What’s different about our session offerings? We do not charge session fees. Instead, we offer straight-forward hourly rates that include your session time and all resulting high resolution files, along with a print release. There are no hidden charges or unexpected expenses to crop up later (As is often the case when pricing looks cheap on a photographer’s price list. Don’t be fooled, expenses get tacked on at the end. You will not experience that here!). You can build your session exactly as you would like, and are only charged a simple hourly rate for the time it takes. We firmly believe that your session should be tailored to YOU! When you come to us, files are always included. Consultations are free, and a great first step in information-gathering and planning the logistics.
THE CONSULTATION allows us an opportunity to see if we’re meant for each other, by asking and answering all the questions that come to mind. After that we start brain-storming and planning. Having two teenagers ourselves here (our son will be a Class of ’19 senior, and our daughter is a Freshman who is full of sparkly ideas and fun opinions), I know how hard it can be to coordinate plans. It really is a balancing act, trying to lay out a super fun, yet down to earth plan, keeping things within your budget, while somehow *not* being a total dream-crusher. Think of me as the buffer. The one that filters through to make all sides happy, with the goal of a fun and easy experience for you all. This particular area is one of my specialties, and consultations are the key! Here’s how: Getting a plan in place helps everyone to feel confident going in, and usually shakes off any nerves your senior may have before “picture day”. It’s just a quick 20 minute appointment where we sit down together here at the studio talk through plans, gather ideas, get clothing/hair/skin/makeup tips, and map out the logistics. Senior portraits are a huge milestone that deserves thought and planning. Senior girls often have a lot of ideas and excitement at this appointment, and parents of senior guys almost always hang back after their son leaves to whisper “I’m shocked at how much he had to say!”. Given the opportunity to talk a little about their interests makes them feel special, loved (since you took the time to do this with them and for them) and excited about documenting who they are at this stage in life. To me, it’s important, and is exactly what this process is about!
THE FEATURE is perfect for those who would prefer a short one hour session, with enough time for a few outfit changes. Since time is somewhat limited, these sessions are best held at our studio where we can easily photograph in-studio and/or step right outside onto our grounds for some beautiful scenery and sets that we have created specifically for senior portraits. Or we can meet at a pre-planned Sun Prairie location. This is also the base where THE SEQUEL and THE TRILOGY begin in case you would like more for your senior session.
THE SEQUEL is the second hour added on to THE FEATURE SESSION. It works well for seniors who have interest beyond just outfits and scenery, but would also like to include their sports, hobbies, or favorite places. Examples are athletic fields, downtown urban locations, a dirt road with their vehicle, horse barn, coffee shop, etc. You can have one two hour appointment, or we can break it into two separate sessions. Girls often use this opportunity to have one session with straight hair, the other session, curly hair. Many choose to have the first session at our studio and outdoors here, and then the second session at their location of choice. A consultation is a great way to plan the best approach in making your ideas come to life!
THE TRILOGY is the third hour added on to THE FEATURE and THE SEQUEL SESSION. This is an excellent choice for downtown Madison sessions, or going to further outlying locations such as the lake, etc. My personal favorite is to “take things on the road for two 1.5 hour sessions, or the full 3 hours. It’s hard to describe the fun experience of simply loading your trunk with awesome outfits and hopping in the car for an adventure! We stop at multiple locations along the way, based on your personal style, and the session unfolds organically and naturally. This often means randomly pulling over to the side of the road and running to a newly discovered wildflower field or dilapidated building! This session is truly a memorable experience! Divide this session any way you’d like, or have one full session. As with THE SEQUEL, a consultation is highly recommended so that we can get our plan of action in place to create your session and truly enjoy your portrait experience(s)!
When planning locations off-site, please keep in mind that of our drive time away from the studio, and back, comes from your total session time. Prices subject to change without notice.