Welcome, and thank you so much for wanting to learn more about what a portrait session with us is like! We firmly believe that no two clients are alike and that no two sessions should ever be the same. A huge part of our process is building a relationship with you and your family. By the time the actual session rolls around, we’ll be comfortable around each other because we’ll have already invested a significant amount of time planning your session down to the last detail. We’re happy to help you with outfits, select venues/makeup artists, and even compile a list of your favorite poses! Our level of personal attention and eye for detail is unmatched. We don’t just strive for good customer service, instead, we want you to feel like family!

The creative fee for the majority of our sessions is $250; this includes an in-studio design consultation, use of any of our couture gowns, a 1.5 hour photography session, a reveal/ordering appointment, and a $50 print credit towards wall art or an album. Underwater sessions, seniors and newborn creative fees are $350 and include a 2-3 hour long shoot and $100 in print credit. Kindly note that no digital images or prints are included in the creative fee, unless otherwise stated for a specialty session. Please reach out via email or phone to discuss how we can best meet your needs.

At the shoot, we’ll have already created a natural feeling workflow that will encompass the elements that you told us you valued at your pre-planning session. We value your time and want your photo session to be full of action- no standing around or awkwardly wondering what pose to try next. Expect to show up, relax, and have fun! We aim for a mixture of both posed and candid shots so that your family’s personality shines through. Our goal is to create authentic interaction in a low stress environment.

After the session, we’ll curate a gallery of the best and most wall-worthy portraits from our time together. We’ll then contact you to schedule a reveal session.This is where you get to see your artwork and look at studio samples from our professional printer. Clients typically invest another $1000 – $3000 in custom portrait art, though there are plenty of options both above and below those price points. The quality of our heirloom albums and wall art is parallel to none! We’ll help you select pieces that best fit your home, desires, and budget. Once your art arrives, we’ll hand deliver it (for local clients) along with some extra treats!

All of our images are hand-edited. This means that we don’t use filters or purchased presets to edit many images at once. Every single shot will be retouched with attention that it deserves, helping us create unique art. We strive to tell a story with each and every image. Once your image selections have been made, kindly allow us up to four weeks to create your art work.

Our goal is to give you a luxury portrait experience and to create artwork that brings you joy every time you view it. We treat all clients equally and do not discriminate against age, sex, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability, etc. At Water Bear Photography, our mission is love.