So, you’ve decided on a family session – sweet! I really enjoy shooting family portraits because I get to capture and deliver memories that you’ll have forever. Before moving forward, I’ve listed my most frequently asked questions below, but if you still have some, I’m here to answer!
Do you charge a travel fee?
There is no travel fee for the first 15 miles surrounding Somerville, NJ. Locations up to 30 miles away would incur a $35 travel fee.
Where does the family session take place?
Some families know exactly where they’d like to have their session. For others, it may be a bit of a head scratcher! Don’t be afraid to think outside the box – is there a location that’s significant or special to your family? A place you often visit together? Right in your backyard? If you’re looking for more inspiration, I’ve listed some of my favorite spots here.
What should we wear?
One of the most popular questions I get from families before a session is “what should we wear?!” I always want you all to feel comfortable and for you to be yourself. But, there are some guidelines I’ve picked up over the years that can make for a foolproof wardrobe that’s super photogenic – those are all outlined in my blog post, here.
Can I bring my dog?
If you’ve got a furbaby, they are more than welcome to tag along – just make sure you bring along an extra handler when you’re busy taking photos without them. If you’re on the fence about this one, check out my Instagram (@jennaperfettephoto) every “Fursday” for inspiration on including your dog in the session.
What can we do with the images?
There are so many cool ways to share and display photos from your session. Get creative! Create a wall collage, display them in throughout your home, the opportunities are endless. Visit my products page to see some of my favorite samples.
When should we schedule the session for?
I like to get family sessions on the calendar 2-3 weeks prior to when you want to shoot. If it’s during a peak season like the fall, 5-8 weeks before your desired date is recommended. I typically family sessions on weekdays, but pending availability, I can sometimes accommodate a weekend session. It’s best to shoot your session at a time of day when kids are in their best mood!
How long until I can see the photos after the session?
After the session, I go through and select all of the top images and apply basic editing to make you look your absolute best! I usually deliver the photos within 3 weeks, which is when we’ll meet in my Somerville office to review all of your selects. You will be asked to submit and pay for all orders at this time.
How many photos will I receive?
I will sift through all of the photos from our session and deliver roughly 60 of them to you.
Common Mistakes & Notes to Take:
- Please be on time for your session! We largely base them on sunset times. If you’re late, the sun won’t wait!
- If there are any photo permits to be obtained or location fees, it’s the client’s responsibility to obtain the permit and pay for any fees associated
- Weather policy and how we handle it inclement weather: We make a decision about weather hours in advance. Typically for AM sessions, the decision is made the night before. For PM sessions, we decide the morning of. Weather can be so fickle! It can look like one thing and be another. Don’t fret even if it’s cloudy – clouds make for soft, beautiful lighting anyway! There is no penalty for rescheduling due to bad weather.
- Photoshop: we can’t photoshop everything out. Photoshop exists as a tool to be used in a handful of cases. If you have concerns about a blemish or something similar, lets talk ahead of time. in depth editing would be additional After the session
- Don’t pull out your phone and take photos during the session. This is often super distracting for the kids, and may confuse them.
- If your child isn’t behaving the way we hope, the absolute worst thing you can do is yell at them! It totally changes the mood of the session and I like to keep things up beat. Don’t feel embarrassed, roll with it. I’m really good at deflecting the situation and moving them away from the puddle they insist on jumping in!