WHAT TO EXPECT IN YOUR FAMILY SESSION:
A session begins before we even meet….
When you message me to book your session, we will then schedule your shoot day and time. Once the session fee is received, your appointment will be confirmed and I will send you your online Client Questionnaire and Client Password via email. Your Questionnaire includes your preferences for the shoot location, session style, clothing, favorite colors, props, favorite poses and more. All of your questions will be answered via email, phone, or if you prefer, in person. My goal is to fully understand how I will create a successful experience for you from start to finish.
Although I strive for creative poses, and perfect images, my style for shooting is relaxed and fun. My goal during the shoot is to capture you and your family in an enjoyable, fresh and timeless way.
When working with children, they can sometimes be cranky or in need of comfort or a little snack. Please remember when you are here that I’m a mother of three teenage daughters so “I’ve been there.” If your child is shy or cranky, don’t worry, I will do my best to capture great shots anyway. Also remember that some of the best shots do not require smiles or even eye contact with the camera.
No need to stress. Just relax and enjoy the moment. I will adore the time I have with your family. You will adore your memories artfully preserved for years to come.
After your shoot, we’ll schedule your ordering session. This is an appointment for you to view the best images from the session, view samples of products to display your images as original works of art in your home, and make your selections. I’ll guide you through the selection process and answer all of your questions.
FAMILY SESSION FAQS
When and where do sessions take place?
I prefer to begin shooting outdoor family sessions about two hours before sunset. This is the time of day that photographers refer to as the “golden hour” and during that time we will find beautiful, flattering light. However, I also understand that sometimes it can be hard to have little ones cooperate at that time of day. If you don’t think this time of day will work for your family, I also offer early morning shoots (about 30 minutes or so after the sun rises). In terms of locations, sessions can take place in so many different places! I have a ton of suggestions for places in the Greenville area and I’m always up for trying out new places, as well. So, if you have a location in mind, let’s talk about it!
How do I book a shoot or get more info?
Great! Please fill out the contact form and within 48 hours I will send you an email response. I will answer your questions and once you are ready to book, we will together schedule your session date. Once the session fee is received, your session will be confirmed. I will send you an email confirmation with your session info, Client Questionnaire, and Client Password. You will complete the Client Questionnaire online so that I can customize your session.
How early do I need to book my shoot?
The earlier the better! If you want the best chance to receive your best date, please schedule as far in advance as possible.
When do I view my pictures?
We will schedule your viewing and ordering session about 2 weeks following your photo shoot. We will present to you your best images fully edited and retouched. We will also show you all the beautiful heirloom products that are available for you so you can pick out what you love!
How much does it cost?
The $150 session fee is required to secure your date. This fee is transferable but non-refundable. The session fee includes the session planning, custom photo shoot, editing of 20-30 unique proofs and viewing and ordering session. At your ordering session you will have the option to purchase prints and digital files as well as a variety of wonderful heirloom products at excellent prices. We want to provide the best photography services with state of the art equipment and professional, artistic editing. We also want to provide the best quality products AND provide you with a great price. We want to see you time and time again and not save us for “special occasions”. We want to be your photographer for years to come!
What should we wear?
We want your photos to reflect YOU and since each person is different, rather than telling you what looks good I’ve have created a Pinterest board with lots of different outfit, makeup and hair ideas just for families! You will also receive more info about what to wear in your password protected client area for families. We do suggest avoiding too busy patterns as they can be distracting (however bold patterns can look great!) We are always here to give suggestions, and we also want to see what you have picked out so we ask for you to text us your outfits prior to your session so we can also get a good feel for your style and plan ahead for your shoot!
How long do I have to wait to see my pics?
Your ordering session takes place 1-2 weeks after your photo shoot.
Will you tell us how to pose during my shoot?
Absolutely! We will give you lots of ideas and directions throughout your session to help you all feel at ease. Sometimes the best photos are the candid ones because that is when you are at your most relaxed. We will coach you along and make you feel comfortable and confident.
What if there is bad weather on the day of my shoot?
Don’t worry, we will leave 1-3 days open during the week for reschedules. We will notify you asap if we do have to reschedule, however we usually only reschedule if there is either a high chance of rain, OR if it’s going to be too cold to be comfortable. If it’s overcast don’t worry your pictures will still look amazing!
What happens if we need to reschedule or cancel our session?
No one wants to be photographed if they are feeling lousy or the weather isn’t cooperating. Should someone in your family get sick or the weather isn’t being kind to us, the session can absolutely be rescheduled. We will work together to find the next available date for both of us.
For other circumstances, session fees will be refunded fully or applied to another session date as long as the session is canceled at least seven days prior to the shoot. After seven days, 50% of the session fee will be refunded. If you do not show up for your session without calling, your session fee will be forfeited.
Where do we change our clothes?
Be prepared to turn your car into a dressing room! Also, feel free to bring a towel or blanket to cover up with between changes. We may do a little walking so be sure to bring a pair of flip-flops for in-between scene changes.
Can I get digital files of my photos?
YES! Web-ready and or high- res digital files are available for purchase along with a your print purchase. They are not offered as stand-alone items.
How long does it take to receive my images? Once your order has been placed, your beautiful package will arrive within 4-5 weeks, sometimes sooner.
What’s not included in the session fee?
Prints or digital files are not included in your session fee.
How many images will we see from our session?
Expect about 20-30 images in your gallery to view.
How long is a typical session?
With your session fee, you get approximately 1-2 hours with me at any location within a 30 mile radius of Greenville, South Carolina. The session usually ends up being 1 hour, but block out two hours, just in case. Locations outside the 30 mile radius will require a travel fee. (please inquire on pricing).
Should I schedule a studio or on-location setting?
I love shooting both in studio and outdoors, so it is entirely up to you. Madeline Photography Studio is spacious with natural light as well as flattering studio lighting, tons of props, and a very cozy and inviting environment. We are fortunate to live in a gorgeous part of South Carolina, so we have tons of urban and rural outdoor locations to choose from (weather permitting). So, either way, you can’t go wrong, and I can help you decide! Combo In/Out sessions are also available.
Do you offer any special offers if I’m happy with my experience and refer a friend?
YES!! 🙂 The BEST compliment we could receive would be your referral to a friend! We want to thank you by offering $50 credit toward your future session for each referral. Please see REFERAL REWARDS PROGRAM for further details. If you have a few moments, please also send us a note or Facebook recommendation.
I hope these FAQ’s were helpful! If you have any other questions feel free to send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org I look forward to hearing from you!
Greenville, South Carolina Family Photography
Madeline Photography offers timeless, beautiful and joyful Greenville, South Carolina family photography. Lori’s love of photography has grown and developed over the years into Madeline Photography, where timeless images are captured and created into works of art for your home. Lori’s easy going nature allows her to connect with people of all ages and bring out the true personalities of each of your family members. Lori will be in contact with you from the first contact until the completion of your order to walk you through each step of the process comfortably. Family photos are quite possibly one of the most important possessions a family can own. Studies have even shown that family portraits on the wall improve your child’s self-esteem. The portraits Lori creates for you during your photo session will be prized family heirlooms. Your children and their children will be able to look back on these pictures fondly over the years and as their families grow from one generation to the next. When choosing a family photographer in Greenville, South Carolina, you want someone who is personable and comfortable to work with, has an extensive knowledge of lighting and posing, and is professional from beginning to end. You will get that with Madeline Photography. It is her goal to meet and exceed your expectations so that you will want to come back to her year after year to document your family as they grow and change.
The importance of beautiful family pictures simply cannot be understated. Investing in your family portraits is something that will last a lifetime. Make sure that you select a Greenville, SC Photographer who specializes in creating beautiful, timeless, and artistic portraits for your family. This is definitely not the time to shop for a bargain photographer – invest your money wisely in a skilled photographer and you will have family portraits that you are proud to hang on your walls for a lifetime.