Sessions are fun, relaxing and take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, and longer for newborn sessions. I am currently all on location (except for newborn sessions) which means that the session can take place at your favorite park, beach, building or memorable location. Be creative or pick a place that has sentimental value to you.
There are a lot of things you should consider while preparing for your upcoming photo shoot. Location, your vision or inspiration, mood, weather and clothing just to name a few. I hope the below information helps prepare you for your session but if it doesn’t please feel free to contact me!
I am currently serving the greater Seattle area. If you live outside this area please feel free to email me and we can see if we can work something out.
What to expect?
Once your session is scheduled and your package fee has been paid you will receive an invoice via email along with a contract to sign and return. We will continue to chat through email about location options, time, clothing and props. This is the time to ask any questions you may have, and allows me time to learn about the types of images you are hoping to get from our session together. If you have examples of images you like feel free to email them to me.
Sessions are up to 1 hour in length, depending on our goals. Every session is a little different depending on our location, outfit changes, number of people in the group, etc. Newborns take a little longer as they’re more unpredictable than adults. I always calculate in time for restroom breaks, possible clothing changes, and snack breaks for little ones or feedings for newborns. At the start of your session I will try and get to know you and your children, allowing them time to get comfortable with me and my camera. When the smiles start coming out, it’s time to start shooting.
Your online gallery will be available within 2-4 weeks of your session (depending on the season and workload). These images will be hosted on a password secure gallery for 14 days. You will receive a link and login information to this custom online gallery which you can share with anyone who would like to view or purchase some prints. Ordering of products is completed solely through this online gallery. The online gallery will remain up for 14 days, after that a $25 fee is needed to reinstate the gallery. Also, during this stage, once your final payment is made, your images will be unlocked and you will download all digital files from this gallery.
You will receive your prints within 1-2 weeks of purchasing.
You will receive your digital files within 1-2 weeks of your payment of the remainder of the package fees..
What do I get with my session fee?
With your session fee you get up to 1 hour of the photographer’s time; basic retouching of at least 30 images; these images will be hosted on a password secure gallery for 14 days. All orders must be placed within those 14 days. There is an additional fee to re-host or extend an online gallery. Ordering of products can be completed on-line. Digital files are downloaded from the gallery. No prints come with the session fee and but can be purchased through the gallery for an additional price.
Do you have a minimum order?
No I don’t. My sessions are all inclusive and come with the Hi-resolution digital files. Prints always can be ordered though.
What should I wear?
Your own comfort level and style should drive your wardrobe choice. If you don’t wear a fancy dress and suit on a daily basis…I recommend steering clear of them for the photo shoot. Be natural. Feel free to bring a couple different outfits so we can create different looks or in case something gets dirty. Bright colors and pastels will look great in photos. Try and avoid white and black though. Complimentary clothing is always nice though it certainly doesn’t have to be matchy matchy. Try to stay clear of really busy patterns or logos that can appear distracting in pictures. Some of your portraits will be head to toe so choose socks, shoes, etc. that are portrait appropriate.
If you’re doing a maternity session, open loose shirts or button down shirts and belly revealing tanks or tees work well. Bottoms should sit below your belly (no maternity panels) and allow you to move.
When will my photos be ready to view?
Photos are ready 2 to 4 weeks after your session (depending on the season and workload). These images will then be hosted on a password secure gallery for 14 days. All orders must be placed within those 14 days. There is an additional fee to re-host or extend an online gallery. Prints that are ordered from the gallery will take another week or so depending on your order.
How do I order?
The edited images will be hosted on a password secure gallery for 14 days. When they are ready I will send you an email with your login information which you can share with anyone that wants to view or purchase images. Ordering of products is completed solely through this online gallery. The online gallery will remain up for 14 days, after that a $25 fee is needed to reinstate the gallery.
What if I want to order more prints after proofing session has ended?
There is a $25 fee that comes into effect two weeks after the proofing session.
How long do you keep the files for?
I keep all ordered photos for 1 year and all unordered photos for 90 days past initial presentation.
Can I purchase the digital negatives?
Yes! With all my packages the digital files are included in the price!