South Windsor CT Photography Family Quick Sessions in the leaves and trees, Mini, Fall and Christmas

Don’t let the season run away from you. Get a jump on your holiday cards. Images are typically provided in a password protected gallery within a week of capture.

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To find out about Fall mini sessions click here

 

 

 

 

To find out about Christmas Tree Sessions at Dzen Farm Saturday 11/17 and Wednesday 11/21 click here

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Want to know more about Dzen Farm? Read what it’s like to get a tree there. The farm isn’t open until the day after Thanksgiving.

You can also email Sarah at cruzsarah@yahoo.com or text me at 860.819.6001

 

Mini-Session FAQs:

At certain times of the year, with fall being the most popular. Mini-sessions are needed to get a few images for Holiday Cards,  sessions are shorter and booked one after another.

They are good for those families that want updated family photos but don’t necessarily need or want to spend too much time required with a full photography session. 15-20 minutes for a photoshoot, no problem!!

2. What should we wear?

Best tip… be comfortable in whatever it is you pick! I’ll send you tips and pointers.

3. When should we arrive?

Because we book these mini-sessions back-to-back, there is little wiggle room. If you are running late I unfortunately cannot give you extra time during your session since it would push back each session following. Please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early, that way we can be sure to get all the photos you were hoping for of your beautiful family!

4. How many people can I bring with me?

These fall mini-sessions are designated for immediate families and their pets, You could book back to back sessions, but with extended family I would recommend a full session, at least one hour long.

5. Can I give or my mini-session to someone else?

YES! Absolutely. You can gift or sell your mini-session if you are unable to attend.

6. How long before I receive my proofs back?

You will receive your proofs back fairly quickly during the holiday season, I commit to a week. I understand most everyone will be using the images from the mini-sessions for holiday cards and gifts so I am focusing on a quick turnaround.

Image proofs will be emailed via a private online gallery link for you to view and order from. You will receive the email within a week after your session.

7. Can I purchase more images then what is included in my package?

Yes, you can purchase extra images that were not included in your package.

8. I want to schedule something outside of a mini-session because I would like to have an extended family shoot done. How do I schedule that?

You can certainly do that. Please keep in mind space is limited this time of year and you will want to reserve your date asap. Email me at cruzsarah@yahoo.com

9. What is your cancellation policy?

If you absolutely cannot make your session and you cancel with at least 24 hours notice, you will receive a credit towards a future session.

10. What if it rains, do you offer a rain date?

YES! Rain dates are always announced prior to booking. Please be sure you are available for both dates in the case of bad weather. If for some reason you cannot make the rain date and you cancel with more then 24 hours notice you can use the credit towards a future session.

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Include your pet in the family portrait.

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“Hey, Sarah, would it be weird to have our dog with us at the session?”

I felt my pulse rises as I imagined  a humungous fella with big slobbery drool like the guard dog in Harry Potter.

Knowing it was important to them I figured, we’d be outside, there was time to play, this was the dog’s family, it should be fine. When I arrived at the family session and dad walked around the corner with a tiny-puppy-sized-fully-matured-not-barking-dog under his arm, I started to beam a big smile.

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The family had a good laugh as I explained the treachery I would experience walking home in 1st grade past a lonely slobber fest of a teen dog that was kept in the yard all day and screaming to be played with when I’d walk by his fence.

They were also delighted after the fact that their dog was looking at one of them or the camera in every image I sent them. So though I’m no where near a dog whisperer, I’m all about taking images of the family as a whole.

My flexibility and willingness to try should relax you into seeing what we can get. I take enough images to be sure to get to our goal. It can be tricky to get everyone positioned just so and we have to have patience adding the unpredictability of dogs.

I’ve had some people bring dog treats if we are in their yard or go to the park a full 1/2 hour ahead of our meet time so their furry pal can explore and get some energy out.DSC_3901

Just like a small kid, bringing a dog’s favorite toy and a willingness to take breaks is encouraged. DSC_0760

I’ve since photographed tons of families with their pets. On the beach, in their homes, at the park, at their grandparents… And though I’m still using allergies as an excuse against our youngest’s canine wish list, including a pet is not even a question.

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5 Reasons why your family needs Christmas, Holiday or Photo Cards.

As December approaches, I feel that pressing weight of that one needed image to represent our year. My goal was to grab it during the first snow, but thboysfix (1 of 1)en we had a year without December snow and it completely stressed me out. So I threw the kids against a white wall of our house in their gear and that represented 2012. OR in 2004 when we dressed our oldest (an only at the time) as baby new year because it was so late.

The first year we had 3 kids, our cards came out Jan 4th, the 12 days of Christmas were almost up, but we made it! Last year was the first time I hosted my extended family of 20 and I never sent any out.

Cards get me worked up and after you get the image, you gotta go through all the provider choices, then all their options to find the most aesthetically pleasing with the image you have determined to use. Then there’s ordering, printing, getting them addressed, buying enough stamps, stamping, decorating and mailing. And yet, when the cards start to flutter into my own mailbox, I delight and look at the detail in each one and am so glad I did it.  They are hung on ribbon on our kitchen wind, blocking the drafts and sparking a smile.

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Reason 1. You show people you care. So simple, I don’t even write in them. In fact, I printed labels so some my kids assembled for me. The effort though was made and I know someone we care about will check the mailbox and see something fun.

Reason 2. You maintain connect with old friends and family. It’s always fun to look back and see families grow up, and then remember fun you had together when that 15 yr old in the card was 3.

Reason 3. They force you to capture your family. Professionally or not, each family needs more images! And they give a personal spin to your holiday greetings.

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Reason 4. You see how your own family has changed. Of course I have a ton, but some of my favorite and most often posted photos were also those I used for our cards. That image at the top of the 3 in the snow is framed and printed on our hall wall, but also on my mousepad at my home office and matted at my work desk. One of my all time favorites and only came about because it was a make them today or forget cards this year day.

Reason 5. Displaying cards is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. Visiting others’ homes,  it’s fun to see their collections as well.  My mom gathers hers in a basket which I curiously poke through. Some people put them on the door frame or make displays.

So incase we didn’t get one out to you through snail mail, here is our 2017 family card. And below our awesome outtake.

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One last thought is sending a card to a recovering American Soldier…

A Recovering American Soldier

c/o Walter Read Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20307-5001