Cindy White Photography portrait guide


If you’re reading this that means you’re either thinking about hiring Cindy White Photography to capture your family’s memories or you’ve already booked your CWP session.

Either way I’m excited!

Throughout this guide you’ll find all the information you need to guide you through the complete CWP experience. You’ll learn how to prepare for your session, what to expect, and all about the pricing and fun client reveal session! CWP has created each step to give you the full service photography experience you deserve.

Hi I'm Cindy and this is my crazy family!

The Cindy White Photography Experience

Raise your hand if you have an iPhone, hard drive, disk or flash drive full of pictures. Raise your hand if not one of those pictures have ever been printed. Do you have both of your hands up now? Cindy White Photography strives to make sure that neither of these two things happen!

CWP is a full service boutique photography business. My goal is to make sure you not only have an amazing session that leaves you with fun memories but also to provide you with heirloom quality prints and products that will last a lifetime.

No more files hidden away in drawers for no one to see. About a week after your portrait session you’ll have your reveal session where you’ll get to see all of your images for the first time. That day we’ll work to create amazing products to showcase your entire session. From wall art to albums-CWP has a full range of products to meet all of your needs!

I’m guessing that right now you’re saying “But I want the digital files!”. Don’t worry, I completely understand where you’re coming from. I value digital files as much as you do (otherwise I wouldn’t have a computer filled with precious family memories!). CWP offers collections that include digital files along with other quality products for your family to enjoy. It doesn’t get much better than that!

So now it’s time to grab a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine) and flip through these pages. Together, we’ll create an experience of a lifetime!

“We are so grateful for Cindy and her amazing talent! We have had her take photos of our family eight times already. We absolutely love her and her work. She is not only an incredibly gifted photographer, but also a good person. She has a love for children that naturally radiates from her. She is always willing to go the extra mile for her customers. I can't say enough about her. ” - Lauren P.

Are you dreading planning your session?

Are you dreading trying to get all those kiddos to smile?

Surprise! Your session is going to be fun!!

As a mother of five kids, believe me when I say, I know how you feel! It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the planning of the outfits, choosing the perfect location and keeping everyone happy long enough to at least look happy in the photos. It’s a good thing for you that all of those are my specialties!

Here are a few tips as we begin to plan your session. Remember that I’m here with you through the whole thing, so be sure to relax and let things flow!

-I like to offer my sessions in quiet areas where you and your family can relax. My goal is to capture the LOVE of your family and how you interact with one another. Typically this is on my private 10 acre property or a local park. I’m always up for new places, so please offer new ideas. I promise this is going to be FUN!

-When choosing outfits, refer to the “What to Wear” portion of this guide, and remember it’s likely you can choose right from your own closets!

-Stressed about convincing your child (or husband) to give the perfect smile? Don’t worry, I’ve got it covered. The best thing you can do to help make this happen is to relax and let me handle it. I pride myself on taking the time to get to know your family, to play, and have fun. During this time I’ll grab the fun candids but also convince your child that they like me enough to smile for those perfect shots! After years of doing this I think I’ve got it down to a science!

-Keep the bribery at home! Most likely we won’t need it and if we do, I come prepared! I’ll have a special something for each of your children for after the session...if they’re not cooperating that usually does the trick!

What to Wear -The Do’s and Don’ts

Deciding what to wear for your session can seem like a huge chore. Following these simple tips will help you chose the perfect outfits for your upcoming session with ease! Don’t forget to check your closet first!

DO - Choose a color scheme based on where you’d like to hang these pictures. Ex. If you’re planning on a living room wall display and your living room is decorated in earth tones, choose colors that will coordinate.

DON’T- Match. Leave the jeans and white t-shirts at home and instead choose a color scheme and coordinate.

DO- Layer. The more layers the better. Sweaters, scarves, jewelry, blazers, and layers create visual interest and add texture throughout your pictures. They’re a great addition.

DON’T- Be afraid of patterns. Plaids, polkadot, florals and stripes can be overwhelming when all paired together but mixing in a few patterns here and there are another great way to add some interest to your photo session.

DO- Pay attention to your shoes. Shoes matter! A pair of Nike sneakers mixed in with cute boots and dress shoes can be an eye sore in your photos. Try to stick with neutral shoes for the whole family.

DON’T- Wear logos. As much as shoes can be an eye sore so can a big logo across a t-shirt. Try to steer clear of sports or brand logos or sayings across the front of your shirt. Again, this takes the attention away from the family and brings the eye right to the t-shirt.

DO- Stay comfortable! Especially for mom, pick something you love and build around that. Wear something you’re comfortable sitting, standing, running and playing in! You’ll thank me later!

DON’T- Over think it! You want your family to look like your family, so don’t stress to much about the outfits. Be sure to have fun with it!

Cindy is a truly talented photographer who was able to capture the essence of who we are as a family. I have an active 3 year old and Cindy literally ran after her to take her photo and was able to produce beautiful pictures of us. I recommend anyone who wants great pictures taken to use Cindy!! -Kara K.

After the Session

You’ve already had an amazing time at your session but now things are about to get even better! One week after your session we’ll have your reveal session (We’ll schedule this at the same time we schedule your session to make sure you see your images as soon as possible!). At your reveal session you’ll see all of your images for the first time. It’s definitely something to get excited about!

That day/night you’ll come back to the studio and I’ll show you a custom slideshow with your images and maybe even some video that I’ve taken throughout your session.

After you’ve experienced the slideshow you’ll have some time to go through all of your images and take a look at all of the product samples. Seeing everything in person will really give you a sense of what products are most important to you. My favorites are framed art collages and bamboo image boxes!

You’ll have plenty of time to ask any questions, see what your images will look like on your own walls (this is pretty amazing) to see what sizes will work best and enough time to pick out your favorites.

The goal of the reveal session is to finalize your order so we can get your prints and products to you as soon as possible. To help make this stress free it’s a great idea to take a look through all of the different products and collections so you can go into it with an idea of what might work best for you. Once you’ve seen your images that may change but it’s always good to have an idea when we get started!

When all the fun of the reveal is over, you’ll have a short wait before you’ll have those images in your hands! You can expect to have your prints and products in hand within 2-4 weeks. When everything is in we’ll schedule a time that I can hand deliver everything to make sure it gets there safely! If you are outside of Culpeper, I will have items shipped directly to your home.

Upon reserving your session a $150 creative fee is due at that time. This fee includes your pre-session consult, 1-2 hour portrait session and your fun reveal session. This fee DOES NOT include product or digital images.

Create Your Own Collection

I believe that every family's needs and wants are different from their custom portrait session. I've made the process as easy as possible when selecting what best suits your needs. You start with your keepsake product(s). These are the item you have have displayed in your home and you can look back on years from now. The next is your archive digital portraits. I know its important to have backup, and that is exactly what these are for.

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” – Aaron Siskind


Cindy White Photography, Culpeper, VA

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