First, thank you for considering Kartchner Photography! The fact that you’re here means you see value in what we do, and that means a lot to us!
Our goal is to make the process of planning and booking a session simple. If at any time you have questions or experience technical difficulties, please email Deniane at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 801-317-7597.
Are we the perfect fit?
The first step in planning a stress-free photo session is to make sure we are the perfect fit. If our style and philosophy matches your vision, then we’re on our way to having an awesome photography experience. (To learn more about us, click HERE.)
Our style is an editorial, storybook-inspired look – a mix of documentary photography (catching life as it is) and classic portraits (controlling light, backgrounds, clothes, poses, props, etc.). Be prepared to laugh, to move, and to have fun, and we’ll end up with photos that are an amazing combination of playful and perfection!
A common concern we hear from people before photo sessions is they don’t like taking photos or don’t think they’ll be good at it, but by the time we’re done, they can’t believe how fast the time went and how much fun they had! Our philosophy is to not only deliver fantastic photos, but to have a wonderful experience while we’re together. We hope everyone walks away from a session feeling more positive about themselves and their relationships, because we think every person is beautiful and every family is amazing.
People & Packages
If we’re the perfect fit, then let’s start planning the specifics of your photo session! First, who will be in the photos? One person for a head shot? A couple for an anniversary pic? An extended family with 33 people? Our sessions allow room for a variety of photos and features like a change of outfit or locations. Shared sessions are a unique feature of our business and are fun and affordable.
Here are some options:
- Split a senior session with a best friend or two (each of you will have equal time in the spotlight up to the session time limit)
- Include an individual session along with a family session
- Share your family session with another family
- Take a large group photo (i.e. family, friends) with “breakout” sessions for individuals or smaller groups
STYLE YOUR SESSION
Photos you are drawn to and are your favorites usually have a certain “feel” to them. Often styling is used to create a certain effect. Take a beach photo, for example. A beach setting is great for casual wear, but it is also the ideal location to rock a tux or a romantic gown. They’ll each have a different feel to them.
While lighting, location, and the photographer’s style of editing all contribute to the overall feel of a photo, the most important detail depends on you: the clothes you wear and any props you incorporate. To read more about our specific style and suggestions to achieve a certain look, click the Style Guide link below.
pick your LOCATION
Outdoor, open-air environments with natural light are our first choice. We love the challenge and beauty of natural light and have learned to work with all of its nuances to create beautiful photos – no matter the circumstances like time of day or weather. However the location of your portrait session is up to you. We encourage you to brainstorm unique locations that you might have special access to that most people don’t, or places that have special meaning to you or your family.
If you’re a senior and on the swim team, maybe you’ll want some photos at the pool! Maybe it’s a family ranch, private estate, upscale hotel, airplane hangar, or rooftop view that you or someone in your personal network can secure permission to that would otherwise be off-limits. Spend a few minutes thinking about it and checking around. You may be surprised with what you come up with. If something seems out of reach, just remember: you never know until you ask! You can always plan a family activity around your family photos and double your fun and memories.
Just let us know the locations you love and we’ll go from there! We may suggest a “location within your location” to get you the best photos, but we really love following our client’s vision.
If you need inspiration, check out our blog for ideas. We have some great go-to locations that are very versatile. We live just minutes from downtown Ogden in one of the most diverse areas of Utah – with ideal locations for urban, beach, and mountain photography, and require no entrance or travel fees.
Travel fees are based on mileage/driving time from zip code 84404. Every 30 miles adds an additional $60. For interstate or international travel, fees in addition to session fees are charged for airfare/hotel/car rental. Client is responsible for any entrance fees or other fees associated with a chosen location, as well as securing permission to photograph.
So, you’ve styled your session and picked a location. What’s next? Logically, it’s picking a date and time!
time & Date
When choosing a time, the most important factor is to find what works for YOU (plus your family and/or significant others if you’re sharing a session). If the time and day fits your family, the happier everyone will be! To book, you’ll contact us to see if your preferred time is available and then the booking process will proceed via email, phone, or an in-person meeting before your session.
During the booking process, I will send you a questionnaire to finalize all of the details of your session. This helps us get to know you better and plan the session according to your “must-have” photos and specific details you provide. (And really, if you have 27 people who will be in the photo and you include their names, I will try to learn them all by session day!)
Contract & Payment
Contracts and payments will be completed online before the session. This way we can work through any issues or concerns beforehand (for example, cases where photos cannot be shared online). With everything already completed, we won’t have to worry about anything on picture day but having fun!
Let the fun begin! By now, we will have communicated back and forth several times and have an excellent idea of your goals and final expected outcome. All that is left to do is enjoy the moment! We’ll meet at our chosen location at the scheduled time – we’ll then spend time having fun and capturing beautiful photos.
prepping your family
Our goal is to make your session as fun and stress-free as possible for you and your family, and we’ve learned a few tricks that help things run smoothly. Particularly for small children, pack a bag with snacks, water and any small objects (like toys or lollipops) that might help us get their attention when it’s time for them to look at the camera. Props are fun to incorporate in the photos, so you could choose something that both soothes or distracts and looks great in the photos. For all ages, it’s a good idea to prepare them for what’s to come before the session starts. Explain how much the photos mean to you so they know to be on their best behavior. “This is what we’ll be doing and this is why” goes a long way! A lot of families discuss and pick something simple and fun in advance as a treat after the session, like an ice cream cone, for example. You are in control of many of the factors that make a photo session stressful, so preparing stomachs and brains will go a long way.
Once you prepare them physically and mentally, then feel free to give them (and you) grace! We know that some days don’t always go as planned. We’ve seen it all and will make sure to get you great photos. (And sometimes the cutest photos are of your sweet baby’s meltdown before he could be happy for the next ones.)
memories are the most important
At the end of the day, the location you choose and the outfits you select won’t matter nearly as much as the memories you make. Your future memories are the most important thing to us, and we want your session to be a time for you to just be yourselves and enjoy being together. Have fun together. Laugh a lot! Control what you can and then leave the rest to us. It really is amazing how you think the session went awful, but we end up with beloved and treasured photos.
The first place you’ll see your photos is featured on our blog. I’m always excited to share photos and try to have everything up the Tuesday following your session! The blog serves as the sneak peak to the remainder of your photos and you can instantly share with friends and family.
About two weeks after your session, you’ll receive a link to a personalized online gallery where you’ll be able to download the edited, high-resolution images to print and share.
share the love
Enjoy and share your photos! Print your favorites (through our online gallery or your local printer), frame them, put them in a memory book, share to social media, use for announcements or invitations. The sky’s the limit! We’ll be sharing them, too, because I know we’re going to love our photography experience with you! Your photos will be a reflection of you and your personality, as well as our style as your photographer. We’re going to rock this together!
investments start at
60-90 minute portrait session
35+ high resolution files
Shared sessions begin at $350 and include an extra 30-45 mins to accommodate additional groupings.
When you’re ready to book a session, just complete the information below so we can send you links to our contract, payment options, and official booking calendar.