the connection portrait experience
what to expect from inquiry to finished artwork
01. Let’s Connect
In a short email or phone conversation, I will connect with you to answer your questions about connection portraits and learn more about your vision for the session. This is a time for us to both learn about each other and ensure we’re both on the same page.
02. Pre-Session Consultation
Next, you’ll be invited to my studio for your pre-session consultation. We’ll use this time to get to know each other even better - you’ll share about your family and how you’d like to be photographed, and I’ll share what I can create for you. We’ll talk about location, wardrobe, expectations, and how you’d like to enjoy your artwork after it's created.
03. Connection Session
Since we’ve already talked through all of the details, you’ll already be completely prepared for your connection portraits. All you’ll need to do is arrive, and I’ll guide you through the entire process and create beautiful photographs that match the vision for our time together.
04. Art Ordering Appointment
This is the most exciting part of our time together! The art ordering appointment is the first time that you will see your artwork, and you will enjoy the experience of selecting from a collection of gorgeous first edition originals. I’ll guide you through the entire process of selecting your favorites and the best presentation for each photograph, so you will be confident that your finished artwork will look its absolute best and be handcrafted to stand the test of time.
05. Unveiling and Installation
The culmination of your connection portrait experience is when I personally deliver your finished artwork and install it in your home to enjoy and enrich your life for decades and generations to come.
Are connection portraits for you?
Do you love bright photographs with neutral colors and beautiful light?
Are the little moments in between more important to you than smiling at the camera?
Do you love photographs that feel natural with lots of emotion?
Are you looking forward to enjoying your portraits in a relaxed and unhurried way, taking time to laugh and breathe and simply be with those you love most?
Will you enjoy an experienced artist guiding you through the entire process - from outfit selection and location to your final printed artwork hung on the walls of your home?
Does the idea of sharing your photographs with your children in 20 years make your heart skip a beat?
Is your favorite way to view a photograph as ink on paper rather than as pixels on a screen?
If so, fine art connection portraits may be the perfect fit for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
ARE YOU AVAILABLE FOR TRAVEL?
Absolutely! I spend a significant portion of the year traveling, and would love to chat with you about your destination. Travel fees are based on location, but since we travel so often, sometimes I'm able to waive travel fees when we're already in a location for another reason. Usually, for travel sessions, pre-planning takes place over Skype instead of in person.
How involved are you in planning our session?
Very. The goal of the pre-session planning meeting is to go over every detail of your session to ensure you receive the types of photographs you'd like in the most beautiful manner possible. I will help you select specific wardrobe stylings that allow the photograph to be about the connection between your family members, not your clothing. I'll also work with you to find the best possible location for the types of images you'd like.
Where will my session be?
Most sessions take place in my downtown Rogers studio. However, I do also take a limited number of outdoor or in-home commissions. I believe in-home sessions, especially for newborns, are often the most practical and beautiful option. Your home is where you and your baby are most comfortable, and images in your home are sentimental and only become more special over time. We'll talk about where these images will be taken in your pre-session planning meeting, and if there is not a great location in your home to photograph you, no worries - we have options!
Do you have an option for all of my baby's milestones?
Absolutely. I structure photographing a baby’s first year a bit differently than a regular fine art connection session, and I’d be happy to chat with you more about what that looks like. For your child’s first year, we will plan four session together - maternity, newborn, six months, and one year. All four are full sessions with planning and art ordering appointments. Let me know if you’re interested in this collection, and I’d be happy to give you more details!
What if nicer clothing aren't our thing? Can we just wear jeans?
While most of my clients choose to wear semi-formal clothing, this is not a requirement. The most important thing to my style and approach is color and texture. So while a blush maxi dress photographs beautifully, so does a heather gray oversized sweater. Typically we will stay away from jeans (because of the color and texture!), but we will work together to style outfits that are beautiful and appropriate for your family and lifestyle.
Do you use any sort of props during the session?
No. My goal is to focus on the connection between you and your loved ones and provide you with timeless artwork that you'll enjoy for the rest of your life. Your clothing will be chosen carefully while avoiding costumes, and the only place we'll put your baby is in your arms.
I feel like I always look awkward in photos. How will you help me look my best?
Girl - trust me, I hear that more often than you would think! And it’s not your job to look natural and beautiful in photographs, it’s mine! Your only job is to relax and trust that I will make you feel comfortable and guide you into the most flattering poses and situations. Of all of the people who have told me they always look awkward in photographs, I’ve never had one person who wasn’t thrilled with their final images.
How should I preserve and display my photographs in my home?
I create museum quality heirlooms for you and your loved ones. There are three main presentations for these heirlooms - wall art, albums, portrait boxes. Wall art is perfect for the photographs that you absolutely love and want to see every single day, and albums or portrait boxes are the best way to preserve your photographs if you love them all. Regardless of what you choose, every single image that leaves my studio is a finished work of art presented in a way that is guaranteed to stand the test of time.
What about digital files?
Although I specialize in creating heirlooms for your family, I understand the desire to share your favorite images on social media. For this reason, every portrait that you purchase includes a matching digital file. Also, the full digital negative suite is avaliable with some collections or a la carte.
What can I expect to spend?
The creative retainer for all connection portrait sessions is $200. All physical and digital products are purchased separately at your art ordering appointment. At this time, you'll be able to view all of your portraits and decide what you'd like to purchase. I will walk you through everything from wall portraits, albums and portrait boxes to digital files, and ensure you preserve your photographs in the way that is right for you and your family. The amount you chose to invest in your artwork is completely up to you: you only buy what you love! Most families choose to invest between $1000 and $6000 on a collection of their favorite artwork to display and enjoy in their home.