Two little sisters lay near baby brother. family films

How is Emerald Rue different?

You Will Forget. Family films remind you...

Family films are new and meaningful in a way that will make you feel. They are an authentic look at life and unique the connection present in your family. Films have the ability to showcase the small moments in between. The silly stage she's in and that one thing she says constantly in her little voice. Your baby as he curls up in your lap at bedtime while you read a book. All the individual nuances and tendencies of your child change in the blink of an eye. You will forget. Films remind you.


Emerald VIP

2 hours of cleaning services to help you tidy!

Hair/Make-up Services for Mom from War Paint International (or similar)

Clothing consultation with Jen

3-4 hour session, film and photos

Full set of digital images*

$600 in Artwork Credits

Fully curated 4-7 minute final film


Emerald Everyday

Up to 2 hour session, film & photos

In-home or at location of choice

35 digital images*

2-3 minute final film

$250 in Artwork Credits


Emerald Sunset

45 minute session, photos only

Location of choice during the golden hour of sunset

25 digital images*

$150 in Artwork Credits

Add a 1 min Moving Portrait for +$350


*Emerald Sunset & Emerald Everyday sessions include 25 & 35 digital images respectively. A password-protected online gallery will be live for one week once digital proofs are available. During that time, clients must choose their favorites or may be subject to an additional fee. All chosen images will be fully edited & touched up.  Additionally, digitals may be purchased via artwork credits. Emerald VIP includes all the digital images from the session fully edited, touched up (typically between 40 & 60).

** Moving Portraits are 1 minute mini-films from the time during the portrait session. See www.emeraldrue.com/moving-portraits for examples

A full family film tells a story. It showcases voices, laughter, smiles, gestures, looks…all while your beautiful every day unfolds. The purpose is to capture what you’ll soon forget, so 5 years or even 5 months from now, you own the legacy.

Moving Portraits are one-minute mini-films, often filmed during a traditional portrait session. Moving Portraits are a beautiful way to get just a glimpse into your world now, as tomorrow will inevitably change.

For Artwork Credit options, clothing suggestions, and more, snag the full Session Guide HERE.

Tips in relation to choosing your family’s clothing for a session, coordinating colors and where to shop. Access the Style Guide here.

“Jen has captured our important family moments in both stills and video. She is incredibly talented, but what’s more, she is professional, flexible and has a wonderful skill working with small children. The family films have brought tears to our eyes and I’m always taken aback seeing the small, intimate moments Jen captures when I don’t even realize that she is doing so.”

– Cate & Adam


It’s simple: audio and movement. Imagine, your family captured on video during your day to day, showcasing the way you play and interact. Most importantly, voices and laughter (which change quickly!) are yours to own forever.

My family recently watched home movies from Christmas 1987.  We laughed, cried and marveled at how we spoke, interacted and dressed. Such home movies have become treasures.

The goal is to remind you of life’s beauty. You’ll be surprised by how comfortable the process is. We will chat throughout and I’ll give light direction. All you need to do is be yourself.

Showcasing human connection is key. In order to do this, I’m going to ask to you be vulnerable. If you are moved to tears, please let them flow. It’s alright! Love up on your kids and significant other.

Because my style is documentary, I’ve found that kids forget I’m present. I’m not asking them to sit still so misbehavior is not likely. I am patient and will stop filming and step away if your child needs a break.

I understand how you feel, but time is fleeting. As you know, your children will only be this little once. Waiting for the perfect day will ensure you miss out on this glimpse of life. The best time is now.

As an auntie of five, a lifetime babysitter, and a former teacher, I have much practice in being patient. If there are tantrums, I will wait. As timeouts are needed, I will wait. When naps are a must, I will film them.

Sample Everyday Ideas:

Morning routine (wake up, breakfast, brush teeth)
Dinner time (prep, pray, eat, conversation)
Outside play (Park, bike rides, swings, walks in woods)
Nighttime routine (bath, PJs, read books, tuck in)
A special event (birthday, holiday baking, family traditions)

Sessions include support throughout. Before the session, I’ll send a questionnaire to help us plan. Then, we will have a Zoom consultation to ensure we have a plan.

Alternatively, we can throw the plan out the window! It’s truly a customizable experience that highlights what’s most important to YOU.

Very little, if any! For most, the process is much easier than a photo session. Documenting real life means you don’t need to put on a show, clean your house or plan outfits (unless you want to).

Before your session, we’ll schedule a Zoom call (both mom and dad should be present). At that time, we’ll create a framework for the family film session. It’s helpful to add in some special activities to get your kids excited.

On the day of the session, I will arrive at your home (or meet you at a chosen location) and take a few minutes to get to acquainted. From there, you will go about doing the activities planned. Then, I will simply document them as they happen, both in motion picture and stills. For the most part, it’ll be authentically your family the way you always see it. I may ask you questions or give you light direction.

Set up a Discovery Call.