seattle family photographer | choosing the right session
seattle family photographer
Deciding to have professional pictures of your family taken is a great gift for everyone involved. Having this stage of your family captured will provide great memories for years and generations to come.
Some people prefer the traditional studio setting, formally posed portraits like the ones we probably all appear in from our childhood, I know I have a few kicking around that I love, but wouldn’t hang on the wall if you paid me a million dollars!
Today’s trends are a more relaxed, candid style of session showcasing your family interacting with each other. Tender moments, laughing, snuggling, that look of love. These are the moments that we remember and want to hold onto.
So, now that you know you want a session, which session do you book and how do you decide who to book with? First off, decide on the style of photography that appeals to you. Do you prefer posed sessions or sessions that are more relaxed, light posing
and a mix of closeups and candid moments. I tend to shoot family sessions in a mixed style. Some light posing, some away shots where I am further back to show the environment and surroundings with some close up candid moments. I like to capture
moody shots, laughing shots and tender moments. Using color and b&w to create a beautiful gallery of your family that you will want to hang on the walls of your home 🙂
Carmen Miller Photography offers two kinds of family photography sessions. Family Mini Sessions or Full Family Sessions. The difference between the two detailed below should help you decide which is best for you and your family.
$475.00 – Full Family Sessions include the following:
No time limit, usually between 1 – 2 hours but no restrictions
Location mutually agreed upon in the Seattle area, sometimes multiple locations if they are in close proximity
A larger gallery and collection of images that are all yours! You get to have them all. Usually between 24 – 40 images.
A beautiful custom USB drive, a guide to help you plan how to display your family’s photos and some helpful tips for printing
A few of the different locations to be considered include Discovery Park, Seattle Arboretum, Everett beaches, Bothell Landing, Mary Moore Park and numerous other areas. I am always interesting in going to new places as well!
$Price varies from $150 – $250 depending on type of mini – Family Mini Sessions include the following:
Up to 30 mins of session time
One location, chosen by Carmen
5 or 10 digital files that you choose from the online gallery delivered via download
The online gallery will usually have up to 15 images to choose from
Because mini sessions are usually booked by multiple families on certain days, there is a strict time limit
A full family session is best if you want to have a fun, relaxed session and in the end, have lots of different images to display or use as you wish. This is ideal for creating albums, large wall galleries and scrapbooking.
Family Mini sessions are best if you like to update your family images regularly. If you are mostly interested in a few images, creating holiday cards and updating perhaps a large canvas print you have on display.
Please note that Family Mini sessions are only offered a few times a year and sell out quickly.