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FAMILY SESSIONS

the maren elizabeth difference

Don't Settle For Pretty

Hey mama, I see you. Racing a mile a minute to keep up with ALL. THE. THINGS. With so much going on you can’t afford your family pictures to be merely pretty, you need more. That’s where I come in. I’m here to help drowning moms, just like you, reconnect with your people and your purpose through a photography experience that does more than deliver pretty images. I’m talking about an experience that will strengthen your home and family and gorgeous images that will give you the courage to keep going when life feels overwhelming.

 

Your MEP Family Session Includes:

Online Styling Service & Consultation

It’s like having your own personal stylist. 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.

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AN EXPERIENCE DESIGNED TO STRENGTHEN YOUR FAMILY

Too often I think stereotypical family pictures include grumpy husbands and screaming kids. That will not happen during our time together. Period. Full stop.

In the weeks leading up to your session, I’ll be asking you to spend a little quality time together and answer a questionnaire (designed with the help of a marriage and family therapist) to prepare for your session.

While not required, my clients who take full advantage of this unique and special experience can’t stop raving about the difference it makes, not only in their pictures but in their family.

During your session, we draw from the relationship building we started in that activity and expand it as we focus on real moments spent playing, exploring, and making memories together.

One Hour On Location

Your family lifestyle session includes up to 60 minutes on location. 

I say up to 60 minutes because that gives us a little wiggle room if anyone in your family needs it. Maybe everyone is super cooperative for 45 minutes and then they start to lose it. THAT’S OKAY! I’d rather end a few minutes early and keep the experience positive so they’re more willing to fulfill your annual picture dreams next year and the year after that.

I can usually get all the most important posed pictures done in the first 15-20 minutes of your session. A family portrait, individual portraits of each child, a sibling portrait, and parents. 

For the remainder of our time together we will play and have fun. Tickle attacks, throwing kids up in the air, twirling, finding cool rocks, etc. These are my favorite pictures that really show off your family relationships and personality.

Before After

50 RETOUCHED IMAGES

I guarantee 50 retouched images from your session. 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 Grandparents and other family and friends. 

You can download all your images sized perfectly for sharing on social media and prints up to 5×7″.

Keep scrolling 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!

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Family Sessions

• online styling service, wardrobe consultation & client closet

• family strengthening & relationship building focus

• up to 60 minutes on site

• 50 retouched images

• digital downloads

• personal artwork shop

$400

25% non-refundable deposit, due upon booking, required to reserve session date.  | Up to 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) | For extended families please see Extended Family Sessions | Arizona sales tax will be added to the total price.

a la carte

UPGRADES

frequently asked questions

FAQS

Kind of. While I don't own my own studio there are several great ones around the valley that I rent periodically upon client request.

 

The average cost for a natural light studio for 1 hour is $60. However, I highly recommend booking 1.5-2 hours, if possible, as the studio is typically reserved back-to-back. This means, in order to be considerate of others, we have to cut our time together a little short to accommodate for set-up/clean-up. Booking a little extra time insures we can shoot for the full 60 minutes if needed.

Image retouching usually takes between 14-28 business days. Especially during busy season, September though November, expect your gallery to be delivered during the 21-28 days range.

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.

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.

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". 

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. 

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.

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.

YES!!!! As long as your selected location allows and it's safe for the animal (heat can be dangerous!) I am happy to have the family pet along. Being a dog-mom myself, I know it just wouldn't feel like a complete family picture without them there.

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. 😉

i cant wait to work with you

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If you’ve made it this far, I know we’re a perfect fit! I would be honored to capture this chapter of your family’s story. To get started, click BOOK NOW.

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