Olive Shoot Photography Documentary Family & Newborn Sessions - 2019 Unposed. Unscripted. Undeniably You

If you’re reading this that means you’re either thinking about hiring Nikki Gould (that's me!) with Olive Shoot Photography to capture your family’s memories or you’ve already booked your Olive Shoot session.

Either way I’m excited!

Throughout this guide you’ll find all the information you need to see you through the complete Olive Shoot Photography experience. You’ll learn how to prepare for a session, what to expect and all about the pricing and fun client reveal night! Nikki has created each step to give you the full service film or photography experience you deserve.

The Olive Shoot Experience

Hi there friend!!!

My name is Nikki and it is so lovely to meet you!!

Now that we've been introduced, let me ask you a couple of questions. How many times have you taken a photo with your phone or camera, and never did anything with the photos? Are you like me and you forget to go back and print them out? That is one thing that I strive to make sure doesn’t happen with the photos from our sessions together!

I offer 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 two weeks after your session you’ll have your reveal night where you’ll get to see all of your images for the first time. That night we’ll work to create amazing products to showcase your entire session. From wall art to albums, I have 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 stack of hard drives filled with precious family memories!). I offer digital collections that include digital files as well as an a la carte menu with the quality products for your family to enjoy. You’ll get the best of both worlds!

So now it’s time to grab a cup of coffee and scroll through these pages. Learn how, together, we’ll create an unforgettable experience of a lifetime!

I seriously welled up and cried when Nikki came over to show us our fully edited session on our big TV in our playroom. I was just totally taken aback by how beautifully she captured our day as a family. There was no posing, no perfect smiles, messy rooms and faces…but it was our day, and it was beautiful beyond words. - Veronika R.

Planning Your Session

Are you dreading planning your session? Are you stressing over the idea of trying to get all of your kiddos to smile?

Don't stress! Your session is going to be FUN!!

As a mother of two believe me when I say, I know how you feel! It’s easy to get overwhelmed wondering if your children are going to be in a good mood, but the best part about a film or photography session like this is the flexibility that it allows for the entire family. I approach both film and photography sessions the exact same way, allowing you to just be YOU, and allowing me to capture those fun, silly, quiet and tender moments shared between everyone in your family. Put aside any fear that your family might not be interesting enough for a documentary session. I promise you, it will be a wonderful surprise when you see just how lovely and interesting your family actually is!

Here are a few tips on things to be thinking about as we begin to plan your session. Remember that I’m here with you and for you from the moment you book your session, so be sure to relax and let things flow! I am super laid back and patient, so I bring that with me to every shoot. My documentary family photography session options are 3, 6, and 12 hours, and film sessions are up to 4 hours. I want to assure you that you can breathe easy throughout our time together, and focus on celebrating and loving your family! If at any time a family member needs a break from the camera, there's plenty of other things going on to where they can escape for a bit and recharge.

-I'm passionate about capturing your family making all of the sweet and fun memories that you can while I'm with you! I ask that you think about what memories you want to have in your photographs. Is it your son or daughter playing with their favorite toys? Or maybe the afternoon cuddles on the couch? Or how about your children running through the sprinklers on a warm summer evening, or playing a game around the dining room table? A session with me is all about capturing REAL life memories and moments. I want you to think about what activity you could do with your family as a whole that will help draw out the uniqueness of your family for me to document.

-When we’re deciding on a location your home is a great place to start! There are so many memories made in your home, and you're surrounded by the things that you all find the most comfortable which equals out to the sentimental memories we all hold so dear. Other options would be the beach, a favorite park, or even a trip to your favorite store! Wherever it is, I want to make sure it holds a special place in your heart, ensuring that the memories I document are priceless.

-If you're at all concerned about any of your children not cooperating, trust me when I say that I'm there to relieve the burden, not add to it. I'm very good at getting children to play and relax. I'm often referred to as Aunt Nikki by the end of the session. My sessions are not about your little ones looking at the camera and smiling, although 99.9% of the time they end up doing just that without any direction from me. We work together to plan the perfect activities to make it as fun as possible, and making each of them feel just as special as the next family member. But believe me when I tell you that MOST times, the best plans are no plans at all! Just be yourself, and go about your day as you would if I wasn't there, and I promise you the magic will ooze out of your film and/or photos!

What to Wear

Deciding what to wear for your session can seem like a huge chore. However, one of the great things about documentary sessions is that you don't have to match or have the perfect outfit. You and your family simply have to be themselves. So dress as you would normally dress. Do your hair and makeup as you would normally do it (or not do it ;). If the idea is to capture a day in your life, then it's important to look how you do on any family outing or day at home. Otherwise, the authenticity of the photos will get a little lost.

For kids, it's best to let them choose their own outfits if they're old enough to do so. You do have some say, but in the end you want them to be happy in what they have on. It also gives them the opportunity for super hero or princess costume changes, and gives them the freedom to just be themselves.

"Nikki has a uniquely creative eye for remarkable shots in what appears everyday. Pair this talent with the fun and ease of her shooting style, and you find you are on a memorable outing. My wife and I highly recommend you join in the fun." Matt B.

After the Session

You’ve already had a blast at your session but now things are about to get even better! Two to three weeks after your film+photography or just photography session we’ll have your reveal night (We’ll schedule this at the same time we schedule your session to make sure you see your images as soon as possible!). On your reveal night you’ll view all of your images for the first time. It’s definitely something to get excited about!

That night I’ll come to your home (that’s right no babysitter needed and you can even stay in your jammies if you want!) and show you a custom slideshow with your images, as well as share your film with you for those who participate in a combo 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 you feel you simply cannot live without. My favorite products are the Italian handcrafted signature albums, image boxes and fine art canvases!

You’ll have plenty of time to ask any questions, to hold up images to different walls in your own home to see what sizes will work best and take your time to pick out your favorites.

The goal of the reveal night is to finalize your order so I 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 listed on the a la carte menu beforehand 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 before we get started!

When all the fun of the reveal night is over, you’ll have a short wait before you’ll have those images in your hands! Digital files purchased will be delivered on USB and you can expect to have your digitals, prints and products in hand within 2-4 weeks. When everything is in, we’ll schedule a time that I will hand deliver everything to make sure it gets to you safely!

If your session consists of film only, then no reveal night is necessary. Your film will be delivered to you via email with a Vimeo link for you to view and download once your film has been carefully crafted and completed. The turn around time for films and film+photos is about 4-6 weeks.

Your Investment

Here are the session options that are available to you, as well as the available to purchase collections and a la carte menu of the products offered.

Film Sessions

Film + Photo Session - up to 4 hours - Film and photo sessions allow you the best of both worlds! You not only receive the beautiful images capturing the love, joy and personality of your family, but you also gain the sounds and movements of your family in the season of life that you are in. You will receive 15 high resolution digital images with the option to purchase more, and, of course, a short film that has been carefully crafted to display the unique, wonderfulness of your family set to independent licensed music. Film and Photo Sessions are $2000. 50% due upon booking with the remaining balance due at the start of the session.

Film Session - up to 4 hours - The sights, the sounds, the gestures and everything in between will embody your family film. You will receive a short film that has been carefully crafted to display the unique, wonderfulness of your family set to independent licensed music. Film Sessions are $1750. 50% due upon booking with the remaining balance due at the start of the session.

Photography Sessions

Day In the Life Session - up to 12 hours - From rubbing the sleep out their eyes, to resting their heads on their pillows that night, a day in the life goes for as long as your kids do (typically up to 12 hours). I will arrive before your children wake up, and I will spend the entire day with your family documenting all of the every day beauty, silliness, and fun that happens in your home, out running errands, or playing at your favorite park. Session Fee is $1025 including a $300 print credit

Piece of Life Session - up to 6 hours - We begin our session whenever you're ready. Sessions typically last 6 hours, and you will simply go about your daily life. Enjoying morning cartoons, having lunch together, playing, lounging, wrestling, or even fighting over toys, whatever our time together brings is what I will photograph. These sessions are perfect for newborn's and children's birthday parties as well. Session Fee is $675 including a $200 print credit

Just a Moment Session - up to 3 hours - This sessions is perfect for one or two short activities. Documenting the playing of a lively card game, doing an outdoor activity, or even simply going through your typical morning or bedtime routine, this 3 hour session is perfect for showing just a moment of your life with the ones you love. Session Fee is $525 including a $100 print credit

Fresh 48 Session - up to 2 hours - This session takes place within the first 48 hours of the birth of your new little bundle, at the hospital or place of birth. In about an hour's time, we will spend every minute capturing all of the beauty of your new little one as they become apart of the family. Session Fee is $475 including a $100 print credit

*Session fees are due upon booking and serve as your non-refundable retainer fee to hold your appointment as well as cover the shoot time and creative post processing.

**All collections and product payments are due at your reveal session 3-4 weeks after your session.

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It will be my absolute joy and pleasure to work with you, and to get to be apart of capturing such a special time in your family's life! If you've already scheduled your session, then I look forward to seeing you soon, and meeting your precious family!! Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you need any guidance along the way.

If you have yet to schedule your appointment, then go ahead and click the button below to do so or email me at nikki@oliveshoot.com. I can't wait for you to be apart of the Olive Shoot family!!




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