Investing in your Legacy
I don't think I could have come up with a more obnoxious way to say "this is what photos cost" but, here we are. All jokes aside, though, portraiture really is an investment! Sure, it's an investment in terms of money, but also time, energy, and emotions. How many times have you heard a horror story about someone having great expectations from a photographer only to be let down, and that amount of emotional devastation stained their experience of that life event? That's because we emotional invest in our portraits for a number of reasons, which makes it even more important to hire the right business and be sure of your investment.
On this page, you'll be taken through a Step by Step Guide to your experience. Then, you'll get a quick overview of Session Fees, you'll see some starting prices for products, Collections, and Digital Images, and you'll learn about the Payment Plan. You'll be able to view the Studio, too! Finally, you'll see some of the most popular products and learn about what makes them special. These are totally worth a look, there are videos, and beautiful images, so keep scrolling!
How it Works
The Consultation is a great, time-efficient way to meet me, talk about your needs, wishes, and vision, and to go over the products and pricing together. You can visit the studio in person, which is particularly helpful if you're interested in Maternity or Newborn photography, or we can schedule a Zoom chat. Consultations typically take about 30 minutes.
My product and digital image pricing is a la carte, meaning you only buy what you want. That's great for you, but it's more difficult understand at a glance since clients can spend anywhere from a couple hundred dollars and into the thousands. During the Consultation we'll go through the Price Guide together and I'll explain anything you may need to know including what most clients do in certain situations. That way, when you leave the Consultation and I send the pricing with you, you'll be fully informed and can talk over the options in private.
After the Consultation, I'll send along the pricing and some booking date options for you. This will accompany a Quote, followed by a Contract and Invoice for the Session Fee. Did you know that my Contract has opt-in Photo Sharing? That means my contracts are private by default! I only share your images on my website, social media, etc. with specific, opt-in approval from you, and that's always revocable!
Finally: Your Session
The day of your session has finally arrived! Hopefully you feel confident and without stress, because all of the difficult things are my job. Are you weird in front of the camera and worried about it? Don't worry, my attention to detail is annoyingly meticulous, so we'll get perfect shots from toe to finger to hair wispies! Whether we're meeting on location at one of Coastal Maine's gorgeous beaches or parks, or whether we're working in my cozy, boutique studio, I'll make sure that your experience is one to remember for all of the right reasons.
Last: Reveal + Ordering Appointment
After the Session, I'll hand-edit and finish your images, pre-design some products, and put them into a sweet and touching slideshow. We'll meet on Zoom or in person, watch the slideshow together, and finalize your product orders, whatever they may be. This appointment is the most efficient way to order your products or choose your digital images and it's helpful to have me there to narrow down choices, give thoughts about design, or to re-make mock-ups as you try out new options.
After you're made your choices, you'll be sent an invoice and an online gallery containing your image choices! You may share this with friends and family and, of course, download any digital images like right now. When your products arrive, I'll hand-deliver them to local clients and install any wall art.
P.S.: PAYMENT PLAN
Did you know that I offer Payment Plans for Collections and Product purchases? I know what it's like investing in memories and legacies, and I know that it's not always easy to pay for it at the time you want the memories (like when you're having a baby). So, instead of offering financing or requiring credit cards, I offer a 0% interest Payment Plan option to extend your product payments out over time. You'll get your products with a deposit, and digital downloads will come when payments are completes. It's flexible and easy, tailored to you, and clients really appreciate the trusting relationship.
Yay! A start-to-finish experience I hope you rave about!
Session Fees are the retainer to reserve your date (or approximate date). They include the initial Consultation, any design work, access to the Client Wardrobe, time, travel, turnaround that is typically a week or two, and the Reveal and Ordering Appointment!
Maternity (in studio/on location): $200
Newborn (in studio/in-home [lifestyle]): $300
Baby (in studio): $150
Family (in studio): $200
Family (on location): $300
Collections are only available for new babies, these are the best way to get what you want without the decision fatigue. The Baby Plan is a year-long milestone program for Newborn babies that can include a Maternity Session if you'd like. Bump to Baby Collections include both Maternity and Newborn Sessions packaged together with the most popular products and digital images.
Petit Newborn: $950
Baby Plan: starting at $450/mo
Bump to Baby: starting at $1,600
My Price Guide will be shared in a consultation, but here are some relevant starting prices. Because you may purchase items and images a la carte, the amounts that clients spend vary drastically. $800 is generally the least that a client will spend, and there isn't a maximum. The average client spends between $1,500 - $4,000 depending on the session type(s).
Add Ons: starting at $75
Digital Images: $200/ea
Full Digital Galleries: starting at $400
Heirloom Products (like Albums): starting at $1,300
A Boutique Photography Studio in Southern Maine - Take a look!
There are tons of photographers out there, but I don't like to be like everyone else, I like to be something a little extra. The whole purpose of photography is to memorialize relationships, emotions, and feeling, and turn them into legacy pieces that will live on to tell your story to future generations. Coming to me means getting beautiful images that bring in lots of comments on social media, but it also means getting timeless art pieces to integrate into your lives.
I've searched long and far and have sifted through dozens of businesses and sample products to choose only the best archival, museum quality art pieces for your portraiture investment. Everything I offer is so customizable that you'll have a true one-of-a-kind piece. I only print with Fine Art Paper, I'll save you the technical speak, but it means that you're getting a high-quality, soft and luxurious paper, archival inks, and the best technology to make sure that your prints stay true to color and preserved for the next 100+ years.
Everything is crafted by hand (for real, it's not just a marketing phrase) and meticulously reviewed before delivery. If you've purchased Wall Art, I'll even personally install it for you.
I am so proud of these gorgeous and lush albums that I know you'll treasure forever! Albums are the most popular product I offer, and I know why. Not only are they gorgeous, but they create new memories each time you take them out to look through them. We will work together to custom design your album at a Reveal and Ordering Appointment, and help you choose the best options for your style.
The Folio Box is a fun, flexible cousin to the Album and is just as customizable and luscious. Instead of album pages, you'll get individually matted prints. The prints are 5x7, and the mat size is 8x10. This makes them perfect for utilizing in your home, or looking through as a family, just like you would an Album.
The Canvas prints are technically part of the Wall Art category, but they're special enough to talk about on their own. When I say these are the best in the industry, I truly mean it. These are hand-made and nearly indestructible, making them perfect for those images that you intend to be a true heirloom. These canvas portraits will definitely be in someone's home in 100+ years, and that's really, REALLY cool.
Framed Prints are just as high quality as the Canvas, but offer a broader range of style options. From classic to modern, to beachy to clean, there are frame and mat options perfect for your portraits and your style. All Wall Art, whether individually or in a Collection, will be digitally designed using images of your own walls so that you're assured that all of the options are the right choice for you.
What About Digital Images?
My job as your photographer is to create real, tangible heirlooms from your memories. There are a couple of reasons that art is the most important purpose of my photography: First, your kids probably don't have computer access, so they can't enjoy the images unless they're displayed in your home somewhere. Second, it's more work for you to print them later (I know from experience that 5 years later they *might* get printed). You'd have to decide where to buy your prints, in which size, what paper, etc., then you have to actually purchase them. Most clients find that years pass by before they get around to it, so I'm here to make sure that doesn't happen.
I love offering a white glove service, one where you don't have to do a whole lot except pick your favorite items. So, I've already done the hard work, finding the best products that are the most luxurious, that'll last the longest, and that represent my photographic colors, timeless style, and heirloom values the best.
Digital images are available along with Heirloom products (Wall Art, Albums, and Folio Boxes), or for purchase starting at $200 each. Make sure you book a consultation or contact me to learn the specifics!