We believe that school portraits should capture the essence of a child exactly as they are. As such, we are mindful not to overwhelm our small subjects – or put undue pressure or expectations on them. In a relaxed and approachable way, we’ll welcome them warmly, encourage them to be themselves and capture timeless and authentic portraits.
In addition to a better photo, we’re proud to offer an easy online ordering experience for parents, at zero cost (or hassle) for the school. Our services make it equally easy for parents and schools to work with us.
Below we have outlined some frequently asked questions.
Working with Emily and her team is a joy and pleasure. Emily makes getting the pictures of young children easy and smooth. With minimal equipment she arrives and goes with the busy flow of our morning creating a seamless process for us all. She smiles and giggles as our little ones resist getting their photo taken. Emily has patience and makes the best noises to engage children and make them feel comfortable. What we love most about her is the gorgeous, authentic photos she captures of the kids.
Cassie St Amand
Director, Apple Jacks Preschool.
How does it work?
Here’s the process we follow once you book me for your school photographs:
We chat on the phone to discuss and firm up the details for your shoot day
I provide you with a PDF to send parents that covers off how to prepare for photos, and a ‘reminder’ poster for your walls so nobody forgets the big day
Picture day(s)! Our goal is to be in and out as quickly as possible to offer the least disruption to your staff and kids. We are mindful of naps and lunch breaks.
Within 5 business days of picture day, photos will be sent directly to parents for online viewing and ordering
How does the online viewing and ordering work?
Here is an overview of the process:
Before we arrive your staff send us class list that includes the parents email address - we then assign QR codes to each child.
On photo day children are photographed with their QR code - Emily then uploads their images and parents are alerted that their photos are ready.
Each child will have 4-7 images for the family to choose from. If parents order within 7 business days they will be given a complimentary printed class photo.
Photo prints - and/or digital download(s) - can be purchased directly from these galleries, and will be mailed to the school two weeks after the gallery closes.
What’s included in a school portrait package?
All equipment and personnel needed for photo day.
Digital copies of all photos for your institution to use for yearbooks, your website, school advertising, school ID’s, or however you wish to use them - in the format you need them.
Staff photos and complimentary digital downloads for staff members
A direct line of communication for parents who may have questions or concerns
How many students can you accommodate?
From a couple of dozen up to several hundred, and all ages – we’ve worked with students from age six weeks right up to 18.
Do you offer sibling portraits?
It is an option - absolutely.
What kind of help do you require from us on picture day?
We’ll bring all personnel required for the photography but will need one staff person to be responsible for the flow of the day. This involves calling classes and making sure kids are not distracting one another, so we can move through the day with minimal delays and disruption.
How long do you spend with each child?
Usually between two and five minutes.
Are the images expensive? How do they compare to ‘standard’ school photos?
Our rates are comparable to traditional school portraits. I offer a variety of collections and a-la-carte products to fit virtually any budget.
What time of year are you available for school portraits?
All year round.
How are you different from the other large organizations?
In several ways. Firstly, all of our photographers are parents with photography degrees so we know how to work with and really like it. As a result our approach results in wonderfully authentic and beautiful photos. We also make it as easy as possible for the school administration – you won’t have to follow up with parents on our behalf – my goal is to provide both a seamless process and a superior product. We also aim to use natural light - which means your children don't’ have big flashing lights overwhelming them.