2018 Outdoor Family Portrait Sessions

The nice weather is almost here!!  Thank you for signing up for the black friday booking special, I'm ready to get back outside again.  Below is information, tips and a form that will help make the most of your session.  I'm looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new families!

What to wear

Picking family outfits.

  • Skip matching entirely for a more natural family portrait.  Don’t feel restricted to one color but embrace a hue or shade.   
  • Don’t forget accessories.  Not only do they make fun props but they photograph well.  Think hats, scarves (those blanket scarfs are versatile and easy to add if the weather is cool), statement jewelry, etc.
  • Layer up!  Try to find layers and textures to add to each family member.  This adds depth to your portraits and will give you that perfect pop.  In the early spring add a puffy vest, a cardigan, collared shirt under a sweater, or even your accessories to layer up. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to do!

The little things:

Chapstick.  Chapped lips stand out, having chapstick, even for dads is recommended.

Socks.  You didn't coordinate everyone down to the shoes to have thick, white socks stick out during a sit down portrait.

Nails.  Polished nails or plain is okay, just make sure the girls don't have chipped nail polish.

Tattoos.  Please do not put temporary tattoos on the kids.  Removing them in Photoshop is extremely time consuming.  You may be charged an editing fee if temporary tattoos need to be digitally removed.

Acne/bruises/cuts.  It happens....a lot.  Many kids show up to sessions with a fresh bruise or cut from a fall the night before and teens are prone to acne.  I will remove all blemishes that are not permanent.  If something is beyond my Photoshop capability, I will let you know.  Scars, moles and birthmarks are not removed.

Speaking of Photoshop.  Basic editing and enhancing is done to all images.  Special requests such as; 'I couldn't find the right color pants, can you change them in Photoshop?' are not fulfilled or may require outsourcing for a fee.

Transition glasses.  This is a big one.  If a member of your family has transition glasses, I recommend them NOT to wear them for the session.  'But they've worn glasses for 30 years, its who they are.'  I completely understand.  I recommend bringing an extra or old pair of non-transition glasses to wear during the session.  If at the session, you/they only have the transition glasses, there are 3 options: the session is done with the glasses but they look like sunglasses and you cannot see the eyes, the session is done without wearing them at all, or the session is done half with the glasses and half without and the images are sent out for custom editing at a rate of $30/image to remove the darkness of the lenses. 


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Here's the official 2017 Fall Colors.  You will likely find clothing lines in the stores using these colors.

Here's the official 2017 Fall Colors.  You will likely find clothing lines in the stores using these colors.

Session Details
Please fill out this form before Sept 5th
Name *
Phone *
Phone number for communicating on day of session.
Please provide address, park, etc
Please select a session starting time.
Please indicate number of children and ages that will be participating in session.
Model Release *
I hereby give permission to Shannon Rae Photography to use my photos and likeness in all forms and media for advertising, portfolio, and demo. I understand that I am entitled to no compensation.



We are blessed to reside in such a beautiful state with all the seasons, however, the summer season is a short one and we are all familiar with the unpredictable nature of the weather.  So here's the deal with weather reschedules.  If there are definite rain/storms on your session day, we will certainly reschedule.  I understand the effort that goes into getting everyone ready for a session.  If there are spotty storms/rain showers on the radar 2/3 hours before your scheduled session, we will communicate about our options.  The options may be moving the session location to an area not affected by the weather or reschedule.  Sessions are not rescheduled for cold/hot weather, cloud cover or undesirable foliage color (i.e. colors have not changed or the leaves have all fallen). 


A final payment of $200 is due on or before your session.  Cash, check (payable to Shannon Finnie) or credit/debit cards are accepted.  Here is a link for the balance if you would like to pay with a credit/debit card.  


Other Tips

  • If you feel your child needs an extra incentive to behave during the shoot, bring something that they can have right then and there.  Promising a child a toy, ice cream, or even a pony after the shoot will do no good.  Children need instant gratification.  Good treats would be small candies like fruit snacks or skittles.  Stay away from anything with chocolate.  And especially stay away from lollipops unless you want them in all of your pictures!
  • Sometimes kids behave better when their parents aren’t around.  If your child is old enough and you think they will feel safe, try walking away from the session (but definitely stay within viewing distance) for a minute and let me play with them for a minute.  Children can sometimes feel overwhelmed when mom, dad, and the photographer are telling them what to do.  When the photographer can be in charge they are more likely to get better eye contact and more genuine smiles.
  • Try not to stress.  Photography sessions can be stressful for parents.  You have invested a lot of time and money in the shoot.  But, I can tell you from lots of experience, the more you stress the more your child will feed off that tension.  Do your very best to have fun.  You know how to get those genuine smiles and reactions out of your children.  Make it a big play session.  Be silly.  Make gross noises.  Have a dance party.  Your photographer can’t get pictures of you having fun unless you are really having fun.  If they don’t cooperate the entire session just let it go.  No child ever cooperates the entire session.

After The Session

I try my best to deliver galleries as quickly as possible.  At the same time, I want to provide you with an amazing gallery and not rush though the editing process.  This year, I'm anticipating a 3 week turn around time, give or take a couple of days.  You will emailed with a link to an online gallery where you can download the images and order prints. This link can be shared with your family and friends.  The online gallery will be open for 30 days for downloading and ordering.  Reactivating galleries after the expiration date are subject to a $25/fee.  Downloading can only be done to a computer.  I have some clients say that an iPad will accept the download but that is not recommended due to the size of the images.

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