What you can expect
We do things a little differently here at Damon Bates Photography. Rather than just hand you digital files and wish you luck figuring out what to do with them, we’ll take the time to help you figure out exactly which of our custom products are best for you and your family, then put everything together for you, allowing you to sit back and relax while we do what we do best.
Our process is just 4 simple steps:
1. We Plan it
About a week before your session we’ll meet for the Product Consultation, where I’ll get to know you, your family and your style, and learn about what products would be best for you, your home and your budget. We’ll also plan out the details of your session, and start thinking about what you want to do with your photos.
2. We shoot it
During the session, which lasts about 60 minutes, we’ll have a blast creating the perfect images for your home and for the products we discussed in your Product Consultation. Since we’ve already discussed what you want, we’ll make sure to capture exactly the images you’re looking for. Photo sessions are relaxed and fun, and usually over before you know it.
3. You order it
The ordering appointment is your first chance to see your photos, and the easiest way to purchase prints and products. I’ll guide you through the process of choosing your favorite images, and deciding what you want to do with them. We can meet in the comfort of your home, or my studio office if you prefer.
4. I hang it
Ever tried hanging your own photos before? Sit back and relax while I do the hard work and install them for you. Trust me, you will LOVE this part!
Our clients absolutely LOVE our attention to detail and the way we hand-hold them through the process and we can’t wait to wow you, too!
Frequently Asked Questions:
What should we wear?
For many families, this can be the most stressful part of family photos. Relax, I’ve got you covered! During your planning consultation, I’ll help you start thinking about your entire family’s wardrobe. I’ll provide you with a style guide from a professional wardrobe stylist. You’ll also have access to my exclusive Pinterest board with great outfit ideas for any season. My clients often talk about how thankful they are for this service.
What happens if it rains?
Inclement weather is a reality in our lovely part of the country. Your session is a priority, so I will do everything I can to make sure it takes place. Often times when rain is in the forecast, we can move the session up or down an hour and avoid it. If it absolutely pours buckets all day, then we’ll re-schedule. I keep certain days open throughout the year to allow for this. Typically, I wait until the day before to check the forecast and make a final decision about the weather. I’ve never lost a session to bad weather, so no need to worry here!
What happens after the session?
Most of my clients choose to build their own package of high-quality artwork such as canvas wraps and storybook photo albums. You have the freedom to create whatever you would like with your images.
If you are only looking for digital files or a few small prints, then I may not be the best fit for your needs. I believe in creating lasting memories that build a strong sense of family unity. I believe this is best accomplished by bringing your images to life in your home.
How much should I plan to invest?
After your consultation, a session fee of $375 is required to secure your session date. This covers my time, services and creativity. After your session, all prints and products, including digital images, are purchased à la carte during your ordering appointment. This way you can choose what is most important to you. Our typical client spends between $1,500 and $3,000 on their custom wall art galleries.
What prints and products do you offer?
Wall Art – The best way to showcase your favorite images is by hanging them on your wall where you’ll see them every day. I offer beautiful, high quality canvas wraps as well as matted and framed wall art you’ll want to stare at all day long.
- Canvas Collections – multiple canvas wraps arranged as one piece
- Individual Wall Portraits – Framed, float mount and metal prints are also available
Albums are a fantastic way to preserve and enjoy all of the images from your session. I custom design your album, and we work together until it’s just the way you like it. All albums come with a durable hard cover and thick, lay-flat pages for easy viewing. They’re made by hand to last a lifetime.
Traditional prints, great for extended family, offices or small rooms