February 19, 2020

What to Expect From Your Family Session


Family and children sessions come in different lengths. If you want to capture immediate family only (mom, dad, and kiddos), I would recommend a full family session, which lasts an hour and a half. If you have one young child and would like to photograph the child only, a mini session (30 mins) will work better for your needs. We also offer specific six-month and one-year sessions, which range from 30 minutes to 1 hour. If you have questions regarding which session would fit best for you, give us a call or shoot us a text at 931-200-7814 or send us an email at info@adelaidestreetmedia.com.


If you have little ones in your family who need their beauty sleep, try to choose a time of day for your session that fits with their nap and eating schedule. Scheduling around nap and feeding times may seem like a small thing, but a rested child is a happy child, and a happy child makes for great images. And no one likes to be hangry!


We are able to shoot family sessions in your home or on location. If there is a place that is special to your family, then let’s do it there! If you don’t have a specific place in mind, don’t worry: we gotcha covered. Just ask for recommendations and we will be happy to make them.


Don’t feel like you need to go all out style-wise for a family session. Pick clothes for you and your children that are comfortable but also that make you feel your best. For groups, stick to the same level of dressiness and don’t worry about being too matchy-matchy. Patterns are totally fine as long as there aren’t too many clashing ones. Consider also where your session will take place. What you wear for an in-home session may be different in style from what you might wear or something outdoors. If you have any questions regarding styling or need outfit advice from the pros, take a photo of the outfits you’re considering and send them to us via text (931-200-7814) or email (info@adelaidestreetmedia.com). Or you can always give us a call and we can talk you through it!


Preliminary, lightly edited images are typically delivered within 1 week of the session date. After choosing your favorite images, your final gallery will be delivered 2-4 weeks from your session date.

We use online galleries through Pixieset to deliver our images. Here’s how it works:


One week after your session, you will receive all the best images in a Preliminary Gallery. The gallery is online and password-protected, and the images are color edited and lightly retouched.


Select your favorite images up to the allotted number of images for your session (see session types below or check your invoice for details). You can certainly choose more than the allotted number of images for your session, but please be aware that for any additional images downloaded after your allotment, you will be billed $25/image. (We will always check with you before billing anything to your account!)

A NOTE ON BLACK AND WHITE IMAGES: Images will be delivered in color and/or black and white at the photographer’s discretion. If you choose an image in color and also would like it in black and white, there is no additional charge and it does not count towards your allotment. Black and white images chosen without the same image in color do count towards your allotment. Basically, if you pair black and white images with their color counterparts, it’s no big deal for us to turn a retouched color image into black and white so there’s no reason to make it count extra. But if you get only a black and white we still have to do all the retouching on that image that we would have done on the color image first. Please let us know if you have questions about this policy.


Make note of any retouching you wish to have done, and mark the photos you wish to have black and white.


Alert your photographer when you’ve finalized your selections and let them know if you’d like to purchase any prints, albums, or canvases at this time.


Depending on the extent of your notes and our current turnaround times, your final gallery will arrive within 1-3 weeks after you choose your final images.


When your Final Gallery arrives, download your images. All galleries expire a month from when you receive them so please your selection within 30 days. (Don’t worry, we’ll send you alerts so you don’t forget!)


All sessions at Adelaide Street include the photographers time and talent, a set number of digital images, time spent retouching, and an online digital gallery.  The family session options are:

MINI SESSION (30 mins, 5 digital images) — $75

This session is awesome for young children aged 6 months to 5 years who may get fussy with longer sessions. It’s also great for older children who take direction well. This session is not recommended for a session that includes the whole family, but would be great for a Mommy + Me or Daddy + Me session with one to two children. This can include one quick outfit change.

STANDARD SESSION (1 hour, 15 digital images) — $250

We recommend this session for a variety of situations, but especially for families who are just looking for photos of their children. This session length works great with children who are school age or for sessions that include more than one child. 

EXTENDED FAMILY SESSION (1.5 hours, 25 digital images) — $300

This session is designed for immediate to extended family sessions that include 4 to 8 individuals. Outfit changes are possible, but not usually with really large parties. If you have more people that wish to be photographed, please contact us at info@adelaidestreetmedia.com.

SIX-MONTH SESSION (30 mins, 10 digital images) — $125

We recommend the six-month session be the first session your child experiences (apart from newborn). At six months, a child should have enough balance to sit for photos, and a lot of times we get a LOT of smiles at this age! For any sessions that include a child aged younger than six months, we recommend the whole family get involved so you leave with plenty of images to choose from. This session can include one quick outfit change.

ONE-YEAR SESSION (1 hour, 15 digital images) — $250

At one year, children are typically more mobile, smiling, and still have all those sweet little leg rolls. This session usually has a lot of variety, and we find that children this age rarely need a lot of posing. They just kind of look cute naturally! If you have props, please bring them! We also highly encourage outfit changes during this session.

BABY’S FIRST YEAR (includes Newborn, Six-Month, One-Year sessions) — $575

If you plan on hanging around Adelaide Street for a while, this might be a good, money-saving option. Typically a newborn, six-month, and one-year session is $800 total, but because we like having you around, we can offer you this special gift. But really it’s a gift to us, too, because we get to watch your babies grow!  All you have to do is sign up and we will reach out to you when it’s time to schedule your next session with us! 


At Adelaide Street, we also offer something pretty special called Family Films. Basically we come hang out with you and your sweet family for a few hours and capture a day in your life! Pick a Saturday and a fun activity and we’ll tag along to capture all the memories for you in a cinematic short film. Prices for this can vary so if you’re interested, please reach out to us at info@adelaidestreetmedia.com.


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