Families

Family_Portrait_Children_2010_On_Location_Folsom_CaliforniaYour family portrait session should be stress-free, which is why I ensure plenty of time for the unexpected—ESPECIALLY if you have children. I want you to have fun! And as a parent myself, I know that diapers have to be changed, tantrums WILL happen, and kids will get hungry. I build your session around a three-hour time frame so that you can relax and take as much time necessary to get the best possible images for your family.

Prior to the portrait session, we will meet to discuss your “vision,” and exactly what you’d like to get out of having the portraits done. If you are including children in your portraits, you may want to bring them to this meeting so that they get to meet me and will not consider me a “stranger” the day of the session. I will also ask various questions to get details necessary to make the session a success (i.e., different personality types, special needs/accommodations, etc.). Should you decide to book a session, I will collect a retainer of $50 toward your sitting fee, the balance of which ($49) can be paid at the time your portraits are taken.

Since I do all of my work “on location,” we will also discuss where you’d like to go to have your portraits taken. I have several spots on my “favorites” list, including William Land Park, Old Sacramento, Capitol Park, Downtown Sacramento’s “Grid’ area (where all the hot urban eats are), the American River Parkway, Gibson Ranch, and Sutter Street in Folsom. Since our photo session is up to three hours, you can choose as many locations as you’d like—but it’s best to keep the count to two or three that are within a short walk or driving distance of each other.

If you have a music preference, bring it with you on your iPod! Music is one of the best ways to keep comfortable and loose during your family portrait session, ESPECIALLY if you have children! I encourage kids (and grown-ups!) to dance and play, because it’s hard not to smile when you’re having fun! Another thing I do for families with small children is let the kids get close to and touch the camera, as well as come over and “see themselves” on the display after a few pictures are taken. The more involved they are in the session, the better their personalities are revealed in the images.

Remember to keep clothing, makeup, and hair simple. I’ll never tell you what NOT to wear, but I can say that stark whites, loud reds, and shirts with large logos can get in the way of a remarkable portrait. Other than that, let everyone to stay true to their individual style and allow at least one clothing change for all parties in the session so that they get to bring something “THEY” picked out. And don’t forget to accessorize! Bring hats, boots, jewelry, scarves, and whatever else compliments your personality and taste.

About two weeks after your portrait session, I will meet with you again to review your proofs. If you can, bring everyone who was photographed – ESPECIALLY the children. They LOVE to see themselves in the portraits!

At the beginning of our post-session meeting, I’ll present you with a slideshow of all the images in your family portrait gallery, and then we’ll look over a “proof sheet” of thumbnails. After that, we can discuss the different packages and go over any questions you might have regarding all the options available. You may want to plan on making your purchase decision at the time of our 2nd meeting. However, if you decide to place your order within 72 hours (three days) of our viewing appointment, you can have FIVE (5) free web-sized images to share with anyone via email, FaceBook, Twitter, or Flickr.

After our 2nd meeting, I will also place all your images in an online gallery so that family and friends, near or far, can view them and make purchases if they choose to do so.

To book your family portrait session, please contact me via phone or email:

Kathleen B. Lancaster
(916) 838-9216
lancasterimagery@yahoo.com

 

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