CORRINA HOLBURN PHOTOGRAPHY | Client Guide for Winter 2019

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REAL LIFE FAMILY PHOTOS Everything you need to know DAY IN THE LIFE






W E LCOME C o r r i na’s Sto r y


W hy D o c um e nt a r y ?


A LL T H E D E TA I L S Ea sy Pea sy Pr i c i n g


A Day i n t h e L i fe


A Sl i c e of L i fe


Pr i nt s + Ca nva s


A l b um s


T h e Pr o c e s s


Q +A’s


S ES S I O N I N S PI R AT I O N Se s s i o n S p a r ks


M A K E YOU R PH OTOS ME A N SOME T H I N G Q uiz: I s D o c um e nt a r ySt y l e fo r yo u?


HELLO.’d like to know a little more about me? I suppose I should start with the obvious which is that I love photography. I love looking at photos and I love taking photos and when I am not doing either of those things I am thinking about my environment and how it would look as a photograph. I can barely even remember a time that I was not taking pictures. I first set my sights on a camera of my own at a garage sale around the age of 9. I ran home as fast as possible and begged my mom for some change to pay for it, convinced I must hurry back because everyone else at that sale would want that old camera laying on a table amongst a bunch of junk. With a new battery and a roll of film, I was ready to go. When my Brownies group had a field trip to earn our “medic badge” the following week I brought my camera along for the ambulance tour and talk. I distinctly remember taking photos of the paramedic as he explained things to our group and he commented on my shutter snapping away. Getting the developed rolls of film back was like magic. I was hooked! That was technically my first documentary photo shoot.

Years later I went on to formally study fine arts and

The huge laundry pile showed how busy I was that week

photography in university and then later documentary

and how I could not keep up with the clothing changes the

filmmaking and multimedia in the days before digital

kids went through that week because they played hard

cameras were a thing. (I assure you this was well after the

and we live in a place where it rains 360 days a year. The

invention of the wheel but sometime before smartphones.

dishes said time got away on me after lunch and I spent

I’m not THAT old!)

During those days, the darkroom

my time playing Peppa Pig with my 3 year old instead

was my second home away from my messy bachelor

of loading the dishwasher. The moody expression and

apartment. It was thrilling to develop a roll of film and

messy hair showed how HARD it is to be five years old

then take those negatives to a darkroom to create prints.

and having to wear pants. The “real life” in the photos

A methodical, timely (and often frustrating) process. I

meant more to me than a beachy sunset picture with

loved it!

everyone smiling happy. Photos showing life as it really is evoked emotion in me and told our story of what it is

I started my career as an assistant wedding photographer

like to be our family right now.

while still a photography student. My #1 task was to document the moment right after the officiant would say,

No one has it all together all of the time. Let’s stop

“…you may kiss the bride.” We would set up the vintage

pretending we do. Being a parent is hard at times but

Hasselblad (medium format camera, I lovingly referred to

it’s also a wild and funny ride. Take it from me, I have

as “the beast”) someplace strategic for a beautiful wide

a starving unicorn bunny rummaging through my fridge

shot of the whole room where I would keenly wait for

right now for wabermewon and a cheese bix nack. She

the very precise moment to click the shutter. It was one

had breakfast exactly 17 minutes ago.

of those tasks that if you overthink it, you’ll screw it up.

Corrina xo

After sweating bullets capturing “the kiss,” I was free to photograph all of the candid shots. I went on to take on my own wedding clients as the primary photographer and then offering family photography services after having my first child in 2008. Fast forward to with three kids and a houseful of crumbs and overflowing laundry hampers. When I am not photographing other families, I am documenting my own real life moments. The neat freak in me used to push the toys out of the shot, fix hair or crop out the laundry hamper. Then one day, while thumbing though my photos, I realized that the ones that were not perfect, where things were messy or the kids were in a mood, were the ones I loved the most. I decided to let go of the idea of portraying perfection.


The days are long but the years are short. ~Gretchen Rubin~


WHY DOCUMENTARY? Capture your everyday stories. Your real life is beautiful. Your everyday moments tell your family’s story. When you look back on today what would you want to remember? What do your family stories look like? The beauty, hilarity and realness in all of your moments are worth capturing. I will document your story and create photos that reflect how your life looks and feels exactly as it is right now. No awkward posing. No anxious spouse or the stress of the kids not cooperating. Instead, everything goes. From morning to night, your family’s uniqueness, the connecting moments, their laughs and cries, the scraped knees, the dirt, the hugs, the hair washing meltdowns, the amazing Lego build of the day and bedtime story cuddles.



ALL THE DETAILS Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde



EASY PEASY PRICING I know you are busy and I get it. There’s a really good chance you will never get your images off of the hard drive to see the light of day or on a wall. The task gets shoved to the backburner as your list of things to do grows. It’s ok. Even the most well intentioned and ambitious of us fall into this trap. Don’t worry, I’ve got your back!

On top of your super relaxed - even dad loved it - easiest photo session ever, I’m also keeping it simple after your shoot day and including print products in your package to make sure your photos become something beyond a digital file. Yes, you read that right! I want you to walk away from this experience with artful images of your real life in a beautiful album that will bring you back to this very day, for years to come. Family photos don’t get much easer than this. You do you. I bring my camera and take care of the rest. Read on to see what the sessions include...



A DAY IN THE LIFE Super relaxed, unposed, undirected, easiest ever - even dad loved it - photo shoot. Choose a Full of Half Day in the Life Sessions to capture your day to day happenings from wake up to bedtime and everything in between. You do nothing out of the ordinary except open your door to let me in!

HALF DAY | $950 4 hours of shoot time

Slideshow of Artisan Edit (35+ images) Collection of photographers personally selected favorites Private password protected gallery of entire session for viewing and ordering 10”x8” hardcover coffee table book (black linen, 30 pages/30 images, 1 image per page) Option to purchase entire gallery of images (Artisan Edit (35) + Extended Gallery (50-70)) for an additional $200

FULL DAY | $1250 8 hours of shoot time

Slideshow of Artisan Edit (45+ images) Collection of photographers personally selected favorites Private password protected gallery of entire session for viewing and ordering 10”x8” hardcover coffee table book (black linen, 40 pages/40 images, 1 image per page) Option to purchase entire gallery of images (Artisan Edit (45) + Extended Gallery (100-120)) for an additional $200

Deposit of 50% of the session fee and signed contract required to hold session date. Remaining 50% payable upon shoot day. Payment plans are available. Products must be paid for in full before orders will be placed. All prices subject to applicable sales tax of GST / PST.



A SLICE OF LIFE $650 Super relaxed, unposed, undirected, easiest ever - even dad loved it - photo shoot. Like a Day in the LIfe session but shorter. These sessions are ideal for a planned special activitiy or tradition, or newborn photos (Fresh 48).

WHAT’S INCLUDED: 2 hours of shoot time Slideshow of Artisan Edit (25+ images) Collection of photographers personally selected favorites Private password protected gallery of entire session for viewing and ordering One (1) 10x8 framed and matted image, ready to hang (frame size 16x12) Option to purchase entire gallery of images (Artisan Edit (35) + Extended Gallery (50-70)) for an additional $150

Deposit of 50% of the session fee and signed contract required to hold session date. Remaining 50% payable upon shoot day. Payment plans are available. Products must be paid for in full before orders will be placed. All prices subject to applicable sales tax of GST / PST.



PRINTS WALL PRINTS Archival quality prints.

8 X 10 $25 11 X 14 $45 *Other sizes available upon request. *Framing available upon request.

GALLERY WRAP CANVAS Images are printed on fine art canvas and stretched over a wooden frame. Includes a laminate for UV light protection.

11 X 14 $250 16 X 20 $350 20 X 30 $450 *Other sizes available upon request

Products must be paid for in full before orders will be placed. All prices subject to applicable sales tax of GST / PST.


Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. -Dr Seuss 18

ALBUMS COFFEE TABLE BOOK Hardbound coffee table book with your favourite images. Base album: black linen cover, 20 pages/20 images (1 per page) 7X7 10 X 8

$200 $250

Add-Ons & Upgrades Additional pages (2) $15 Linen colour change (2 options) $15 10% off for duplicate albums ordered.

HEIRLOOM ALBUM Flush mount, archival quality album Base album: 15 spread/30 images (1 image per page) Linen or synthetic leather cover, multiple colour choices 8X6 10 X 8

$650 $850

Add-Ons & Upgrades Additional spreads (each) $30 Laser engraving (synthetic leather only)


*Other sizes available upon request

Products must be paid for in full before orders will be placed. All prices subject to applicable sales tax of GST / PST.


THE PROCESS You have an idea of what you want photographed, but it may feel scary to say yes not knowing exactly how a session works. Let’s talk a little about how my process works, so you’ll understand what to expect from start to finish. Going beyond the photos, your experience is important.

1. The Beginning CONTRACT...CHECK. 50% RETAINER...CHECK. You’re booked!

2. Pre-session Meeting WE WILL MEET for a 15-20 minute pre-session consultation. While this is totally optional, you might find

this time useful to talk about ask any questions you may have and set shooting boundaries/expectations.

3. Waiting for Our Session Day YOUR ANTICIPATION IS HIGH. A week before our session, I’ll check in just to see how you’re doing. My goal here is to keep you as stress-free as a mojito in Mexico (it all just feels right!).

4. The Photo Session

WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENS AT THE SHOOT? Everyone’s nerves can be a little wracked up at first, so we’ll just take a few moments to chit-chat. When I feel we’re ready, I’ll give you my signature pep talk. It

will feel like you have a new friend hanging out with you. You do not need to worry how you should look or what you should do. I’ll help you through any of those fears. This is where my talent lies and why you hired me, so trust in that. Your job: enjoy our time together. Simple as that.


5. Waiting for the Gallery LET’S CELEBRATE THE FACT THAT YOU ARE BRAVE! You said yes to taking control of your memories. When your gallery is ready, I’ll let you know and I will make it available online for seven (7) days (you’ll choose the date).

6. The Gallery Reveal + Product Ordering IT’S TIME TO SEE YOUR STORY IN PHOTOS. You’ll see unnoticed moments turned into custom art. You’ll see photos that make you say things like,“OMG, that is so him!” You may cry. You may laugh. You

will smile. You’ll be hooked on this style of photography! You’ll decide on the must-haves print products and favourites for your album during this week. You’ll feel like this experience was an exceptional decision.

7. Product Delivery AS YOU WAIT for the delivery of your products, you’ll have the opportunity to share your slideshow with

friends and family. Your products will arrive within 4-6 weeks from your order. If you live near me, I may

hand deliver your products, because seeing your reaction to how they look is the most rewarding experience I can have as a photographer…plus we’re friends by now!

8. Our After Party WE’LL STAY CONNECTED. You’ll hear from me to see how you’re doing, fill you in on what I’ve been up to, and let you be the first to know if I run any kind of a promo.


Q + A

What does my session fee pay for? The session fee pays for the photographer’s time and talent during the session, post production work, a private online gallery and a slideshow of the favourite photos of the session (Artisan Edit). Some sessions DO include products, prints and files as outlined in the Client Guide (pages 13, 15). Where will our session be? Our house is way too messy! I come to you! Day in the Life sessions take place in your home but I will go with you wherever your day takes you whether that is the grocery store, your favourite coffee shop or just raking leaves in the backyard. Do not clean up and make the beds just for me! Your home does not need to be perfectly clean or have amazing south facing, smudge free windows. I have three small window smudging, crumb machine maniacs of my own. I get it. We are boring, there will be nothing to photograph! Not true, every family has a story! Whether you have little ones or teenage ones, there are dozens of moments every day you do not notice because the kids are out of sight or because you’re in the moment with them. I want to show you those moments. If you’re with us all day do we need to feed you? If the coffee is on, please pour me a cup! While I will shoot all parts of your day, I will need to re-fuel quickly on Full Day in the Life sessions and a quick bite would be really appreciated at dinner time. I am not picky! I bring my own snacks for Half Day sessions.’ll be with us all day. Will this be weird? I don’t stand silently in the corner watching you all day, if that’s what you’re asking! But this will be unlike any other family photo session you have ever had. My clients tell me it’s like having a family friend over for the day. The sessions are really relaxed and I don’t give any direction, your only job is to just be yourselves. I do a lot of observing and shooting moments as they evolve but I also interact with the kids so we can get to know each other and they feel more comfortable. Usually they lose interest in me pretty quickly and go about their day. During the slower, low activity parts of the day (e.g. nap) you and I can even have a coffee together. If your child has a tantrum or skins a knee, if there is a giant spilled milk disaster or a laughing fit, I will be there shooting through all of it. If my kids are out of my sight and you are with them taking photos, does that mean you’re supervising them at the same time? No. I’m there to document what they are doing (good or not so good behaviour), not to supervise or babysit if you are otherwise busy. So if your 2 year old runs off with a crayon and starts drawing on the wall when you are not looking or someone is toilet papering your bathroom while you’re making dinner, you may see that later in your gallery.


Are there any additional costs to the session day? Travel fees may apply if you live outside the Vancouver area. If there are parking or admission fees to a fair or museum, etc., the client is expected to pay for the photographers fees as well. For Documentary Vacation sessions, please contact me details and a custom quote. What will I do with all of the photos? An album of your Day in the Life session is the perfect way to showcase your images and enjoy them for years to come. Many families have a session to document their lives yearly with an album for each. Framing select images and creating a gallery on your wall is also a great way to showcase your new photos. I really want your photos to see the light of day. My sessions now include albums or prints to ensure you walk away from this experience with a physical item and not just another thing to put on your never ending to do list. See the Client Guide (pages 17, 19) for the details. What should we wear? Wear what you normally wear. One of the great things about a documentary session is that you don’t need to get dressed up and you don’t need to get “ready” for me. Greeting me sleepy eyed and in your jammies at your door is the perfect way to start our session. Do NOT plan coordinating outfits. Do you retouch owies, scars and wrinkles? No. I am documenting real life. I love you just the way you are. What if it rains? We roll with the weather. Obviously for extreme situations, as outlined in the client contract, we would make adjustments. When will my photos be ready? Your images will be available for viewing on your private web gallery within 8 weeks and you will have an ordering window of seven (7) days to select your favourites and images for prints. Final print orders can take up to 4-6 weeks after order is placed (must be paid for in full). For rush orders, please add $100. Corrina Holburn Photography owns the copyright to all images, including proofs. Images may not be copied, scanned or reproduced in any way without written permission. (Digital files come with a print release.) Files will be made available for digital download only and the client is expected to back them up accordingly. Yes, please DO share them on social media, with credit is most appreciated! Do you archive image files? Purchased images are archived for one year. Images that are not ordered are purged from my systems twice monthly, in order to make room for new clients. Do I have to sign a client contract? Yes, a signed Client Contract and an industry standard Model Release is required along with your deposit to hold your session date. I want to keep my photos private. Do you offer a Non-Disclosure Agreement? Sharing images is important for my marketing. However, given the nature of the some sessions where there may be nudity, breastfeeding, birth or the profession of some of my clients that needs anonymity and, if it is just a few photos, I can appreciate some clients may not wish to share some images in particular on social media where they are recognizable. In these special circumstances, I am happy to leave a few out of your slideshow or other uses as per the Client Agreement. We will discuss all of this in your pre-session consultation. If you wish to keep your entire gallery of images private, I offer a non disclosure agreement for a fee of 3 times your session fee. I am so on board with this! What’s next? Awesome! So you’ve read the Client Guide and love everything about documentary family photography. A 50% deposit and signed Client Agreement is required to hold your date. We will also set up a time to have a quick pre-session consultation to answer any extra questions you may have, expectations and shooting boundaries. Drop me a line and let’s get the ball rolling!






SESSION SPARKS The most common problem my clients have in the planning phase is usually this: “I don’t know what would be worth photographing.” This stings my heart every time. Any ol’ scenario will do, it just takes a photographer’s vision to draw out the magic. I promise. trip to the ice cream shop


trip to the salon

dressing up

beach day

tea party

berry picking


water fun at home

singing and dancing

camping trip

science experiment

amusement park


raking leaves and jumping in piles

backyard bbq or picnic

pumpkin patch and carving


apple picking

snow activities (snowmen, snowball fights)

visit farmers market

bathtime fun

morning time (breakfast, getting ready)

making a fort

evening time (bedtime, stories)

colouring and crafts

adoption day

baby homecoming


siblings meeting new baby





TAKE THE QUIZ! Is documentary style right for you?


Grab a piece of paper, a pen, and a highlighter.

List 5 family members and/ or close friends. Leave some space between each person, as you’ll have more writing to do.

Next to each person, write the first 3 memories that come to mind of time you’ve shared with each person.

Back to the top, go through each person again. Next to the memories, list the first two things that come to mind when summing up who each person is. For example, Grandpa Dan loves woodworking and can be found in his workshop.

Highlight the memories you have photos for WITH YOU in them. Then, highlight the character summaries you have photos for that represent the spirit of each person.

Add up the number of highlights you have photos for and the number you do not.

The Results If you have 13 or more highlights, you are in great shape! This means you already value the preservation of memories.

and likely have a handful of photos to represent each person on your list. That is a treasure! Most people have not had these results. If you have 12 or fewer highlights, this means most of your precious memories are stuck in your mind. You can share these stories through you words, but don’t have a way to visually share the stories and details to others or to refulect upon when the memories become fuzzy.

How to obtain more memories in the form of a photo? Ask yourself: Do I love a night of sitting on the couch, glass of wine in hand, and a homegrown conversation about the

good ol’ days while feeling paper memories between your fingertips? Do my days in life seem to be rushing? Even last week is starting to become a blurred, distant memory? Do I want my future generation to feel a connection to our life

as it is now? Can I be just a little bit fearless, let go of my reservations, and trust Corrina to photograph and reveal the love that surrounds me daily?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, let’s set up a time to talk further. You may not be able to say this about a new purse or latest electronic, but you will never regret preserving your memories.


READY TO BOOK? Let’s chat.

CORRINA HOLBURN Documentary Family Photographer

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