boutique school photography

For schools that want to offer more

 

Process Overview:

We offer parents a more custom, candid and boutique option for school portraits compared to your average school portrait provider. We pride ourselves on capturing a technically sound photograph that accentuates each child’s individual personality. We don’t like the word “cheese” - and we do not believe in forcing a smile. We thrive on authenticity and natural expressiveness. We believe we have a service that parents crave for documenting these fleeting school memories and we know that this program is a definite value added to your school (and it sets you apart from other schools). We shoot all the portraits ourselves and let our online digital system take care of ordering and processing payments. There is minimal interruption to classroom schedules and day-to-day operations.

 

What do you need from the school?

We will need just a few items from you, including classroom rosters, daily classroom schedules, a map of the school, and a list of any special instructions or sensitive information you think may be pertinent. Also, if your school utilizes a mass email system to notify parents of various announcements, we would love to take advantage of that once or twice during this process to remind and encourage participation in our program.  If additional items pop up along the way, we will be sure to communicate those needs with you.

 

Do you have insurance? 

Yes. We have a $1 million general liability policy.  We are happy to provide proof of insurance upon request.

 

Where do you take the pictures?  

We prefer to shoot exclusively with natural light (it's just better).  If there is a location indoors with a lot of light we can work there or we can also work outdoors too - preferably under some type of canopy or breezeway.  We will work with you in the weeks preceding our shoot to determine together the best possible places for shooting.  If necessary, additional studio lighting can be brought in.  

 

Will we have to re-schedule for inclement weather?

It is not likely that we will have to make adjustments because of the weather.  If necessary, we can move our photography location indoors. 

 

How do parents pay you?

Our entire system is hosted online. Proofs are released for viewing through an online link, and all orders and payments are processed online. The school does not have to worry about printed proofs, order forms, or handling/processing money. Our online system takes care of everything.

 

How long does the whole process take?

Depending on how large or small your school is, we will be there for 1 to 3 days.  After we shoot the pictures, it will take approximately 3-4 weeks before proofs are released to the parents.  Parents will be notified via email (and/or any other communication method you prefer) that the online gallery is ready to view and they will have one week to place their order.  Once all orders are in, products will begin to arrive 2-4 weeks later.  Parents have the option of choose to have their products shipped directly to their home for a nominal shipping fee or they can choose to pick up their products at the school for free (we will hand deliver). 

 

What does it cost for the families?

We offer print packages as well as digital negatives, where parents can print themselves. Our print collections range from $20 to $30.  Digital collections range from $15 to $45.  Discount is available for parents with more than one child. 

 

How many options do parents get? 

Each child will have a gallery of images/proofs to choose from.  We guarantee at least 2 images in each gallery but it's not uncommon to have as many as 10 (depending on the child and how comfortable they are in front of the camera - we aim for natural reactions, nothing is forced).   Each image is offered in both color and black/white.  We offer 3 different print packages and 2 different digital negative collections.  We also offer custom gallery wraps up to 30”x40”. 

 

Do you have a contract?

We do have a simple contract which outlines the basic services we provide to your school, as well as details on the revenue share with your school.  We are more than happy to provide a copy of said contract for your review.

 

Do you partner with the school on revenue?

We are happy to provide your school with 10% of all net profits.   We also offer free teacher and administrative staff portraits.   Your school is provided with all of the final digital images and you are welcome to use the images for your yearbook, website, school advertising, school id's, etc. 

 

Will the school need to hire an assistant for you?

The school will not need to change anything to accommodate us.  We will be present during our shooting day(s) with at least one additional assistant in addition to the primary shooter.

 

Do parents have to participate?

Participation is not required. We will shoot portraits for every child on campus, and provide proofs for each child we photograph.  Proofs will be provided digitally and because of this your teachers will not have to worry about collecting proofs or order forms.  If parents do not want to participate, they are not obligated.