WHY FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSIONS?
The pictures you love most aren’t really about the pictures; it’s the stories they tell about the people you adore.
Creating timeless photographs requires more than a nice camera and technical expertise. The most valuable skill I can bring to a session is the ability to create an atmosphere of trust, appreciation, and joy during our time together.
What we make together are images that represent your family in an organic and authentic way. I look for moments that reflect your individual personalities and intimate connections that define your favorite people.
It is a joy seeing yourselves together, just as you are, and you’ll never experience that if you’re always the one behind the camera. Let me take care of it all, and put yourself in the picture – for you and for your family.
HOW IT WORKS
The process is easy and streamlined from start to finish:
- Book your session online
- Receive your mini prep guide email
- Enjoy a fun, 15-minute mini-session
- Select your complimentary image (or more!) from a private online gallery
This is a fun, low-stress way to make a few beautiful photographs while creating memories of a fun afternoon together!
Thank you sooooo much! We are beyond thrilled with the beautiful photos. I cry every time I look at them!
Do you want to make gorgeous photos – and make great memories doing it?
Before Your Session
I will contact you a few days before our session is scheduled to confirm the time and location. If the weather looks less than fabulous or someone is coming down with something delightful, please let me know, and we will discuss the options for rescheduling.
Take the time to prepare your family before the drive to the session location. Often, the discussion of the activity sets the tone. I recommend something like, “I’m so excited to go play with you while my fun friend, Katharine, takes photos!” I guarantee things will go more smoothly than if you say, “We just have to get through this thing, and then I will pay you off with a shocking amount of ice cream.”
As for teenagers, don’t sweat it – I’m living through that times three, and I have a good success rate at cracking through that vibe, too.
During Your Session
Please, please be early! It will reduce the stress and tension on the drive over, which is always a good thing. I also have multiple sessions booked in a row each day, and if you are late, we can only use whatever time we have left.
At the start of the session, take a deep breath and relax. Enjoy this little bit of time together with each other, away from devices and other to-dos, and let me sprinkle a little playful magic to make it fun for everyone – even less-than-initially-enthusiastic kids (or spouses!)
AFTER YOUR SESSION
IMAGE REVEAL & SELECTION
After your session, the fun just continues! Within 14 days of your session, you will receive an email with a link to view your private online image gallery. It will be VERY tempting to click that button right away on your phone. Please don’t! I highly recommend you wait until you are home, with a big screen, and preferably someone with whom to enjoy this moment. Your images of your amazing family deserve to be seen and enjoyed fully!
Select Your Collection
Choose from one of the three collections from your image review gallery. Once you have clicked the link to your selected collection (and submitted payment, if applicable), you will be able to download the high-resolution images. Please choose carefully! Due to the nature of digital downloads, images cannot be “exchanged” or “returned.” Be sure to use your print credit in the online store, too!
Your only task is to choose what you like, and if I’m doing my part well, I will make that difficult! I am happy to schedule a Zoom call to discuss your gallery if you would like assistance creating print products, including framed prints or an album, or if you have any other questions.
JUST ONE IMAGE
Select your favorite image and download it directly from the gallery instantly. No additional purchase is necessary.
Select your four additional images plus your complimentary image for a total of five image downloads and receive $100 in print credit in the online store.
ALL THE IMAGES
Too hard to choose? No images left behind here! Download all of your high-resolution images and receive $250 in print credit in the online store.
Deciding what to do with all of your gorgeous images is likely the most important decision you will make during the entire process, but so often, it is overlooked or pushed to the bottom of the to-do list… forever.
You invested time and energy to create these memories with your family, so spend a few more moments choosing how you will print and display them in your home. You will be so grateful for the smile they will bring to your face when you walk by them in your home or flip through them in a book with your children, unlike losing them to dusty hard drive storage forever. This is why I include a print credit with most collections.
Here are just a few ideas to spark your imagination about what you could do with your images after the session.
Professional Lab Prints
Your favorite images are professionally printed on archival quality lustre paper featuring deep blacks and a subtle sheen for the highest quality and long-lasting print. Available in a variety of sizes, these are perfect for framing for hanging on the wall or giving as a gift.
Modern box-style frames with a thick mat, ready to hang and display in any setting. These elegant, timeless frames will protect your prints from damage while providing a classic presentation that works with any decor.
These premium albums are printed with thick, lay-flat pages of high-end matte paper. Layout and design options are completely customizable and offer a range of linen color covers with custom foil lettering.
Select the location that fits your mood and schedule.
I offer beach and coastal sessions earlier in the season to take advantage of the warmer weather, while park settings like Waveny Park and Mather Homestead are at their prettiest when leaves are changing.
Farm Creek Preserve
The Norwalk Land Trust property at Farm Creek forms a 16-acre preserve on the Farm Creek tidal estuary emptying into Long Island Sound. The property offers quiet, peaceful views of Farm Creek and its tidal marshes leading out to Wilson Cove. Leashed dogs are welcome!
Date: Sunday, September 17
The crown jewel of Darien’s parks, Weed Beach is located on the Long Island Sound. The beach is large enough to offer a variety of scenic places to photograph, and a terrific playground to enjoy after your session. Leashed dogs are welcome!
Date: Sunday, October 1
An historical gem in Darien, CT, this unique location features a beautiful formal walled garden, wildflower fields, and a picturesque New England setting that offers stunning, natural backdrops for your family portrait session.
Date: Sunday, October 8
A gorgeous treasure in New Canaan, CT, the park features beautiful rolling lawns and a gorgeous landscape design that offers a wide variety of scenic backdrops for your family portrait session. Leashed dogs are welcome!
Date: Sunday, October 15, and Sunday, October 29
SESSIONS ALL SOLD OUT?
Join the wait list to be the first to know if space opens up this year and to be on my email list for early notification for next year’s sessions.
Would you like to talk about a specific date, location, and time for a full-length family session tailored to your schedule?
Wondering whether you would be happier choosing a full-length session or a mini-session?
Send me a quick note and I will get right back to you!