step one: put your due date on my calendar

 

In 2012, a client came to me and told me they wanted to hire me to photograph their new baby... not just once, but four times over the course of the baby's first year. They wanted a collection of photos that told the story of that year, capturing all the big milestones and big changes that took place. At the end of that year, I was hooked: my only regret was that I hadn't done this for my own kids. So I hatched a plan for how to bring this unique opportunity to more of my clients, and The First Year Sessions were born.

Because of the incredible value represented by the First Year Session plans, I'm only able to offer them to a handful of families each year. Once you know your due date, therefore, I highly encourage you to get in touch as soon as possible to reserve one of those spots for your little one! A one-time booking fee of $500 adds your due date to the calendar; you can then wait to choose your collection until you've had a chance to review the images from your first session. Collection payments are made in three equal installments over the year.


 

Step two: choose your collection

 

After your first session, you'll have the opportunity to see your images before deciding which collection is right for you. Each collection includes a number of digital files as well as a collection of handmade fine art prints and a print credit that can be used toward additional digital files or any prints or print products on offer. Additionally, you’ll receive exclusive access to The Baby Bump sessions - discounted mini-sessions that can be added in at any time (i.e. for maternity sessions, out of town grandparents coming for a visit, etc.) - as well as free online access to the course I created for new parents, which helps any new parent with a phone on their camera do a better job documenting and archiving the day-to-day moments during that all-important first year. 

 
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First Year Collection A - $2500

(Paid in three installments of $833)

  • A custom pre-session phone consultation before our first session

  • Three lifestyle Family Sessions (usually scheduled around the newborn, six month, and one year milestones, though that can be adjusted)

  • Prep guides for all three sessions

  • Your choice of ten high-resolution digital files from each session

  • A corresponding set of ten 4x6” handmade fine art prints following each session

  • $300 print credit after the completion of the third session valid on any purchases made in the online gallery (prints, albums, digital files, etc.)

  • The option to schedule Baby Bump sessions at any time from booking to baby's first birthday

  • Bonus: complimentary access to my online class "Capturing the First Year and Beyond: advice for the most important subject you'll ever photograph"

Purchased individually, the items in First Year Collection A represent a $3750+ value.


First Year Collection B - $3000

(Paid in three installments of $1000)

  • A custom pre-session phone consultation

  • Three lifestyle Family Sessions (usually scheduled around the newborn, six month, and one year milestones, though that can be adjusted)

  • Prep guides for all three sessions

  • The option to schedule any/all sessions on a weekend

  • Your choice of twenty high-resolution digital files from each session

  • A corresponding set of twenty 4x6” handmade fine art prints following each session

  • $600 print credit after the completion of the third session valid on any purchases made in the online gallery (prints, albums, digital files, etc.)

  • The option to schedule Baby Bump sessions at any time from booking to baby's first birthday

  • Bonus: complimentary access to my online class "Capturing the First Year and Beyond: advice for the most important subject you'll ever photograph

Purchased individually, the items in First Year Collection B represent a $4500+ value.

 

 
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First Year Collection C - $3750

(Paid in three installments of $1250)

  • A custom pre-session phone consultation

  • Three lifestyle Family Sessions (usually scheduled around the newborn, six month, and one year milestones, though that can be adjusted)

  • A complimentary Baby Bump session

  • Prep guides for all sessions

  • The option to schedule any/all sessions on a weekend

  • A complete set of high-resolution digital files from each session

  • A complete set of 4x6” handmade fine art prints (up to 50) following each session

  • $1000 print credit after the completion of the last session valid on any purchases made in the online gallery (prints, albums, etc.)

  • The option to schedule additional Baby Bump sessions at any time from booking to baby's first birthday

  • Bonus: complimentary access to my online class "Capturing the First Year and Beyond: advice for the most important subject you'll ever photograph"

Purchased individually, the items in First Year Collection C represent a $6500 value.


 

step three: plan to make the most of your beautiful new photos

 

What you're going to do with your images is perhaps the most important thing to consider when you're planning for photos of your newest family member... and it's all too easy to put on the back burner once the baby has arrived. I'm a firm believer in getting your images off the computer and into your home where you can enjoy them every day, which is why complimentary prints and a generous print credit is included with each collection. In addition, every First Year Session Collection comes with a detailed guide to the best printing services, product options, and storage practices for your digital files. 

PROFESSIONAL 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)

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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 (2 pages per spread) 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