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FISRT YEAR COLLECTION

Thank you so much for inquiring about my services. I know this is a special time and I'm honored to have the chance to document it for you. Please read through all the info here and let me know if you have questions or if you are ready to book.

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FIRST YEAR COLLECTION

“The days are long but the years are short…”

If you’re here, you may have already read about my family sessions and what they’re like. My First Year Collection is a way to expand on my process and philosophy with more sessions in a shorter time period. I know that photos are an investment and I wanted to create a way to allow families to document the full process of becoming a parent.

The First Year Collection includes any combination of maternity, newborn and milestones sessions. My pricing for these sessions is offered at a discount from my regular family sessions so I ask that you intend to book at least two to receive that pricing. They can take place any time before birth (for maternity) and up to a year after birth (for newborn/milestones). You may pick any combination of two or more. A lot of my clients like to document maternity, newborn and a one year session but I also have clients who book sessions every three months. You’re welcome to do whatever feels best for you.

My goal is to always capture the authentic, so that when you see your images you feel a connection. Your maternity photos are full of excitement, waiting and and curiosity about what is to come. Newborn photos capture sleepy and full hearts while you are still getting to know one another. And finally, a milestone session when your baby is interactive and their personality is shining through finishes off your First Year Collection. You made it through that first year of changes and challenges and it’s the most beautiful thing to document and look back on.

After your final session, we can design an album and order prints, taking all your favorite images from all your sessions and creating something beautiful for you to enjoy forever. Your child will get to see themselves so tiny and loved, and you will be able to look back on this special time forever. I know you will be grateful that you took the time to document this stage in a beautiful way.

HOW TO BOOK

Once we choose a date and time I’ll send you a link to book your session. 50% is due up front to reserve your date and the remaining 50% is due on the day of your session. These are not nonrefundable payments but they can be rescheduled if necessary.

PRE SESSION

After you've booked, I’ll send you my welcome and outfit guide to help walk you through choosing your outfits and how to prepare for our time together. I’ll also confirm the location and any other relevant details.

RECEIVING YOUR IMAGES

After your session is done, I’ll mail the film to the lab where they will process, scan and then email me your images digitally. Once I receive your images from the lab, I'll upload them to an online gallery where you can download your images. The whole process takes about 4 weeks.

FIRST YEAR COLLECTION

Welcome and Outfit Guide

1 hour session

Online Gallery

Unlimited Image Downloads

Can be used for maternity, newborn or milestone

 

$1200

WHERE SHOULD WE SHOOT

Maternity sessions take place outdoors and we can work together to find a beautiful spot for that, I have plenty of locations ideas throughout the Bay Area. Newborn sessions can either take place in your home or outdoors. If you want to shoot at your home, it’s best if you have at least 1 room with good natural lighting or 1 room and an outdoor space. The milestone sessions can take place outdoors or at your home again.

WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR

Clothes make a huge difference on how your photos turn out so I take an active role in helping you choose clothes that will photograph well. After you book I’ll send you a welcome guide that includes information about what type of clothes and colors to choose.

HOW MANY IMAGES WILL WE RECEIVE

Your gallery will include all the images we take (minus any blinking photos) and each gallery will have at least 70 images.

WHEN DO WE GET TO SEE OUR PICTURES

It will take me about 4 weeks to get your session done. If you need your images sooner, I offer rush delivery for an added fee. Indoor newborn sessions are shot on digital and are typically ready sooner but may take the full 4 weeks during the fall or if we’ve included any outdoor film images.

DO YOU OFFER PRODUCTS

What you choose to do with your photos is one of the most exciting parts of our time together. I promise the joy you feel seeing your images online will be tenfold when you flip through your album or see your images hanging on the wall. Your gallery will include an online store where you can purchase professional prints, frames and albums as well as other products. They are all from professional labs and will look beautiful in your home!

DO YOU HAVE REVIEWS

Yes! You can read my glowing reviews on Google.

WHAT ARE MILESTONES AND WHICH SHOULD WE CHOOSE

Milestone sessions can take place at 3, 6, 9 or 12 months. Each one marks different changes in your child’s growth. Some families choose to document each one and others choose 1 or 2 in addition to their maternity and/or newborn session.

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VIEW MY RECENT WORK

“Just superb! Samantha was beyond easy to work with and has a very talented eye for catching simple moments of grace and chemistry between loved ones. She was helpful in preparation of our shoot (which made life easy on our end) and working with her during the shoot was a breeze. Bonus: she’s fabulous with kids! Her talent shooting with real film is refreshing in a world of digital, photoshopped images. We love her natural, light, crisp style. Our family will cherish our photographs from our session for years to come.”

“Samantha was THE consummate professional photographer! From initial contact through final photo delivery she helped guide us through each step with helpful explanations and advice, making the entire experience extremely enjoyable. The intimacy of her film photos are remarkable and they speak for themselves. I HIGHLY recommend asking Samantha to help you with your photoshoot!”

“Samantha is the absolute BEST! Getting pictures taken with a toddler can be a bit of a challenge but she was so good with him and so easy to work with. On top of that the pictures turned out absolutely beautiful and I will cherish them forever. Samantha truly is the best and I will continue to use her to capture our family for as long as she lets me, I can’t recommend her enough! Use her! You won’t be disappointed.”

“I have worked with Samantha a handful of times now and I cannot recommend her enough. Her photos are absolutely gorgeous and timeless. She is so talented at capturing those precious moments you will cherish for years to come. Samantha will work with you on location, poses and even wardrobe recommendations. She is always professional and responds immediately. I recommend her to everyone I know. She is truly amazing!!”

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HOW TO BOOK

If you’re ready to book, please let me know and we can decide on a date for your first session. Once the date is picked, I’ll send you a link where you can book your session and make your initial payment. I can’t wait for our time together and as always, please reach out with any questions you have along the way.

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