Hello! I am Hali (like Hayley's comet;) of Sweetliv Photography. I am an on location newborn and family photographer in the Oneonta, NY area (and travel to Rochester, NY often). I am passionate about capturing connection, details, and beauty in the everyday. I know first hand just how fleeting childhood is. As a busy mom to two my memories of holding my little ones fades. I forget what it felt like to hold them in my arms, to succumb to their heaviness on my chest. Their warm, soft breathe against my neck as I rocked them to sleep. The way they smiled up at me as I cradled them in my arms. The excitement on their little faces as they discovered something new or played under the setting sun. Its these images that I will so desperately long to go back to in years from now.
I know you will long for them too. That's why I strive to capture those little details you never want to forget. To show the beauty in your everyday, to tell your story. Parenthood is hard. It takes strength and courage each day to raise these little ones. Through the chaos of meltdowns, whining, sleepless nights, the constant needing us, there are moments of wonderfulness in our days too that keep us going and outweigh the difficult times. I am here to capture those beautifully chaotic moments in an artistic way to bring you right back in time.
A little more about me:
I majored in Dance and a have a Masters in Education. I Teach ESOL and will be teaching Tap too!
Photography has always been part of me. I scrapbooked in my teens, took photography classes in college. It wasn’t until I brought my daughter home from the NICU though that my photography began to have more meaning.
I eat chocolate everyday, love coffee and cooking.
I have been married to my best friend for almost 8 years, and together 15 years! We have two beautiful children who fill our days with joy. We enjoy gardening, walking and being outside together.
I can't wait to meet you and your tribe!
What can I expect during my session?
My sessions are laid back and fun. I know how hard it is to be in front of the camera. That's why my sessions are about creating a space where you feel comfortable to be yourself and a time out of your busy schedules to spend time as a family making memories. We will walk, play and laugh; and before you know it you've almost forgotten about my camera. Everything we do together during our session will be about creating a place for natural connection and genuine expressions.
When you take a look at my work, you will notice everyone is not looking at the camera! Thats because the focus is on YOU, on your beautiful family being together and the love and joy you have for one another. I'm not worried about little ones sitting still and smiling for me. I want to capture your chid just as they are. If they are full of energy and love to wiggle and move and run-we'll capture that. If your little one is shy and loves snuggling and being close-we'll capture that. And if they are both-we'll capture both. Your session is time to play and be together and while you're doing that I'll be capturing natural and fun portraits!
(Make sure to plan to keep your phone put away during our session.)
Where will the sessions take place?
I offer both outdoor sessions and in-home sessions in the Oneonta and Upstate New York area. Outdoor sessions occur around sunset for best lighting, and usually take place in one of the locations I have scouted out prior to our session. However, I am always open to shooting in a place that is special or meaningful to your family. In-home sessions will of course take place in the comfort of your home.
What should we wear for our session?
For outdoor sessions:
It's important for everyone to be comfortable and feel like themselves during our session and wear what you usually wear. Also remember, especially with little kids, we'll be playing and moving.
It's best to pick something for everyone that coordinates with each other rather than going for everyone matching. Pinterest can be a great source of inspiration and ideas. I've created a board for easy reference here. I'm always available to bounce ideas off of too!
A pop of color, a small pattern, and accessories (scarves, hats, jewelry) can be a great way to add a layer of interest in your photos.
Try to stay away from clothing with large logos or pictures on them that will pull the attention away from your family when looking back on the photos. Instead think of clothing that is more classic.
For in-home sessions:
These sessions are very laid back and are all about capturing your family comfortably in your home. Jeans and a colorful top would be great!
When can I expect my completed photo gallery?
On average you can expect to receive your completed gallery in three to four weeks from your session. I know waiting to see the finished photos can be hard so I like to share "sneak peeks" while I am working on your session!
Deposit: $150 non-refundable due at time of booking to reserve your spot, remainder due on or before session.
Cancellations & Rescheduling: Cancellations must be in writing. If you cancel session without at least 7 days notice without rescheduling for a new time slot you forfeit your deposit on the session. I understand life and emergencies do happen and reserve the right to handle those on a case-by-case basis.
Weather: I reserve the right to reschedule our session based on poor weather conditions, I will do my very best to accommodate both of our schedules, but if you cannot or choose not to book another session you will forfeit your deposit.
Payment Options: Cash or Credit cards (accepted online only)
Travel: $0.55 per mile will be added to session price for travel more than 30 miles outside of the Oneonta area
Artistic Vision: By hiring me to capture your photos you are trusting me to capture my vision of your photo session. I will not re-edit photos, nor is there any altering allowed once you receive your edited images.
Copyright: Sweetliv Photography reserves all copyrights of photos. Client photos are released for personal printing only with a print release form provided by Sweetliv Photography. Client photos are not authorized for commercial use without approval and proper compensation to Sweetliv Photography.
Contracts: Model release and session contract must be signed prior to session.
*Prices are subject to change at anytime.
“ Hali was able to capture us so naturally, nothing felt forced or posed. She was able to capture the real us, our love for each other and individual personalities shined through every picture. She has a real talent capturing natural, candid family moments. Thank you again for giving us these special moments we can look back in for years to come!" ~Adriana
“Hali is such a gifted photographer. She has a special sense for the magic of family moments and she makes the session so much fun (I was surprised by how fun it was, and I was even expecting it to be fun!). She's also super sensitive to the personalities of the people she's photographing and she's able to capture those personalities in her photos, which I find is pretty rare. She has a sweetness and quiet concentration that allow you to feel like you're just out for an adventure, rather then being photographed. Hali shot some amazing pictures of my family--I know I'm going to treasure them for a long time to come, as a reminder of what life is like right now. Thank you so much, Hali!” ~Jess
“I can't say enough good things about Sweetliv Photography! My family has had the pleasure of having Hali capturing beautiful moments in our family for the past year, beginning with the birth of our daughter. The pictures Hali captured shortly after giving birth to my daughter, are by far my favorites. They are real, they are sweet and they are honest. I wish I had done this with my son when he was born. Hali's photography skills are amazing and I would highly, highly recommend them to everyone. What sets Hali apart, in my opinion, is that she captures life as it happens. It's not staged. It is simply real life happening. I get emotional typing this because when I look back at all of the photos she did (a first year family package), she captured my babies growing up. Taking pictures of our family is no easy task, as my son is shy and tends to not cooperate. Hali gave us some wonderful pointers ahead of time to help make the shoots go by smoothly though. She is patient, she is sweet and never made us feel rushed through any of our photo shoots. The sweetness and honesty of her pictures are undeniable. What Hali did for our family, by capturing these beautiful pictures, will be cherished forever." ~Amy
“It can be challenging finding a photographer to capture special moments with your family, at least it was for my family. After experimenting with various photographers and left unhappy it was very exciting to meet Hali. My family and I loved working with her. Our toddler warmed right up to Hali and she took such natural photos with nothing being staged. After booking our first shoot with her and getting such amazing results, we could not wait for her to do our newborn shoot. When our youngest was born Hali came to our home and captured intimate moments with our newborn and did not pressure us to rush or stay on a time limit. She knows how to work with natural lighting and taking photos from the best angel, so all photos are beautifully flattering. These are photos I will cherish forever and am so grateful to have had Hali apart of such an important time in our lives. Her photos decorate our walls for all to see and we cannot wait to continue having her capture our growing family.” ~Michelle