometimes wild, as are the children in them. I don't believe in forcing your kids to sit still and smile. These sessions allow everyone to shine exactly as they are.
Each session is built out on a custom basis — meaning we tailor locations, timelines, and vibes 100% to your family.
Your session can be anywhere, but I highly encourage a place that you already love. The perks to this are that it’s likely a location that you already feel comfortable in and makes you happy. It’s likely also a place that holds some sentimental value, which will make these photos that much sweeter.
It’s 10000% okay. Want the truth? Nothing about being photographed feels like a natural experience. It just doesn’t. But my job is to make you feel as comfortable as possible and guide you along the way.
I promise every person feels like this and still walks away with incredible photos.
Rule number one: wear something you feel good in.
Don’t feel like you have to go out a buy something new. More often than not, something you shine in is already in your closet. Patterns and textures add a lot of interest to photos, but be careful when selecting as we don’t want to distract too much from the feeling of the photos.
Drawing a total blank? Neutrals always photograph well and I am always available for you to text me your outfit ideas until we land on one that we know is the one.
YES. YES. YES. I love in-home sessions for so many reasons. A session like this will never look like anyone else’s and it’s a super easy way to include any and all pets. For these, we’ll communicate a lot in advance to select spaces we think will work the best and pick the right times based on lighting.
Having Mady take photos of our little fam has been on our bucketlist for a while. The aesthetic of her photos, her eye.... you can see a photo of hers and just tell that it is a Mady Noel photo. It's not just about the look of the photo that makes working with Mady so special (but that is paramount), it is the way that we trust her. From scheduling, throughout the entire shoot, we had a very general idea of what we were thinking, but honestly, we trusted Mady implicitly. If Mady asked us to stand near the trash can, we would have done it. There is nothing that Mady could ask us to do that wouldn't turn out to be absolutely phenomenal.