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WHAT TO EXPECT

Portraits are an investment you will hold dear for a lifetime.  The older I get the more I realize just how fast “time flies”.  The days between squishy newborns and confident seniors roll by in a relative blink.  That’s why I love quality portraits that truly capture you and your family, just as you are and let you hold on to the fleeting moments of life.  I want you to bring all your personality and quarks. Whether it’s a toddler that doesn’t want to leave your side or teenager you have to bribe to be there— I want to capture this marker on the timeline.  

To help capture “you” I have to get to know you and your family.  This is why I include a pre-session consultation.  This may be a quick chat on the phone or a series of emails &/or texts.  Outfits, locations, the look and feel, how to prepare little ones:  we will plan and discuss it all.  This helps me design the perfect session for you and your family. 

 
 
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WHAT TO WEAR

As a mom I know the “What to Wear” anxiety is real!!!  Your outfits really can make a difference in your portraits.  That’s why I try to make this process  as easy for my clients as possible.  Your session will include an extensive “What to Wear Guide” and access to an Online Styling Guide that lets you style your entire family from the comfort of your couch.  You will fill out a simple Style Questionnaire about your family, your desired color scheme, and the vibe of clothes you would like to see. The quick results page will show you photo-approved clothing items for each family member.  Families (moms) can view their favorite pieces side-by-side to get an idea of the total look.  I also offer access to a personal stylist if that is more your style.

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DURING THE SESSION

I generally begin each session with the all-family posed shots and any other “must-haves” we’ve discussed in your consultation.  Then I will work through combinations and each child, working with the youngest kiddos first.  Then it’s time to play and get those more interactive shots.  I truly want everyone to enjoy the session and have a good time. Don’t worry if the kiddos aren’t doing exactly what we have planned.  So often my favorite shots come in the less-scripted moments.

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AFTER THE SESSION

SNEAK PEEKS: I will post an edited image on Facebook within 7-10 days of your session.

PROOF GALLERY: Each session produces many images. I will always have favorites, but those aren’t always my client’s favorites. Therefore, for full family sessions I give families the option to choose their favorite images for final editing. Those opting to choose their favorites will receive a proof gallery of unedited or softly edited images within two weeks of their session. Due to the nature and length of mini sessions there are fewer images and a proofing gallery may not be available.

PORTRAIT GALLERY: Within four weeks of your session or favorite proof selection, I will email you the link to your downloadable gallery.  I spend 10-60 minutes hand-editing and artistically enhance each photo, so it takes me awhile complete a full gallery.    

PRINTING: I want you to enjoy and display your images as much as possible. This is why I have always provided a full gallery of digital images, a print release, and recommendations for professional printing.  I will continue to do so. However, as a busy mom I’m also guilty of hoarding a gazillion beautiful images in some cloud and only printing one Christmas card.  So I also offer print services to my clients.  You will be able to order directly from your gallery without the hassle of downloading and uploading to other sites.  I want my clients to love and display their images for years to come and hope this makes it a little bit easier.  

I highly recommend you print your images through a professional printing company to ensure your images look their best.  The big box stores down the street may be cheap and easy, but they DO NOT have the professional quality I recommend and images might turnout discolored.  I will give you a print release and list of reputable printers after delivering your final gallery.