ARIZONA LARGE FAMILY PHOTO SESSIONS BY BETSY & JOHN

 $650 + tax for up to 15 people

1-1.5 hour session by Betsy & John

High resolution images delivered via an online viewing and ordering gallery

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Hey wonderful families! We are so excited that you chose us to document this time in your lives. We come from a big family and we wholeheartedly believe that family is the most important thing in this crazy world. We love family sessions, but as you know, this many people in one place can get a little crazy! Below you will find answers to some of the most popular questions we get asked, from wardrobe to locations, we'll cover it all!  If we missed something, please send us an email.

Lots of love, 

Betsy & John

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Can you hold our date?
As soon as you sign a contract and pay the non-refundable retainer fee, we are all yours! 

What months/days of the week are best for our family session?
Most months of the year are gorgeous in Arizona and perfect for photo sessions! However, summer months can get a little brutal and December-February can get pretty chilly. Spring and fall months are usually perfect! Have your heart set on a summer family session? We suggest a sunrise session before it gets too hot out or heading out of town for a little bit cooler weather. Because we shoot a lot of weddings, it's not always possible to schedule family sessions on the weekends. Though we may have occasional weekend dates available, most sessions take place during the sunset hours of Monday-Friday.

How many images will we receive? 
You will recieve around 90-100 images from your family session.

How does a large family photo session work? 
With large family photo sessions, we like to take a few photos of the entire group together, then photos of each smaller family unit within the larger group! We also do a number of combinations like just grandma & grandpa, just siblings, just the girls, just the guys, etc! We ask that you provide us with a list of combinations that you'd like in advance so that we can get all the photos you want. In your gallery, you will recieve a mix of posed and candid images. 

What should we wear? 
Coordinating outfits for that many people is not an easy task! Outfits are totally up to you, but we feel that family photos look best, when everyone coordinates (not matches).  We suggest choosing a color palette of 3-4 colors and having everyone wear something in that range. For example, if you give 3 base colors (like gray, black, and jeans), then add in a pop of color (like a mustard yellow or desert green), you will have a nice balanced look throughout your photos and it will be fairly easy for everyone to find something to wear! Want a light color palette? You could do tan, white, jean and pops of blush or tan. We suggest choosing your colors based on what looks best on your family and that coordinates well with the location that you choose for your photos. It's best if you avoid super bright colors (like bright reds, oranges, pinks and lemon yellows that don't go with the surrounding landscape) and stick with more neutral, earthy tones that compliment the landscape. Some of our favorite colors to photograph are whites, grays, tans, blush, greens, blues, navy, mustard yellows and deeper reds, but it really depends on the location and your personal style. Want to see a few examples of great family photo wardrobe choices? Check out our pinterest board! Hope that helps a little! 

How many outfit changes can we bring to our session?  For large family sessions, we suggest just one outfit.

Locations
In the desert, location can be a difficult aspect of family photos with this many people! While there aren't a lot of green grassy fields, there are plenty of desert spots with beautiful views. Have an idea of where you want your photos? Let us know and we will scope it out!

Can we do our family session in a different city?  Of course! We love to travel, however, travel fees may apply and they must be paid in full upon booking. Send us an email for more information! 

Can we order prints on our own or do we have to order them through you?
You will be able to download your images and make full size prints wherever you'd like. However, you can also order prints straight from your online gallery! When you order through our easy ordering system, you will get high quality prints from our professional print lab shipped straight to you. Please note that we cannot guarantee the quality of printed images if they do not come from our lab. 

How long will it take to receive our photos?
You will receive your high resolution images delivered through an online gallery within 2-3 weeks of your session. 

What is your photographic style?
We have a fine art style. That means that we want to give you images that are not only joyous memories of this time in your lives, but also photos that are truly pieces of art to hang in your home for years to come. We love to capture real, genuine emotions that capture the relationship of the people in front of our lens.

Do you deliver every image you shoot?
No. Sometimes we take 2-3 photos of the same pose, to ensure we don’t have any photos with closed eyes, funny facial expressions or unflattering gestures. We choose the images that we present to you very carefully, to ensure that you are getting the best and most beautiful photographs of you and your family!

Will you feature our images on your website?
We put so much heart and effort into our sessions, sharing our clients sessions online is so meaningful to us. It helps us reach new clients and share what we are most passionate about. It's incredibly helpful to us if you allow us to share your images online. However, we understand that there are some circumstances where that is not possible. If you prefer not to have your face shown online, please let us know and we can amend the contract. 

Can I bring my pet to my family session?
While we are happy to photograph you and your furry friends, these kind of photo sessions can get a little bit crazy. If this is something you would really like to do, we suggest taking 15 minutes of photos with your pets and then spending the rest of the time on family portraits! We also suggest bringing someone along to take your pet after we are all done with that part of the session so they aren't a distraction for the remaining time.

If we cancel our session, do we get our money back?
Unfortunately, no. The deposit/booking fee and all monies paid are non-refundable. We may make exceptions in case of an emergency, however this will be done on a case by case basis.

Can we have our photos in black and white and color?
Most of your photos will be in color, with the occaisional black and white photo mixed in.

What kind of equipment do you use?
We use all professional Canon cameras, lenses and flashes, with a mix of film and digital throughout your session.

 

Thanks for reading our frequently asked questions. We hope this was helpful! 

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Betsy and John Allen | www.BetsyandJohn.com | Hello@BetsyandJohn.com