IlluminEssense Photography

About Your Session

The Reservations

Session fees must be received within 10 days of your booking inquiry to secure the date and lock in prices. As session fees are non-refundable, I will work with you on rescheduling your date, should you become ill.

The Experience

A typical session will last approximately 1 to 2 hours at the location of your choice. I aim to provide a relaxed atmosphere where you can be photographed feeling comfortable and as natural as possible. Many times, I will find the best shots as you and your family interact, and I lay low with the camera. If we need to stop along the way to give the kids a snack or if duty calls for a diaper change, just say the word. My goal is to capture the essence of your personality that makes you you. I believe this can only be achieved in a setting where no one is feeling pressed for time.

The Garb

What you choose to wear will lend so much to the outcome of your session. I’m always available for consultation to go over your clothing selections. Here are some tips that may help you when choosing your attire.

What Works for Individuals:

  • Bold colors
  • Patterns, polka dots and stripes look great on kids
  • Textures like sweaters, denim and knits
  • Layers add interest and depth; pair up short/long-sleeved shirts, jackets, leggings, under skirts and dresses
  • Simple also works well, like a flowing dress, or a solid t-shirt and jeans
  • Accessories like hats, scarves and fashion belts
  • Clothing that reflects your personality
  • A cute pair of shoes, casual loafers or even bare feet

What Works for Families:

  • Coordinate without exactly matching
  • Stick with the same style: all dressy or all casual
  • Choose similar or complimentary color tones and fabrics
  • Moms should choose outfits that will stand out

Try to Avoid Clothing With:

  • Logos
  • Cartoon characters
  • Loud patterns

The Fruition

Within the next few days after your session, I will post a few proofs in your on-line gallery as a sneak peak. All proofs will be uploaded within 2 weeks of your session date, and will remain on-line for 1 week. Orders must be placed within this time to avoid a $50 re-upload fee for an additional 3 days. Inquire about bonus offers when you submit your order within the first 3 days of your on-line gallery being posted.

Edits may include skin tone correction, blemish touch-ups, black and white and/or sepia conversions or other artistic enhancements.

The Forms

Portrait Session Agreement

Model Release Form Only