Interested in Capturing Memories Forever? Here's How:
Step #1: The Pre-consultation. Let's chat! Contact me for a phone or in-person consultation first. Some things I will ask are: what are your plans for your portraits? Do you have a specific area in your home that you are wanting to decorate? Do you have any specific ideas or vision for the images? Through the pre-consultation I will understand how to style your portrait session in a way that best conveys your family's personality. I am happy to visit you at your home if you would like advice on where and how to present your wall art.
Step #2: The Portrait Session. We will meet at a pre-arranged location and will have lots of fun making memories while creating images that you will love!
Step #3: The In-person Ordering Session. Approximately one week after your portrait session we will meet at my home office and I will show you a gallery of images to choose from. I have samples that you can see and touch, so that you can see the quality of the products I offer. Please ensure that all decision-makers attend the ordering appointment.
Visiting from out of town? No problem. I can usually offer a quick turn-around on the portraits and can even meet you at your hotel or campground within one to two days of your session (on request).
Portrait sessions are $125 for one hour or $200 for two hours. Two hour sessions are recommended for extended family groups or when more than one location is requested. Prints and digital files are sold separately and packages start at $350.
It is important to me that the artwork I create for you makes it onto the walls in your home where it can be enjoyed for many years. I have software that will allow you to see different configurations of photographs in different rooms, helping you in your decision-making.
How to Prepare for a Family Portrait Session:
Wardrobe: When prepping for family photos, choosing wardrobe is always a big decision. Generally, these days family members do not dress identically; they don't even necessarily choose matching colours. There is lots of room for individuality in modern family photos, however, it is still a good idea to coordinate to a certain extent. For example, you may want to choose 1 or 2 base colours (like navy blue or a neutral) and then build off those with some brighter tones like yellow or orange to make the photo pop. Think coordinated, not matchy-matchy!
A few things to avoid: Text on shirts or large graphics tend to be distracting. Also try not to wear big bold prints (small patterns are ok).
Preparing the Children: It is very important to set your kids up for success. Although you might get a little stressed out in the hours leading up to your session, please please please keep your cool with the kids and keep the tone light and positive. Remind them that you are going to have lots of fun, and that the photographer might even have treats in her bag! If your children are young, please have them fed and well slept before the shoot. That can help the mood considerably!
What to Bring to the Shoot: If we are meeting somewhere other than your home, please bring along some snacks, water, a change of clothes for the children (just in case), and any special props that you would like included in the photos.
How to Prepare for a Pet Portrait Session:
Pet sessions are fun for both pets and owners! I love animals and enjoy getting to know them before I even start taking their picture. Here are some ways to make the most of your pet portrait session: Please give your pet some exercise prior to the session to allow them to get some energy out. It is good to give them a light meal as well (but not so much that they don't want my treats!). If your pet has any allergies please let me know ahead of time.
For your session please bring along a thin leash, some of your pet's favourite toys and treats, and some water. Feel free to join in the fun! Owners are welcome to have portraits with their pets as well.
I like to take a mix of posed and informal shots at my sessions. Typically I start out with more traditional posing, then we will get creative and do lots of the fun and goofy stuff! My main focus is to make your portrait experience relaxed, natural, and fun, and to allow the personalities of everyone involved to shine through.
Call 250-650-7389 to book your session today!