Yay! You found me and you have contacted me to book a session!
You have officially contacted me and we have set a date and time. I have sent your invoice and you have paid, the date and time is yours!!! Woot Woot, happy dance time!
What’s next… Depending on the type of session you have booked is how we will follow communication.
Did you book a Cake Smash Collection? If so we will begin to design your beautiful set for your portrait session. We will decide on a theme, wardrobe, and stylized cake. Finally, one week prior to our session I will send to you your Client Guide and Photography Contract that will give you helpful tips for your session and give you all the details for your specific special portrait session.
Did you book a Family Portrait collection? If so we will decided on a special direction/theme (if any) for example Fall Portrait Session or Christmas Portrait Session. You are welcome to pick my brain for style advice (love fashion). We will style your session based on special props you may be interested in, blankets, wagons, wood signage etc. Finally, one week prior to our session I will send to you your Client Guide and Photography Contract that will give you helpful tips for your session and give you all the details for your specific special portrait session.
Portrait day … what great fun we had during your session! Laughs, hugs and many giggles!!!
We just had your session we said hello and goodbye for now … your portraits are now in my artsy hands to work magic with. So, at this point, I will take 1-7 days to get your images ready for you. I will create a personalized Gallery for your viewing. Send it to you and leave you with the difficult task of selecting your final portraits that are included in your collection with the option (always) to add additional portraits (as most do).
Holy Smokes … you finally selected your images and had the hardest time … Now, I will take the next three weeks (or less) to get these beautiful gems ready for you to give them a special home for your Forever!
The time is here … these heirlooms are ready for their new home! I will send them to you via a transferring site for you to download. I will also send you a very sweet thank you email that will include your print release giving you print permission to print your Digital Portraits as you would like where ever you would like.
This is it for us friend … by this point, we have exchanged messages, maybe phone calls, emails, likes, comments and we can not wait to book your next session. So until your next session, big hugs and I can not wait to see your beautiful face again! Hugs – Kimberly (KC)
I am based out of Tacoma, Washington and photograph through the great northwest from Olympia to Yakima.
I have invested in converting a space into a photography studio within my private property, my home studio. In which I book fun portrait sessions through the year. And thus because it is private property the address will only be given out to booked/confirmed clients. For internet safety, client safety, and the safety of my family I will not give out/post this information. During our business big events, I do work with several local portrait studios where I will rent studio space to host big volume events.
My families have enjoyed the comfort and beautiful set designs created in my home studio space without an issue. Ninety-nine percent of my studio featured on all my platforms of sharing/viewing has been taken in my private studio.
To keep my Cost of Doing Business (CODB) lower, and thus keeping my price in the lower scale, at this time I have decided to invest and convert a space in our private property to utilize. However, if a client prefers a different location I am always open to renting a public local studio space at which point the additional cost per session will be added to the client at $150+, in addition to the collection purchase. For example, if your original cost for booking a collection is $350 please expect an additional cost for the rental starting at $150 and up. Most clients prefer to keep the cost as low as possible while still receiving beautiful portraits. Converting a studio space in private property is industry standard among portraits photographers. As this is a standard practice that helps with keeping consistency and small business photography owners competitive with the current market place while still providing quality portraits. Ninety-percent of my studio work currently reflected on my website and social media platforms have been shot in my private home studio.
Location Location Location! My photography journey of creating beautiful portraits began in the Golden State of California and it is now based out of the beautiful Pacific Northwest West. I photograph in various cities in Washington State ranging from Olympia to Yakima. In California, I photograph through the State. And being a lover of travel I am always open to destination photography; I have photographed in various locations such as Germany, France, and Holland. With the beautiful Northwest as our backyard, we are lucky to have many on location gorgeous places to photograph. I do have specific locations that I gravitate toward for their beauty and diversity however if you have your heart set on a certain place I would absolutely love to photograph you there.
Pricing among the photography community is priced differently based on each photographer and their legality/costs of doing business. My pricing includes my Cost of Doing Business (CODB) which includes the cost of running a business such as; licenses fees, taxes, insurance, equipment maintenance, studio equipment/sets, platform maintenance, photographer creative fee, education fee (training is important) and much more that it takes to run a legal sustainable business. My current collection pricing reflects my current rates based on all the above however as the cost of living rises and expenses increase my collection pricing is always subject to change at any time.
Your date is only secure once you have paid your invoice. If you have split invoice, after your second invoice if it is not paid by the due date your session time will no longer be yours and it will be open to other families.
Your date and time are booked once you pay your invoice because at this point is when I know you are invested in your date and time. Which by doing so I will take the date and time off my calendar. Which means that I will make all the appropriate accommodations needed to make your session the best experience possible. In this part it will require of turning down additional work, booking location (if needed), designing a set, buying any additional items we may need for your session, I will book and make accommodations for my personal childcare (for two littles) and prepay. And so when you purchase a collection and book a date and time it is nonrefundable, nontransferable, all sales are final.
Mini’s sessions and special Event Portrait sessions are priced accordingly to my CODB (Cost of Doing Business) and the ‘Marathon’ effect of photography benefit. These sessions are typically setup back to back and therefore allow for the same set design to be used for volume days. By having marathon mini days it allows Clients to experience the cost-benefit of a marathon day versus an exclusive date and time.
My turnaround time is three weeks from day Client approves their final images. I strive to push to have your portraits sooner however my standard turnaround time is three weeks. Please keep this in mind when you are scheduling your session, especially during my most busy season such as fall; note that this turnaround will not be rushed due to the high volume of clients. If you will be in need of these images by a certain date for your holiday cards please book your date accordingly.
I do offer 'RUSH' delivery of final digital portraits. My standard turnaround time is three weeks. If Client is in need of a 'RUSH' turnaround time frame which is typically half the time; a week and a half from date Client approve final images from their Gallery. If Client wishes to 'Rush' their final portraits a 'RUSH' fee will apply, 'RUSH' work will only begin once invoice had been paid.
Why is there a 'RUSH' fee? Because by asking for images to be done sooner than what is expected this means that I will have to make accommodations outside of my already busy workflow. Because I work in the order of booked session I do not bump down any Clients to complete 'RUSH' sessions rather I open dates and times not scheduled to work to work and complete these 'RUSH' sessions request.
This is why it is very important for Clients to book their portrait session with enough time to allow for full session completion turnaround time.
***During Fall Season / Christmas Season 'RUSH' session may not be available due to already high volume workflow***
I take great care in your beautiful portraits taken. Once our session has finished there is much that will take place. I will cull through your session and find the best for your Gallery, I will bring them into Photoshop and begin to soft edit them and make appropriate corrections, I will format them, export them, and create your personalized gallery. You will then select your final chosen portraits. After which I will begin to personally hand edit every image I will deliver to you. I take great care to hand edit every portrait and create a beautiful final product for you to cherish for a lifetime. And so the reason why I have a three week turnaround time is because I take great care and pride in delivering the best portraits for each one of my families. A three week turnaround time is industry standard among detailed fine art portrait photographers.
My families that would like to use their Christmas portraits for yearly Christmas Cards will usually book their Christmas Session at least five weeks prior to the date you would like to deliver your Christmas Cards. For example, this year (2019) you will want to make sure to book your Christmas Session by November 16th to give me three weeks to delivery your portraits (Dec 7th) this gives you two weeks to get your cards printed and sent by December 25th. Now if you are not utilizing your Christmas portraits for Christmas cards but rather only for Social Media Sharing, your last day to book your Christmas portraits will be Sunday, December 8th in order to receive your Christmas Portraits no later than Monday, December 23rd.
A photography contract is an industry standard agreement between photographer and client. It is an agreement between both parties and is set to protect both photographer and client. I do not photograph any client without a sign photography contract. This is set in place as portraits are protected by copyright and are industry intellectual property. My photography contract was created in partnership with my attorney.
Yes. I completely understand the need for privacy and wish to respect everyone’s preferences. If this is you please make sure to let me know when you are booking your session. This will allow me to note it in your client profile so that I do not post or schedule to post your session.
Do note that I do charge an additional fee for this. Why? Being in an industry where sharing my portraits is my livelihood and let’s be honest this is how you found me and booked me, is why sharing your beautiful portraits on various platforms is how I stay in business. By you asking me to not use work that I create, to promote and continue to utilize on various platforms to stay in business, makes it so that I do not have these sessions to utilize for Marketing purposes. And so yes, I will honor your wishes not to share your images on any platform, however, yes I will add to invoice a Private Marketing fee to keep them as “no usage” portraits.
Due to dietary concerns and the legality of it all I was highly encouraged by my attorney and other industry professionals to not provide Cakes for Cakes Smash but rather suggested to partner with my Clients in the styling of their cakes and have them bring it themselves. Since establishing this procedure it has been received without hesitation; many parents of littles prefer to be in control of where and from whom the cake is made by.
My referral program includes any portrait session you would like to use your credit for up to the point of the cost of a session. Please note that there is no exchange of monetary value. The session cost will be invoiced and taxed. For example, your collection cost is 100+tax and you have two referral credits of $50 each. This means that you will be covered for the $100 of cost however you will still have the tax balance to pay.
A Digital Portrait Credit is a credit for one additional Digital Portrait. For example, if you sign up my Lovely News Letter you will automatically receive one Digital Credit everytime you book a collection. If your booking collection includes 10 Digital Portraits your collection will now include 11 Digital Portraits a portrait value of $10 - $35 each.
Totally understand and no worries I promise to not be that business. You will hear from me no more than twice a month and during the busy season, you may hear from me up to four times a month. Promise not to be spammy and annoying or mishandle your trust.