Family/Standard Session $600
A $125 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance is due the day of your session. Payment plans are available upon request. Balance must be paid in full before receiving any digital images and/or print products. All payments, deposits, services, products, etc are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Your package includes:
Processing your photos will take two weeks, after which you receive access to your online gallery where you can both view and download your images. A USB drive with all edited digital images will be mailed to you within two weeks of the date your images are made available to view in your online gallery. For a $50 rush fee, I can process your photos and make them available within 48 hours of your session.
Travel fees may apply for session locations more than 50 miles outside of Denver. Travel fees are determined on a case-by-case basis.
Credit cards, checks, and cash are accepted. Payment plans are available upon request. All prices are subject to Colorado state sales tax, and are subject to change. There are no refunds for past services or products.
Planning the Session
Upon request, I will start a private Pinterest board where we will collaborate on locations, outfits, color palettes, and other elements of your session. Please follow me on Pinterest under Sarah Renee Photography so I can begin our secret board. We will narrow your selections down to the following:
A day or two before the session I will call you so that we can go over any last minute details, but here are a few helpful tips for styling and preparing you and your family for your shoot!
Preparing your kids for our session often takes the timidness out of the evening. Please make sure kids know that this is FUN! Try to avoid threats, as they usually bring about tears and added stress. Instead, I’m a huge fan of bribery; promising ice cream after the shoot is always a great idea! However, please don't bring sweets for bribing during the shoot.
What to Wear
Ah, the question always associated with photo shoots. I want you guys to still be you, not Sarah Renee’s idea of fashion. With that said, please take the following information as simply ideas and not strict guidelines. Aside from the Pinterest board that we may decide to share, here are my two cents: Think layers. Probably the biggest difference between sessions that look great and sessions that look wow: little boys in a t-shirt, with a button up over it, along with a blazer. Throw on a fun hat for some of the shots and you're set! Little girls: same thing, leggings, fun skirt, tank with a sweater and a tasteful (not too big and overwhelming) headband.
Coordinate. As you think about your color palette, imagine your family being one complete piece of artwork. Each person and their outfit will bring together a feeling of formality and coordination. Instead of everyone wearing the same shade of blue - think about what accent colors might look nice with said blue. Perhaps blue plaid shorts for your son with a t-shirt, vest, and hat. Pull some of the colors of his plaid shorts to find a great skirt or dress for your little girl. Dad can wear some jeans and a shirt that coordinates with the plaid shorts and skirt on your daughter, and finish it off with an awesome jacket and fedora. Mom will round the entire family out with some great boots, leggings and darling dress that (again) coordinates with the family color story.
Remember to dress down to you and your family's feet! Instead of scuffed tennis shoes for boys, try fun shoes like a colorful pair of Vans, boat shoes, or boots. Same for girls, instead of Dora crocs, try more traditional Mary Jane’s or boots as they tend to photograph best!
What NOT to Wear
Remember the Olan Mills look of everyone in khakis and white button down shirts? That isn’t the kind of matching that tends to look appealing in photos. Again, think coordinating without matching perfectly.
Day of Your Session
Just a few thoughts on your kids + the big day! I mentioned bribery. Love it! Keep in mind that most bribery snacks make messes and have dye in them that change your kids' mouths. Usually this backfires and all they want to do is eat instead of pay attention to me. I suggest keeping the goodies in your bag or car until after we’ve finished. Please make sure your children go to the bathroom before leaving, and try to limit their liquid intake beforehand. This allows us uninterrupted shooting time. Sessions with younger children (18 months and under) typically last one hour. If your little one isn't accustomed to staying up until sunset, please adjust their naps as best you can, and rest assured that one night of staying up past their bedtime will be just fine as we will actually be having fun! As for older children, expect the session to last around 1.5 - 2 hours. With older children, please don't say, "That's not your REAL smile." Even if I'm just snapping away, I'm trying to loosen up your son/daughter. I promise I won't be giving you cheesy smiles for your finished product! As with any age, I take my time and do my best to allow your kids to feel comfortable around me and to let them know we are going to have a blast!
Mom & Dad
During the shoot, if you are not in the picture, please let just me interact with your child, unless I ask for help. Many parents will stand behind me trying to get their babies' attention and all it does is distract the baby from me! I like to give the little ones a chance to just play with me, so it's okay if they aren't giving big smiles right off the bat. Trust me and trust the process. Mom and dad, as you focus on your children, don’t forget about yourself! Keep your posture upright, and ensure your chin doesn’t pull in. These two tips allow for the most flattering images. Something else to keep in mind is to be mindful of your own expression as you’re trying to get the baby to smile. Remember, you are in the photos as well! Rest assured I’ll be watching all of you and will definitely let you know if I see something out of place or looking off.
A quick but important note: if the weather turns out warmer/cooler than you anticipated when putting together outfits, please adjust what everyone is wearing. Doing a session when it's sweltering and kids are overdressed is never fun for anyone. Likewise, if a cold front comes through unexpectedly, please put sweaters on your children, as I can't Photoshop out goose bumps and blue lips. I will most likely cut sessions short if I think the kids are too cold/overheated. In case of rain or a storm, I will be watching the radar all day. If I decide we need to cancel the shoot, we will reschedule your shoot to take place within two weeks from the cancelled date.
Just as important as the weather is, it is also important that everyone being photographed is feeling 100%. There isn’t anything worse than an unhappy and sick-feeling child - they especially do not want to be in front of a camera. At the first sign that your kids aren’t well, please give me a call.
After Your Session
Two weeks after your session has taken place, you will receive an email from me with instructions on how to view and download your private online gallery of photos, along with information regarding how to order prints. You can also share this gallery with friends and family.
I use Miller’s Lab & Mpix for all of my printing. Prints can be made directly from your online gallery.
BirDesign creates templates that can be used in holiday cards, graduation announcements, wedding announcements and on Facebook to showcase your photos. Click here to visit their website and to view all of their digital templates. When you print these items through me the template is included in the price. Printing prices for these products can be found on my printing price list.