• About Photo Sessions
  • The Fine Print (details)
  • Tips to Prepare

About Photo Sessions

Session fees include the photographer's time (before, during and after the actual session), the preparation of the 25+ enhanced images, and an online gallery.

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Standard photography sessions

• Regular mini sessions: A half hour session in the studio. Includes three enhanced digital images with full rights for $129. ~ I occasionally offer special mini sessions, often for holidays or specific location shoots, so follow me on Facebook to receive notices and special rates.

• Traditional Session: A one hour session with 25+ images enhanced and posted to an online gallery. Includes a $50 credit towards prints or digital images on a disc. Cost is $149.

Please Note for ALL Sessions: Locations farther than 20 miles from Wadena are charged 55¢ per additional mile each way. Price includes session fee only. Digital images or prints are al la carte, although most session packages include a credit that can be used toward the purchase of images.

Maternity and infant sessions

• Maternity Session: Congratulations! Capture this special time with a one hour session in the studio with 25+ images enhanced and posted to an online gallery. Includes two enhanced digital images with full rights for $99.

• Basic Newborn Session: A one hour session with 25+ images enhanced and posted to an online gallery. Includes a $50 credit towards prints or digital images on a disc. Cost is $169.

• Premium Newborn Session: A two-three hour session with 35+ images enhanced and posted to an online gallery. Includes a $50 credit towards prints or digital images on a disc. Cost is $249.

Infant milestone packages – Save over 10%

All milestone packages include online viewing galleries with enhanced images.

• Birth to 1 Year Trio Basic Package: One hour sessions for newborn, 6 month and 1 year photos. Includes a $50 print or digital image credit for each session for only $419.

3 Month to 1 Year Quad Premium Package: One hour sessions for 3 month, 6 month, 9 month and 1 year photos. Includes a $50 print or digital image credit for each session for only $529.

• Birth to 1 Year Quint Platinum Package: One hour sessions for newborn, 3 month, 6 month, 9 month and 1 year photos. Includes a $50 print or digital image credit for each session for only $679.

Please Note: The infant milestone sessions are suggested at certain intervals, but may take place over a period of 15 months. You may add an hour to any newborn session in the milestone packages for $75. A deposit is required at the first session of a milestone package, with the remainder to be divided among other sessions. Up to 4 additional people may be included in some of the newborn photos.

Senior portrait sessions

All senior packages include online viewing galleries with tens of enhanced images.

• Simply Senior Session Package: One hour, one location, with one or two outfits. Includes a $50 credit towards prints or digital images on a disc. Cost is $199.

• The Graduate Session Package: Up to two hours, up to three locations, with unlimited outfits. Includes driving time. Includes a $50 credit towards prints or digital images on a disc. Cost is $299.

Onward and Upward Session Package: Up to three hours, unlimited locations, with unlimited outfits. Includes driving time. Includes a $50 credit towards prints or digital images on a disc. Cost is $399.

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Posing ideas to help you prepare

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Wedding Collections

All wedding collections include online viewing galleries with tens of enhanced images to share or order prints. Wedding photography is $500 for the first two hours with additional hours billed at $150 per hour. There is a 2 hour minimum. This fee covers the photographer's preparation, consultation, time at the even, pre-edits and an online selection gallery. Purchases of images, digital or print, are in addtion to this. Please contact me for more details.
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A La Carte

• Additional session time is $50 per half hour or $100 per hour.

• Purchase 10 additional high resolution images from your gallery, with full rights, for just $149.

• Purchase a package of all of the high resolution images from your gallery, with full rights, for just $229 for sessions up to an hour, $279 for sessions over an hour. (Usually 25 - 50+ photos in 1 hour, depending on the session).

Digital Image Package Bonuses
Save 30% off all prints with the purchase of a high resolution image package. Also, receive all of the images purchased in your high resolution image package as easy to manage web-quality files to share with friends and family upon request.

• Purchase all of the photos from your gallery as low resolution, web-quality images (not print worthy) to share with friends and family, for just $49.

Please Note for ALL Sessions: Locations farther than 20 miles from Wadena are charged 55¢ per additional mile each way. Price includes session fee only. Digital images or prints are al la carte, although most session packages include a credit that can be used toward the purchase of images.

Professional Prints

Many clients choose to purchase a package of digital photos with full rights. However, this doesn't necessarily mean you should pass on all professional prints. If you plan to have your photos on display, you definitely want to consider investing in professional prints. You've chosen professional photography to capture your memories, so why wouldn't you want to have them printed with the same quality?

Professional prints use ink and paper that not only looks better, it is made to last longer. You want prints that will be around for your children and grandchildren to cherish, not that will be faded in less than a year. You want colors that are accurate and reveal the nuances your photographer so carefully captured.

Many options are available, including professionally framed prints, canvas wraps, collage walls, and photo books. If you would like beautifully designed cards or announcements, I can help you with those as well.
Now that you've captured the memories, don't let them hide away on a CD somewhere, display them proudly.

Clients who purchase high resolution image packages receive 30% off of print prices.

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Print Packages and Print+Digital Image Bundles
Just the Basics: $129 Some to Share: $199 Friends & Family: $319
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  • 6 - 5x7
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BUNDLE with 10 digital images for a total of just $229!* BUNDLE with 10 digital images for a total of just $279!* BUNDLE with 10 digital images for a total of just $349!*
Save 30% off all single prints OR print packages with the purchase of a high resolution image package of $149 or more.*
* Does not apply to Print+Digital Bundles. May not be combined with other offers.

 

Whether you are looking for a metallic paper print, a standout, canvas wrap, collage wall, photo book or professionally matted and framed print, I can help you create the perfect piece you will treasure forever!

If it's beautifully designed cards or announcements that you desire, I can help you create and order those as well. Now that you've captured the memories, don't let them hide away on a CD somewhere, display them proudly.

The fine print...

If you have a promotion or a discount card/coupon, please mention it when contacting me to receive the offer. State and local sales tax of 6.875% will be added to session fees. A $50 deposit will be collected when the session is booked. The deposit is nonrefundable but transferable to another date. Please provide at least 48 hour notice for cancellations. Session may be rescheduled once, a $25 fee will be charged for each subsequent rescheduling. Payment in full is due at the time of the session. Packages will require a portion of the total to be paid at the first session, contact me for details. Cash, check and credit card are accepted.

Enhanced proofs will be available in an online gallery within 4 weeks of the session. (I usually have them ready within 2 weeks, with few exceptions.) The gallery can be password protected upon request. Images will be available for 30 days. After expiration, there will be a $25 reposting fee to repost the image gallery for reordering purposes. Print/digital image credits expire along with your gallery. Reposting does not renew your print/digital credit.

Custom products and CDs are available for purchase.

Prices are subject to change at any time. But session fees are guaranteed at the time booking. Product pricing is guaranteed when order is placed.

Enhancements include things such as smoothed skin, bruise removal, color pops, colorization and sepia toned images. Extensive edit requests may require an additional charge.

A $50 fee will be charged for each additional half hour for sessions that go beyond the studio time booked. Please try to be considerate of our time.

Prices include up to 5 people, $10 for each additional person.

Session fees include the photographer's time (before, during and after the actual session), the preparation of the 25+ enhanced images, and an online gallery.

*Photographer not responsible for color variation occurring when printing with other vendors/stores.

Tips to help you prepare

Please feel free to bring any props, such as hats, blankets, stuffed animals, sports outfits, favorite toys or other items. I encourage you to e-mail links or bring samples of any poses you particularly like.

I suggest groups choose clothing with a few of the same color tones used throughout the group. Light colors can sometimes fade into the background, bold colors make a pop. It helps to unify the picture and looks great. Avoiding busy prints and logos on clothing can make a big difference in the appearance of your photos. Try looking at some photos online on a website such as pinterest for poses and clothing ideas. I have a small changing area available for your convenience.

Here are a couple of links that may help you with ideas:

If you have children, consider practicing by playing games, such as Simon Says. Sometimes teaching a child to say "Cheese" can actually make it a little tougher to get a nice smile. You may consider other phrases that make your child appear to be smiling if they have a tough time doing so on demand.

One Year Photos

You may consider bringing some latex helium balloons (I've found mylar balloons usually don't work well) and perhaps a few balloons without helium for your child to play with. It can be helpful if the child has had practice smashing a cupcake or cake before the shoot. Consider doing so sometime the week before to show your child it is ok to put their hands in the cake and get messy. :) Please let me know if you would like to do a cake smash at the session.

You may want to review the policies and print and fill out the "Client Information form" before your session to save time. Here is a booklet full of everything you'll want to know for the session. Feel free to download it and view with Acrobat Reader.

I hope this (lengthy) article helps shed some light on WHY a custom photographer is a better choice for your family’s memories. The photographs that are produced as a result of the professionalism and dedication that your photographer has will be cherished for a lifetime (or more) and great thought and consideration should be placed into hiring who is right for your family’s most precious investment.

Content is inspired by discussions with other photographers, my own personal experiences, a large part is partially paraphrased from the Professional Child Photographer website and also an outline based on an article by San Diego Photographers Caught On Film Photography.