FAMILIES

by ALISON DUNN PHOTOGRAPHY

FAMILIES

by ALISON DUNN PHOTOGRAPHY

Anniversary and Family Photography

Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, welcoming a baby (fur babies included), or hoping to freeze time for a little while, I can help you get natural-looking photos of your crew looking your best!

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Types of sessions

Traditional

Meet me at one or two of your favorite spots for natural-light photos that reflect your style. My goal is a candid look, but I’ll be coaching you the whole time, from what to do with your face to where to put your hands.

Let’s Stay Home

Bring me to your home to add a personal touch to your portraits. We’ll do both “everyone smile!”  photos and candids that have a day-in-the-life feel. Have a favorite park across the street? We can swing by there too!

Let’s Stay Home

Bring me to your home to add a personal touch to your portraits. We’ll do both “everyone smile!”  photos and candids that have a day-in-the-life feel. Have a favorite park across the street? We can swing by there too!

Field Trip

I’ll join you on your fall trip to the orchard or your annual tree-cutting trip in december. We’ll make the most of the scenery and get some action shots along the way. 

Newborn

Growing your family? I’ll meet you at the hospital to capture a fresh 48 session, or meet you at home once you’ve settled in. I offer lifestyle newborn sessions, which include a mix of unposed solo baby shots and photos of the whole family together.

Newborn

Growing your family? I’ll meet you at the hospital to capture a fresh 48 session, or meet you at home once you’ve settled in. I offer lifestyle newborn sessions, which include a mix of unposed solo baby shots and photos of the whole family together.

Holiday

the holidays can be a magical time, especially with little ones in the house. Let me capture you and family at home with the decorations up or at another holiday location. I turn over images quickly, so you’ll have time to use the images for holiday cards if you want!

Packages

Portrait Sessions

All family, engagement, and anniversary sessions include 1 hour of coverage and 50+ edited hi-res digitals with downloading & printing rights. Prices start at $700 + tax.

Special Events

Having a shower, party, or other event? Contact me for specific event pricing and we’ll create a custom package based on your needs.

Spring & fall mini sessions

(Limited Availability!)

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How it works: A few times per year, I offer mini-session marathons, where clients can book 20 minute mini-sessions. You’ll receive 25 edited images with downloading rights.

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One location per day: Unlike full sessions that take place at the location of your choice, all mini-sessions are held at a single hand-picked location, which often changes from spring to fall.

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Book early: Over the years, my minis have become quite popular and can fill up within a few days. To be the first to grab a spot, join my exclusive mailing list!

Receiving your images

I know that it can be hard to choose favorites. That’s why I edit and include as many images as I can in your gallery and let you download them all, and don’t make you pick just five or ten.

Beautiful hi-res online gallery

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Easy delivery: Your high resolution photos are delivered in a clean, easy-to-use online gallery. Easily share your photos with your friends and family simply by sharing the link.

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Download in one click: When you’re ready, download your whole gallery in one click for safe-keeping as many times as you like.

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Ordering prints: You and anyone with your gallery link can order prints and canvases directly from the gallery, shipped from my professional print lab.

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Contact me for current availability!

Frequently asked questions

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What should we do during our in-home session?

The goal of in-home sessions is to capture your family in your natural habitat, where you’re most comfortable! Let’s do what you’d do on a Saturday morning: you can cook a meal, read stories, bake cookies, or snuggle on the bed – I’m game for anything!. We can shoot in the nursery, your bedroom, or any combination of rooms with great natural light.

What time of day is best for great light?

If we’re shooting outdoors, we’ll get the best light if we start our session around 1.5-2 hours before sunset, depending on whether we’re in or out of the city. Make sure you arrive on time, since we’ll be working against the clock to use the dreamy golden hour light! Keep in mind that if you’ve chosen two locations that require travel between them, the commute may mean we’ll miss part of golden hour to travel.

If we’re shooting in your home, the best light depends on where your windows are! If you have east-facing windows, we’ll want to do a morning session; if you have west-facing windows, afternoon may be best.

What if our house is dark or messy?

Don’t sweat it! There’s almost always some light somewhere that we can work with! And while I prefer natural when possible, I bring my own light and am not afraid to use it when necessary! And no, you don’t need to clean the whole house before I come –  clutter doesn’t faze me (I know that you actually live there) and I’ll help you move things around as we go.

What should we wear?

We usually have time for one outfit change during your session. A few guidelines to help you choose:

Coordinate with each other: Complementary colors always look better than matchy-matchy outfits. Avoid the dreaded Sears Portrait Studio all-white-shirts-and-jeans look. Also, make sure your outfits are on the same level of formal/casual.

Add layers and/or accessories: Layering will bring dimension and color to your images, so feel free to add a scarf, vest, statement necklace, etc.

Consider the patterns: If you choose a pattern, have only one of you wear a pattern at a time. Avoid teeny-tiny stripes or checkers, since cameras can have a hard time registering them.

If you’re looking for additional outfit inspiration, I’ve put together a Pinterest board of some of my family sessions here!

Will you be helping us with posing?

Absolutely, the whole time! While my goal is always to help you look natural, I coach all my couples and families through the entire session. I’ll never tell you to just figure something out! I’ve got your back. All you need to worry about is showing up!

What if my kids are having a rough day?

That’s okay! New clients often swear that I got nothing usable because the kids were running wild, and then freak out when they see that it wasn’t true! I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve to help get the whole family giggling. The best thing you can do as parents is to keep a smile on your face throughout the session – there’s nothing worse than capturing a rare smile from a baby, only to see that mom or dad was frowning with stress! We’ll also do breakouts of individual combinations to give everyone a chance to rest and recompose.

That being said, it’s totally okay for not every moment of the session to be picture-perfect. I’m there to capture your family as you are, and in fifteen years, I think you’ll cherish the photos of your children that show the full spectrum of their personalities.

Can we bring our dog?

Yes PLEASE! I’d just ask that you bring a friend or family member along to hang out with them while I get photos of just the humans. Bring some favorite treats to help me get his or her attention! And don’t be surprised if I howl to get your dog to look at me. It works, I promise.

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