Family Portrait FAQ and Pricing

Helpful Hints for Beach Portraits

 I have been photographing people for over 20 years

and along the way I’ve learned a few things that help

to make a great family portrait. 

Working together, we will create great memories for you!

1.   Pick clothing colors in the same palette as the beach.

 White and Khaki, jeans and white, pastels, pinks,

blues, tans, cremes, etc. 

Coordinate your outfits. Clothing does NOT have to

match exactly, but it does need to coordinate.

This puts the emphasis on the faces and the people

and not on the clothing

2.   Bare feet are fine and actually preferable.

3.   Be aware of nail polish in the portrait.

 A soft pink, blush or French manicure is nice and not overwhelming. That said, wear what is your style. Check

younger girls for chipped polish or strange colors! :)

3.   If anyone in your group has long hair,

be prepared with a backup plan if it is windy

Barrettes, headbands, etc. Don’t spray hair

heavily, as it will look odd in the wind.

(We don't cancel because of wind,

unless it is unusually strong.)

4.   Check your hair for cut and color and make an appointment with your stylist if necessary. 

I want you to look great!

5.   Remind men to shave if necessary. 

Many guys don’t like to shave on vacation and

forget to shave for the portrait. 

If your guys have beards, no worries!!

6.   Consider wearing any jewelry

 that is memorable to you. 

If your husband or kids gave you a special piece

for a birthday or Mother’s Day, wear that

if it is appropriate for the beach setting.

It makes a nice statement.   

7. Please don’t wear sunscreen or lotion

on the day of the session.

Sunscreen creates a great deal of shine

and lotion only makes the sand stick to you! 

Just for one evening, please do without.

8. If you have small children, please be aware of

bedtimes and dinner times,

especially if you are coming from a different time zone.

Sometimes the sunset does not coincide with their schedules.

Just be aware and plan accordingly as much as possible.

9. If anyone in your group is a same sex couple, please make me aware. No judgement, I just want to know

that they are a couple and pose them appropriately 

If I don’t know, I can’t get that right!

10. Relax and prepare to have fun!


How does this work?

We schedule a chat first off to go over different options, family concerns, clothing choices and anything that will help the session go smoothly.

Do you require a deposit?

Yes, a $250 deposit is required to book your session. The balance of the payment is due on the day of your session. You will need to pick your session before the date so that I can schedule enough time for you and your family.

What happens afterward?

You will get a link to your private gallery within 3 to 5 business days.

This online gallery will contain a lightly edited version of all the images we took that are of good quality. ( I edit for closed eyes, bad expressions, etc.)

The link is sent to the person who booked the session. In the case of extended families, that person will be able to share the link with other family members so that they can make their decisions.

There is a logo on the images. Will that be on the final images?


The logo is on the images online to protect them. Once you are ready to download your final selections, I send a separate gallery and the logo disappears from the images when they are downloaded.

We LOVE them! Now what?

Once you have made your decisions, the original contact person will be able to send me an email with the chosen images or there is an option right in the gallery to let me know which ones you have chosen. Final chosen images will be edited and ready for you to download within 7 to 10 days. (if you need a particular one early for a deadline, please let me know)

I decided that I want the whole gallery! Can I do that now?

Of course! You can just pay the difference between the session you chose and the Premium Session and the rest of the lightly edited images will be released for download.

I am really not sure which ones I want? How long do I have to make a decision?

Final image selection is required within 2 weeks from receiving the gallery. If you have extenuating circumstances, please call me and we can work out an extension.

Do you keep my images on file in case I lose them?

Unfortunately, no. After the final images have been uploaded, all the un-chosen ones are deleted. I just don't have the space to keep all the images I create. Finished images are kept 3 to 6 months. I highly suggest that you create a disc or backup of the images for yourself and keep it someplace safe.

Can I get a disc with the images on it from you?

Yes. For an additional $25 fee, I will make a disc for you. However, they are the same resolution and quality as the downloads are. Many computers now don't even have a drive for a disc.

Do you offer wall portraits?

I always photograph with wall portraits in mind.

Wall portraits are a great addition to any photography session and I highly encourage that each client place their favorite images on the wall. When you walk into your living room and see that great family portrait on the wall you are reminded of the closeness of your family. In your heart you know that not all moments in a family are picture perfect, but when you see this image you are reminded of all the good moments that you have had. If you only get digitals, you seldom get them printed. Let me create a gorgeous wall portrait for you that you will be proud to have for generations. Talk to me about professional printing of wall portraits for you from your session.

Family Portrait Pricing

Basic Session

Pre-session clothing consultation,

45 minute portrait session,

post processing and editing,

private online gallery

15 edited images with rights to reprint


Elite Session

Pre-session clothing consultation,

1 to 1 1/2 hour portrait session,

post processing and editing,

private online gallery,

20 edited images with rights to reprint


Premium Session

Pre-session clothing consultation

1 to 2 hour portrait session

post processing and editing

private online gallery

25 edited images with rights to reprint

All lightly edited images

in the rest of the gallery

will be released to you

with same usage rights.


What our clients are saying

What our clients are saying

Wendy K.

Wendy K.

Look no further if you want someone with a lifetime of experience and "know how". We've used Kathleen for pregnancy, new born and family shots through the years with fabulous indoor and outdoor results. Kathleen does such a great job, it's hard to choose because I usually want them all!

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Refund Policy

No refund will be given if you cancel within 2 weeks before your shoot or during a holiday week. (Christmas week, New Years week, Thanksgiving week or Easter week)

If you have rain, we will reschedule for the next available day. You are required to show up, unless the photographer states otherwise. If it rains all week, then you are refunded. If there is no other time that you or the photographer can schedule during your vacation, your deposit will be refunded.

The beach its always windy, please be prepared for it-bring a headband, barrettes or prepare to change your hairstyle (braids, ponytail, etc) if it is too windy. I do reschedule if the wind is too bad, but that is rare. I am not responsible for final images if family members choose not to cooperate. We reserve the right to cancel without notice, or refuse service to anyone. (I would only cancel in an emergency, but I have to put this in here!)