I'm not in the habit of writing reviews, but I'm making an exception for Colleen and C.R. Photography because I want the world to know about her. We first met her when she did a family shoot for us and our two daughters (ages 18 months and 4.5 years) with the intention of getting something for our Christmas cards. I was recommended her by someone in my mom's group - the price was right and she was available, so I signed. I was immediately impressed by her professionalism and response time - she answered my numerous questions over email with infinite patience. I especially want to point out that she took the time, about 2 weeks before our shoot, to remind me of our shoot and send me some outfit ideas for the family - we've worked with a handful of photographers in the past, and she was the first one who's done anything like this. As a busy mom of two, it was SO NICE to have someone watching out for me that way! On the day of, when I was stressed beyond my limits, she was a lovely, calming influence and didn't even seem fazed by my snotty, miserable younger daughter. She brought kid-friendly props that really helped keep the girls' attention and had clearly done her homework (i.e. scoped out all the locations ahead of time). She was also flexible during the shoot and willing to work around the girls. Given the temperaments of my family, I figured I would count myself lucky if we had 1 decent picture. Imagine my surprise when she sent us dozens of lovely pictures that captured the personalities of my girls perfectly, and in ways that really made me smile!
Beyond just the photography session, however, she was also great about keeping me updated on the status of our proofs and she delivered as promised. She was also very accommodating so that we could take advantage of a printing discount on our holiday cards - even though it was last minute notice!
I think the most telling reviews are those of repeat customers, so it's worth mentioning that a few months later, I asked her to be the photographer for our extended family shots for my mom's Christmas present - 6 adults and 2 kids - and they also turned out amazing. Our family can be like herding cats, but Colleen maintained her professionalism and patience, and as before, had readily scoped out locations and back-up locations in case something went wrong. She had great ideas for poses - but, what I valued more is that she also kept an eye on what we were doing and shot candid pictures of us just interacting naturally, and they were gorgeous and really made our family's love shine through. My sister, who is literally the least photogenic person I have ever met (think opposite of Barney from How I Met Your Mother), was thrilled with how they turned out, which is saying a lot! When my parents showed the pictures to friends, everyone raved about them. After the session, when we saw the proofs, I asked her about tweaking the color on one or two that looked a little strange - and she went back and retouched all of them, not just those that I had asked about, and they looked even better.
The only thing that I regret is that she moved to the East Coast, which means I can't use her more!
I highly recommend Colleen and C.R. Photography, without reservation. You will not regret it!