The Family Session Experience

This is so much more than a photo session. This is a portrait experience. From start to finish, everything for your session is taken care of so that you can have a stress-free experience. I want you to be fully present and enjoy the process of documenting your family’s cherished moments. When you look at your family portraits years from now, I don’t want you to remember the stress of outfit choices or kids’ behavior, I want you to remember real, authentic memories, forever captured!

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We’ll start with a pre-session consultation over coffee or by phone or email where we’ll talk about your hopes for the session. It is important to me to know about you and your family well before we show up at your portrait session. I want to learn about your interests and values, I want to know your story! Did you grow up on a ranch or in the city?  How did you and your spouse meet? Do you race dirt bikes on the weekend? Is your daughter dreaming of a pony for Christmas? Did your son just take his first steps? What kind of portraits make you smile? What is something you’d love to tell people about yourself (even if you usually don’t). I want to design a portrait experience that truly captures your family! As we get to know each other, we will cover some of the basics like location choices and wardrobe selection. If you are planning a maternity session, I have a gorgeous collections of gowns available for your use! For all of my clients, I offer access to a complimentary online service that will help you put together your entire family’s wardrobes (complete with online shopping links!).

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I will also want to know what you hope to do with your portraits after your session. All too often, families dutifully go to their yearly portrait sessions, get their digital files, post their favorites on Facebook but never print their portraits to enjoy in their own homes! I am passionate about helping my clients create a home filled with portrait memories of real experiences! Do you need a gift, wall art, an album? We’ll discuss all of this so I can be sure to meet every expectation you have for your session.

On the day of your session it’s time to have fun! For family sessions, I encourage you to spend quality time together as a family the day of your session. When you arrive at your session, think of it as the last stop of a great day and your photographer just happens to be there to capture the fun! During your session you’ll have my undivided attention as we laugh, play, and explore. We will relax, get to know each other, and keep things light hearted. There is plenty of time! If children aren’t cooperating, don’t stress. I love to capture children in their element and just follow them around wherever the wind leads them. Sometimes those moments lead to the most beautiful shots! One of my greatest hopes is that when you look back on your portraits – you’ll remember some great authentic moments together.

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Within 48 hours of our session I share a sneak peek (I know how hard it is to wait!). From there I will be busy reviewing your session and editing the very best images from your session. My selection and editing of images is a huge part of my professional service to you!

About two weeks after your session you’ll have a full gallery and your very own on-line print shop where you can easily choose your final images and order prints, albums and more.  All of the products I offer, from prints to canvases to albums are professional quality products that you will enjoy in your home for years to come and will even be able to pass down to future generations. Not sure what will look best on your wall? I’m happy digitally display your favorite portraits on a picture of your wall so you can see exactly what you want. I’ll be there from start to finish!

Want to learn more about Marisa McDonald Photography? Check out my pricing information or galleries! Ready to chat about planning your session? Shoot me an email via the contact form!