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A GUIDE FOR DOCUMENTARY

PHOTOGRAPHY CLIENTS


CONTENTS 3 - WELCOME 4 - ABOUT JENNA 6 - ABOUT KEEPSAKES 8 - WHAT TO EXPECT 12 - PRICING YEAR IN THE LIFE FAMILY FRESH 48 AND NEWBORN BABY PACKAGE DAY IN THE LIFE PHOTO BOOKS PRINTS


HI YOU. You work hard to take care of your family, to make sure that everyone is safe, fed, and clothed. You may feel like you don’t have enough time to spend with your family, and it might feel rough sometimes. But I want you to see that you really are the everyday hero of your kid’s life. Thanks to documentary photography, you don’t have to give up a chunk of family time to head to a photo session – you simply enjoy your life together with your loved ones while I photograph you – kind of like a wildlife photographer follows along journeys of animals in the wild. I’m so thankful that you are considering me to document your day, and I’m excited for your kiddos to have memories with you in them. All families are interesting and all families are welcome.


I’M JENNA. I’m Jenna – a documentary newborn and family photographer based in San Francisco Bay Area, but born in Finland. I live in San Jose with my outdoorsy husband Marcus and smart-but-often-strange Australian shepherd Nova. I started out doing posed sessions like most photographers – but I quickly realized that there was a better way to make meaningful memories for families. Your family’s life is filled with moments and connections worth photographing. The longer I stay with you, the more moments worth holding onto unfold. Because I’m more on the quiet side, I tend to pay attention to the things that aren’t being said, to wait, and to capture the moments you didn’t know to cherish yet. I look past the surface, while respecting just how special your life is. If you’re looking for a low-key observer who pays attention to the little and big things that make up your family, I’d love to be invited to drop into your life for a bit. I truly insist that real is more interesting than perfect.


CREATING TANGIBLE MEMORIES Your parents and grandparents probably have old family photos and other memorabilia stowed away in boxes and albums or up on their walls, but what about you? And what about your kids? It's so easy to leave pictures to sit on smartphones or a laptop, without having anything tangible to hold on to or flip through. What will your kids have to show of this time in their life, when they're your age? Having the digital files is a great way to look back at today for the next few years. Photo albums and boxes of photographs are the best way to go for your favorite images, because no gadgets are required to access the images. Even better – put your most treasured images up on the wall so you can see them every day! Don't leave your kids' memories on phones or laptops to be forgotten about–or accidentally erased. Let me print your memories.


WHAT TO EXPECT


We’ll talk. We‘ll get on a video call – let’s make sure that you will be comfortable with me in your home. We’ll also talk about the process and what time of day might be most important for you to have photographs of. Let me know what you decide. You don't have to make any decisions during the call – discuss with your family and shoot me a message after. You’ll sign a session agreement and pay a retainer to hold your date. I will send you both the agreement and the invoice electronically. The retainer counts towards your session package. How you dress matters. To have an honest record of your family, you should dress like you do every day. Too match-y is not real, and is best reserved for formal portraits. Also, let your kids be themselves. Showing that you value pictures of your kiddos being themselves will tell them how much they are cherished just as they are. I will show up in comfy clothes and take my shoes off. This way I'll be able to crawl on floors, lay in the grass, or climb on top of furniture while taking pictures. Taking my shoes off is a Finnish thing. All real life is welcome. Really. Brushing teeth, bath time, nap time, feeding time – and time outs.


I’ll work on your digital files. Delivery time of 2-4 hour sessions is up to 4 weeks, and longer sessions up to 6 weeks. I will let you know if I have any plans that may change the delivery time. You’ll get a link to your online gallery.  You can create favorite lists, buy photo books and prints, and download digital files. You can share your gallery with friends and family as well. I can’t wait to hear your reaction about your photos! I’m checking my email every seventeen seconds after I’ve sent pictures to a client. I pour so much love into the pictures, and hope they make the family as happy as they make me. Let me know if there are images you do not wish to be shared online.  You can mark these images in your online gallery. You can order prints and photo books from me. I use an amazing print lab for pictures and am obsessed with their museum grade paper quality. I can also assist you in picking photographs for your home. Reviews and referrals are important. They help other families find the right photographer for them, and they are a great way to support my small business. Until next time! I can't wait to witness your kiddos grow up.


PRICING


A YEAR IN THE LIFE 12 hours divided between 2-4 days over the course of 12 months 12x8 lay flat photo book with up to 80 of your favorite photographs Full gallery of high resolution digital files to download $4,200 I recommend timing the sessions chronologically, with the first session starting in the morning and the last session ending in bedtime. This way the photo book shows a full day while the kids seem to grow throughout it.


2 HOUR SESSION I come to your home or to the hospital – wherever you need me. 12x8 lay flat photo book with up to 40 of your favorite photographs Full gallery of high resolution digital files to download $1,400 Two hours is a great glimpse into what life is like with a newborn or baby. If you have multiple kiddos, I recommend the four hour family session.


4 HOUR SESSION 12x8 lay flat photo book with up to 40 of your favorite photographs Full gallery of high resolution digital files to download $1,900 Morning or evening routines tend to be a great time to document, because everyone already knows what they are “supposed to� do. For a limited time after receiving your gallery, you can upgrade your package to a Year in the Life package.


BABY JOURNEY PACKAGE Perfect for maternity, baby shower, Fresh 48, and newborn/young baby pictures. 6 hours of photography, divided between 2-3 days within a 6 month period 12x8 lay flat photo book with up to 60 of your favorite photographs Full gallery of high resolution digital files to download Four 6x9 prints $3,000


A DAY IN THE LIFE (12 HOURS) From kid’s eyes open to eyes close 12x8 lay flat photo book with up to 60 of your favorite photographs Full gallery of high resolution digital files to download $2,900 Depending on how close you live and what time you wake up, we’ll arrange for me to stay over from the night before or I will head over in the morning. There may be times during the day when I take a lot of pictures, and times when I take less pictures. I take a few breaks for rest. Since it is a long day, I ask to be included in your family’s meals throughout the day.


PHOTO BOOKS The 12x8 coffee book table photo book with layflat pages is a great way to showcase a collection of photographs together as a story of your time together. up to 40 pictures 41-50 pictures 51-60 pictures 61-70 pictures 71-80 pictures

$575 $700 $825 $950 $1,075

Duplicate copies of photo books are priced at 25% off.


PLAIN AND MOUNTED PRINTS The archival quality print options that my clients love are a matte photo paper, and a museum grade ultra smooth paper. The prints are made in a small specialty lab that uses an old school method of printing. They guarantee that the prints don’t fade or yellow for a lifetime. The tone of the matte photo paper is a crisp cool white. The ultra smooth museum grade paper has a bit more texture, and a warmer tone. Both prints can be mounted onto a black board – a modern alternative to canvas prints.

LARGEST 24x36 LARGE 20x30 MEDIUM 16x24 SMALL 12x18 GIFT 8x12/8x10 MOUNTING

MUSEUM MATTE $345 $285 $265 $225 $195 $165 $135 $105 $85 $65 $100 per print (sizes medium-largest) $70 per print (sizes gift print and small)


GALLERY MATTED PRINTS Drawing inspiration from photo exhibits and galleries, I came up with two matted print options that showcase your documentary family and newborn pictures beautifully. This way you can add your protected prints into a frame of your choice, and switch up styles if you ever decide to change your decor. My signature mats are 16x16 and 16x20, which creates an elegant white space around the 9x6 prints. At these sizes, matted matte photograph prints are $155, and matted ultra smooth museum grade prints are $175. Custom print and mat sizes are also available.


READY TO BOOK? Yay – I am honored to be invited to document your family! Shoot me an email at hello@jennachristinaphoto.com, and we'll get the details sorted. I'll send you a contract and an invoice for a retainer. Once I receive your contract and retainer, you'll be on the schedule!

HAVE QUESTIONS? Send them my way – or we can discuss on a video call.

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JENNA CHRISTINA PHOTOGRAPHY | Guide to documentary family photography sessions  

A documentary photography guide for clients, by San Francisco Bay Area family and newborn photographer Jenna Christina.

JENNA CHRISTINA PHOTOGRAPHY | Guide to documentary family photography sessions  

A documentary photography guide for clients, by San Francisco Bay Area family and newborn photographer Jenna Christina.

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