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Family Photos: Scheduling Your Session

I LOVE the uniqueness of each and every family: each family member has a unique personality and perspective, and I love the family dynamics when everyone gets together to have a good time.


My favorite family photos always end up being the ones from really great days we spent together.  And that's what I want to create with you. 


Whether our session includes a game of frisbee at the park, a living room pillow fight, a hike or picnic or even (pretend?) camping at your favorite outdoor spot, or a trip to the beach for sand and marshmallow roasting - I want to capture you, being the awesome family that you are. 


If that sounds like the kind of family session you're up for, call or email me  and we'll make a plan!


Please Note: If you are looking for more formal, perfectly posed photos of your children, I am probably NOT the photographer for you. My focus during your session is to capture your family enjoying moments with each other. You'll find lots of additional information below, including session options and pricing.


What to Wear?!?!

Rule #1 - Be Comfortable.  You are too awesome to be hampered by uncomfortable clothing.  Plus, we'll be moving around, standing, walking, sitting - wear something that makes you happy. 


Talk to each other: (Duh, right?) DON'T match. But DO coordinate.  Wearing clothes that are the same level of dressiness is really as matchy as it needs to be. You guys already look like a family. Don't hamper each person's individuality by forcing the matching.  Let's be honest: You guys always look awesome together, you don't need special matching outfits for that. 


Consider COLOR: Most people look their best in certain colors (mine are green and orange).  Although I love hiding in black clothes as much as the next guy, it tends to be a tough color for photographs.  And again - you don't need to match. Pick a color tone (jewel tone) or pallette (pastels) - maybe even select 3-4 colors - and go from there.  Pinterest has some great color ideas for family photos.  Before you go out and buy anything - spend a bit of time with favorite items you already own.  You probably have everything you need. 


Flatter yourselves, Moms:  Yes, Moms, I'm talking to you. You're organizing, you're planning, you're making it happen, every day.  YOU deserve to look amazing in these photos. Don't forget about YOU.  Play up your assets. If you have great legs, don't hesitate to show them off a little. It's OK to be a hot mama.  If you have an area of insecurity, think about how you can minimize that with your outfit choice. Scarves /pashminas/jackets are awesome accessories that can totally help highlight the best version of you.  If you have insecurities that you want to share with me - please do.  BUT, you're not allowed to do it during your session.  Let's get that out of the way beforehand, so it doesn't bring us down on session day.  :)


Bring the Fun, Dads: There is nothing more attractive than an amazing father/husband. I KNOW that your wife probably had to talk you into photos. And, I want you to know, I'm thrilled that you're participating. And, if you're at all affectionate with your loved ones, you've probably already melted my photographer heart. Today isn't about smiling and posing, it's about having a blast.  And, I have yet to meet a dad who doesn't know how to break a house rule or two in the name of family fun.  At the risk of minimizing your outfit choice, Dads, the most important thing you can wear to picture day is a good attitude.  If you've got a signature hat, belt buckle, or something that you really love - let's find a way to include it. 


Family Portrait Collections


All Sessions Include

  • Pre-session phone/e-mail consult (optional)

  • Photographer's time and talent

  • Online Viewing and Ordering Gallery


Family Day |  $445 - This sweet little collection includes...

  • Your Family Portrait Session

  • 2-3 Locations

  • Unlimited Clothing Changes

  • No set time limit.

  • Online Preview Gallery & In-Person Viewing & Ordering Session

  • $75 Product Credit (for albums, prints, etc)

  • 1 Digital File (your favorite image from your session)

Family Outing |  $295 - This deluxe portfolio collection includes…

  • Your Family Portrait Session

  • Up to 2 Locations

  • Up to 2 Outfits

  • 1.5-2 Hour Portrait Session

  • Online Preview Gallery & In-Person Viewing & Ordering Session

  • $50 Product Credit (for albums, prints, etc)


Family Time |  $195 - This signature portfolio collection includes…

  • Your Family Portrait Session

  • 1 Outfit

  • 1-Hour Portrait Session at 1-2 Locations

  • Online Preview Gallery & In-Person Viewing & Ordering Session

  • 2 8x10 prints


Family Snap Shot |  $145 - This sweet little collection includes...

  • 30-Minute Photo Session at one location

  • Online Preview Gallery & In-Person Viewing & Ordering Session


Session fee is due at time of session. Cash, checks, & all major credit cards are accepted. Products are not included in session fee unless otherwise noted.

For additional information on prints & products, check out the PRICING MENU.


Where do we start?

Your portrait session should be a reflection of your family. Before our session we will have a phone or in person consultation so we can discuss your expectations, ideas, and goals for our session. Preparation and communication are the keys to a successful portrait session, so make sure to share all your ideas and concerns with me during our consultation or on your questionnaire!

Location Location Location!

Finding the perfect location is an important part of planning for the photo shoot of your dreams. I have my favorite places, and usually make a recommendation during our consultation based on your personality and style, but I always welcome your location ideas. I’d love to know if there is a place that is sentimental to your family so we can discuss our options and plan the best location to suit your family.


COLOR IS IN! This photo shoot is meant to capture your family, including individuality and style. Helpful tips to keep in mind when choosing outfits:

  • Think coordinating, not matching. Incorporate colors and patterns that fit well together.

  • Don’t be afraid of color! Choose a few neutral colors, and then add a few bright accents to your outfits. Accessories such as scarves, necklaces, and clothing layers are great for this.

  • Wear well fitting clothing. Not too tight, and nothing baggy. If you can’t walk in those pants, don’t wear them!

  • No logos please. To keep the look timeless, try to avoid trendy clothing with words or logos.

  • Always feel free to text or email me your clothing options laid out before our session!


  • Get your kids excited for the session and let them know how much fun it will be, but no need to over prepare them or add too much pressure for "best behavior"

  • Kids pick up on your stress, so stay cool, even when they throw a tantrum

  • Our goal is to capture their true expressions, and keeping it light and fun is essential to that.

  • Our best behaved children (and adults for that matter) are usually those that are well fed before our session. Feel free to bring treats to reward good behavior during our session!

After our Session

This is where it all comes together! You’ll come into the studio to view all of your best images. Products are ordered a la carte, so we’ll go through the images while I’m there to offer guidance and make sure all of your questions are answered. You’ll place your order and leave the studio with excitement and confidence about your order!

What does the $250 session fee include?

CONSULTATION to share ideas and plan your session

ONE HOUR PORTRAIT SESSION at the location of your choice

VIEW AND ORDER APPOINTMENT to choose your favorite images!


Still have questions? let me answer them!

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