Story Session Information


I'm so glad you've gotten in touch with me about booking a story session with me! Literally doing a happy dance over here. Here, you'll find more information about scheduling, what to expect for a session, & the fun stuff that comes afterward.

STEP 1: SCHEDULING YOUR SESSION:


In order to reserve a date, you will sign a contract and pay a session fee of $250. 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:

  • Given the beautiful colors and temperate weather, spring and fall are the busiest times of year for outdoor family photos. 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, a birthday, 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 also happens to also be a great time of day for beautiful light in the home! 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 the best light is late afternoon/early evening - usually around 1.5 hours before sunset.


STEP 2: THE SESSION ITSELF:


Once we've decided on a time & date and officially put your session on the books, I'll send you a prep guide that will walk you through everything from choosing outfits to strategies for getting kids to cooperate. That guide has been created and refined with my years of experience, so it typically answers 90% of the questions that come up, but I'm always happy to chat if you have additional questions. A few days before our session, 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 wit 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.


The day of the session, please block off 2-2.5 hours. 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 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. 

STEP 3: THE FUN PART!


Within just two 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!

Collection A

- Pre-session phone consultation
- Family session prep guide
- Your choice of 12 high resolution digital files with print release
- $100 gift credit good toward your choice of anything in the gallery store: prints, frames, albums, digital files, etc.

$525

Collection B

- Pre-session phone consultation
- Family session prep guide
- Your choice of 25 high resolution digital files with print release
- $250 gift credit good toward your choice of anything in the gallery store: prints, frames, albums, digital files, etc.

$850

Collection C

- Pre-session phone consultation
- Family session prep guide
- Your choice of 50 high resolution digital files with print release
- $500 gift credit good toward your choice of anything in the gallery store: prints, frames, albums, digital files, etc.

1100


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 & money you’ve invested deserves a better return than photos gathering dust on a hard drive somewhere. You'll never get the same feeling scrolling through your photos on a screen as you will seeing them on your wall every day, or flipping through the pages of an album together on the couch, so I include a substantial print credit with every collection. Below is a sample of some of the items you can choose among:


Deckled Prints

Hand-torn prints that are truly unique with a rich and textured finish. Each print is carefully torn to reveal a soft feathered edge that adds a beautiful softness to each image. These archival prints are 100% cotton, acid-free and weigh 350gsm.

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Professional Lab Prints

Your favorite images are professionally printed on archival quality photo paper with your choice of a semi-gloss or deep matte finish. These full bleed prints are available in a variety of sizes, and are perfect for framing or giving as a special gift,

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Framed Prints

These beautiful hardwood frames will protect your prints from damage and help them look their very best in a spot for everyone to enjoy. Frames come in a variety of choices, and arrive ready to hang with all necessary hardware included.

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Lay-Flat Albums

These premium albums are printed on high-end matte photo paper with thick, lay flat pages. Layout and design options are limited only by your imagination, and can be further customized with your choice of covers.

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