It’s best to hire me soon as you know I’m the photographer for you. Newborns often book up 3-4 months in advance since I only accept a limited number per month to allow flexibility in scheduling once baby makes his or her arrival; and other sessions are scheduled once a week at sunrise, sunset, or on a weekend date one time a month. The fall books up EXTREMELY quickly and I do not photograph family sessions from December to February at all.
The entire custom portrait process may take up to several months from first booking to having your final product in your hands. Please see below for a timeline:
Session planning may take 3 weeks to several months (especially for a newborn session) for a consultation, location-scouting, and wardrobe selection.
Session itself may have to be rearranged due to inclement weather if it’s outside or if there’s a sick kiddo.
A Reveal and Ordering Appointment takes place between 2-3 weeks after your session.
Design work and revisions can take another 1-2 weeks; more if multiple revisions occur.
Product delivery for prints will be ready in 1-2 weeks after the final approval. Albums take 4-5 weeks depending on the customizations.
Session retainers are $175 for one person; $225 for 2-5 people in your immediate family. Please see the Pricing page for more details.
The session retainer is what you pay to the studio to reserve the date and time for the photographer to perform services for you. Because April only accepts a limited number of clients, she may have to turn others away for the time around your scheduled session. This retainer must be paid within 24 hours of speaking to the studio about a date, along with the contract, to be sure we don’t book someone else during your requested time.
Paypal will be how you pay your session retainer at the end of your digital contract. Through paypal, you can either pay via paypal transfer if you have an account, or put in your credit card information if you don’t have an account.
I will then invoice you for any remaining session fees if there are any, also through paypal. Products at your ordering appointment can be paid by either cash, check, credit card, or paypal.
I am flexible on location. For newborn studio sessions, I do have dedicated space for lighting and all of my props, backdrops, etc are here. It’s definitely too much to pack everything into a car, but I am able to travel to you for an additional fee as long as there is ample space and ceiling height for me to set up. We will just have to do really great collaborating with your pre-session consultation so I can pack the most appropriate props to bring with me, rather than everything I own. I can also travel to you for no additional fee if you’d like a lifestyle session.
For family sessions, I love finding meaningful places to you and your family. I can certainly offer suggestions, but part of our collaboration is discussing what you and your family like to do together, and your favorite local destination spots. If you’re completely at a loss, though, I can pick the location based on the look and feel of the images you’re after during our consultation.
I know this is a stressful part of getting the images just the way you envision them when you’re spending a lot of money on custom portraits. I am here to guide you, so don’t worry! The easiest answer is to plan 2-3 colors plus a neutral (black, jeans, white, grey, khaki and even navy are all neutrals these days). Keep patterns to a minimum. One outfit can be a pattern or multi-color and use that as your jumping off point for other colors. And a warning about matching outfits with everyone in jeans or khaki pants and matching white shirts: this may make things easier to plan, but it also is the quickest way to make your images look like they’re dated from the 80’s and 90s, so let’s not do that. I’m all for timeless and letting your family’s personality shine through.
Everyone who comes through the studio will leave with some sort of digital files. If you purchase off an a la carte print menu, you will receive a watermarked, web-size digital file for social media sharing of each print you purchase. These are not suitable for printing. Should you choose from the package options, you’re either selecting from digital files only, or creating your own collection with a printed art piece along with your entire gallery of digital files.
It depends on which size files you purchase. Web-sized files from the a la carte menu are not able to be printed at all. They are low-resolution. 8x10 sized files can be printed to 8x10; and full-sized files can be printed as large as you’d like to go!
I do offer holiday cards and birth announcements.
I order my products from a professional lab that does not cater to the general public.
At this time, I do not do event photography. My specialization is in capturing moments of you with your children. It’s what I’ve spent my time working on and perfecting, and the sessions you’ve requested are best left to those who have spent their time perfecting their craft for that particular setting. I am also rarely available on the weekends when most of these types of sessions tend to occur.
Due to a few contract restrictions with some mentors I have worked with, I am not able to offer mentorships at this time.
I began photographing landscapes and flowers at a young age. The macro setting on my first 35 mm point and shoot camera was my favorite by far. Once I became a mom, I found a whole new appreciation for being able to get the shot with my camera. I became obsessed with light and shadow, and capturing my crazy toddler boys doing something before they moved on to the next thing five seconds later. I purchased my first DSLR in 2005 and started my business in 2013 focusing on newborns and families.
No camera/cell phones are allowed at the session or at reveal and ordering appointments.
In case of rain or severe weather, the studio reserves the right to postpone the session.
Sessions may be rescheduled by the client once with at least 48 hours notice, otherwise the retainer will be forfeited.
Due to the custom nature of portraits, all orders are paid in ful at the ordering appointment unless participating in our payment plan. If you're participating in a payment plan, a 50% payment will be required before I can order your products.
Our studio accepts all major credit cards, as well as Paypal.
Prices are subject to change without notice, but current pricing at time of booking is honored for one month after your session occurs.
To make room for new client images, all unordered images will be purged from our system 30 days after your ordering appointment. Ordered images will be archived in our system for at least one year for holiday cards and reorders.
Printing, copying, downloading, scanning, and editing images without express written consent is strictly prohibited. Commercial use of images, including photo contests and modeling submissions, is also strictly prohibited. A print release (for personal printing rights only) is issued with the purchase of medium and large sized digital files.
In 1976, the Federal Government passed the Copyright Law to prevent the copying of protected materials, including books, sheet music, and professionally-created photographs.
The portraits you have commissioned us to create are fro one fo the most celebrated custom boutiques in the industry. April Peebles Photography invests heavily in education and training in order to provide the highest level of quality photography. As such, duplicating, scanning, or copying images creates a severe loss of color, clarity, and permanence in the portraits. Since such losses reflect poorly on the reputation of our professional work, April Peebles Photography has reserved the copyright on each portrait we create. We sincerely appreciate your understanding and cooperation in helping us continue to provide the highest levels of quality and integrity for which we are known.
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