Grow With Me julie collins photography

If you're reading this you may either be expecting a baby or have recently welcomed a baby home to your family.

Either way I'm SO excited for you!

This is such an exciting time in your family's life and I always consider myself so honored to share it with you.

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

The Julie Collins 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 has ever been printed. Do you have both of your hands up now? Julie Collins Photography strives to make sure that when your children are growing up they see themselves up on your walls. It is proven that having printed pictures of your children hanging on your walls sends a powerful message to them of their importance and increases their self esteem!

The portraits we create are the ones you never put away!

Your baby is growing more this first year than he ever will again. It's astounding that in just 365 days your baby will go from being 100% dependent on you to do everything for them to walking, eating and even talking!

Self-feeding at the 7 month session

The Grow With Me Plan is designed to capture all of those exciting changes that you may think will last longer than they actually do! One day your sweetheart will decide he doesn't want to suck on those little toes anymore and unfortunately that day is unannounced!

The portraits we create of your baby will be the ones that never get tucked away in a drawer or left on a hard drive never to get printed. These will be the timeless images that you will love for a lifetime and know in your heart that no matter how crazy your days get with a growing family, this...this you did right.

Portraits have the power to instantly change your mood for the better just by hanging on the wall.

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

Planning The Session

Signing up for the Grow With Me Plan means that you will get THREE sessions for only $250. That breaks down to less than $100 per session! You also get to choose WHEN you will have your three sessions between these two options:

  1. 4 months (smiling), 7 months (sitting), 12 months (walking)
  2. 7 months (sitting), 12 months (walking), and a BONUS family session in year two

We will work closely with each other to determine when to actually photograph your baby when she is hitting these key milestones:

  • Demonstrating head strength, responsive smiling, discovering their feet (typically around 4 months)
  • Sitting unassisted, crawling and eating baby food (around 7 months)
  • Pulling up and taking his/her first steps (around 1 year)

The idea is to capture STAGES, not AGES and every baby masters these skills at different rates.

Demonstrating head strength at 4 months old

The Consultation

We begin the entire process with a very important consultation when we sit down together and get to the heart of what you want out of the images.

The boutique experience means that I am with you the entire time helping you decide how to display, where to display and what to display. Ever have a hard time deciding which images to print or which would look best together on a wall? Or which wall to display? This is where I come in. During the consultation we walk around your home, looking at walls and beginning the design process by planning together. It's fun!

We decide on props. I have a prop gallery available for use at all sessions from baskets and buckets to hats and bows. You are free to use whatever style appeals to you best and we work together to determine which items would look the best at which stages.

We decide on location. We can photograph your baby indoors or out or some of each. All sessions are fully customized around your needs and wants and I am there to guide you through the entire process. I bring my studio to your home where you and your baby are most comfortable. No need to drive anywhere! We can use your yard for outdoor pictures or we can travel to a nearby park if you would like. We can make these decisions on the fly too. If your baby is not happy outside we can move inside. I strive to make this as EASY as possible for you!

The best part about the Grow With Me Plan is that everything is carefully planned and designed around a unique one of a kind annual product of your choosing. The consultation is when we plan together what your annual product will look like.

What is an Annual Product?

Sample wood cluster annual product

An annual product is a collection of portrait artwork that when put together at the end of the year makes up a display that looks intentional, well-coordinated and collective. There are several different annual products available for purchase (see pricing guide below) and if you spend $650 at each session you will receive a complimentary piece to complete your year long project.

  1. Book set - purchase an 8x8 book from each session and receive a custom image box to house the set absolutely free!
  2. Wall cluster - choose a wall art image from each session and receive a custom complimentary quote plaque absolutely free!

By signing up for the Grow With Me Plan you can rest assured that your images will be perfectly coordinated across all sessions so that however you choose to display them everything will look gorgeous and intentionally thought out.

It's no secret that I love photographing children but some of the images that touch my heart most are the ones of those little sweethearts interacting with their moms, dads and siblings. That's why not only will we capture your baby at all the favorite milestones but immediate family members are always welcome during these sessions as well.

After The Session

About two weeks after each session we will get together for your reveal night. This is when you get to see the images for the first time in a custom slideshow displayed on your very own television! After you've experienced the slideshow we will spend some time going through all of your images and taking a look at all of the product samples I bring along. Seeing everything in person will really give you a sense of what products are most important to you. Not only that, you'll have the opportunity to hold up samples on different walls in your home to see what sizes will work best! You'll have plenty of time to ask questions, get advice from the expert (me!) and time to choose your favorites. This is the BEST part! Deciding together makes this process so easy!

The goal of the reveal night is to finalize your order so we can get your prints and products to you as soon as possible. You can choose to receive the annual product a little bit at a time or all at once at the end of the year.

When all the fun of reveal night is over, you'll have a short wait before you'll have those images in your hands! Digital files purchased will be made available within 24 hours and you can expect to have your prints and products in hand within 2-4 weeks. When everything is in, we'll schedule a time when I can hand-deliver everything to ensure it gets there safely! Full service is the goal here. No more mail deliveries or pick up required!

I love working together so closely with my clients. We stay in touch throughout the year keeping tabs on baby's milestones to determine when to meet again for more pictures!

I am so excited to work with you and your family. It is my hope that together we will craft not only wonderful memories, but gorgeous, timeless images and heirloom quality products for display as well. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email at julie@juliecollinsphoto.com.

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Julie Collins Photography

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