a whole lot of love
Extended Family Sessions
Online Styling Service & Consultation
Styling one family for family pictures can be hard enough, styling a whole extended family is nothing short of intimidating. That’s why I’ve subscribed to an online styling service for my clients. It’s like having your own personal stylist that will help dress each and every member of your family while keeping you cohesive.
Style & Select is an online wardrobe styling service, kinda like Pinterest, but exclusively for planning your photoshoot wardrobe. Whether you choose to buy or use it for inspiration, it’s never been easier to plan what to wear for family pictures.
Style & Select also houses my personal client closet, photographer approved clothes you can borrow for every member of your family.
5-6 weeks before your session I’ll also reach out for your complimentary wardrobe consultation. I promise to be honest as we work together, every step of the way, to style your whole family and make sure you look and FEEL your best in your pictures.
AN EXPERIENCE DESIGNED FOR YOUR FAMILY
No two families are alike and that’s even more true when it comes to extended families. I’ve shot families with one grandchild and some with 20. Adult grandchildren and infants. I’ve even shot four generations in one picture! There is no one size fits all.
When you book your extended family session with me, we’ll decide on the best way to organize and shoot your session for the best results. For example, staggered arrival times, with some household arriving earlier or later for less chaos.
In general we will try to capture the following (as applicable):
- Extended Family
- Grandma & Grandpa with their grandkids
- Grandma & Grandpa with their adult children (OG’s)
- Sibling picture of the OG’s
- A 10 minute mini session with each OG and their family
- Individual portraits of anyone not in a relationship (grandkids & unmarried children)
- Couples portraits of each couple, including grandma & grandpa
- + candid moments of genuine interaction if time allows.
Your family is beautiful and unique, your extended family session should be built to match you, not the other way around.
One Hour +10 Minutes/ household On Location
Your family lifestyle session includes up to 60 minutes + 10 minutes /household on location.
I say “up to” because that gives us the wiggle room to adapt to your family’s needs. Some household might need slightly more time, some less, THAT’S OKAY! I’d rather end a few minutes early and keep the experience positive so everyone is more willing to fulfill your annual picture dreams next year and the year after that.
50 RETOUCHED IMAGES + 5/household
I guarantee 50 retouched images from your session. In general, you can expect an additional 5 images for each household. However, sometimes I honestly can’t help myself and I sneak in a few more, especially if your kids are too cute for their own good (which is pretty much always…).
These are YOUR memories, I know how precious each and every frame is and I want to make sure you get all the best images.
As I carefully select each image to retouch and include in your final gallery, I start by eliminating the ones I know you don’t want. Eyes closed, blurry, unintentional silly faces, etc. Then I carefully pare down the remaining photos to the ones where everyone looks their best.
ONLINE GALLERY & DIGITAL DOWNLOADS
Images will be delivered within 14-28 business days of your session via a convenient and user-friendly online gallery.
Easily mark your favorites to share with family and friends.
You can download all your images sized perfectly for sharing on social media and prints up to 5×7″.
Keep reading to learn about your personal artwork shop.
PERSONAL ARTWORK SHOP
Bear with me while I tell you a quick story.
When my brother met the girl of his dreams I was lucky enough to take their bridals in preparation for the big day.
On the day of their wedding, while we were setting up for the reception… I saw the prints they’d ordered from costco…
Y’all, I wanted to cry! They were dark, muddy, and even blurry! They looked nothing like the images I had delivered to them.
I decided then and there I had to find a better option for my clients and I’m so excited to include with your investment a personal artwork shop integrated seamlessly with your client gallery.
You don’t have to upload anything, wonder if you got the right file, or question if you’re chosen printer can handle the high-quality files. Simply add to cart and check out, easy as Amazon.
Your gorgeous, high-quality, artwork will be delivered right to your door.
And the best part? It’s so affordable! (price matched to mpix.com) You can check out the price list here.
P.S. You can even order your holiday cards without leaving your gallery. Just choose a design, drag and drop your favorite images, customize your message, and add to cart! Talk about EASY!
• online styling service, wardrobe consultation & client closet
• An experienced designed around your family
• up to 60 minutes +10/household on site
• 50+ retouched images + 5/household
• digital downloads
• personal artwork shop
$400 + $100/household
25% non-refundable deposit, due upon booking, required to reserve session date. | Includes 60 minutes of travel time from my headquarters in Gilbert, AZ, locations further away require a travel fee (starting at $50 and up depending on the distance) | Arizona sales tax will be added to the total price.
Can we have our extended family session in a studio?
No, I don't recommend a studio for extended family pictures.
When will we see our photos?
Image retouching usually takes between 14-28 business days. Especially during busy season, September through November, expect your gallery to be delivered during the 21-28 days range.
What if my kids/grandkids don't want to cooperate during the session?
That's okay. Really! I'm not just saying that.
In my 10+ years of taking family pictures, I've never once had a child so uncooperative I couldn't get more than a few good pictures.
More than that, I structure my sessions with the wiggliest toddlers in mind.
We'll start with the most important, posed pictures that include the youngest/most active kids first.
I do this so that when their patience starts to wear thin, we're ready to be less structured and more playful for those precious candid moments.
My advice to you is to let go of your idea of "perfect" family pictures. Take that pressure off your kids. Come ready to roll with the chaos, the more you can smile through it, the better and more magical your session (and final images) will be.
What is your rescheduling policy?
If I am feeling even remotely sick, or suspect I've been exposed to COVID, I am going to reschedule your session. I'm just not willing to risk it in the midst of a global pandemic and expect the same from you. Seasonal allergies, etc. are of course different.
I don't mind rescheduling when possible, your retainer is transferrable for a different date for up to 6 months. I try to keep a few days open for situations like this just in case.
Other situations that may cause us to reschedule: weather (rain, wind, etc.), family emergencies, etc.
What should we do with our digital files?
BACK. THEM. UP. I wish I could hold on to every picture I've ever taken in the history of ever... but unfortunately, that would be crazy expensive. You will have 2 weeks to download your images and place your artwork order. While I promise to hold on to your images for a year from your session date I ask that you take the necessary measures to securely back up your digital files for you and your posterity as soon as you download them. I recommend either an external hard drive or cloud based storage.
Also, you'll notice your files will be named YYMMDD-LastNameFamilyPicutresYYYY-0001.jpg. This is to make it super easy for you to find them by searching by the date they were taken or "FamilyPicturesYYYY".
How do we book a session with you?
The best and easiest way is to find any button on this page that says "BOOK NOW/CHECK AVAILABILITY". That will take you directly to my availability where you can select a date, sign the contract, and pay the retainer.
If you have any questions or are looking for something specific/specialized, please don't hesitate to hit the other button "CONTACT MAREN" to get a message to my inbox. I'll be in touch within 24 hours.
Do you travel for sessions?
YES! And I love to! Shooting in new places is so much fun and good for my creative soul! Join my mailing list or watch my instagram for dates I might be traveling outside of Arizona, or reach out to me directly for a custom quote for me to travel to you. I just ask that you cover all travel fees.
How early should I book my session?
The short answer is anytime! As long as there is availability on my calendar. However, to take full advantage fo the Maren Elizabeth Experience I recommend that you book at least 3 months in advance.
If you're interested in a Spring session (February-March) or a Fall session (September-November) I recommend booking as soon as you possibly can. Those months tend to be my busiest which means they fill up quickly and well in advance.
Can we bring along the family pet?
For extended family sessions I recommend you leave the family pet home.
What other kinds of photography do you do?
Think of any photography needs your family might have from the moment your first baby is born until your last grand-baby is born... I photograph that.
Maternity, Birth, Fresh 48, Newborn, Baby's First Year, Milestones, Birthdays, Seniors, Anniversary, Generational.
Have I missed any? Just about the only thing I don't do... is weddings. 😉