You decide who makes up your family! Portrait sessions are available for immediate and extended families, groups of friends, or individuals needing a new headshot or profile photograph!  Whether you are looking for photographs for your family Christmas cards or family portraits during your vacation in Sandbridge, your portrait session will be relaxed, fun, and will aim to capture the important personalities of who is in the photographs. Each session is uniquely tailored to your group, allowing you to plan the portrait session of your dreams.

All Portrait sessions include:

  • Pre-Session email consultation
  • On location photo shoot for up to five people, $15 each additional person
  • Detailed retouching of gallery selected images
  • Online viewing and ordering gallery
  • Print and product ordering guidance

Investment $350

Price includes an on location portrait session for up to 5 family members and a minimum of 30 retouched digital images from your family’s session. Photographic prints are available for purchase through your online viewing gallery approximately two to three weeks following your session. Additional family members are $15 each.

Travel Fees

  • Virginia Beach (including Sandbridge, Chick's Beach, and the Oceanfront), Chesapeake, and Norfolk= Free
  • Hampton, Newport News, and Suffolk = additional $25
  • Yorktown, Poquoson, Williamsburg, Jamestown, Windsor, Franklin, and Smithfield= additional $50

The Details

Booking Your Session

To book your portrait session, contact me. Please keep in mind that dates book very quickly.  Payments are made online using a credit card.

The Consultation

Prior to your session, we will discuss your expectations of the photo shoot, what outfits to wear, your session date and location options, and how you plan to display the photographs.  Prior to your session, please let me know specific print size requests or poses in advance to be certain that your needs are met. I will address any other questions you may have at this time.

The Session

Sessions do not have a time limit, but typically last about an hour.  We will meet at the agreed upon location at the time we’ve planned, typically about an hour before sunset.  Please be on time!  Our sessions are scheduled around the best possible sunlight and any delays will affect lighting conditions.  Please remember to eat a snack beforehand and bring your outfits, make up, hand mirror, brush, a snack, and some water.  Should there be inclimate weather, your session will be rescheduled for more ideal conditions.

After the Session

We will make a TON of photographs during your session.  I shoot from many different angles, working the camera to capture the absolute best photograph of you.  Each image will be carefully evaluated and the best images will be selected.  2-3 weeks following your session, you will receive an online photo gallery with the completed images for you and your family to view and place your order.  The gallery will remain open for ordering for 2 weeks. Presented in color, each selected image will be retouched with basic adjustments, skin correction, and artistic choices.  Portrait prints are available in a variety of sizes and formats, and web ready and full-resolution digital files are available for purchase. Print prices are available here.  Depending on what is ordered, the prints can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks to arrive.  If you need some help deciding, in person ordering sessions are available.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is lifestyle portrait photography?

The idea behind lifestyle photography is to capture the true personalities and interests of your family. A lifestyle session tends to be a little less stressful than a studio session. We take our time and let your kids be kids, let you get comfortable behind the camera, and let me capture your family naturally.  This doesn’t mean that we don’t also get those posed shots that Grandma wants in a frame, though!

Where will my session be held?

I am a natural light, on location photographer. Together, we will find the perfect outdoor location for your session.  Hampton Roads has some amazing locations, including parks, beaches, and cityscapes.

What time should we schedule my session?

Sessions are scheduled during the most beautiful time of day, when the sun is lower in the sky and produces more flattering light.  Most sessions will be scheduled about an hour before sunset.

What about the weather?

Unfortunately, the weather doesn’t always work in our favor. In order to get the best possible photographs from your session, we may need to reschedule due to uncooperative weather.  If your dream session is filled with beautiful hazy sunlight and the sky is filled with clouds, we will have to reschedule for another time.

What if I need to reschedule?

I understand that schedules change!  In fact, I’d much rather you reschedule than force a session when someone isn’t feeling well or is rushing to be somewhere else.  We’re more likely to get genuine smiles and laughter when everyone is at their best.

Why is my session fee “non-refundable”?

The only time a session fee would be considered “non-refundable” is if you are a no-show to your session or if you cancel your session without any intention of rescheduling.  If you are a family on vacation to Virginia Beach and you are not able to reschedule your session during your vacation, your fee will be refunded.

How do I book my session?

Sessions are super simple to book.  Simply complete this questionnaire and you will be directed to PayPal to complete your payment.

What should my family wear?

The possibilities are endless! I prefer looks that incorporate complimentary styles and colors, rather than matching outfits.  I encourage you to look through my blog posts to see various outfit ideas from other sessions.

You took a lot of photographs, how do you choose which images I receive?

I carefully review each photograph taken during your session and select which images are the best representation of my view of your family.

Do you present my photographs in color or black and white?

I see the world in bright and beautiful colors.  I love sessions that include bold pops of color against the beautiful sunset sky.  Most images from your session will be presented in color.

When will I get my photographs?

You will be emailed an online viewing gallery, typically within two to three weeks of your session. Here you will have the option to view, share, download your images, and purchase your prints. You will have two weeks to place your order. Once you have ordered, most prints arrive within 10 days.

Can I buy the digital files?

Digital files are available for purchase a la carte or as a complete package. If you know you plan to purchase all digital files ahead of time, an all inclusive package is available upon booking.

I purchased digital files, where should I print them?

When you order prints through your gallery, they are printed through a professional print lab, which ensures that you receive the highest quality prints with a satisfaction guarantee.  While I strongly recommend ordering prints through your gallery, you may choose to print images up to size 8×10 on your own.  Unfortunately, I cannot guarantee the quality of the prints that you will receive.  All print labs vary based on their printer, ink, paper quality, and resistance to fading.  When ordering prints outside of your gallery, I recommend usingMPix.

All prices are subject to change.  If they change, I will honor the prices at the time of your booking.  

6% sales tax will be added to all purchases.  

My business is fully licensed, registered, and insured in Virginia.

Have additional questions? Feel free to contact me at jcarr@jennifercarrphotography.com

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