Now booking for Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
Modern school portraits are available to preschools, charter schools, daycare centers, private schools and homeschool groups in South Austin, TX and surrounding areas.
My sessions run much like your typical big box school portrait business, however I offer a more personal approach and a timeless take on the classic portrait. Your families will cherish their child's portrait and will have the option of purchasing prints, digitals, canvases and more.
I work with the school to determine the best time of the school year to offer these photographs to their families. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time to meet.
What should my child wear?
Solid colored clothing is best. Keep it simple, and avoid distracting choices such as shirts with large pictures or logos. Avoid neon/bright colors.
Do I have to Pre-Pay for a Package?
No. You will receive a photo gallery via email about a week after photos are taken, then you will be able to choose a print package, any add on's or digital images you like.
When will I see pictures?
Approximately two weeks after picture day, your images will be available for viewing in a private online gallery.
Do I get more than one picture to choose from?
Yes, usually parents get 5-10 images to select from. Keep in mind that some children are more camera shy than others, so this will vary some.
How do I order pictures?
You will log into your child’s password- protected gallery and from there select your favorite images in whatever sizes you desire.
There are several packages to choose from, as well as the option to just order a la carte.
How do I pay for my pictures?
Credit Card or Paypal via the online photo gallery. Please let me know if you need special arrangements to pay by cash or check.
Can I send family and friends to see the pictures? Can they place orders too?
Yes, you can! Simply send them the link to the web site and give them your access code.
What does the Expiration Date on my gallery mean?
Your gallery’s expiration date is the last day that you can place an order. It is 15 days after your gallery opens.
We do not leave images up indefinitely. After fifteen days, images will be removed from the site and from the system as we have concluded that you are not planning to order unless you contact the studio to ask for an extension.
What about siblings? Can they be photographed even if they don’t go to the school?
Please contact me to ask about this possibility – I would love to photograph your other children too, but it will depend on how tight the day’s shooting schedule is.
What if I don’t like my pictures?
After viewing your images, if you don’t like any of them, you do not have to buy them.
You may schedule a make up session if you would like us to try again. Please let the studio know what you did not like about the images: know that the set itself and the standard posing set will not be changing. But “forgot it was picture day” or wardrobe issues are perfectly acceptable reasons for a make up!
Before Picture Day:
It is best for the school to let parents know at least 2 to 3 weeks before the scheduled photo day that photos will take place. I will also provide brightly colored reminder "School Photos are tomorrow" stickers for teachers to put on each child as they leave the classroom the day before photo day.
I will work with the school to determine a realistic "day of" schedule that seeks to minimize disruptions to the academic day. Depending on the size of your school, multiple picture days may be necessary.
Setup choices includes a solid black backdrop, a grey backdrop or you can choose a natural outdoor setting (if the school has an on-campus outdoor area & weather permitting). We also can discuss a special setup for your school or a holiday themed set. For indoor settings, I will need access to at least one large window with natural light.
On Picture Day:
The day of school pictures, all children are photographed unless a parent provides a written note asking not to have their child photographed.
Depending on the schedule, each class will come visit me, or small groups of children will be brought to the set. Each child will play a variety of ‘games’ with me while I photograph them – the goal is to distract them from the expectation that they need to “say cheese.”
Some children will be more hesitant than others, and I work hard to make every child feel comfortable in front of the camera, even if it means going a bit off the schedule.
To make the day run smoother, I love to have a parent volunteer or two available to check off the names of children as they’re photographed & keep track of the shoot order as well as help keep me on schedule by bringing the next class or set of children in. These volunteers are ‘paid’ with a gift certificate to be used for their own child’s pictures. Please contact me directly if you are available to help.
After Picture Day:
Within two weeks, parents will be able to access an online, password-protected gallery of their children’s images. There, they can select their favorites and place their order. A la carte prints and packages are available.
Because my entire system is hosted online, proofs are viewed online, and all orders and payments are processed online. The school does not handle forms, printed proofs, or payments. The whole process is designed to be stress-free and convenient!
All online print orders come directly from the professional print lab to the shipping address provided at checkout. If you need editing, please make this request before your place your print order. Purchased digital files will be delivered via email with an instant download link. Watermarks will be removed from purchased photos.