Pearl Lens Photography is Artisan Family Photography that tells the story of YOUR life. Life and family is full of little moments that beg to be turned into cherished memories. Moments of love, joy, togetherness, excitement, fun & sweetness. Ok, let’s be real. Sometimes it’s full of crazy! But it’s always yours. And it’s always worth investing in, fighting for, and remembering.
Why Pearl Lens Photography? Family is your Heritage, your Legacy. Photos are Heirlooms passed down for future generations. My goal is to genuinely capture your unique emotions and moments and your authentic selves. Real and who you are. Your session should be fun, relaxed, natural, and catered to you. I’ll do everything to get that “money” shot of everyone looking and smiling, but I’ll work equally hard to get your kids being kids and you being you. Which maybe includes silly grins, smooshed faces, or getting dirty. (Yes!) Let’s get you loving on those kids like only YOU can.
Why do you call it Artisan Photography? Each and every one of your images is hand edited, making sure each one is rich with feeling and color. No two sessions are exactly alike, just like no two families are the same. The session flow is constructed to your family dynamic and needs, which I learn more about in my client questionnaire.
What gear do you use? Canon 5D Mark IV, a collection of Sigma Art and Canon L Series prime lenses ranging from 24mm to 135mm, and the latest editing software versions of Lightrooom and Photoshop.
So bring yourself, your other halves, and your littles. Bring on your special treasures, whether it be blankets, lovey’s, books, jewelry, or coffee. Coffee would be awesome. Whatever makes you and yours all your own. Bring it.
Sound good? You bring you and yours, I’ll bring me and mine, we’ll pray for some super gorgeous light, and no matter what we’ll create something memorable.
My primary area includes the far western Chicago, Illinois suburbs of South Elgin, St. Charles, & Geneva.
*Digital Images: I love the entire story told through a shoot. You will receive a minimum number (based on package selected) of hi res hand edited digital images via a download link. Total image count can vary due to type of session and cooperation of kids. If you do not want to do the digital download, a custom USB flash drive with your images is available for $30. I also offer an assortment of print and canvas options.
Note: Heritage Sessions are for single families only, meaning they include only immediate family members. For a multi-family or multi-generational session, see the Heirloom information above. See info on pets below.
OTHER SESSIONS: Looking for something you don’t see here or have questions? Contact me and we can discuss your needs.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
All sessions require a $50 nonrefundable retainer via cash, check, online payment to secure your date on the calendar. The retainer will then be credited toward your session fee.
The retainer for your session is due no later than seven days after booking. If the session deposit is not received within 7 days, your session date will be reopened to other clients. The retainer is non-refundable.
All clients are asked to complete a quick “get to know you” form so I can help tailor a session just for you. The form will include consent details on sharing images publicly, providing sneak peeks, etc.
I only shoot outdoors during “golden hour”. For sessions at other times or indoors, please contact me to discuss. Outdoor sessions will only be rescheduled in the case of heavy rain.
See info on retainer fee above.
Effective November 2017: Session fees (amount due after retainer) must be paid in cash or check. Any credit card (Stripe) or PayPal payments will incur a 5% additional fee to cover the cost of using PayPal or Stripe.
The sessions fees listed above include my time before, during, and after the session, fully edited high resolution digital images, and a print release. Full and complete payment is due prior to session starting. (Session fee minus retainer.)
A travel fee will apply for locations that are more than 20 miles from me.
An additional $25 per person will be added to any sessions that have over six people. Pets count as “people”. Any included pets MUST be well behaved and on a leash. I’m not responsible for your pet or for the behavior of your pet.
Pearl Lens Photography reserves the right to change pricing at any time (not applicable to sessions with deposit made.)
Printing Your Images:
All sessions include reprint rights to mpix.com or I can help you with ordering professional prints ala carte. Your digital files are to be used for personal use only. Any use of your images for commercial or monetary gain is prohibited without the expressed written consent of Pearl Lens Photography. I very much recommend printing your images using a professional printing company or mpix.com. You will not receive a print release to print at CVS, Walgreens, Sam’s Club, Target, Walmart, Costco, or any other big box chain stores. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.
It is thoroughly understood by the client that digital negatives are not to be copied or distributed commercially in any way and are for personal use only. Any and all use of images for commercial use must be approved by photographer without exception. Pearl Lens Photography reserves copyright of all images.