family portraits

family portrait in our gardens



One Hour Session

Up To Six People

30 Day Online Gallery

$25 Each Additional Person

Includes all digital downloads

on location family portraits



Up To Six People

90 Minuet Session

30 Day Online Gallery

$25 Each Additional Person

Includes all digital downloads

The Details

  • There is a  minimum print order requirement in addition to your session.

  • Printing takes 2-3 weeks for prints and up to 4 weeks for custom coffee table books and albums.

  • Session fee deposits are not refundable but can be used towards a future session.

  • No shows will forfeit the session fee deposit

Each session includes up to one or two hours of shooting time and an unlimited amount of images/poses taken.  Each session includes a private online gallery of your proofs provided 7-10 days after the portrait session. The sitting fee is for Nicole’s time and talent, pre-session phone consult, and post work in her digital dark room. This fee is non-refundable. You will have 30 days to order your portraits after the secure online proof gallery is posted. Please note that there is a $75.00 fee to reactivate your session.  Our studio offers an online ordering system where all portraits and products can be purchased or you can request an in person consultation to go over your order at the studio.

Family outfit inspiration

One of the questions I am asked most frequently by my clients is “What should we wear?” And it’s no wonder! Your photos are an investment that you have most likely spent some time and money on, and besides adorning the walls of your home and probably your Christmas card, they will be passed down for generations to come. It is understandable that you want to look your best! I have compiled a few tips here that I am hoping will help you feel less overwhelmed when it comes time to pick out your wardrobe for your next photo session.

Do you have a certain color that you really love to wear? Wear it! Do you love dresses? Wear one! Find something that makes you feel beautiful! If you are comfortable in what you are wearing, it will transfer to your photos. Being comfortable and confident in what we’re wearing can make a huge difference in how we feel and how relaxed we are in front of the camera.

FOR MOM: Dresses are the most flattering, and photograph beautifully. Dresses with movement add an extra touch of grace and elegance to your photos!

FOR DAD: Chinos and button up shirts or henleys look sharp, masculine and tailored in photos. Keep in mind that fitted slacks, as opposed to cargo styles, photograph best.

FOR KIDS: Same as mom and dad! Don’t forget to accessorize! Little touches like hair accessories, bow ties and suspenders can add the perfect stylistic touch  to your photos.

I always recommend having at least three colors in your palette. Adding in a couple of patterns looks nice too! Add in a solid shirt for one person, maybe some stripes for another. Remember, the key is to coordinate, so the colors in your prints and patterns are your friend!

If your personality is suited to a more subtle look, neutrals photograph beautifully as well. You can easily keep your color scheme neutral and add in smaller amounts of color for variety.

If you’re having a hard time deciding on a color palette, let the colors of your home inspire you! Since your home is where your images will be displayed, think about the colors that will coordinate well with your home and style of décor. I also like to recommend that my clients consider the Pantone Color of the year as well! Because fashion designers utilize the Pantone Color of the year in their design choices for the coming seasons, making selections from these options will usually result in color choices that are fashionable and on trend. The Pantone website will provide you with an array of coordinating colors and hues!

Finish off your look with accessories and layers. This can really make your photos “YOU” and looks fantastic in photos!  Consider adding a statement necklace or scarf to your outfit, and for your family, consider accessories such as a vest, belt, jacket, hat, suspenders, headband, etc. Accessories are the perfect way to give a finishing touch to your look, and they can really set your photos apart.

Things to Avoid. There are a few tones that are less flattering for photos, that I usually recommend my clients avoid, specifically neon colors, and wearing all white. White tends to wash out most people’s skin tones and isn’t most flattering. This isn’t to say you can’t have any white on, but it might be best to not make it your principle color of choice for every person in your photo shoot. Neon colors will cast bright colors onto your skin in photos, and can make it difficult to capture your natural skin tones. While neon colors are a lot of fun, it’s best to save them for occasions outside of photo time.

Helping my clients get ready for their photo session is one of my greatest joys! I hope these tips give you some ideas and help you to feel a little more prepared. If you have any questions, or even any more tips or ideas, don’t hesitate to ask!

How to Prep the Kids

  • Make sure they are rested

  • Make sure they are fed

  • Tell them what we will be doing, and make it sound exciting!

  • Make this exciting for them – consider a reward/something fun afterwards

  • Let them be little! Just give them grace to be little, and know I will capture their personalities no matter what.

How to Prep Dad

  • Make sure he is rested and fed – Haha! But really… rested and fed applies to the grown-ups too!

  • Show him a few of your favorite pictures from my blog/website so he can see the relaxed nature of my work. This will help him know what to expect.

  • Let him know that the best thing he can do is to just enjoy his family- and I will do all the work.

How to Prep Yourself

  • Make enough time to prepare on the day of your session, so you don’t feel rushed and anxious.

  • Let go of your need for perfection. This is the biggest anxiety for most moms. It’s ok if your kids aren’t “perfect” during our time together.

  • Don’t worry about your kids not giving me their “real smiles.” Most of the time, being told “not that smile, your REAL smile!” only makes it worse… So, don’t worry. I will work hard to get them laughing and will be sure to capture them at their best!

What to bring

  • Bring comfy shoes for walking between spots

  • Snacks for the kids, that won’t stain

  • Makeup for touchups

  • Extra diapers, wipes, etc.

  • Bring along something extra and meaningful – child’s favorite special toy that you may want to photograph, flowers to hold, favorite quilt, antique chair, etc.

Final Thoughts

The most important thing for you to remember is to just enjoy your family. Let this be a time that you have fun with each other, tell silly stories, and laugh a lot!  Down the road, it won’t matter nearly as much if you were having a bad hair day that day, or if your son wasn’t listening well. You will look back on these pictures and remember this moment in time, and how quickly it went.