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What should we wear to the photo session?

Keep it simple! Try to stay away from distracting logos or clashing outfits, but stay within your style and what you are comfortable in. Jeans with a great colored t-shirts, simple sundresses, layered outfits are all great choices. Jewel tones can be gorgeous, and usually look better than plain white. Clothing with texture work well for pictures. Different accessories such as scarves, hats, jackets, vests are great to bring along to give a change of pace and look. If you have a Letterman Jacket, sport uniform, musical instrument or club outfit, bring it and we can incorporate those into your pictures.

How do we get started at the photo session?

I like to get to know you before I start snapping away. We can have a pre-session chat, either in person, by email or on the telephone. When we get to the session we will talk a bit so I can get to know you: what you & your family want to achieve out of the photos, what makes you laugh, and any ideas that you have for our session.

Props?

Props aren't a huge part of my style. I want you to be the main subject of the picture. I do have some cool chairs that we can use, especially when we are in a field, or road, or just about anywhere. We definitely should incorporate your interests/hobbies and sports into your pictures. We can showcase your sports, clubs, musical interests in creative and fun ways. Take a look at my galleries and see what seniors from previous years have done. I am pretty adventurous and we can try some unique ways to do the pictures.

What if I am not feeling well?

Please call or email me and we will reschedule. It is better to be feeling good and be well rested.

Do you have a certain number of pictures you take at a session?

No, I have no limit. I shoot until we are done. I will edit all the best pictures. You will get 25 - 60 fully edited images in your gallery.

Can my parents attend the session?

That all depends. You make that choice with your family. Parents are definitely welcome and I will probably put them to work (carrying clothing changes or holding reflectors). Seniors give me more natural reactions when mom isn't hanging over them giving directions. If I need parents help I promise I will ask.

If your parents attend the session I have 3 rules: Have fun, don't stress, and enjoy yourself ~ your kids will follow your actions and mood.

How do I view the pictures?

I will have your fully edited images ready in an online gallery 7-21 days after your session. This gallery will be password protected for you. Your online gallery is available for viewing for 30 days. If you need the time extended there is a $25 fee.

How do we pay the session fee?

The session fee is due at or prior to your session. You can bring a check, cash or credit card. I can also bill you by PayPal prior to the session. The deposit for Senior Sessions is $200, which is included in the price you see for all Senior Packages. The session fee includes your yearbook picture. When you purchase your package, the $200 deposit is deducted from your final bill.

Do you offer any specials when ordering?

Special pricing is available when you purchase a Senior Package ~ the session fee is included and prints/files are discounted from the a la carte prices. You can add products to your package at discounted prices.

Do you have any referral programs?

Yes! If you refer another senior to me and they book a session, you can get a $50 print credit towards your order, or $20 cash. I love referrals and most of my business comes to me that way.

If I have other questions, what should I do?

Anytime you have questions, please email or call me. I am more than happy to help you out when I can.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should we wear to the photo session?

Keep it simple! I want you to be the main focus of the images, not your clothes. Try to stay away from crazy patterns, logos or clashing outfits. Jeans, khakis with plain colored t-shirts, simple sundresses, shirts & sweaters are all great choices. Jewel tones can be gorgeous but so can different pastel colors. Just try to keep the colors similar in style and in the same tones.

If one family member wears a patterned shirt, other members can wear solid colors that match the colors in the pattern. Different accessories such as scarves, hats, jackets, vests are great to bring along to give a change of pace and look.

If you have a child that likes to dress themselves in striped tights, bright yellow rainboots & a pink hat, let her (or him ~ no judging!) wear it for a few shots. Those are memories that need to be captured!

I have a Pinterest Board with ideas for what to wear.
What to Wear Pinterest Board

How do we get started at the photo session?

I like to get to know you a bit before I start snapping away. We will chat a bit so I can get to know what you want to achieve out of the photos, what makes you laugh as a family, and any ideas that you have for our session.

Props?

Props aren't really part of my style. I want you to be the main subject of the picture. I do have some chairs and blankets that we can use, especially when lying on the grass, in a field or a chilly dock. If you have anything that is special or sentimental (teddy bear, blanket, toy) please bring it and I will happily incorporate it into some photos.

Are there any special instructions regarding newborn sessions?

Newborn sessions can last up to 3-4 hours because a contented baby is a happy baby. We will always take time for feeding, changing diapers or changing clothing. Newborn sessions are best scheduled before the baby is 2 weeks old ~ fresh babies sleep more often and more soundly, making it easier to get those adorable sleeping poses. Newborns like to be warm and snuggly, so an hour prior to our session you should warm up the room or house so that your baby will be happy. I have a portable heater that I can bring to assist in warming the room up. I like to use parents as backdrops, so I will suggest that you wear black or plain colored tops to make the baby stand out more in some of the pictures. Nursery pictures are very special, as well as pictures on your bed, so have those areas tidy. Make sure any special blankets or gifts that you would like to see in the pictures are clean and ready. Newborns look wonderful in their own skin, but a plain diaper cover can be helpful too. Any other special details will be discussed prior to your session.

What if my child isn't feeling well?

Please call or email me and we will reschedule. It is best to have your children feeling happy, well fed and well rested. I am a mother of three, so I know these things happen.

Do you have a certain number of pictures you take?

No, I have no limit. I shoot until we are done and all of us are happy with the shots we have captured.

How can the parents help during the sessions?

Children give me more natural reactions when mom isn't hanging over them giving directions. If I need your help I promise I will ask. Sometimes mommies & daddies can make the silliest faces & noises though and I might ask you to sing.

If I walk off to the side with one of the kids, don't worry or follow ~ I am just getting them comfortable with me and hopefully capturing a genuine smile or giggle while I am at it.

I never "say cheese," so don't you either. Have fun, don't stress, enjoy yourself ~ your kids will follow your actions and mood.

How do we view our pictures?

I will have your images ready in an online gallery 7-21 days after your session. This gallery will be password protected for you. Your gallery will be available online for 30 days. You should place your order in this time period. If you need more time, you can have your gallery time extended for $25.

Do you offer any specials?

Special pricing is available when you purchase a Package versus A La Carte print pricing. There are great products, such as albums, extra digital images and image boxes that are available at a discounted price when you purchase a Package.

I offer Mini Sessions throughout the year for a shorter session including a smaller number of digital images.

Do you offer albums, collages or canvas prints?

yes! I love to create collages and albums to showcase your images. I use the best canvas company too. I have samples of everything to show you at our order session.

Do you sell frames for the prints?

yes! I can order nice simple frames for any size print. The product comes ready for you to hang on the wall.

What happens if I recommend you to a friend and they book a sessioin with you too?

I will give you a $50 print credit for every referral that books with me. I get most of my business from referrals.

If I have other questions, what should I do?

Anytime you have questions, please email or call me. I am more than happy to help you out when I can.

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