Yay! You’ve decided to have portraits taken of your family, newborn, or super-cute new puppy! You’ve found Everyday You and said to yourself, “we need some of these images on OUR WALL!” So……. now what?
Depending on what type of session you are booking, some of the following information may not pertain to you, so feel free to skim!
For All Sessions
First of all, after you have taken care of the booking process, decide where you would like your session to take place. Popular locations include backyards, client homes, parks, downtown, and other interesting or pretty places. We will work together to choose a time based on both my schedule and yours, seasonal considerations, and other factors. I cannot stress enough how important it is to, well, not stress! By keeping your schedule as close to normal as possible, younger children have a better chance at staying relaxed, happy, and ready for their session.
One area that I receive a lot of questions about is clothing. My philosophy is as long as you coordinate, we’re good. Choose complementary colors without large logos or imagery. That SpongeBob T-shirt might be super cute for playtime, but probably not for portraits. Jeans are always a good option as they can be dressed up or down depending on your preference. Barefoot is always a good choice as well, but if it isn’t an option choose clean shoes that are in good shape and coordinate with the outfit. Seasonal items such as colorful, cute scarves and hats are always fun to work with as well!
It is also important to make sure everyone is feeling well the day of the session. I would rather reschedule a session than try to photograph someone who feels crummy, as it will translate through into the pictures. Let me know if there is a problem and we will discuss our best option.
To get the most natural and fun portraits of your children, taking a laid back approach has proven to be best. I urge parents to let children be themselves so their personalities shine through. Avoid trying to over-direct your child and instructing him or her to say cheese, as I have found this can cause a forced look. If there are several adults involved in the shoot, please let them know beforehand about this. I cannot stress the importance of these seemingly simple things enough! We do not want your child(ren) to be stressed during the shoot, so make sure you are not stressed! Children pick up on this in a snap, and it shows. If, during the session we are having some stressful child/parent moments, don’t be surprised if I ask you to go hang out a ways a way for a bit. I will never ask you to leave unless you feel comfortable doing so, and want you to stay where your child is in your line of sight at all times. Sometimes this separation can help move the session along.
Photo sessions can last anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the type of shoot, the age of the child, the number of outfit changes and other factors. If anyone involved in the shoot, especially a child, is not feeling well on the day of the session, let me know so the session can be rescheduled and they can be photographed at their best.
Newborns and Babies
For newborns and babies, try to keep it as simple as possible. For indoor shoots, a simple white onesie, a cute outfit or (my preference!) no clothing at all will help keep attention focused on your baby. For outdoor shots, minimal clothing is desirable as well.
If your child is involved in dance, martial arts, etc., you may wish to bring along the clothing needed for these activities. Tutus make for wonderful little girl shots!
Simple, solid-colored tank tops, black pants and jeans usually make good clothing choices for maternity shots. Button down shirts in dark or light colors also work well to create a frame around your belly. Some women may choose to be nude during the session with a tastefully placed wrap. Any or all of these styles are fine, and it is important to do what you are comfortable with.
After your session, I will put up a preview for you in an online gallery, and we can either schedule an in-person ordering appointment, or you can order via the online system. At this time, family and friends can view your pictures, and orders can be made. Orders can be placed via the online shopping cart.
The Fine Print
The session fee must be paid in full BEFORE the session, preferably at the time the appointment is made. Please make cancellations at least 48 hours prior to your appointment. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for all prints, which will be delivered or mailed to your home. Proofs are ready for viewing approximately 1 – 2 weeks after your shoot. All images are the property of Kathryn Erk and are protected by Federal copyright laws. Failure to comply could result in legal fines. Sales tax will be charged on all orders sold to Kansas residents. Prices are subject to change at anytime, and payment is due in full at time of order.
All orders for newborn and regular portrait sessions must be placed within 7 days from the day the gallery is put online, or, if applicable, the proof book is delivered as images are archived at this time. After 7 days, a fee ($25) may be charged to unarchive prints for ordering. If orders are not placed within 7 days of said fee being charged, the fee will be charged again until the order is received.
All Senior Portrait orders must be placed within 30 days from the day the gallery is put online, or, if applicable, the proof book is delivered as images are archived at this time. After 30 days, a fee ($25) may be charged to unarchive prints for ordering. If orders are not placed within 7 days of said fee being charged, the fee will be charged again until the order is received.
If you plan on being out of town after your session, let me know, so a convenient gallery release date can be decided upon. Please let me know if you feel this may be a problem, as I understand that life happens and I truly do want to work with my clients.
Please contact me via the contact page with any questions!