In the following pages you will find helpful information on how to prepare for your upcoming session as well as what to expect before, after, and during the creative process. Much of the success of a session is a result of careful planning and collaborative creativity, so please grab a cup of coffee and take a few moments to browse through these pages.
I look so forward to getting to know you and your family as we work together in the upcoming days.
WHAT TO EXPECT
BEFORE your session
- we choose and book a date (subject to weather changes) and you submit the contract and $175 nonrefundable session fee
-you submit the questionnaire
-via phone or email we collaborate on session locations, clothing, and plans for the session
AFTER your session
-editing your images is the most time consuming part of the session, and is a large part of the artistic process. expect your images to take 2-4 weeks to completion.
-you choose package options, and pay for your order within 3 weeks of receiving link (Ordering sessions to help you choose groupings and to see examples of mounts and albums, etc., are free and available upon request)
-your prints will be delivered 2-3 weeks from the time the order was placed (Some products may take longer)
A FEW HELPFUL TIPS
WHAT TO WEAR
A common question among clients is what they should wear to their portrait session. Clothing choices are an integral part of creating visually pleasing images so for that reason I'm outlining a few things to consider when selecting outfits.
Coordinating colors tend to photograph better than outfits that are perfectly matched. Consider selecting a palette of 3-4 coordinating colors and choose outfits within the palette for each family member. When choosing a color palette, consider the location we've chosen and whether it will blend well with it. Neutral palettes are almost always a good choice.
FABRICS / PRINTS / STYLE
Try to avoid multiple conflicting prints whenever possible, as well as bold prints that will draw more attention to the clothes than to the subject. Choose outfits that are simple and timeless.
Layers are a great way to add variety to a session without having to change outfits. Choose accessories carefully, taking care not to select pieces that will distract from you and your family. Hats are great for framing the face in individual shots but should typically not be worn for family group shots.
Comfort is important so choose outfits that won't be itchy or stiff. Make sure that clothing is appropriate for the season- warm enough in cool weather and cool enough in hot weather.
If you are still unsure about what to wear, I am happy to help you to choose. We can meet in person or talk by Skype.
Despite the transition to social media and digital experience, I still delight in producing tactile prints that can be enjoyed together with family for generations to come. With this in mind, I bring my clients the finest quality print products on the market. Prints are produced by a professional lab on E-Surface, Metallic, or Fuji Deep Matte paper with UV coating, and wall portraits are mounted on styrene for added durability and longevity. All collections include either full resolution or web sized digital images.
A variety of products are available including fine art gallery mounts, canvas, wood prints, fine art metallic and acrylic mounts, and custom designed coffee table books. I refer all framing to a talented local framer, GM Fotography, who has offered the finest quality framing for decades.
Thank you for choosing me. I look forward to creating timeless portraits that you and your family will cherish for generations.