FAQs & Session Guide Dragonfly Lifestyle Photography

Every family has a story to tell. Let me tell yours.

WHAT IS FAMILY DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY?

It goes by many different names…documentary photography - storytelling - day in the life…but they all mean the same thing: documenting your family just as they are: unscripted, unposed and 100% real. There is no direction from the photographer at all. I won’t make you stand or sit awkwardly in a way that doesn’t feel natural to you. I won’t tell you to tilt your head slightly to the right or to ask your partner to try to relax and enjoy himself. I won’t be jumping up and down making silly sounds while clapping my hands to get your toddler to look at me just to get a smile. What I will do is follow you around as you go about your day, whether it be in your home or out doing everyday family activities. I will be there to not only capture the laugher and the love between your family, but all the moments that comes with being a family…the tears, the pouting and the frustration one has when they don’t get what they want. I will be there to capture it all.

WHAT TO EXPECT

You have an idea of what you want photographed, but it may feel scary to say yes not knowing exactly how a session works. Let’s talk a little about how my process works, so you’ll understand what to expect from start to finish. Going beyond the photos, your experience is important.

BEFORE YOUR SESSION

HOW DO WE BOOK WITH YOU? Once you have decided that this is the kind of session you absolutely must have (cause, why wouldn’t you!) I will send you a session contract and an invoice for your session fee. You can pay this via cash or PayPal. Payment plans are available upon request, however your session is not booked until you have completed and returned the session agreement and paid the session fee in whole.

HOW DO YOU PLAN OUR SESSION? Once I have received your session agreement and retainer, I will send you a questionnaire asking you some details about your family. It is very important that you complete and return your answers to me, as they will give me insight of your life and will help me tell your story. After I have received your questionnaire, we will set up an in-person consultation. It gives us a chance to get to know each other a little better which will make everyone much more relaxed come session day. We will go over your answers of the questionnaire and plan out your session together. Ideally it would be best for us to meet at your home so I can get a sense of your family life. If you can’t meet in person, that’s fine too. We could do a consultation over the phone or through Skype.

WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR? Ask yourself this: when was the last time you got dressed up, hair and makeup done perfectly and gone downstairs and made breakfast for your family, who just happen to be wearing color coordinated outfits? Yeah, I’ve never either. Wear what you would normally. Yoga pants and an oversize tee-shirt? Perfect! If you do get dressed up every day then go for it, but what’s most important is that you’re comfortable and you wear what represents you and the story you're trying to tell. Are we going to go spend time on the family boat? Then I’d leave the heels and cocktail dress at home. I do recommend to avoid wearing clothes with bold logos or graphics that would be distracting in the photos.

WHAT IF MY HOUSE ISN'T CLEAN IN TIME? Life is naturally messy. There are toys and books scattered across the house and dishes in the sink. If you want to pick up a few items off the floor or remove things that you don't want to be seen then that is fine, but please do not feel like you need to make your house spotlessly clean. The goal for this session is to capture your life and home as it is in all its messy glory. I will ask that you open all your blinds, curtains and doors to let in as much natural light as possible into your house.

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS? Since these sessions are mostly done indoors, we don’t have to worry about having perfect weather. What does your family do during rainy days? Play board games, sing along to your favorite Disney movie? The possibilities and the story is there no matter what life throws at us. However, if we’ve planned an outdoor session I will always plan ahead. At our consultation, I recommend choosing two dates to do your session. I will watch the weather closely as your first session date approaches. If it looks like rain, we’ll reschedule to the second date of choice.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE TO CANCEL? Life is unpredictable and I totally understand that things happen beyond our control. If you do have to cancel your session, please give me at least 48 hours’ notice if possible. We will then find a date to reschedule, if we haven’t already planned a backup date. Please keep in mind, if you do end up cancelling and don’t re-schedule only 50% of your session fee will be refunded.

STORYTELLING SESSIONS SOUND AMAZING, BUT I REALLY WANT PORTRAITS. DO YOU OFFER THOSE? Don't get me wrong, I do understand the importance of a family portrait and the significance behind them. I will be more than happy to set aside a few minutes to your session for 1 or 2 posed images. You can also add on an additional 30 minute mini-portrait session at the end of your storytelling session. Or if storytelling sessions really aren't for you, you can purchase one of my portrait sessions. However, my portrait sessions will also include a few candid moments as well as posed ones. I will not provide any props. If these are a must for you, I would recommend bringing something meaningful to you and your family. Again, something that sets you apart from everyone else.

DURING THE SESSION

WHAT IS A TYPICAL SESSION LIKE? On the day of your session, I’ll arrive at your house or at the location you've chosen. We’ll briefly go over the events that will take place and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Then the fun begins! I’ll follow you around as you go about your day or proceed with the activity that was discussed. The best way for you to plan for your session is to just relax and just be you. I want to be sure that everyone is having fun and the best way to do this is not to set any expectations and allow events to unfold as they naturally would. For the most part I will be a fly on the wall, capturing your day as it unfolds. There may be other times where I'll jump in and join you in the family fun! I may ask you to do something again, or if the light isn’t right I may ask you to move just slightly or suggest a different room if possible. But other than that, you are just to go about your day as you would normally.

AFTER THE SESSION

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR ME TO GET MY IMAGES? Three weeks or less after your session, we’ll meet up again for your reveal session where we’ll go over the images and you will get to purchase your prints or artwork if interested. These sessions can be done in your home or at a location of your choice such as your favorite coffee shop. This date will be set at the time of your initial consultation.

Don't let those precious moments pass you by

STORYTELLING SESSION INVESTMENTS

Session fees include an in-person meet and greet to discuss the details of your session and a reveal session to view your images and purchase prints and/or artwork. The session fee includes my time and talent to capture and artistically edit the images of your session. It does not include any prints, products or digital files unless stated as part of the package.

This is Us-$225

  • Up to two hours in your home or at an agreed upon location. This session is ideal to document your favorite activity together. Whether it's baking cookies, family game night, or going out for ice cream.
  • Online gallery of 25 artistically edited images.
  • A $15 credit toward prints

This is Love-$350

  • Three to five hours in your home or at an agreed upon location. This session is similar to the This is Us session, but gives you more time to tell your story and capture more moments with your family.
  • Online gallery of 75 artistically edited images
  • A $25 credit toward prints

This is Life-$599

  • Up to 12 hours with you and your family. During this session, I'll observe your entire day from morning snuggles to bed time cuddles and everything in-between.
  • Online gallery of 150 artistically edited images.
  • • 5x7 20-page coffee table photo book.

Fresh 48 & Newborn Session - $700

Fresh 48 sessions are held within the first 48 hours of your baby's life and take place where your baby is born (hospital or at home). The first few hours is such a whirlwind of emotions, especially for first time parents, which make these sessions perfect for those families who want this time of their newborn’s life captured.

Newborn sessions take place during the first few days of baby being home. This is not your typical newborn session; there will be no posing or props, just natural interactions between you and your new bundle of joy. Due to the nature of both of these sessions I will only book a handful of these a year so be sure to reach out to me as soon as possible.

  • On-call 24/7 for 2 weeks before and after your due date (until the birth).
  • 2 hour session that takes place either in the hospital or in your home.
  • Online gallery of 50 artistically edited images.
  • 5x7 20-page coffee table photo book.
  • A digital birth announcement to share with your family and friends.

PORTRAIT SESSION INVESTMENTS

Session fees include an in-person meet and greet to discuss the details of your session and a reveal session to view your images and purchase prints and/or artwork. The session fee includes my time and talent to capture and artistically edit the images of your session. It does not include any prints, products or digital files unless stated as part of the package.

Mini-Session Add-On-$100

  • 30-minute session on location of your choice
  • A mixture of posed and natural interactions between you and your family
  • Online gallery of 10 artistically edited images
  • Only available as an add on to a Storytelling Session

Family & Children Portrait Sessions - $185

  • One-hour session on-location of your choice.
  • A mixture of posed and natural interactions between you and your family.
  • Online gallery
  • A $15 credit toward prints

Maternity Portrait Session* - $195

  • Two-hour session at a location of your choice and unlimited wardrobe changes.
  • Session should take place between your 32-36 week of pregnancy.
  • A mixture of posed and natural interactions between you and your family.
  • Online gallery
  • A $25 credit toward prints

*psst...ask me about an in-home maternity storytelling session documenting your last moments at home before your baby arrives.

Senior Session-$200

  • Two-hour session with 2 location choices and unlimited wardrobe changes.
  • A mixture of posing and candid moments.
  • Online gallery
  • Digital graduation announcement to share with your friends and family
  • A $25 credit toward prints

THE FINE PRINT: Your session fee must be paid in full before your session date. The session fee includes my time and talent to capture and artistically edit the images of your session. It does not include any prints, products or digital files. During your reveal session, you will make your purchase decisions.

  • Travel fees may apply outside of Sonoma County, CA.
  • All sessions are priced for a family of 5. Any additional family members over the age of 1 will be an additional $25 per person.
  • All prices and products subject to change without notice.
  • PAYMENT PLANS ARE AVAILABLE! Please email me for details.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Dare to stand out from the rest and set yourself apart from everyone else. Documentary Photography is storytelling at its finest, preserving your family's emotions, relationships, and love in powerful and honest images. If you're ready take the plunge then feel free to reach out and say hello. I look forward to documenting your family and telling your story.

  • dragonflylifestylephotography@gmail.com
  • www.dragonflylifestylephotography.com/
  • www.facebook.com/dragonflylifestylephotography
  • www.instagram.com/dragonflylifestylephotography

All images © 2017 Dragonfly Lifestyle Photography

Created By
Kim Pascale
Appreciate

Credits:

All images © 2017 Dragonfly Lifestyle Photography

Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a Copyright Violation, please follow Section 17 in the Terms of Use.