Thank you for booking a Family Session! I can't wait to capture some beautiful moments that tell your family's unique story!

I've prepared this prep guide so you know exactly what to expect during your session, and the time leading up to it.

I will confirm our session as the date approaches, but please feel free to reach out at any time with questions or concerns.

FAMILY SESSION INFO

FAMILY SESSION PREP GUIDE

Family Sessions take place at home, and I'm happy to include a short walk around the neighborhood as well! I shoot using natural light, so I ask that you open all your shades before I arrive. This will give your photos more depth, and beautiful colors.

I don't impose a time limit for my sessions. Because of the nature of documentary photography, I wait for moments to unfold naturally. Session typically last 2-4 hours, which will allow us to cover a variety or activities that are meaningful to you. These activities might include, meal time, bath time, nursing, and reading.

Once you fill out the questionnaire, we'll have a rough plan for the session. From there, there's always room for surprises and on-the-spot ideas! 

 

Preparing for Your Session

Once I arrive, I like to take a few minutes to get to know everyone, so we can all be comfortable around each other. I aim to create a relaxed and stress-free environment, where you can be yourselves!

When it feels natural, I'll take out my camera and start snapping away. We will be in communication the entire time, and I will guide you through the session. I will bring notes with me from your questionnaire - like what activities you'd like me to capture, and mood words you'd use to describe your family dynamic. 

My goal is to capture the essence you who you are, and your relationships with each other. Also... this should be FUN!

The Session Itself

What Should We Wear?

I recommend dressing in a style that represents you. There is absolutely no need to dress up for the photo session. 

Here are a few things to AVOID, to make sure you and your children are the highlight of the photos:

• All black or all white
• Distinct/distracting logos
• Crazy patterns
• Large text (especially for the little ones)

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my place is a huge mess?

There's really two parts to this question, right? The first has to do with inviting someone over, and the idea of having to tidy up for a guest. The second is about how your space will be represented in your photos. 

Regarding the first part, here's what I'll say: I am probably the least fussy person you'll meet, and my house is always a little messy. I'm certainly not there to make any judgements, and I know first-hand how difficult it can be to keep your space clean. So, you really don't have to worry about me. 

Now, if you're concerned about "the mess" being visible in your photos, and it's something you feel strongly about avoiding, I would suggest tidying up one main area of the house, and that's where we'll focus our session. Ideally by a big window! 

What if my spouse isn't thrilled about the session?

It's part my job is to get everyone comfortable around myself and the camera. So let me handle that! After a while, you'll almost forget I'm there! I've had families that were a little shy at first, but one hour in, were all singing and dancing together like they would on their own! 

What if my kid gets sick?

I ask that you give me at least 24 hours notice if you need to reschedule your session. As a mother myself, I understand that situations can come up at the last minute, so I try to be as accommodating as possible.      

If you have questions or concerns I haven't addressed, please feel free to reach out at any time. I'm here to help!

After your session, I'll narrow down your images so we're left with the best of the best. Your gallery will typically contain at least 75 images. 

Once I've edited your photos, you will receive an email with a link to view your slideshow. I strongly recommend watching this on the biggest screen you have, with the family gathered! It should feel like an event! The slideshow will remain active for 24 hours, starting from when you open it. You'll be able to view and share it as much as you like during that period.

The next step is to select and purchase your Collection. From there, you'll have access to all your photos for the next two weeks while you choose your favorite images for download, and your products from my online store. You'll receive a coupon code which will unlock your product credit.

After the Session

While everything I offer in my digital store is printed in professional labs and guaranteed to be beautiful, I recognize that you may want to print your images yourself - and you absolutely can!

I recommend mpix.com for online prints. Be sure to de-select any color correction options. Your files should allow you to print up to 20x30".

As the photographer, I retain the copyright of the images.

However, you are free to post and print your images wherever you'd like. 

I only ask that you not alter the images in any way - no filters, cropping, converting to black & white, etc.

You may NOT resell your photos or use for business/commercial purposes.

copyright info

printing your images

Once you've selected your favorite images, you can download them directly from the gallery. I suggest having two copies of your images - one on a hard drive, and a backup copy located on a cloud service (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.)

downloading your files

Looking at your photos on a screen will never compare to the feeling of seeing them on your walls everyday, or flipping through the pages of an album with your children.

Choosing your products is perhaps the most important part of the whole process. Take a look at some of the items I offer, so you can start thinking about how you'd like to display your images. 

Products

fine art albums - Starting at $750 for an 8x8 album with leather or linen cover

framed deckled prints - Starting at $250 for an 8x10 print

photo ledge with mounted prints - starting at $60

Looking at your photos on a screen will never compare to the feeling of seeing them on your walls everyday, or flipping through the pages of an album with your children.

Choosing your products is perhaps the most important part of the whole process. Take a look at some of the items I offer, so you can start thinking about how you'd like to display your images. 

Products

fine art albums - starting at $750

framed deckled prints- starting at $250

photo ledge with prints - starting at $60

Thank You!

Thanks again for trusting me with your family's memories! I'm excited to work with you!

Please feel free to reach out at any point during the process if you have questions or are feeling overwhelmed. I'm here to help!



Call me: (626) 497-9091

Email me: marjoriecohenphotography@gmail.com