This is where the fun is! I am here for you every step of the way. We will start with a consultation to plan every detail from wardrobe, location and time to your end goal (Where will you be hanging them? Will we need vertical or horizontal family shots? What kind of style and look fits your home? Will you need albums or gifts?). These last questions help me to prepare for the shoot so I can get the images needed to create stunning wall art that matches your vision! I will also offer suggestions on what to bring to the session (cheerios and smarties are the best for those littles!!)
After your consultation it's time for the big show! We will meet at the location of your choice and play until we get everything we need. I do not hold you to a timeframe. I do not mind if we need to take a snack break. We are there to create memories and to capture your family's personality! Every session includes headshots, full length, formal and lifestyle type images to really give your final gallery variety.
Once I get those newly taken images off my camera and into the computer I begin the second half of the fine art process. I select the best images of the day and edit each one of them by hand. This process usually takes about one to two weeks.
When the images are ready we will meet again for the big reveal! You will have the opportunity to see a beautiful slideshow of your new portraits and review each image as needed. You will have access to my custom design software which will even let us see your new images on your very own walls! This takes all of the guesswork out of selecting sizes for canvases and prints and makes planning a breeze.
After your reveal and ordering appointment I'll take care of the rest! Those purchasing all of the digital files from their session will receive them at the conclusion of the ordering appointment so you can share them on social media right away. Your print order will be sent to my professional lab, and you will have your new artwork n 3-4 weeks. I will even help you hang everything if you'd like!
What type of sessions do you offer?
The Senior Experience $195+
Senior year is a special time. It’s my privilege to capture who seniors are at this moment: their dreams, their passions, their personal style. I love to photograph them doing what they do best and what they love most. Whether it’s on the football field, out in nature, or at a neighborhood hangout, my goal is to show off their personalities! At our planning meeting we will choose locations, discuss wardrobe, hair and makeup, and what you’d like to walk away with. I know these kids are more than a stiff pose and a formal backdrop. Let’s show that! Senior sessions may include one-three locations (we try to keep them somewhat nearby so we don’t lose our light), and unlimited wardrobe changes. Hair and makeup available for a fee. My number ONE goal for these sessions is to create an unforgettable experience and that they leave with an even greater sense of confidence.
Child or Family Sessions $150
These sessions are completely customized to fit the personality of your crew! Whether you need some playful shots of your toddler roaming the Big Backyard at Memphis Botanic Gardens, a formal family portrait for the living room, or to capture your tween’s spunky side before they head off to middle or high school, we work together to plan the perfect time and location. Family sessions include both candid and formal poses, individuals of each child, sibling shots, mom and dad shots, and any others you wish to include! Child sessions may include wardrobe changes as well for those interested in a few different looks or to build a model portfolio.
Newborn Sessions $195
There is nothing quite like welcoming a new little one into the world! Newborn sessions are the perfect way to document this special time in your life. These sessions take place in your home, for a focus on life with a new baby and the love that surrounds them (think sweet shot of mom snuggling her baby in the rocking chair by the window. . .). Your fee also includes props, accessories, and backdrops from my large collection to match the style of your home and to create the more "studio/posed" type images. Newborn sessions are generally around 3 hours to allow plenty of time for cuddling, feeding and coaxing to get those sleepy poses we all adore. It is highly recommended that you get on the calendar long before your due date, and plan on the session taking place when your baby is 5-10 days new.
Fabulous First Year $350
This package includes THREE sessions with your growing little one, and generally document the milestones they will reach in their first year: Pushing up on arms and smiling (around 4 months), sitting and clapping (around 8 months), and their first birthday. A cake smash may be included, and family portraits may be added to any session for $75. Special discounts are available if combined with the newborn session.
When are sessions scheduled?
Most sessions take place either in the morning or evening hours to make use of the most beautiful light of the day. Sessions typically last about one to two hours, but there is no set time limit for any sessions. We are available every day of the week but Sunday. During our peak seasons of spring and fall, please book well in advance to ensure you get the date and time that is best for your family.
What is the typical investment?
Session fees range from $150 to $195, depending on the subject, location and wardrobe changes. Digital packages range from $395 to $995, but we are primarily a full service boutique studio offering beautiful wall art, albums and gifts. Most clients spend between $1200 and $4000 depending on the products they need to complete their home displays. For a complete pricing guide, please contact us with the type of session you are looking for.
What payment options do you accept?
We accept cash, checks, Venmo and credit cards. Payment plans are also available.
Where are you located?
Erin Dahl Photography is located in Memphis, TN. We often travel to Seaside, FL and Utah, but are available for travel worldwide.