Family Sessions

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I shoot hundreds of photos a week – of my clients, my kids and husband, our dog, my garden, our boat excursions... but I have almost no photos of myself with my family.

Sound familiar?

Don't let another year go by without booking a professional family or individual portrait session. Framed portraits make heartfelt gifts, are beautiful displayed in the home, and are perfect for inclusion in holiday cards.


What Makes Me Different:

* I got my start as a landscape photographer and I firmly believe that the background in any photo is just as important as the subject. I take great care in finding magical backgrounds. 

* You get at least 20 artfully edited photos at a 30 min session, and at least 60 at a 60 min session, not just your 5-10 favorites.

I take joy in shooting every combination within your family (i.e. kids alone, Mom/daughter, individual headshots, Mom/Dad, Dad/kids). If you want mainly posed groupings, great! If you want mostly candids of the kids playing, also great! Just let me know before the shoot. If you want a mixture, 60 minute sessions are ideal. 

* I will have most shoots edited and back to you for download within 72 hours (at the very longest, 5 days during peak season).

* If it rains on our booked day, you can apply your full deposit to another day at no additional cost. 

* For supersize 30 min sessions, and 60 minute sessions, during the editing process, I like to sneak sneak peaks and ask clients which "look" they like best. Some people prefer dark and moody. Some prefer natural. (30 minute sessions will receive my classic natural light and bright edit). More on that here

* I remove acne and pesky deep wrinkles at no additional cost. Just let me know the file numbers of your favs after you receive your album, and I'll spruce them right up. (60 minute sessions only.) 

 

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Family Photo Packages

Basic 30 minute package:  Gig Harbor, mornings before 1pm, and week nights only (see locations below). 15-20 artfully edited digital images for downloading from an online gallery: $200 plus tax. With this basic package, I use my discretion and choose the best 20 photos to edit and return to you. Package valid for a 5 person family ($10 more for each additional direct family member). Valid at these locations: Skansie Park (am), Bella Bella Beach Sandspit on Fox Island (AM weekends and PM weeknights), Kopachuck Park (10am-noon weekends, and we would have time for the woods only), Sehmel Homestead Park (weeknights only, 90 minutes before sunset). For examples from each location, click my blog tab above; it highlights each location with pro and cons and examples taken at each park. Click "older posts" to see them all.

Supersize 30 minute package:   Gig Harbor only, weekends before 1pm, and weeknights only (see locations below). 40 total edited images. I always recommend this package because there are more candids, individual shots, and several photos of each grouping included: $240. I edit and return every photo that "turns out." 30 minute packages are only available weekday evenings and weekend mornings between 9am-12pm. Package valid for a 5 person family ($10 more for each additional direct family member). Valid at these locations: Skansie Park (am), Bella Bella Beach Sandspit on Fox Island (AM weekends and PM weeknights), Kopachuck Park (10am-noon weekends, and we would have time for the woods only), Sehmel Homestead Park (weeknights only, 2 hours before sunset). For examples from each location, click my blog tab above; it highlights each location with pro and cons and examples taken at each park. Click "older posts" to see them all. 

60 minute package:  Anywhere within 30 min drive of Gig Harbor; 65+ edited digital images for download: $375 plus tax. Get it all! Every possible grouping, lots of candid moments, every hug and kiss, the kids running and playing. It also includes black and white versions of my favorite photos. This package also includes you in the editing process, if you wish. Within 48 hours of your session, I send a preview of a photo with different "looks" that work with that days' light (i.e. light and bright, dark and moody, edgy and modern) and you choose your favorite for the rest of your gallery. Package valid for a 5 person family. Add $15 more for each direct family member. 

Multiple family sessions: 

30 minute sessions: Same as supersize 30 min package above ($240). Includes one immediate family (up to 5 members) then add $10 for for each additional family member added after the immediate family. Receive at least 50 edited photos in every conceivable combination! You also get your choice in edited style with a preview gallery. 

60 minute sessions: Same as 60 min package above, but $30 for one additional family (i.e. grandparents), then $10 more for each additional family member added after. You will definitely receive more edited images back. It's not uncommon to receive back over 75 edited images with big family packages... a whole album full of memories of your day!

 

Frequently Asked Questions and Session Tips: Wondering what to wear, or what happens if your kids have a total meltdown? Click here!

 

Location: 

Want classic Gig Harbor maritime looks? Skansie Park is amazing in the morning. Want rolling golden fields and woodsy looks? Sehmel park 90 minutes hours before sunset is my favorite. Kopachuck Park is my fav for ferns, forest, beach and driftwood. I created my blog  just to help clients choose. Each location has pros/cons and examples I have taken. Be sure to click on "older posts" to see them all. You can also get an idea of what you may want by perusing my full client galleries.; the location is in the title of each album. 

Turnaround time:

Each hour I shoot typically takes me 4-5 hours of editing time. You will receive your photos in an online gallery with download instructions for you to print wherever you please. If you choose, there are also high quality print options right from your gallery on my website. You should receive your gallery no more than 6 days after our session. 

Retouching:

For 60 minute sessions, I will clean up acne/wrinkles on your 5-10 favorite photos at no cost. (for 30 minute sessions, editing cost $25 for 5 retouched photos). Just let me know the file numbers after you download your album and I will add them to the end of your album once done. If you want me to touch up acne on every photo, let me know beforehand; it's $40 for 30 minute shoots, and $65 for 60+ minute shoots. All prices subject to sales tax.

I do not offer face-swapping services (i.e. swapping heads from one photo to another). 

How to book:

I can’t wait to work with you! Please send me a message using the Contact tab above and include the following info:

1. The location you want to use. If you don't know, click on my Blog tab; I created it just to help clients choose a spot. Each entry spotlights a different location with pros and cons and examples if photos I have taken there. Be sure to click on "older posts" to see them all!

2. What package you would like. All my package prices are located under the "Sessions" tab above. Prices are at the bottom of each page. 

3. How many family members and their ages. It helps me to start thinking up poses and groupings! 

4. Optional: your session goals, if any. 

Once we decide on a date and time, a $50 deposit is due upon booking to reserve your date (via Zelle, Venmo, or Paypal), and the remainder is due on the day of your session paid via the same method. 

 

Within 5 days of your session, you will receive your album with download instructions via email, and you are free to print your photos anywhere you like. You can also order high quality prints and products right from your album via this website. 

 

 

Gig Harbor Experience Packages

(AS OF AUG 14 2021, THESE PACKAGES ARE TEMPORARILY ON HOLD FOR COAST GAURD APPROVAL. They are still available, but they are "by donation" only)

One part boat tour, one part family photo safari, these packages are F-U-N. One dad recently  told me it was so fun, that he didn't even have to force a smile for his portraits! These packages combine my two favorite things: clicking photos and taking people on my boat (a new 24-ft open bow SeaRay docked right next to Skansie Park). 
 

Gig Harbor Sandspit Experience (weekend mornings at 10am and weekday evenings 90 minutes before sunset): 1 hour, 50+ edited digital photos for download:
$425. Includes boat ride to the sandspit. Add Skansie Park (mornings only unless it's cloudy) for $50 more and 20 additional images.

About the boat: I have a 2017, 23 ft open bow SeaRay moored walking distance from Skansie Park. It can comfortably hold up to 10 people. It is super easy to hop off the bow when beaching at the sandspit.  Life jackets required for kids 13 and under. I have 13 adult jackets on the boat, 2 kids sizes (50 lbs and above), 1 pink toddler jacket, and a pink infant jacket.  If you need additional sizes, bring your own or you can probably find one to borrow on the rack "next door" at Jerisich public dock. 

 

 

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