Family Film Session FAQ

family film session photographer

Family Film Sessions are something I’m truly excited and proud to add to my services. It’s the perfect way to share my love of film-making and storytelling with families. Click here for a post on family film sessions and to watch a sample video.

Here are some answers to questions you may have about the process and what to expect when you book a family film session.

What is a Family Film exactly?

A family film is a cinematic, documentary style digital film of your family. It’s similar to a photo shoot with me, but SO MUCH BETTER! If you’d like to do a combo photo and video shoot, I will also take still photos in between shots. You will end up with a beautiful keepsake film and image collection. Seeing your family come together in print is amazing but seeing them in motion is something extra special and a gift I will be honored to create for your family.

Where will we shoot?

This is up to you, but I’m full of suggestions if you need them. First, decide if you want a strictly documentary style film where simply using your home will be perfect. We can even start in your pajamas! Or, choose a location such as one of your favorite parks and we can do a more “styled” look. Still documentary, but you can dress more for the occasion like you would for a typical family photo shoot. I can also help with outfit suggestions. The home option may make it easier for the little ones to be themselves and stay focused. But as long as you pick activities that the kids will enjoy (ex: baking cookies, having a picnic, flying a kite) this will work wonderfully at any location. Based on your needs and vision, together we’ll find the perfect place to create your film.

I’m not a good actor…

Think you need acting skills? Absolutely not! This is nothing like making a movie. In fact, for the most part you should pretend that the camera is not even there. I’m just a friend hanging out. My job will be to capture genuine family moments while I gently guide you through each shot. We may do things a few times to make sure we capture it perfectly. But the best thing you can do is be yourself and enjoy it!

What if I’m nervous being on camera?

Everyone is at first! But seriously, don’t be. This is an amazing and unique way to document your family life. This is for you to look fondly upon, so be yourself and enjoy this time together. The setup is intimate and inviting. I’m here to make you feel comfortable, no need to worry, you’ll do great! The real you is all we want. You’re simply spending time with your family, what’s easier than that?

How long will the video be?

Average length is somewhere between 2 and 3 minutes based on the shots and the song that I will cut them to.

Walk me through the process

Once you book, we’ll chat about ideas for your location and activities you’d like to do on camera. Choose at least 2 things and we’ll create stories out of those as we go. I’ll help you with wardrobe if requested. On shoot day, my setup will be simple. If indoors, we may set up a light or two, but natural light is always preferred, especially if you have a window that streams in gorgeous light. I’d actually prefer to plan the shoot around the light in your home. It makes such a difference. If shooting at home, open all curtains and blinds before I arrive.

Once we’re done I will choose music, cut together an edit, adjust levels and color correct. I’ll send you a preview link to make sure you are happy with the results. You can expect a completed film within 4-5 weeks.

How do I watch my video?

You will get a Vimeo Link that you can share with friends and family and post wherever you’d like. And also download and play on your computer and mobile devices. You will get a full HD version good for watching on TV or large monitors.

Why choose Tina?

Well, I do have credentials and an extensive background and passion for video. I went to VCU School of the Arts for Film & Animation. I spent 14 years producing award-winning promos and marketing campaigns for the #1 TV Station in RVA. I’ve participated in a handful of 48hr film project films (with an amazing team!), one winner that screened at the Cannes Film Festival. And during all of that, I spent my spare time documenting families through photography, loving every minute of it. Tearing up along with you as you see the product of these memories.

But aside from “looking good on paper”, I truly love capturing family moments and memories. I always have, but becoming a mom gave so much more weight to what I do. They grow and change so fast, it feels like you just can’t keep up. I want to make sure that someone captures at least a tiny bit of that for you to hold onto and look back on for generations to come. My experience allows me to take a simple and laid-back approach where I can guide, observe and record genuine family connection.

Ok great! How much does it cost..?

Although I would love more than anything to hand these out for free because I feel that every family deserves this amazing gift… this is a luxury service and I’m ultimately doing this to support my own family.

If you choose to hire me for a family film session, I want you to know that it means the world to me that you support my artistic vision, talent and business. Thank you.

FAMILY FILM SESSION (standalone) | $800 (+Virginia sales tax)

  • Pre-consultation to plan locations, activities and wardrobe.
  • 1-2 hour Family Film Session with immediate family members on location.
  • Finished 2-3 minute film.

FAMILY FILM & PHOTO SESSION | $1100 (+Virginia sales tax)

  • Pre-consultation to plan locations, activities and wardrobe.
  • 1-2 hour Family Film Session with immediate family members on location.
  • Finished 2-3 minute film and 20+ still images
  • Engraved walnut keepsake USB Print Box and Online Gallery.

*$200 deposit due at time of booking to secure your session.


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