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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.

"Childhood is about innocence and playfulness. It is about joy and freedom."

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 a Storytelling Session is something you absolutely must have (cause, why wouldn’t you!) I will send you a contract and an invoice for your session fee. You can pay your fee either with cash, cashiers check or PayPal. Payment plans are available upon request however, your session is not booked until you have completed and returned the session agreement and the session fee.

HOW DO YOU PLAN OUR SESSION? Once I have received your session agreement and session fee, 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. This consultation can be done in your home, at your favorite local coffee shop or over the phone.

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 avoid wearing clothes that have bold logos or graphics on them as they will 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 remove a few items 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.

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.

ARE PORTRAITS AVAILABLE? I will be more than happy to set aside a few minutes at the end of your session for a few posed images. Or if Storytelling Sessions really aren't for you, you can purchase a portrait session. My portrait sessions will include both posed and candid moments. 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 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 also may be other times where I'll jump in and join you in the family fun!

AFTER THE SESSION

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR ME TO GET MY IMAGES? It takes about 2-3 weeks to artistically edit your images and upload them to your personal online gallery. Once ready, we’ll meet up again and go over the images. At that point you'll be able to purchase your prints or artwork. I will help guide you through the selection process and help you decide on the best way to display your images. Rest assured that there is no pressure to buy during this viewing and ordering session. I only want you to purchase what you want and what you can afford!

Don't let those precious moments pass you by.

INVESTMENTS

In 10 years how would you like to look back and relive all the little details that made you smile, laugh and cry as you relive the daily routines of family life? Imagine being able to share the ever-changing years with your children as they grow right before your very eyes? You’ll be able to look back and see just how much love and support you have always had for them. What would you do if you could preserve these memories to remind you just how incredible these seemingly mundane moments of family life can be?

This is Us Collection - $250

  • One to two hours - This package is perfect for in-home maternity and family sessions.
  • Online gallery with at least 45 edited/retouched high-resolution digital images
  • A $15 print credit to use toward ordering prints or other products

This is Love Collection - $400

  • Three to five hours – This package is perfect to document a special event in your life such as a birthday party, an award celebration, graduation or even a small backyard wedding!
  • Online gallery with at least 75 edited/retouched high-resolution digital images
  • A $25 print credit to use toward ordering prints or other products

This is Life Collection - $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 at least 150 edited/retouched high-resolution digital images
  • A $35 print credit to use toward ordering prints or other products
  • 5x7 20-page coffee table photo book.

Fresh 48 & Newborn Collection - $600

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 the first moments 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.

  • I'll be 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 at least 50 edited/retouched high-resolution digital images
  • A $35 print credit to use toward ordering prints or other products
  • 5x7 20-page coffee table photo book.
  • A digital birth announcement to share with your family and friends.

Standard Portrait Collection - $225

  • Includes children, family, engagement, maternity and seniors.
  • One to two hours on location of your choice
  • Online gallery of at least 45 edited/retouched high-resolution digital images
  • A $15 print credit to use toward ordering prints or other products

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 as well as my time and talent as an artist. The session fee is due at signing. Payment plans are available upon request. Standard travel fees may be applied if traveling outside of Sonoma County. All prices subject to change without notice.

PRINTS & PRODUCTS

From prints and customized albums to Gallery Wrap Canvases, I have a wide variety of print products of the highest quality to suit your needs. We will work together to help you decide on the best way to display your images. Looking for something that you don't see below? Contact me and I'll be happy to do a custom order for you!

USB Drive - Personalized USB to hold all of your digital images. Your choice of either black or wood USB Drives are available with either an 8GB or 16GB capacity.

  • 8GB - $40
  • 16GB - $60

Prints - All photo prints are printed on luster photo paper.

  • (8) Wallets - $9
  • 4x6 - $5
  • 5x7 - $6
  • 8x10 - $9
  • 11x14 - $16

Gallery Wraps - Gallery Wraps are a way to turn any photo into a work of art. These gallery wraps reflect quality canvas wrapped around a 1.5" real wood frame. Custom sizes available upon request.

  • 5x5 - $70
  • 8x10 - $85
  • 10x20 - $95
  • 11x14 - $105
  • 16x24 - $125
  • 20x30 - $135
  • 24x36 - $185

Coffee Table Books - These coffee table books feature high quality press printing and supreme craftsmanship. The cover material is fabric and paper is magazine style. To swap out the fabric cover for leather, please add $50.

  • 5x7 - 20 Pages - $110
  • 8.5x11 (Horizontal) - 20 Pages - $140
  • 8.5x11 (Vertical) - 20 Pages - $150
  • 11x14 (Horizontal) - 20 Pages - $170

*Additional pages are $10 each.

Product sales are subject to California state sales tax. / Prices and products subject to change without notice.

Moments like these only come around once in a lifetime.

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.

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