There is nothing more important to you momma, then you’re precious family. After all, you cared for them from birth, threw the terrible 2’s, the pre-teen back talking stage, and then there is the real teen stage where you might pick you battles wisely, and before you know it they are driving and off to college.
These years fly by into what seems like overnight and soon your home will be the family gathering place, filed with your new daughter in law, son in law, and maybe even those cute snuggly grandchildren.
I bet right now, your guilty in taking cell phone photos of your family. It’s so convent especially with a busy mom lifestyle. But you really can’t use your phone and take photos of yourself and family, at the same time. Unless you ask a friend to take a few quick snaps. With the Photography by Christian James family portrait experience we will give your family an adventure that is memorable, and fun. We can play at the park, explore your house or backyard, or have a fun time at the beach or a location in the woods.
Imagine preserving your family’s fleeting moments; not only what they look like and what they feel like, but Imagine your family in true-to-life, happy, connected images and lasting custom art and products! You will be able to hold those moments in your hands, and place them on your walls for years to come.
When you work with Photography By Christian James, you become our extended family. We cheer with you when your baby graduates from kindergarten, and we will be super super sad if you move away from New England We have been photographing some of our clients since way back before 2007, and it’s been a joy and a privilege to watch their children grow and families change.
If you don’t have perfectly Pinterest-styled outfits, that’s TOTALLY OK! We can create gorgeous images no matter what you’re wearing. BUT, if you’re like us and love to plan, We are happy to help get you and your family looking amazing! We will send you clothing tips and sample combos for inspiration, or you can even have us choose your outfits for you and your whole family. We spend ALOT of time at Carters and Osh Kosh and everywhere else selling kids outfits picking the perfect looks for family littles. Mom and Dad are covered as well with plenty of style suggestions. If we are doing gallery or wall displays we can consult on a color palette to work with your decor.
With over 10 years of experience under our belt, We are great at anticipating tricky situations and resolving them in advance. For example, we know that sessions go most smoothly if we win the trust of your kids first, so the first thing we do when we arrive for your session is get down on their level and play a game and get to know them.
Kids do things on their own terms. As a family photographer team, We expect this! We do NOT get upset when your three-year-old has a meltdown or when your son wants to play a game. WE LOVE LITTLES! Nobody comes into a session knowing what to do in front of the camera, so it’s our job to coach you! We will help you set up each pose and give you little tips to make you look your very best.
I'm personally obsessed with details in every way (just ask Lisa) — especially in how we serve our clients. Email responses, social media and image turnaround will always be wicked fast after your edits and images are looking perfect. We always try to honor special deadlines at no extra charge. That’s how we roll — you are very important to us!
You’re too busy to spend hours wrestling with confusing photo book software or don’t want to upload to some online service to get a low quality product that won’t last , so let us do the hard work for you! Photography By Christian James Signature Albums let you hold your family’s story in your hands. You’ll treasure this heirloom long after USB drives become extinct or your phone fills up with pictures that are missing YOU.
We will provide you with an online gallery so you can choose the 20 images that make your heart flutter – and you can wear your PJs while you select your photos! I’ll retouch your selections to perfection and provide you with digital files for any creative project you can dream up!
Who knew that having your photo taken could be fun?! We will come to your home, or we can plan an outdoor playdate. We’ll roll in the dirt, splash in the ocean, build a sandcastle, jump in the leaves or whatever they can come up with. How about an outdoor lighted tent at dusk? We can even convince dad to crack a smile!
We want to understand your family dynamic, your heart, and what you want to capture in this season of your family’s life. Simply drop us a note, and we’ll set up a time to chat and get to know each other! Next, we’ll send you a contract, you send us a deposit, and we’re all set!
WHERE DOES THE SESSION TAKE PLACE? DO YOU HAVE A STUDIO?
Typically sessions take place either outdoors or in our clients’ homes. For outdoor sessions, We are happy to provide location suggestions throughout New England, Boston , New Hampshire and Rhode Island. For some of our mini sessions and styled shoots we have a studio we use when needed
I SAW THESE CUTE PICTURES ON PINTEREST. CAN WE DO THOSE?
We love Pinterest too and you can find us there as well LINK HERE ! Pinterest is best used as an initial source of inspiration, rather than a strict guideline for your photographer. If we’re focused on recreating someone else’s photos, that will leave us less time to create shots that showcase the unique aspects of your family.
If you do want to use Pinterest to help you plan your session, look at it as general inspiration — for instance, use it to figure out what style of photos you like, and then search for a photographer whose images match that style.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP THE SESSION GO SMOOTHLY?
The BEST thing you can do is to let go and enjoy! I know it’s hard not to be stressed before your session, but babies pick up on anxiety really easily. We’ll have the best chance at getting gorgeous images if we let them happen naturally (with a little guidance from us, of course!) We want your pictures to be amazing and will do all the hard work for you! Your only job is to relax and have fun.
CAN WE DO A HOME SESSION EVEN IF OUR HOUSE IS TINY/DARK/MESSY?
YES!!! We have worked in hundreds of clients’ homes, yards and backyards, and we have yet to find a space that didn’t work. There is always a beautiful little patch of light that’s perfect for photography! We are used to photographing in a variety of homes, from small apartments to 700-square-foot condos to beach and summer homes.. If it’s home to your family, that’s all we need to work with! And PLEASE don’t worry about the mess — If needed, we’ll help you move furniture/clutter around as we go.
OK, WE'RE READY TO BOOK! WHAT NEXT?
We can’t wait to work with you! Please send us a message LINK HERE, and we’ll come up with a plan for your session. After that, you’ll be able to sign your contract and submit your session deposit online. 50% is due upon booking to reserve your date, and the remainder is due on the day of your session.
We also ask new clients to fill out a short questionnaire, which helps us to get to know you and your hopes/goals for the session.
WHO ARE YOUR CLIENTS?
Our clients appreciate great style and design, but they enjoy a good pair of PJs even more. They believe that snuggling is an expression of love, and that family photography is more than a perfect holiday card — it’s a gift for their children and future grandchildren. Our clients are busy people, but they also believe in pressing the pause button and finding time to laugh together.
IS YOUR STYLE CANDID OR POSED?
Our style is a blend of posed and candid moments. We think it’s important to capture a few classic shots with everyone looking at the camera; We love the ‘in-between’ moments — the way mom looks at dad as he gives his daughter a piggyback ride, or the way your son giggles with mischievous delight as he toddles away from you.
WHERE DO YOU SHOOT?
Sessions typically take place either at your home or outdoors. Bonus points if you can think of a location that’s meaningful to your family (especially if that place sells ice cream!).
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?
We love helping our clients choose their outfits — it’s like piecing together a puzzle! Before your session, We’ll send you a guide that’s jam-packed with clothing tips and tricks. (Psst – you can get early access to the guide further down this page!) If you’re extra stumped, you’re welcome to send us photos of potential combos so that we can give you personalized guidance.
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE GET RAINED OUT?
Gotta love New England weather! We keep a number of backup dates open each month in case of bad weather. There’s no charge to reschedule to a new date if it’s raining.
HELP!!! I'M NOT PHOTOGENIC AT ALL!
Believe it or not, nearly EVERYONE tells us this before their session, and it never turns out to be true! We have a lot of tricks up our sleeves to help you look your best and amazing! When you’re having a great time, you’ll look more amazing than you thought possible — We Promise!
DO YOU OFFER DIGITAL FILES?
We believe that you should be able to print and share your images as many times as you’d like, and that’s why every session includes your choice of 20 full-resolution digital files with a print release. We also provide access from your online gallery to our lab so you can get professional results. Photography By Christian James also offers in home galley design consultations for no additional charge. We can help create some beautiful heirloom gifts and decor for the holidays as well.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RECEIVE OUR IMAGES?
You’ll receive your proof gallery two weeks after your session date, and your finished digital files will be in your hands two weeks after that. (The total turnaround time is one month.)
I STILL HAVE MORE QUESTIONS!
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