Children's Portraits Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a child's portrait session cost?

A single child studio session is $100, with additional fees for Saturday appointments and location sessions in Tallahassee. We also have a variety of portrait plans available.

Where does the portrait session take place?

The standard session is photographed in our Tallahassee portrait studio. You can also choose to have your portrait session on location in the Tallahassee area for a small upgrade fee. Popular Tallahassee locations include Maclay Gardens, Dorothy B. Oven Park, downtown Tallahassee, FSU and Railroad Square Art Park.

Can we do our portrait session at the beach or outside of Tallahassee?

We do quite a few children and family portrait sessions outside Tallahassee and at the nearby beaches for a nominal travel fee. Email or call the studio to find out about specific travel fees.

What time of day should we schedule the portrait session?

Timing of your portrait session is critical to getting the best images possible. Location sessions in Tallahassee are best early and later in the day, while studio sessions can be scheduled any time. The exact location can also play a part in this decision, so consult the studio about the best possible time for any location you have in mind. Also consider your subject's schedule when booking your session-- we STRONGLY encourage ALL children and baby sessions to be scheduled as early in the day as possible to ensure they are in the best mood! Scheduling a portrait session late in the day or during a child's naptime may be the most convenient, but it often leads to a less than ideal portrait session.

How far in advance should we schedule our session?

If you are looking for portraits on a specific date or time, it is best to contact the studio as soon as possible to ensure you can reserve that time before anyone else does. If you have a more flexible schedule, we can generally get you on the calendar within two weeks of contacting the studio. In busier times of year such as Spring or Christmas, it is best to plan your session 4-5 weeks in advance.

How long does the session take?

This largely depends on the type of session. Newborn sessions in the studio can last up to two hours, while older baby sessions can take as little as 30 or 45 minutes. Location portrait sessions in Tallahassee generally last about an hour. We recommend blocking off 1 1/2 hours for a child's portrait session to ensure you are not rushed and 2/12 hours for a newborn portrait session.

How should we dress them for the portrait session?

Clothing choice is a very personal decision, but we do have some general guidelines that can help. Solid colors photograph much better than patterns, but if you are looking to have a pattern, try to find a very simple design, or keep the busier pattern away from the face, or in small quantity. Siblings do not need to match, but try to choose similar tones (think browns and natural colors, or everyone in shades of blue). Do not have one person in a very light color and the other in a dark color. Choose clothes that are well fitting, shirts with sleeves and nothing that needs a lot of attention or fussing to lay properly, so we can focus on having fun and getting great portraits, rather than fighting with an outfit. Definitely try all their clothing on before the session to ensure a good fit!

What should we bring to the portrait session?

For children, it really depends on their age. For babies and toddlers, bring some of their favorite toys, snacks, bottles, pacifiers, etc. For older children, you are welcome to bring any toy or special item to include in the images or a reward for when the session is finished. For a child's portrait session, we can do up to three outfits, so you may wish to bring a variety of outfits with you so we can match them up with backgrounds and props and allow you to choose when you are at the studio. If there is a prop you have seen in our portfolio, please contact us to ensure availability and sizing.

What if they have a blemish?

Small blemishes, bruises and scratches should not be cause for worry. We retouch all of your images before you ever see them and these minor imperfections are not a problem. With more significant issues such as large scratches, black eyes, etc. you should contact the studio immediately to consult about rescheduling the portrait session.

What if we are sick?

Sick children are not fun, they are not happy and they do not make for good photographs. They also expose us and our other clients to illness, so we ask that you reschedule your session if your child is not well. Please be courteous to both us and our other clients and notify us as soon as your child becomes ill, so that we may reschedule your session and offer the original time to another client.

How do I prepare my children for our session?

Most children do not need much preparation for a portrait session. It is best if you do not bribe or threaten your children before the session, as it can be more difficult for us to get natural, relaxed images of them. We have a lot of tricks for working with children, so there is no need to worry or stress about how your child will behave. Just relax and let us wrangle the little ones!

How much are prints?

Prints are sold individually-- gift prints are $39 each and wall portraits start at $89 for 11 x 14. Discounted packages are available at the order session starting at $250.

What do most clients purchase?

Most clients choose a wall portrait or wall collection along with a handful of small prints and some of the many products we have to offer. When you come to the studio for your order session, we will have our recommendations for what we think would be the best presentation of your images. Generally, clients choose to invest between $400 and $2,000 in prints and products from their session. We accept both Visa and Mastercard and there are some no interest financing options available.

Can we purchase the digital images?

We do offer digital files for sale in two different ways. You can choose to purchase a single digital image for $125, or you may purchase all the digital images from a session for $900.

When do we see the images?

About two weeks after your portrait session, we have you come into the studio for your order session. At this session we show you all the final images and show you a variety of products including designed pieces, wall portraits, frames, canvases, storyboards, etc. It is best that anyone involved in making the purchase is present at this session, as many of the products are only available at this time and this session gives you the best pricing for all of our products.

How do we order?

The best time to order is at the order session-- this is the time when you will have the greatest selection of products and the best prices for prints and products. We will give you guidance and advice on products and help you compare and select your favorite images at this time. Once all your selections are made, the purchase can be completed with a Visa or Mastercard and your order is immediately submitted to the lab for printing.

How do we prepare for the order session?

Talk over with your spouse or other decision maker to decide what you are interested in, what products you like and what you would like your budget to be. If you are interested in wall portraits, it is recommended that you look around your home for possible placements and measure your walls. With measurements, we are able to ensure the proper size of your wall portrait. Also consider any gift prints you may need to order or any existing frames you would like to fill. Bringing a list of these items is the best way to ensure you order exactly what you need.

How long is the order session?

Order sessions generally last 1-1 1/2 hours. The length of the order session largely depends on how decisive you are and how quickly you can make your selections. If you are not able to reserve this amount of time for the order session, you should consider rescheduling the session so that you are not rushed in making your order.

What if my mom/grandma/third cousin wants to order?

Your entire gallery of images will be hosted online for 9 days for any friends and family to order. The online prices are slightly higher than the order session and only a few standard print sizes are available. If at all possible, you should ask these family members to come to the order session with you so they can make their orders at that time. To view images online, click proofs on the menu above and enter your private gallery passcode.

What if my question has not been answered here?

Please feel free to contact us by phone or email with any questions that you have. We are happy to help in any way that we can!

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