I can't wait to plan a session for your family but before we getting started here are a few important details to go over:
My passion is capturing real authentic family and childhood moments. Though my session questionnaire I will get to know you better, and come up with a session plan. I will scout a few locations and together we agree on a meeting spot. During your session I will spend some time getting everyone comfortable. We will chat and spend some time together before I pull out my camera. Throughout the session I may ask you to sit in a certain spot, or reposition you, but what I really want to capture if you interacting with one another, and your child interacting with their environment. If your child is unhappy, needs cuddles, or isn't in the mood for photographs thats okay. I do my best to create a stress-free environment , and go with the flow. If we need to take breaks that okay, and if your child takes some time to warm up, that is completely okay too.
If you would like some ideas on what to wear for your session I am happy to help. I have created a Pinterest board with some different suggestions. https://www.pinterest.com/ashleysoederpho/family-session-wardrobe-ideas/ Generally neutral tones work great for photos. Long flowy dresses for mom, simple dresses or leggings and neutral shirt for girls, and some jeans and a basic t-shirt for the boys. For Dad, jeans or khakis, and plain t-shirt are amazing. I want your clothes to reflect you, and want you to be comfortable. Wardrobes that are simple and classic will help to give your session a timeless look, and also brings the focus of the session onto yourselves and the connections you have as a family.
Session times do vary. As a general guideline I expect each session to take about an hour. Some sessions are over within 30 minutes and some take up to 2 hours. I don't limit my time and will continue the session until I feel that I have captured a full story. Don't stress if your little one isn't all smiles, it is often the brief moments in between that are my favourite to capture. The best sessions are the ones where Mom and Dad go with the flow. Encourage your child to explore, and explore with them. Find the flowers, look at the clouds, cuddle. Be present, and be in the moment with your family, and I will take care of the rest!
Session prices do not include PST and are due the day of session. Cash, cheque, or e-transfer are accepted for payment. Session images will not be processed until payment is made.
If your session needs to be rescheduled please do so at least once week before your session. If your session needs to be rescheduled due to illness please give me as much notice as possible. Ashley may reschedule sessions due to weather if it is rainy or very windy, illness , or family emergency giving as much notice as possible. Every attempt will be made to reschedule within one months of original session date.
Please arrive on time to your session. Working with natural light Ashley schedules sessions to optimize natural lighting effects. Tardiness over 20 minutes will result in a reschedule and a 20.00 reschedule fee will apply.
During your session Ashley will take several different images to capture a wide variety of selection. Ashley will choose the best images from your session to process for your final gallery. All final images are chosen and processed at the artistic discretion of Ashley and all unused images are purged after the session. Raw and unprocessed images will not be shared with clients. Ashley aims for a minimum of 20 polished images from your session although no guarantee of any specific number of images is made.
Client galleries are password protected for privacy and kept active for a minimum of 6 months although it is encouraged that clients download and back up their gallery upon delivery. Upon receipt of an online gallery the client accepts all responsibility for archiving and protecting the photographs. Ashley Soeder Photography does not permanently archive image files. Ashley Soeder Photography is not responsible for the lifespan of any digital media provided or for any future changes in digital technology or media readers that might result in inability to read files.