step one: Scheduling your session

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If we haven't already, the easiest way to compare calendars is for you to email or call me with a few dates that work for your family - I always try to be as flexible as possible, and once we find a date, booking is 100% online and takes just a few minutes. As you pull out your calendar, here are a few things to consider:

  • Weekend dates are limited and popular, and thus incur a $50 charge in addition to your choice of collections. Many clients who work regular business hours find that by scheduling early in the morning or late in the afternoon, they're able to work a session in with almost no time lost at the office.

  • Given the beautiful colors and temperate weather, spring and fall are the busiest times of year for outdoor family photos in North Carolina. If you'd like a session during one of those times (ESPECIALLY if you want a weekend spot), please get in touch as soon as possible!

  • If you have a particular date or holiday by which you need prints or gifts (Mother's Day, Father's Day, Hanukkah, Christmas, etc.), be sure to book a date at least one month in advance of that date to ensure sufficient processing and printing time.

  • Babies and young children are almost universally at their very best first thing in the morning, which just happens to also be a great time of day for beautiful light. If you have children under five years old, I encourage you to consider a session at or as close to sunrise as you can reasonably be ready.

  • If you have older children or have one of those rare babies that doesn't do mornings, the other time of day that gives us great light is late afternoon/early evening... usually around 1.5 hours before sunset.

  • Beautiful photographs can be made in any kind of weather, but I understand that there are some downsides to being photographed in the pouring rain or the freezing cold. I can and do reschedule sessions for inclement weather, but am also happy to use your home or one of my indoor or semi-indoor locations if sticking to the schedule is a priority.


step two: the session itself

Once we've decided on a time and date and officially put your session on the books, I'll send you a getting ready guide that will walk you through everything from choosing outfits to strategies for getting kids to cooperate. That guide has been created and refined over years of experience, so it typically answers 90% of the questions that come up, but I'm always happy to set up a time to chat if you want additional help.

A few days before our session is scheduled, I'll reach out to confirm our time and location... at that point, if the forecast is questionable or someone seems to be coming down with the flu, we can talk about our rescheduling options. Otherwise, that's the perfect time to ask any last-minute questions or let me know if you've come up with a fun idea we haven't discussed.

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The day of the session, please block off 2-2.5 hours (3-3.5 hours for a newborn). Typically we're done within 90 minutes or so, but I don't charge by the hour, so if there's some kind of wardrobe malfunction or child meltdown, I like to stay flexible. If a parent has to leave for an important business meeting but the rest of the family is still available, that's fine... just let me know ahead of time so I can focus on getting that parent in the frame more while they're still available.

Finally, take a breath and relax... I promise to give the grown-ups (and kids) breaks throughout the session as needed, and to make it as painless as possible for everyone involved. If it would ease tensions to crack open a beer before I arrive - or better yet, serve mimosas with breakfast - well then I say go for it!


step three: the fun part!

Within just a couple of weeks of your session, you'll receive an email from me letting you know that your photos are ready. Once you've had a chance to see them and marvel for a bit, you'll let me know which collection you want to purchase. After that, you'll have a full month to select the specific digital files and print items you want to use to fill that collection... zero pressure! If you're like me and like to see and feel things like album covers and paper types in person, I have samples of all the physical products I offer at my studio, and I'm more than happy to set up a time to have you come by. Geeking out over paper types and wall galleries is honestly one of my favorite parts of the job! 

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Collection A - $950

  • Pre-session phone consultation

  • Family session prep guide

  • choice of 10 high resolution digital files with print release

  • 10 handmade 4x6" prints to accompany the digital files you choose

  • $100 gift credit good toward your choice of anything in the gallery store: prints, frames, albums, digital files, etc.

 

collection B - $1200

  • Pre-session phone consultation

  • Family session prep guide

  • choice of 20 high resolution digital files with print release

  • 20 handmade 4x6" prints to accompany the digital files you choose

  • $300 gift credit good toward your choice of anything in the gallery store: prints, frames, albums, digital files, etc.

 

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Collection C - $1500

  • Pre-session phone consultation

  • Family session prep guide

  • A complete set of high resolution digital files with print release

  • A complete set of handmade 4x6" prints (up to 50)

  • $600 gift credit good toward your choice of anything in the gallery store: prints, frames, albums, digital files, etc.

 


What you're going to do with your images is perhaps the most important aspect to consider when you're planning for a photo session, but it's all too often the aspect that's overlooked... all that time and money invested deserve a better return than photos gathering dust on a hard drive somewhere. You'll never get the same feeling looking at your photos on a screen as you will seeing them on your wall or flipping through the pages of an album, so I include a substantial print credit with every collection. Below is a sample of some of the items you can choose among:

Professional lab pRINTS

Professional prints are made in a lab using luster-finish photo paper. These prints are great for small gifts and scrapbooking. They come unmatted & unframed, and should be transferred into and stored in an album, frame, or archival storage box to prevent damage or deterioration.

4x6 / $20

5x7 / $25

8x10 / $30

11x14 / $35

handmade FINE ART PRINTS

Fine art prints are hand made on archival matte paper, signed and dated by the artist on the reverse, then matted in 100% cotton rag mat. Fine art prints are perfect for framing and hanging on the wall or giving as a special gift. Custom framing is available.

4x6 / $55 (matted to 8x10) / $200 (framed)

5x7 / $60 (matted to 8x10) / $200 (framed)

6x9 / $70 (matted to 11x14) / $250 (framed)

8x10 / $80 (matted to 11x14) / $275 (framed)

11x14 / $110 (matted to 16x20) / $300 (framed)

16x20 / $165 (matted to 20x24) / $350 (framed)

CUSTOM SESSION ALBUMS

Custom Session Albums are the ultimate way to archive your images, boasting deep matte photographic paper adhered to a substantial 1/16in rigid pages. Your choice of several high-quality linens or leathers for the cover can be personalized with either a cameo opening or up to three lines of debossed text. The layout is completely customizable and can include an unlimited number of images.

10 spreads (20 pages) are included. Additional spreads (1 spread = 2 pages) can be added for $75 each.

8x8" / $850

10x10" / $1050

12x12" / $1250

SIMPLE SESSION BOOKS

Simple Session Books are the Custom Session Albums' little sister. They share high-quality binding and photographic printing, but the pages are thinner (1/32in rather than 1/16in), the paper is luster-finish rather than deep matte, and - most notably - the design is simpler: you choose twenty images and they are printed one to a page. Covers come in your choice of several beautiful linen colors and your choice of debossed text.

10 spreads (20 pages) are included. Additional spreads (1 spread = 2 pages) can be added for $50 each.

8x8" / $550

10x10" / $750