2018 Ottawa Fall Family Session FAQ

Fall is a busy time for photographers; everyone wants their family photographed with the lovely fall foliage!

I get asked a lot of questions about these sessions so I'm going to do my best to answer them.

How do I book my session?

-Sessions are booked by messaging me with the time and date you would like, with your first and last name, and email address. Once this information is confirmed and received, an invoice and contract are sent - however, the session is not considered booked until both are received by me ( a signed contract and paid invoice. Due to the high demand, I do require full payment up front for these sessions).

How much does it cost?

-These sessions are $150 plus HST and include 7 high resolution digital files with printing rights. Clients get to choose their own images as all images will be uploaded after the session - you will choose through an online gallery. The process is very simple! Payment can be made by etransfer, credit card, or interac online through your invoice. Please do not ask if I will accept cash to avoid paying HST.

What if I want more images?

-Extra images can be purchased at $25 per image. This fee is due before images will be edited and can be paid by invoice or etransfer.

What do I wear?

You can wear whatever you like - but my recommendations are please do not wear plaids, stripes, busy patterns, or black. The best colours with the foliage are whites and greys, or a solid colour that will put the focus on your family's face. With prints, your eyes don't know where to focus and it can really ruin an image.

What if it rains?

If it rains we will reschedule. Please make sure to check your email or text before the session.

My kids don't listen/cooperate - this won't work!

Trust me, as a mother of a toddler, I know that kids don't understand. I can guarantee you that we will still get plenty of images- my camera is very fast! So far I have never had a session with no usable images - if they smile for a split second, I can capture it! And the best images are the ones where your family is interacting, not ingenuinely smiling directly at the camera =)

Other information:

Please do not bring extended family members, these sessions are for immediate family only (up to 5). If you have additional family members, a $25 fee per family member after 5 is applied, or you can book more than one session and we will do them together.

I also ask that clients not be late for their session - often my sessions are booked back to back. If you are more than ten minutes late to your session and have not made arrangements at least 24 hours in advance with me, you will forfeit your session and none of your fee will be refunded. I am very lenient on rescheduling as I realize things can come up, but I cannot tolerate lateness - I have a family too!

If you are bringing young children to your session, please bring things that the child likes - candy, chocolate, toys, gifts - this is a once a year thing, it's best to bring out the big guns! With younger children, the first 15 minutes of the session is critical - we will be moving quickly at the beginning and I will be taking a lot of pictures - their attention span is so short that we tend to "lose" them at the end of the session.

The good news is there is also a playground at the back of the park, so after the session you can take the kids to the park!

If you have any additional questions feel free to email me anytime!

Fall family portraits - $150+HST, 7 digital images, located in Alta Vista.

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Hi there! I am Erika of Erika Michelle Photography. Welcome to my site! I am an Ottawa based photographer specializing in newborns, maternity, cake smashes, family and much more! I hope that you enjoy looking at my work and if you decide to book your child's cake smash, newborn shoot, your maternity shoot, or your family shoot, please click on book now ! I would love to photograph your special day and create beautiful memories for you in my fully equipped home studio.  I take pride in making my packages affordable and reachable for all of my clients and also am open to doing other packages to match your budget. Please feel free to contact me with any inquiries regarding newborn photography, maternity photography, family photography or any other shoots you are interested in!