This isn't going to be your typical family photo session, because you're about to have an experience! I love creating fun and exciting sessions, especially for kids. It will feel like playing for them, maybe a little chaotic to you, but to me it will be pure magic!
As a bonus mom myself, I've seen how fast our kids can grow up and how important it is to remember the small things. During my family sessions we'll do some slightly posed photos, but then gradually we'll get more fun and loose. And by the end our bellies will hurt from laughing and if you have little ones, I'll probably be out of breath after playing tag with them.
I love having something fun and personal for each of my families to do towards the end of my sessions. Sometimes it's playing with Grandpa's tractors, having a water balloon fight, getting our clothes a little dirty or playing on the playground. It can honestly be anything, but these moments I find can be the most real and it gives the kids something to look forward to.
CREATING ADVENTURES AND MEMORIES THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME
This whole process begins with us chatting and you bragging about your beautiful family! How many family members will be part of your session? What is your favorite activity to do as a family? What are everyone's names and personalities? All the good stuff. I want to hear it all!
Send me an email right away and lets get this adventure started.
1. Say Hello
2. Let's get you on the calendar
As soon as you are able, let's put your session on my calendar. I highly recommend selecting a date sooner than later, as sessions tend to fill up quickly the closer we get to peak season.
Once a date is selected, we'll make everything official with a contract and retainer. I like to keep things super simple and easy.
Next, we can meet over a cup of coffee in person or virtually to create a game plan. We'll go over your family questionnaire (something I send to each of my families after you book). We'll talk about the photos you can't live without and a fun activity for us to do at the end of your session.
We'll also go over location ideas, outfits, and you can show me your Pinterest board too. I want to make sure you know exactly how this works and what you can expect.
3. You + me + Coffee
Our session will be nothing short of fun! We'll start with some slightly posed photos while everyone is clean, makeup is great and attention spans are there (because with kids, you just never know). As the session goes on, we'll get a little more casual. And I will start giving you and your family things to do, talk about and games to play. I love seeing those real moments and smiles play out.
We'll wander through the perfect location, maybe a field of wildflowers, a family vacation home, the lake, or anywhere in-between. I'll guide your entire family through the whole session ensuring that they are not only comfortable, but are having a blast too!
4. Let's have some fun!
After your session, you will have access to an online gallery to view your images. This is honestly one of my favorite parts of the process because I love hearing how clients feel after seeing their photos for the first time.
After viewing your gallery you will be able to choose your favorite images to keep. And if you're anything like me and can't make a decision because you just love them all, you will be able to purchase additional photos, your entire gallery and artwork collections from your session.
5. your dream portraits delivered
Extended families portraits from only $600
Family portraits from only $400
A non-refundable retainer secures your date on my calendar. That day is saved only for you! The retainer covers my time and talent during your session and also includes a consult, planning, choosing a location, etc.
After we capture your amazing family portraits, you'll have access to a digital proof gallery. Next, you'll choose a digital image collection based upon your favorite images, ensuring you get all your favorites! You'll also be able to order stunning artwork from the digital collection you choose.
We recently did a family session with Ashley and she was so pleasant to work with. I was undecided between a session at our house or one outside and we left the decision up to the weather. Ashley was so flexible and was willing to wait until the day before to make a final decision. She did a great job capturing our son's smiles and totally went with the flow when he was squirmy beyond belief. We love how our session turned out and would recommend her to anyone!
We are first time parents and wanted to do some professional pictures of our daughter. Ashley was the definition of just that. She took the time to bond with our daughter so she was comfortable. The pictures turned out AMAZING!!!! Will recommend to everyone, especially first time parents!
Getting ready before Ashley arrived, my boys were not wanting to have pictures taken. It was non-stop complaining. Once Ashley arrived, she got them to open up and start talking. Within minutes they were all excited and asking to have their picture taken while making a funny pose. We all had fun and laughed and smiled.
At the end my boys did not want Ashley to leave!! She is an amazing person, gets one to open up, suggested many great family poses, and she is an excellent photographer!! I am more than pleased with the end results, I look at our pictures everyday!! Thank you for your wonderful work!!
Fond Du Lac, WI
Ashley is wonderful to work with. She does her homework ahead of time to make sure the time spent at the photo shoot is focused on getting the pictures you want. She did a great job with our grandkids, took a few minutes to meet each one the day of to break the ice and start the fun.
Loved working with Ashley on our family photos! She is wonderful! Ashley met us at our family farm and came with props for our little one! She captured her beautiful smile and baby blue eyes <3 Ashley was easy to work with and has tons of ideas! Love love love Ashley Kalbus Photography and 100% recommend!
Green Bay, Wi
Ashley is very easy and fun to work with. Listens to what you want and makes suggestions. She worked with our family of 8. It was hard to choose our top 10 pictures!
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