Your Portrait Experience

Naturally you are curious about what to expect when planning your portrait session. First and foremost, expect a wonderful and memorable experience, one that you will remember with a smile each and every time you view the portraits in your home.

What to Expect

After your session date is booked and we have your deposit. Here’s how it works, step by step…

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The Pre-Planning Consultation

The pre-planning consultation is when we discuss what type of session you are interested in. We discuss your vision and goals for a successful portrait session. Location, wardrobe, time of day, studio vs. outdoor, etc. are many of the things we will discuss. Together, we determine what’s most important to you and how we can best match your expectations. The pre-planning dialogue with Rhea is simple to do and may take place over the phone, or in person with a scheduled appointment at the studio. Rhea is available to you to ask any questions, comments or concerns at any time following this discussion as well.

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The Session

On the day of your portrait session, we are ready to begin when you arrive. Most portrait sessions last for approximately one hour (longer for newborn sessions) and we set aside a full hour and a half so that you won’t feel rushed. Your session is designed to be fun and relaxing. We gently guide you through the session and you won’t even know that you are being posed. With a children’s session we will have many different activities and techniques to keep the children’s interest so that they are fully engaged in the process to get the most natural expressions and interactions.

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The Ordering Appointment

Two weeks following your portrait session, we invite you back into the studio for your scheduled ordering appointment. This is when we present you with the images from your session. It is an interactive process to guide you in selecting your favorite images and placing your order. We encourage all decision-makers to be present for the ordering appointment. Typically we recommend allowing an hour and a half for this appointment. And to help you select the proper size portrait to hang on your wall, see our guide to visualizing artwork on your walls.

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Your Order Pick Up

The most exciting time is when you get to take home your portraits and enjoy them. When your order is complete, we contact you to schedule a pick up time. It’s best to know when you will be coming by the studio in order to give you our fullest attention and to assist you with getting the larger pieces to your car. We’ll even deliver your portraits to your car door if it’s easier to leave the little ones in the car seat.