Pricing & Image Collections

What does it cost?


All sessions start with a session fee that includes a Client Experience Guide PDF emailed to you after you book, a pre-session planning questionnaire for you to fill out so that I can prepare for your session and make sure you get exactly what you want, and our time spent together photographing during your session. After the session, I edit all the best images and then you view the fully edited images in an online gallery and choose which images you want to purchase and keep. This way you see exactly what you're getting and only pay for the images you love!


The session fee for most sessions is $200 and image collections start at $250. My average client plans to spend a minimum of $450+ on their session after images are selected.


I offer a more in-depth breakdown of the session and image costs below if you want to learn more or you can go ahead and send me a message to discuss your session. Please check out my Extended Family Session Information page for pricing on those types of sessions.

Image Collections

These image collections are structured to save you money so you can still get exactly what you need while staying within your budget. You will only choose how many images you want to purchase and keep from your session after you've seen all of the fully edited images in an online gallery.

Heirloom

Full Gallery
(60+ images)
Savings of $350+
Best value!


$1000

Keepsake

25 images
Savings of $175
Most popular!


$500

Token

10 images
Savings of $100


$250

A la carte items


  • Individual high-resolution digital images - $35 per
  • Keepsake Leather Photo Album - Starting at $650
  • Prints and Products from a professional print lab - inquire for pricing.

Session Add Ons


  • Access to my client closet - $50. Contact for details.
  • Location permit fee if required. Contact for details.
  • Travel fee for locations further than 45min from Chattanooga or Atlanta. Contact for details.
  • Cake smash cake or cupcake. Contact for details.
  • Real flowers. Contact for details.

How does it work?

All sessions start with a creative/session fee.

  • The session fee for most sessions is $200. Cake smash session fees vary depending on the theme and will be quoted after our consultation but usually fall within the $200-$300 range.
  • This fee covers the time spent planning and preparing for your session, the Client Experience Guide that is emailed to you after booking, as well as the time spent together photographing on the day of your session and any cleanup after.
  • This fee covers a non-refundable retainer (50% of your session fee) that is due to finalize your booking and hold your date and time in my calendar with the remaining 50% of the fee due one week before your session.
  • The session fee includes basic props such as baskets, crates, and blankets (plus wraps and headbands for newborn sessions) from my collection. I don't use props for all sessions but if you want me to bring something specific, please let me know. Otherwise, any props brought to your session will be at my discretion.
  • The session fee also includes access to an online gallery where you will view your finished images from the session.
  • Some locations require a permit or fee in order to photograph there. Location permits and fees are not included in the creative/session fee. Don't worry, I have a large selection of free locations if you want to avoid a location fee.
  • Cake smashes or other themed sessions may require an additional fee depending on the theme. We will discuss the theme prior to your session and I will quote you a special session fee if your chosen theme requires anything additional.
  • Please note that there are no images included with this fee and you only choose how much to spend on photos after you've seen all of the edited images from your session.
1yo girl in brown gingham outfit stands between her parents holding hands and laughing at a willow tree by a lake

“It was an amazing experience and such a fun time! The pictures are incredible! We are already looking forward to our next session!”

What You Can Expect

Let me take you through a typical session from start to finish.


We will start by discussing your ideal session and how to bring it to life. We can do this by email or text but I prefer a phone call myself; I just think it's the quickest way for us to get to know each other and work out the details most efficiently.

Once we nail down a date and time, you'll pay 50% of your creative/session fee to hold your spot and your session is officially scheduled! The remaining 50% of your creative/session fee is due one week before your session. We then meet at the agreed-upon location, date, and time and have fun laughing and taking photos!

As soon as your images are ready (usually 2-3 weeks), you'll get an email with a link to view an online gallery of watermarked images from your session. You'll select which image collection you want directly from your gallery and which photos to include and then you'll receive a link to download the high-resolution images without watermarks after checkout.


Does that sound good? I go into more detail about how I plan and prepare for each session and what sessions look like from start to finish on my About Me page. If you've got additional questions, see the FAQ below or send me a message and let's connect!

Want to chat with me directly to learn more?


Maybe you're ready to schedule your session or maybe you have some questions and want to chat before deciding. That's totally fine with me! Send me a message and let's discuss what your perfect session would look like and how we can make it happen!

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Pricing FAQ

Does the session fee go towards the price of the pacakges?

No. The session fee only covers the cost of the time spent planning, setting up, and shooting your session.

Is the session fee refundable?

Half of the session fee is a retainer required to hold your date and time in my calendar and as such is non-refundable. The remaining portion is not due until a week before your session and is non-refundable once the session has taken place. I've intentionally kept the session fee low to only cover my time spent planning and executing your session. That way, in the unlikely event you're unhappy with your finished photos, you've not paid for anything more than what you've received.

What is your editing style?

I like to keep it true to life but with vibrant pops of color. I prefer to keep the photos looking as natural as possible but emphasize and bring out certain colors depending on your outfits and the location without it being distracting. Think real life with a little bit of whimsy. *wink* If you want a certain style, let me know so that I can help us select a location and even outfits that will naturally bring out that style.

Why do some sessions have a higher session fee?

Some types of sessions take more time to plan and execute than others. The bonus is that these sessions also typically produce more finished photos than the other types of sessions.

When will we get our photos?

The time varies depending on the type of session and how many photos were taken. Some seasons are also busier than others and may affect the time frame of when to expect your photos. I will let you know at your session when I think your photos will be ready but it is typically 2-3 weeks after your session. If you need your photos sooner than that, let me know when you book and I will see if it is possible to work something out.

How many images will be included in our galleries?

It really depends on how long we spend on your session (more time = more images) and how photogenic you are! But my full galleries almost always include 50+ images. My goal is to give you as much variety as possible from your session.

Why do you offer a session fee plus packages priced separately vs. all inclusive?

I want you to get the most out of your investment! By only charging for my time and creativity upfront, you get to choose how much more to spend based on what you need and what best fits your budget.

Where do you photograph?

I have a list of Chattanooga photo locations and can help you select the best location for the look and feel you want for your session. I'm always scouting new locations and always open to suggestions. If you've got a spot or an idea, let me know! I can also shoot indoors just about anywhere. I have the right equipment and know how to use it to get well-done and well-lit photos indoors. I can come to your home or I have a small in-home studio in mine.

I don't know what to wear. Can you help?

I can help! If you're going for a certain look, what you wear can definitely make or break it. Let me know the style and look you want to achieve with your photos and we can go over outfit choices that will help to get you the look you want! I am also building out my client closet so there may be something in there for you if you're interested.

How much retouching is included?

I do light and basic retouching. I remove small things in the background that may be distracting, like a "no parking" sign; small boo-boos, if possible; some pimples/blemishes, when possible, and anything that I consider to be distracting from the subject of the photo, YOU! More detailed retouching - like changing large things in the background, extensive blemish removal, etc., may be possible for an additional fee. If there is something in your photo that I did not adjust but is important to you to have removed or changed, please let me know and I will see what can be done.

I don't like the way I look in pictures. How do I know I'll like the ones you take?

I believe there is beauty in everyone and my goal is to capture and reflect the beauty that I see in you. Unfortunately, I can't control how you see yourself. I can tell you you're beautiful every day but if you don't believe it yourself, it won't matter what I say. I believe that I take beautiful photographs and you do too, or you wouldn't be here.

Can you Photoshop (insert request here)?

I cannot make you skinnier, taller, or add muscles. What I can do is offer posing and outfit suggestions to minimize the areas you want minimized and instead highlight your favorite features. If you have an area you are concerned about, let me know ahead of time.

What if we need to reschedule?

If your session needs to be rescheduled due to the weather, there is no penalty. In the unlikely event that I need to reschedule your session for any personal reason, there is no penalty. If your session needs to be rescheduled for any other reason, including sickness, your retainer allows you to reschedule your session date and time up to 2 additional times. If you must reschedule more than twice, the original retainer is forfeit and an additional 50% retainer is required in order to book a new date. I ask that you provide a minimum of 24 -hours notice when possible if you need to reschedule.

How do you accept payment?

I prefer to email an invoice for all payments and through the invoice, you have the option to use PayPal or Venmo or a credit/debit card.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, please contact me if this is something you need and we will work out the details together.

Do you travel?

I am primarily a Chattanooga photographer and also serve the immediate surrounding areas but I'm not opposed to traveling further for your photos. Send me a message if you'd like photos further away from Chattanooga and I will see what we can do. There may be an additional travel fee.

Do you do weddings?

The short answer is yes, I can. The long answer is that I am primarily focused on family photography and am not advertising for weddings at this time. However, if you're interested in me for your wedding photography, send me a message and we can discuss options.

I still have more questions

No worries! Just send me a message with the form above and I'll get back to you ASAP. We can email, text, or even hop on a quick phone call - whatever you need to ask your question and feel comfortable with the answer.

Ready to schedule your session?


That's great! I know I gave you a lot of information above so thanks for sticking with me. If you're ready to get started, let's connect!

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