What can I expect during my session?
My sessions are laid back and fun. I know how hard it is to be in front of the camera. That's why my sessions are about creating a space where you feel comfortable to be yourself and a time out of your busy schedules to spend time as a family making memories. We will walk, play and laugh; and before you know it you've almost forgotten about my camera. Everything we do together during our session will be about creating a place for natural connection and genuine expressions.
When you take a look at my work, you will notice everyone is not looking at the camera! Thats because the focus is on YOU, on your beautiful family being together and the love and joy you have for one another. I'm not worried about little ones sitting still and smiling for me. I want to capture your chid just as they are. If they are full of energy and love to wiggle and move and run-we'll capture that. If your little one is shy and loves snuggling and being close-we'll capture that. And if they are both-we'll capture both. Your session is time to play and be together and while you're doing that I'll be capturing natural and fun portraits!
(Make sure to plan to keep your phone put away during our session.)
Where will the session take place?
I offer both outdoor sessions and in-home sessions in the Oneonta and Upstate New York area. Outdoor sessions occur around sunset for best lighting, and usually take place in one of the locations I have scouted out prior to our session. However, I am always open to shooting in a place that is special or meaningful to your family. In-home sessions will of course take place in the comfort of your home.
What should we wear for our session?
For outdoor sessions:
It's important for everyone to be comfortable and feel like themselves during our session and wear what you usually wear. Also remember, especially with little kids, we'll be playing and moving.
It's best to pick something for everyone that coordinates with each other rather than going for everyone matching. Pinterest can be a great source of inspiration and ideas. I've created a board for easy reference here. I'm always available to bounce ideas off of too!
A pop of color, a small pattern, and accessories (scarves, hats, jewelry) can be a great way to add a layer of interest in your photos.
Try to stay away from clothing with large logos or pictures on them that will pull the attention away from your family when looking back on the photos. Instead think of clothing that is more classic.
For in-home sessions:
These sessions are very laid back and are all about capturing your family comfortably in your home. Jeans and a colorful top would be great!
When can I expect my completed photo gallery?
On average you can expect to receive your completed gallery in three to four weeks from your session. I know waiting to see the finished photos can be hard so I like to share "sneak peeks" while I am working on your session!
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IMPORTANT POLICY INFORMATION REGARDING ALL SESSIONS
Deposit: $150 non-refundable due at time of booking to reserve your spot, remainder due on or before session.
Cancellations & Rescheduling: Cancellations must be in writing. If you cancel session without at least 7 days notice without rescheduling for a new time slot you forfeit your deposit on the session. I understand life and emergencies do happen and reserve the right to handle those on a case-by-case basis.
Weather: I reserve the right to reschedule our session based on poor weather conditions, I will do my very best to accommodate both of our schedules, but if you cannot or choose not to book another session you will forfeit your deposit.
Payment Options: Cash or Credit cards (accepted online only)
Travel: $0.55 per mile will be added to session price for travel more than 30 miles outside of the Oneonta area.
Artistic Vision: By hiring me to capture your photos you are trusting me to capture my vision of your photo session. I will not re-edit photos, nor is there any altering allowed once you receive your edited images.
Copyright: Sweetliv Photography reserves all copyrights of photos. Client photos are released for personal printing only with a print release form provided by Sweetliv Photography. Client photos are not authorized for commercial use without approval and proper compensation to Sweetliv Photography.
Contracts: Model release and session contract must be signed prior to session.
*Prices are subject to change at anytime.