About Your Session

I'm delighted to photograph your session!

We will work together to create the vision you have for the session. 



The Details

Book your session

First, let's get your session on the books! Connect with me to compare calendars and settle on a date. To reserve your date, I require a signed contract/model release (digital) and a 40% retainer fee. The final payment is due 1 month before your session date.

Family sessions, maternity sessions, and senior sessions start at $400. Extended family sessions start at $550 (maximum of 20 people). I'll send you an invoice with all the details if you're interested in booking.

Plan your session

Once I have your contract and retainer fee, the fun part starts: planning your dream session! I'll send you a questionnaire to help answer some important information about your portrait session including location, time of day, and your vision for the shoot. This is your place to dream about what you invision hanging on your walls and remembering this special time in your life. 

The best *light* for your session

Light is so important in photography. As a natural light photographer, I rely on the best sun of the day to give you the best photos possible. This happens at dawn or dusk (ideally this is 1-2 hours after sunrise or 1-2 hours before sunset). Think about which would work best for you. 

What To Wear

What to wear is an important aspect of your session. Below are links of color themes to start planning. I recommend light colors without patterns, think pastels and creamy ivories. To achieve the "look" you've seen on my website, I recommend not wearing black or bold colors/patterns. Most importantly, I want you to feel BEAUTIFUL. Wear something because you feel genuinely good in it, your confidence will show in the images. 

I'm here to help! Reach out to me with what you're thinking for wardrobe and we can work together for what will photograph the best! Email or text me ideas you have for your clothes options. Clients often send me options, it's a fun way to get to know each other (texting or emailing cell phone photos works great!) My email is hello@elmandolive.com and my cell is 360.393.5183.

Family Session: What Colors To Wear

Maternity Session: What Colors To Wear

Senior Session: What Colors To Wear




What Your Session Will Be Like

My hope for your session is to capture your true self. I'll help with gentle posing and positioning if needed but I want you to be relaxed to allow for real emotion to be captured. I hope we have laughter, connection, and for you to be at ease. I will take great care telling your story.

I'll guide you through exactly what we'll be doing when you arrive to your session. The session will be about you and your loved ones. I'll be capturing the silly laughs, connections, and genuine emotion you share. My hope is at the end of the day it felt like you were with an old friend. 



Consider Indulging

If you're on the fence about plurging on your session, let me tell you it will be worth it. While not required, consider getting your hair and makeup professionally done for your session. Or take it to the next level and order a fresh floral crown. Taking these extra steps can give a polished look and a special touch to your session. 

Please know this step is completely optional. You will be gorgeous and rock your session no matter what.




What Happens After Your Session

I will edit your photos and deliver them to you in an online gallery. From there you will be able to download full-resolution digital photos directly to your computer and have the option of ordering prints from my professional printing studio. I highly recommend that you save the photos in multiple locations (think external hard drives or the cloud). Final images from your session normally take about 6 weeks to be completed (often less). 

Then you can look back our beautiful session together for decades to come and remember every moment of this chapter in your life.