children and family FAQs - Hope Walls

Family sessions are best when we just let loose and have fun!  I'm not above making stupid noises and silly faces, playing peek-a-boo or hide-and-seek, or doing a little bit of slapstick and telling bad jokes to get everyone smiling and looking in the same direction (including kids, pets, and grumps.)  Somewhere between the candids, we'll sneak in the posed images, and when all is said and done you'll have a great collection to enjoy for years to come.  Extended family sessions (more than one family group or generation) will be charged an additional fee - please request details when you set up your appointment.

How long will my session take?

Most sessions take 30 - 45 minutes, but may take as little as 15 minutes or as long as an hour. Sessions with large groups of people may take up to 90 minutes.

Where will our session take place?

I shoot on location and have a number of suggestions for both free and paid indoor and outdoor locations including commercial studios. Most outdoor locations are free. Indoor rates vary from location to location and range from $25/hour to over $400/hour.

What should we wear?

Everyone doesn't need to match but they should be in the same tone/intensity (all in neutrals, pastels, or bright colours) - or the same colour family (greys, blues or greens work best.) It's also best to avoid super bright (hot pink, bright orange) or fluorescent colours, busy or bold prints, and logos or licensed characters. For indoor and studio sessions, be prepared to coordinate your socks or go barefoot!

What should I bring?

Bring wipes for runny noses and dirty faces, water or apple juice (instead of bright red fruit punch) for thirst, and apple slices or bananas (instead of M&Ms and blueberries) for snacks. You're welcome to bring an extra change of clothes if you can't decide what to wear (or think you might get dirty). Don't forget lip gloss or a beard comb if you need one, either!

What's included with my session fee?

My travel time to and from the session location, your camera time, and basic post-processing (image clarity, colour corrections, removal of blemishes, etc.) before highlights from your session are featured on the pictureLOVE blog. Advanced edits such as removal of braces are charged at a fee of $50/image. Please note that image retouching is limited to things that are "temporary" - I will get rid of bruises and pimples but you get to keep your scars and dimples. ;)

How many pictures will I get?

Generally, a session yields 10-25 images which are provided in both colour and black and white (20 - 50 images total). This number varies greatly with the mood and cooperativeness of the subject(s). My goal is to capture the following "posed" images at your session, in this order, where applicable:

large group photo


individual pictures of each child (or pet)

parents together

individual pictures of parents

(extended family sessions will have this same series for each group, with pictures of the youngest children being completed first as they tend to be "done" first.)

How long before I get my photos?

I ask for 8-10 weeks for delivery of images, though on average the wait for teasers on the blog is less than 2 weeks.

Can I have the files?

Yes! You will receive your watermarked webshare images in a private Google gallery, and the high-resolution files via electronic file transfer. USBs or CD/DVDs are provided on request for a nominal fee.

Can I share my pictures on the internet?

Yes! I love it when you share the blog post from your session, @ me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, and use these hashtags: #pictureLOVEtm #HopeWalls #YEGphotographer. You may also share individual watermarked images from your Google album online anywhere you like provided you DO NOT crop the watermark off. Again, I'm all over the @ and #!!!

Where should I get prints made?

You are welcome to get prints made anywhere you like however for best results I suggest using Technicare or the following:

Paper prints up to 11x14 - McBain, Costco, London Drugs

Mounted prints and canvases, prints larger than 12 x 12 - Vivid Print

I provide design for other specialty products including magnetic photo books, albums, calendars, and other keepsakes at a rate of $50/hr + costs and shipping using a variety of professional printers including WHCC, Finao, and SmugMug.

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