What to Expect

A typical portrait session with Sugar Mill Photography includes:

Complimentary Consultation
Come in and design a session that is all about you and your family. Whether it’s an outdoor family session, an out of the box senior session, or a fun and spunky pinup, we custom design every single session we create.  We like to plan out the location, wardrobe ideas, props and overall style of your session, and the consultation is the place to do the “mind meld.”  We’ll throw some of our ideas and take yours to the next level!  It has been our experience that the more thought out the session is, the better the results, so a consultation is highly recommended!  The consultations last about 20-45 minutes and can be done at your home, over the phone or at a great little coffee shop of your choice!
We also spend time with you discussing your product needs from the session (wall art, announcements, etc.) and we go over product pricing, too.

The Session
It’s Time! – Let’s go make some beautiful images!
This is our favorite part of the experience. We love to observe your wonderful family while we make you amazing art. We want your session to be a great experience and fun!  Bring funny glasses, a book to read to the baby, or your horse!  Since each session is custom, the sky is the limit, and we’re just watching the magic of you and your family through our lenses.
Depending on the type and style of the session, we get to hang together for about an hour, but we’ll discuss your timeframe in your consultation.

Now what?
The Ordering Appointment
Welcome Back!  I am always excited to share your images with you. After our shoot, I will download your images them, cull them or narrow them down, archive and back them up and begin the editing process.    These images will be lightly edited for exposure and white balance, and the photographer’s favorites will be further polished so that you can see the final result. Once a first round of light edits take place, I will upload them to your own personal online gallery. Each gallery is password protected so you can share them with who you want. I encourage you to narrow down your favorites before we meet again. 25-30 is a great working number.  Expect to see the gallery up in 2-3 weeks from when we shoot. Some seasons are busier than others and this can vary.  We can then meet at your home, or that great local coffee stop to go over your images.

At this appointment, we’ll make decisions about what to do with your wonderful images!   Please invite all decision makers to this appointment; we are happy to schedule time in the evening so that this can happen.

We’ll help you narrow down your very favorites as well as present examples of prints, metals, albums and wall displays of all sizes so that you can see your art each day.  !  Your images deserve to be prominently displayed in your home instead of being forgotten about in a drawer on a CD, and we’ll help you make it happen!

Still have questions?  Feel free to call our studio!