LOVE, alyson

I am so excited that you are interested in choosing me to document your family! Below you will find my pricing and portrait session information along with my a la carte menu. Because I believe wholeheartedly in printing your images and not just allowing them to get lost on your computer, I have curated specific collections based around your favorite ways to display your images.

Every milestone in your life deserves to be documented not only for you, but for your children. I remember many times as a child pulling out albums of my childhood and sprawling them out all over the floor so my family and I could look back on the memories I was too young to remember. My siblings and I would point at photos and ask my parents questions about what was happening in the moment and they would share such beautiful stories with each one no matter how many times they've told it. Your family images are such a treasure to both you and me and I'd be so honored to create these heirlooms for you.

a note about this guide

welcome

After photographing hundreds of portrait sessions over the past ten years, I've found that every family is very different. Which is why I would love to chat with you about your vision and the reason this session is so important to you.

We’ll get to know one another, talk about the details, answer any questions you might have about working with me and figure out if we’re the best fit for each other.

LET's CONNECT

Once your date is reserved, we'll connect to start chatting about possible locations for your session. I generally recommend choosing one location and if it's a place you haven't been before, it might be helpful to visit during the time our session will take place. That way you have an idea of the light, crowds, closing time, etc! If you're not sure about where you would like to take your photos but you have a general idea of the look you would like, just let us know because we would be happy to recommend a few locations based on your aesthetic!

LOCATION

Choosing your own outfit can be challenging, let alone deciding on your family's wardrobe as well. No worries! I have put together a wardrobe guide for you to go through that will help you decide your outfits based on what photographs best with my style. This will help create a high end look for your images and also make you feel absolutely beautiful!



waRDROBE STYLING

I will keep an eye on the weather the day before and day of our session. If the weather is unfavorable, I will reach out to you a few hours in advance to reschedule your session. Otherwise, I will meet you at the location we discussed when booking at our start time. Expect your session to take about an hour from beginning to end.

The SEssion

All images from our sessions are typically delivered within about two to three weeks of the shoot date via a private online gallery. This gallery will allow you to share your favorites with family, order prints and even download images to share on social media. 

Your gallery will remain active for six weeks. 

DELIVERY

I am proud to offer my clients a variety of ways to turn their images into keepsakes from gorgeous framed prints to beautiful handmade albums and more. This is truly the reason I do what I do. Please consider printing your digital files! I absolutely love seeing my clients display their images in their home.

What a special way to remember this season you’re in!

KEEPSAKES

WHAT TO EXPECT –

Fine Art Print ­ $25
Deckled Fine Art Print ­ $35
Birth Announcements ­ $100
USB & Keepsake Box ­ $150
8x8 Album ­ $475
10x10 Album ­ $575

A LA CARTE

We will communicate via email to set up your tentative session dates for each session for the year. You will get access to my wardrobe and locations guide as you prepare for each portrait session. 

Includes: 
+ Session in client’s home or 
outdoor location
+ 30 + digital images from each session
+ Professional Image Editing
+ Private Online Gallery
+ Personal Print Release

$1,400 total -
 
$350 due at each session ($100 savings)

MATERNITY ­ NEWBORN ­ 6 MONTH ­ 1 YEAR

the one year milestone membership

One Hour Session
30+ Digitals
Professional Image Editing
Private Online Gallery
Personal Print Release
8x8 Linen Album 
*upgrade to 10x10 for $150

$675

THE ALBUM
COLLECTION

One Hour Session
30+ Digitals
Keepsake Linen Box With All of the 4x6 Images From Session
Professional Image Editing
Private Online Gallery
Personal Print Release

$425

THE KEEPSAKE
COLLECTION

One Hour Session
30+ Digitals
Professional Image Editing
Private Online Gallery
Personal Print Release

$375

THE DIGITAL
COLLECTION

PORTRAIT (MATERNITY, MOTHERHOOD, FAMILY, MILESTONE) ­

Each portrait session includes a client wardrobe guide to help prepare for your session.
A locations guide for traverse City, manistee county, or benzie county will also be provided. 


Additional Digital files, prints, and products are purchased separately.

portrait Pricing & Information

FIND INSPIRATION

If you're looking for a little more outfit inspiration, we recommend heading over to our Pinterest boards to browse the carefully curated wardrobe pins. 

FIND INSPIRATION

FIND INSPIRATION

With the growth of online shops, shopping for your littles is more fun than ever! We recommend choosing color families (neutrals, blues, etc) over perfectly matching outfits. If you're looking for some inspiration or some of our favorite shops for kids, check out the link to our Pinterest boards below!

For the Littles

When picking outfits I recommend keeping in mind the word “complement” rather than “match.” For example, if Dad is wearing a light blue shirt, Mom may want to choose a long, soft white dress. It can also be a great idea to choose “color-families,” such as pastels or jewel tones. 

WHAT TO WEAR

A key element to your session

WARDROBE STYLING

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traverse city michigan

newsom family

This session was so bittersweet for me. Shawna and Cody both went to the same high school I did growing up. A few years ago I photographed their wedding at the beautiful Rudolph Ranch in Traverse City and now I had the opportunity to photograph their new baby boy, Owen. He is just as sweet in person as he looks in these images. Shawna is an amazing mama and I cannot wait to watch their family grow in the years to come.  

traverse city michigan

newsom family

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traverse city michigan

buckley family

Ashley and Jordan were a former bride and groom of mine a few years back. Ashley actually grew up down the road from my family and attended the same high school as I did. Watching her marry the love of her life and also watching her be a mama is just so incredible. She named her little man after her grandfather that passed and if that doesn't show the kind of person she is, I don't know what will. She is so patient and has so much love to give. Baby Arthur sure is lucky to have her as his mama.

traverse city michigan

buckley family

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manistee, Michigan

Aultman family

Tyler's sister Lindsey reached out to me to set up a newborn session for Krista and her family. The pregnancy went by so quickly that Krista hadn't gotten the chance to set one up. Axel is one handsome little man and was so sweet for his session. Even big brother Avery stepped in to hold him for a few photos. The Aultman family was just a joy to work with and I am so happy I could photograph this milestone for them.

Portrait sessions tend to fill up pretty quickly - especially during the summer and fall. The sooner you reach out to me, the more likely you are to get your desired date!  

To reserve your date, I'll need a contract as well as a deposit. This will all be done via your online client portal during the booking process. Fill out the contact form on my website and let's get you on my schedule!

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD WE BOOK?

A preview of your session will be shared to my social media platforms 2-5 days after your session. Then, your final gallery will be delivered to your email inbox 2-3 weeks after your session. 

If your session should be delayed for any reason, I will personally reach out to you with a new gallery delivery date. Fall sessions are highly sought after, so this may occur during the fall season. 


how long does it take to get my gallery?

Since I photograph with expensive equipment I do not photograph in the rain. I will keep a close eye on the weather and in the event that it does rain we'll be in touch via email or phone to reschedule.

When scheduling our initial portrait session date, if it works for my calendar, I'll set up both a main date and a rain date just to be sure we have a backup. 

WHAT IF IT RAINS?

Within 2-3 weeks of your session, you'll receive a link to your private digital gallery that will allow you to download your high resolution images. 

The gallery is also set up to make ordering prints, canvases and other keepsakes as easy as possible for you to ensure professional printing and proper colors in your heirlooms.

How will we receive our photos?

Wardrobe is one of the main elements that I cannot stress enough about. What you wear to your session can make or break your images. 
To ensure that your outfits work well with my photography style, I have carefully and thoughtfully curated a style guide that I will send to you before your session. The guide allows you access to my Pinterest inspiration board as well as a list of affordable websites to shop from. 


what should I wear to the session?

I am always up for photographing at new locations, however, I know this can be one of the most difficult decisions to make for your session. I have created a guide to all of my favorite locations in the area for you to choose from. 
These locations are hand picked by me based on the lighting and the overall background. If you have a location in mind, please be sure to send a photo to me beforehand.


do you have location suggestions?

I only photograph sessions either early in the morning or in the evening with few exceptions. I avoid sessions that fall close to noon because it does not fit well with my style of photography.

If you are able, please coordinate your schedule accordingly.    


what time is best for portraits?

Absolutely. As a dog mama myself, I would want my pup to be in my family portraits as well. However, any animals that show signs of aggression will not be allowed. I suggest photos with your pet to be taken either at the beginning of the session or the end to allow time for portraits without them.
Please be sure that you have a safe place to keep your pet during portraits without them. 

     


are pets allowed in sessions?

I hope that you feel comfortable, beautiful, and relaxed throughout your entire experience with me. My approach is to take intentional photographs of genuine emotions. Be prepared to look into each others eyes, hold hands, hug, kiss, and feel loved. After all, these are photographs you are displaying in your home to remember this season of life. I do everything I can to make the process as graceful as possible.
     


what should i expect from a session with you?

I do not allow additional guests for a quick photo. The additional family members must be a part of the entire session in order for this to be allowed. If you would like additional guests to join your session it needs to be stated before the contract is signed so that I can add them on to your session fee.  Each additional member is a $50 add on.      


can I bring my parents/grandparents for a quick photo?

faq

CONTACT ALYSON

I'm so honored that you're considering working with me to capture your family. To officially reserve your date, please fill out the contact form on the website or send an email to Alyson (alysonfinkphotography@gmail.com), with your names, number of family members, ideal date and anything else we should know. I can't wait to work with you!

CONTACT me TO RESERVE YOUR DATE

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