THE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE

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Tell me a little about the process.

I offer parents a custom, candid and boutique option for school portraits and pride myself on capturing a technically sound photograph that accentuates each child’s individual personality. I do not believe in forcing a smile and thrive on authenticity and natural expressiveness. I feel that parents are craving this service in order to mark these fleeting school memories and know that this program is a definite value added to your school. I photograph all the portraits myself and let my online digital system take care of ordering. My goal is to minimally interrupt classroom schedules and provide a unique product to your families through my innovative portrait system.

What do you need from the school?

I will need just a few items from you, including classroom rosters, daily classroom schedules, a map of the school, and a list of any special instructions or sensitive information you think may be pertinent. Also, if your school utilizes a mass email system to notify parents of various announcements, I would love to take advantage of that once or twice during this process to remind and encourage participation in our program. If additional items pop up along the way, I will be sure to communicate those needs with you. 

I will also request assistance with collecting payments for image orders but strive to keep this as simple and hassle free as possible for all school staff. 

Where do you take the pictures?

I shoot exclusively outdoors, preferably under some type of canopy or breezeway. I would like to work with you in the weeks preceding our shoot to determine together the best possible places for photographing. Safety is my first priority, second only to ideal lighting conditions, which are best achieved by the use of natural sunlight. I am not able to shoot indoors due to my unique setup. 

Will we have to re-schedule for inclement weather?

It is not likely that we will have to make adjustments because of the weather, but in the case where there is rain, strong wind or unsafe conditions, it may be in our best interest to select another day. Clouds will not deter me, unless it is extreme cloud cover. Rain will only keep me photographing your students if it is intense and windy. I will make every effort to stay on schedule despite the weather.

How do parents pay you?

Proofs are released for viewing through an online link, and all orders are processed online, with the option to complete a paper form upon request. Once parents complete their online order form, they are requested to deliver their outstanding balance to the school within a specified timeline. I request that teachers assist with the payment collection process by accepting payments from students on specific dates. 

How long does the whole process take?

After I complete photographing the school, it will take approximately 3-6 weeks before proofs are released to the parents. The order deadline will be listed for 7-10 days after proof release. Once all orders are in, products will begin to arrive 3-4 weeks later. I will personally deliver all of the products to the school.

What does it cost for the families?

I offer both print packages as well as digital negatives, where parents can print themselves. Our smallest print packages are all 170 SR, and our digital negative collections begin at 170 SR as well. 

Will the school need to hire an assistant for you?

The school will not need to change anything to accommodate me. Depending on the size of the school, it would be helpful to have a parent volunteer to assist with notifying the classrooms when we are ready for them to be photographed. I will be present during our photography day(s) with at least one additional assistant in addition to the primary shooter.

How many options do parents get?

I offer four different print packages and two different digital negative collections. I also offer a la carte options once a digital or print package has been ordered.

Do parents have to participate?

Participation is not required. I will photograph portraits for every child on campus, and provide proofs for each child photographed. Proofs will be provided digitally and because of this your teachers will not have to worry about collecting unpurchased proofs or order forms. If parents do not want to participate, they are not obligated.