Frequently Asked Questions
How much is a family portrait session?
Our standard family session is $129 for up to six subjects, with additional fees for Saturday appointments, larger groups and travel outside the Tallahassee area. Please note that all session fees are nonrefundable.
Session fees include the session, retouching of all the final images, an in-studio order session to make your purchase decisions and an online gallery following the order session for nine days.
Where does the portrait session take place?
The standard session is photographed in our Tallahassee portrait studio. You can also choose to have your portrait session on location in the Tallahassee area for a small upgrade fee. Popular Tallahassee locations include Maclay Gardens, Dorothy B. Oven Park, downtown Tallahassee, FSU and Railroad Square Art Park.
Can we do the session outside of Tallahassee?
We do quite a few children and family portrait sessions outside Tallahassee and at the nearby beaches for a nominal travel fee. Email or call the studio to find out about specific travel fees.
What time of day should we schedule for the session?
Timing of your portrait session is critical to getting the best images possible. Location sessions in Tallahassee are best early and later in the day, while studio sessions can be scheduled any time. The exact location can also play a part in this decision, so consult the studio about the best possible time for any location you have in mind. Also consider your subject’s schedule when booking your session– we STRONGLY encourage ALL children and baby sessions to be scheduled as early in the day as possible to ensure they are in the best mood! Scheduling a portrait session late in the day or during a child’s naptime may be the most convenient, but it often leads to a less than ideal portrait session.
How far in advance should we schedule our session?
If you are looking for portraits on a specific date or time, it is best to contact the studio as soon as possible to ensure you can reserve that time before anyone else does. If you have a more flexible schedule, we can generally get you on the calendar within two weeks of contacting the studio. In busier times of year such as Spring or Christmas, it is best to plan your session 4-5 weeks in advance.
How long does the session take?
This largely depends on the type of session. Newborn sessions in the studio can last up to two hours, while older baby sessions can take as little as 30 or 45 minutes. Location portrait sessions in Tallahassee generally last about an hour. We recommend blocking off 1 1/2 hours for a child’s portrait session to ensure you are not rushed and 2 1/2 hours for a newborn portrait session.
How should we dress for the portrait session?
Clothing choice is a very personal decision, but we do have some general guidelines that can help.
Solid colors photograph much better than patterns, but if you are looking to have a pattern, try to find a very simple design, or keep the busier pattern away from the face, or in small quantity.
Everyone in the family does not need to wear identical outfits (unless you want to). It works best to choose a color palette and dress everyone in those coordinating colors (think browns and natural colors, or everyone in shades of blue). Do not have one person in a very light color and the other in a dark color.
Choose clothes that are well fitting, shirts with sleeves and nothing that needs a lot of attention or fussing to lay properly, so we can focus on having fun and getting great portraits, rather than fighting with an outfit. Definitely try all their clothing on before the session to ensure a good fit!
What should we bring to the portrait session?
For children, it really depends on their age. For babies and toddlers, bring some of their favorite toys, snacks, bottles, pacifiers, etc. For older children, you are welcome to bring any toy or special item to include in the images or a reward for when the session is finished. For a child’s portrait session, we can do up to three outfits, so you may wish to bring a variety of outfits with you so we can match them up with backgrounds and props and allow you to choose when you are at the studio. If there is a prop you have seen in our portfolio, please contact us to ensure availability and sizing.
What if one of us has a blemish?
Small blemishes, bruises and scratches should not be cause for worry. We retouch all of your images before you ever see them and these minor imperfections are not a problem. With more significant issues such as large scratches, black eyes, etc. you should contact the studio immediately to consult about rescheduling the portrait session.
What if we get sick or the weather is bad?
Sick children are not fun, they are not happy and they do not make for good photographs. They also expose us and our other clients to illness, so we ask that you reschedule your session if your child is not well. Please be courteous to both us and our other clients and notify us as soon as your child becomes ill, so that we may reschedule your session and offer the original time to another client.
For outdoor sessions, we closely monitor the weather and we will notify you if we need to reschedule due to bad weather. Tallahassee is notorious for quick storms where only small parts of town are affected, but certain locations get muddy and unusable with even a small amount of rain.
When do we see the images and order?
About two weeks after your portrait session, we have you come into the studio for your order session. At this session we show you all the final images and show you a variety of products including designed pieces, wall portraits, frames, canvases, storyboards, etc. It is best that anyone involved in making the purchase is present at this session, as many of the products are only available at this time and this session gives you the best pricing for all of our products. Orders are sent to the lab immediately after the order session and most orders are ready for pickup in two to four weeks.
The gallery above shows some favorite images from countless portrait sessions over the years! The blog posts below show our recent work with kids in our Tallahassee studio or on location! You can also use the search bar below to find specific things on the blog!
What a wild and crazy year 2020 has been!! Its definitely one we won't forget, but did you actually make memories you will WANT to remember?? Santa experiences this year have been cancelled in most places and the few that are still having them will have Santa behind...
We are heading back to the beach! We have sunrise and sunset sessions available October 14-17, 2020 at Summer Camp Beach. Each session can accommodate up to eight people and you can choose either sunrise or sunset. Sunset session fees are $129 and sunrise session...
Tallahassee summers are just brutal. The intense heat and humidity really limit sessions outside to the hour after sunrise and the hour just before sunset. I was so thrilled that the Kellers joined me just after sunrise at the lake at Southwood. We got to play and...
CHAOS! LOL What else can you say about a session with a five year old, 18 month old, two grown doggies and a puppy? While the session may have been a whirlwind, its a true representation of this time in the lives of the McFarland Boys. This is real life-- its...
This was the tenth year we have done the Ducks & Bunnis mini-sessions at the studio and I have to say it was a year like no other. With concerns over Covid-19, many sessions cancelled and this was the lowest number of sessions we have ever done, BUT each and...
COVID19 is NO fun. We miss our friends, our routines, our sense of normal. I desperately miss being in the studio, playing with all the kiddos, snuggling all the babies and spending time with all my clients. I am so blessed to be a part of a very large network of...
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