portrait session types & fees

$125 ON-LOCATION SESSION

SESSION DETAILS:

  • Sessions last up to 2 hours
  • Unlimited clothing changes (wardrobe changes encouraged!)
  • No extra charge for poses with pets, car, horse, motorcycle, etc
  • Pre-session consult, to discuss your photoshoot vision, as well as clothing, hair/makeup & any props you'd like included
  • Post-session design & ordering session
  • Session fee's do not include prints, products, digital photos, albums, or any products. Your session fee covers my time during your consultation, the photoshoot itself, and your very own in-person ordering appointment.

Outdoor (on-location) sessions are by far the most requested session.

Feel the energy as we hit several favorite shooting locations at an urban location, or opt for a more natural feel as we enjoy some gorgeous greenery and a more park-like setting. Or let's map out a custom location that suits you perfectly! Like your family farm or a museum, lake, ski slope, or favorite travel destination!

//NOW BOOKING CHICAGO AND BEACH PHOTOSHOOTS//

I've recently added Naples Florida, Fort Myers, & Bonita Springs Florida to my destination shoot list! (please shoot me a message for rates.)

Regardless of the location, my goal is to ensure your images will have a vibrant, energetic & timeless look and feel. Fashion-savvy. Contemporary.

Your session fee is required upon booking to reserve your shoot date & time. This amount includes my photography time and talent, artistic post-processing of your images, a pre-shoot consultation, and an in-person ordering appointment. It does not include any digital photos, prints or products.


SENIORS...a few more popular options:

We’ve recently discounted 2 of our most requested combinations:

$185 2-hour on-location senior photoshoot PLUS 1 hour family shoot (this option is my most requested session)

$180 2-hour on-location session plus a mini-studio session to take care of the yearbook photo (for schools requiring a studio shot for the yearbook.)


$150 CHERISHED NEWBORN SESSION

  • Conducted during the first 5-10 days of life
  • 2-4 hour studio session
  • Session fee's do not include prints, products, digital files, albums, or any products. Your session fee covers my time during your consultation, the photoshoot itself, and your very own in-person ordering appointment.

Newborn take place when the baby is under 2 weeks of age. Plan on booking your newborn shoot before baby is born. Don’t worry if your baby is early or late – your shoot can easily be adjusted. Most clients put me on their hospital call list!


Prices subject to change at any time. Studio accepts cash, check, Visa and Mastercard.

prints & collections

Drop me a note for a complete Product & Price Menu; I'll get one sent over to you asap. jenn@jenniferbatesphoto.com


Gift size prints, $50/each (8X10 and smaller)

Wall portraits start at $145 (mounted & UV sprayed for longevity)

Gallery Wrapped Canvasses are priced starting at $300 (1.5″ thick canvas art piece, lifetime warranty)

"You never truly own a family portrait; you merely take care of it for the next generation."


In addition to traditional portrait art (wall portraits & gallery wraps), I take pride in offering clients some pretty unique & fun products too! Customized just for you:

  • custom phone apps (your very own app for your smart phone!)
  • senior graduation announcements
  • super sweet nursery frames
  • custom designed flush mount albums and fine art books
  • mini-accordion albums (brag books)
  • wallet tins (high school seniors love these)
  • DVD slideshow (now sold as a USB)
  • digital photo purchase option
  • framed collages & storyboards

I use only the highest quality pro-grade products that my industry offers.

I welcome you to come on in for a no-obligation consultation. Check out all of the fabulous products and we can chat about your ultimate vision for your photoshoot. Don’t have an ultimate vision? No problem! I’ll ask you a few easy questions and we will take it from there!

Did you know I travel with my clients to destinations all across the country? Not only Chicago, New York, but also SW Florida (Naples, Fort Myers, Estero, Bonita Springs), Las Vegas, Washington DC. You name it, let's go!

** Prices are subject to change at any time. **

** All purchases are subject to 6% Michigan sales tax, in accordance with Michigan’s Treasury Dept **

*** Due to the personalized nature of these products, all sales are final***

ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED

the process - how this all works

Now that you’ve decided you would like amazing photography and one of a kind products, here’s what to do next:

Complete my contact form -or- send me an email, text, or phone me. During that conversation, we will schedule a consultation for you. jenn@jenniferbatesphoto.com or 734-637-1547

At your consultation, we cover a few things:

  • I show off some super-cool products, like gallery wrapped canvas art, mini-accordion’s, custom albums, and my top selling digital products.
  • We discuss YOUR portrait vision (what you see hanging on your walls when it’s all said and done)
  • We discuss what type of session suits your vision the best (city-scape? nature? family farm? vacation home?)
  • We schedule your photoshoot AND your ordering session
  • Your session fee is paid upon booking the photoshoot date
  • I answer every one of your questions, including any about pricing

Within 3 weeks of your photoshoot, we meet back up and I show off your gorgeous images. It's very important that all decision makers are present during this time, as this is the appointment where your final decisions will be made.

As this is a time where you will want to devote your full attention (ordering appointments take between 1 and 1.5 hours), I kindly ask that you arrange for a babysitter for children under the age of 12.

At your ordering appointment I will present your images in a gorgeous slideshow, and will help you select the images, groupings, albums and frames suitable for your home, office and for gifts for friends and family. I'm trained to help you select the best images, products, and display options to suit your personal style.

Once your order is placed, please allow 3 weeks for delivery. Custom items (albums, gallery wraps) may take a few extra weeks.


Unordered images are purged from the system 30-days after your Ordering appointment.

high school senior session tips

a few planning tips…

1… be ready for the session – do not come feeling rushed.

2... girls, consider having your hair and make-up professionally done. YOU.WILL.NOT.REGRET.IT Email me for make-up artist suggestions. I cannot stress this enough. You will feel more special and beautiful, which translates to better imagery.

3...guys steer clear of big white tennis shoes.

4...for the guys and girls, layers layers layers! adding a few layers polishes your outfit. if you have no idea what this means, head over to the Gap's website and peruse their images. they show great examples of the 'layered look'. use their styling as a guide, even if you may not prefer their style of clothing. (t-shirt with jacket or zip up hoodie, shirt with decorative scarf, etc)

5...for the girls... accessorize accessorize accessorize!

6... steer clear of solid white shirts/dresses/shorts as well as solid black shirts if possible.

7...guys, ask your mom or gf or sister to tweeze those crazy brows, or head to your local salon and pay a modest fee to get a quick wax. You'll be in experienced, competent hands; totally worth it, trust me.

8… schedule your session early in the summer – sessions get booked up quickly.

9… relax and just have fun. your senior pictures express who you are, so just be yourself!

10…pick colors and clothing styles that you know you look good in. don’t bring anything that is either too big or too tight. make sure to try on your complete outfit before you come for your session. (ie Try sitting, squatting, leaning forward, etc) ask an honest friend for their opinion. Don't pick outfits that are all the same color.

11… lay out your clothes a few days before your session; make sure you have a variety of styles and colors. with unlimited clothing changes, have some fun – go for any look you can dream of – now is your time to shine. (think: casual/comfy, dressy/classy, formal, sports attire, etc – get creative)

12… did i mention accessories? (jewelry, shoes, belts, jackets, decorative scarves, hats, etc.)

13… speak up! if there is a particular pose or look you want to achieve, please tell me; your ideas add to my energy and enthusiasm!

14… take care to not tan or bask in the sun several days prior to your shoot; sunburns and tan lines to not photograph well.

15… don’t forget your “props” – consider bringing anything that helps show off your personality or passion (football, artwork, running shoes, ballet shoes, saddle, team jersey, 4H ribbons, class ring, camera, if you’re a fellow photo-buff!, dog, shotgun, bow, horse, makeup, paints) you get the idea…!

16… yes, you can bring a friend, and yes they can pose with you at no extra charge.

  1. One word... Spanx. If you're a girl with a lil tummy, look into purchasing a pair of spanx. You'll feel so much more confident and comfortable. I specialize in photographing girls of all shapes and sizes, and spanx are one of my secrets. They help smooth out little tummy bumps. ;)

  2. Due to popular demand, I'm now offering destination shoots not only around the country, but around the WORLD! It's no secret that I take a group of high school seniors to Chicago every year for a fantistic destination photoshoot, but I'm now offering Naples & Fort Myers Florida, Bonita Springs Florida, and other areas of SW Florida. ALSO, New York, Washington DC, and Las Vegas have been added to my itinerary as well.

You wanted unique senior pictures, and I am answering your call! Let's do this!!!

portrait session tips

a few planning tips…

1… be ready for the session – do not come feeling rushed.

2... ladies, (moms, grandmoms, teens) consider having your hair and make-up professionally done. YOU.WILL.NOT.REGRET.IT Email me for make-up artist suggestions. I cannot stress this enough. You will feel more special and beautiful, which translates to better imagery.

3...guys, steer clear of big white tennis shoes and white tube socks. wear long enough socks so that when you sit down, your sexy shins aren't showing.

4...for the guys and girls, layers layers layers! adding a few layers polishes your outfit. if you have no idea what this means, head over to the Gap's website and peruse their images. they show great examples of the 'layered look'. use their styling as a guide, even if you may not prefer their style of clothing. (t-shirt with jacket or zip up hoodie, shirt with decorative scarf, etc)

5...for the ladies... accessorize accessorize accessorize!

6... steer clear of solid white shirts/dresses/shorts as well as solid black shirts if possible.

7...gals, inspect your guys' brows on their behalf. send them to a local salon to get those brows cleaned up. so worth the modest fee to get a quick wax. You'll be in experienced, competent hands; totally worth it, trust me.

8… schedule your session early in the summer – sessions get booked up quickly.

9… relax and just have fun. if there's young kids involved, i will ask that you not discipline them during our session. step back and let them get crazy. any negativity will kill our shots. everyones kids act up at sometime or another during the shoot, it's like they KNOW they can get away with it. LET THEM. Trust me.

10…pick colors and clothing styles that you know you look good in. for family shoots, harmonize color families (more about this during our consultation.) don’t bring anything that is either too big or too tight. make sure to try on your complete outfit before you come for your session. text me pics of your selections and i'll offer my honest feedback.

11… lay out outfits a few days before your session; make sure you have everything all good-to-go, with shoes, accessories, etc. with unlimited clothing changes, have some fun – go for any look you can dream of (think: casual/comfy, dressy/classy, formal, sports jerseys, etc – get creative)

12… did i mention accessories? (jewelry, shoes, belts, jackets, decorative scarves, hats, etc.)

13… speak up! your vision is my vision! share your vision with me; your ideas add to my energy and enthusiasm!

14… take care to not tan or bask in the sun several days prior to your shoot; sunburns and tan lines to not photograph well.

what to wear

ALL CLIENTS WHO'VE PAID THEIR SESSION FEE: Please send me a note to access my 'what to wear' tips:

jenn@jenniferbatesphoto.com or text me at 734-637-1547

ALL SENIOR GIRLS, WHO'VE PAID THEIR SESSION FEE, PLEASE REACH OUT TO ME TO CLAIM YOUR VERY OWN 76 PAGE DIGITAL WHAT-TO-WEAR GUIDE!

FAQ's

HOW SOON SHOULD I BOOK MY APPOINTMENT?

It depends on the time of year. January thru April books about 2 weeks out. May through December books about 4-6 weeks out.

I’M PREGNANT. WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY MATERNITY PORTRAITS?

I prefer to shoot maternity photos between 32 - 36 weeks of pregnancy. I want you to have a nice round belly at the time of the shoot.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT A NEWBORN SESSION?

Please reach out to me for my special guide to help you prepare for this beautiful portrait session! Email jenn@jenniferbatesphoto.com to request yours.

WHAT IF MY CHILD IS SICK? WHAT IF THE WEATHER IS CRUMMY?

It goes without saying, but children should be fed, rested, and healthy for our session. Hungry, tired or sick children do not make happy subjects. While we're on the topic, this applies to everyone, adults included. It is not uncommon to reschedule shoots due to sickness or weather related problems - there is NO CHARGE to reschedule. As always, as much advance notice as possible is appreciated. There is, however, a reschedule fee of $100 once a session has begun, so please make sure you're bringing healthy kids to their photoshoot.

Parents of small children, don't be alarmed if I ask you to move out-of-sight...occasionally I will ask parents to step out of view, if photographing small children (who sometimes behave better when parents are out of sight.)

If you are concerned about the weather, please call or text me (734-637-1547). If the weather looks questionable, I will always call as early as possible the morning of. Overcast and chilly does not typically kill a shoot, but it depends on the subject being photographed as well. And yes, I shoot all winter long - outdoors...in the snow. We live in Michigan, what did you expect!

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? HOW SHOULD I DRESS MY FAMILY?

Please reach out to me at jenn@jenniferbatesphoto.com for an exclusive client-only link to my ‘What to wear’ guide!

CAN I BRING MY CAMERA?

Absolutely no cameras or video cameras allowed during sessions. (That’s what you’re paying me for, silly!) The only exception to this rule is when a senior wishes to bring theirs for a photo prop. Thank you, in advance, for honoring this request.

DO YOU SELL DIGITAL FILES?

Of course! I sell several digital options that work for most budgets and needs.

  • Your very own custom photo app for your smart phone (that you can text to friends & family

  • Full-resolution session CD (now sold as a "USB") for those interested in archiving their session files

WHEN WILL WE BE ABLE TO VIEW THE IMAGES OF OUR PORTRAITS?

Three weeks after your photoshoot you’ll come on back in to my studio to preview your portraits.

During this appointment, you’ll select your favorites, place and pay for your order. All decision makers should be present during this appointment. Additional Ordering appointments can be scheduled for $100 fee (this option is for clients who require more than one Viewing/Ordering appointment.)

WILL OUR IMAGES BE POSTED ONLINE? CAN FAMILY AND FRIENDS SEE OUR PHOTOS AND ORDER REPRINTS DIRECTLY?

Because I strive to make my studio as personable as possible, I don’t automatically post your files to an online gallery. I do, however, offer a Friends & Family Online Gallery option you may purchase ($150) during your in-person ordering appointment. All online galleries have a secure shopping cart feature. *Friends & Family Galleries are only published online after your in-person ordering appointment.

HOW LONG WILL YOU KEEP MY FILES?

Non-ordered images will be removed from the system 30-days following your ordering appointment – I do not archive files which are not ordered from. All ordered images are archived for a period of 1 year.

WHEN DO I PAY FOR MY SESSION FEE AND WHAT DOES THIS COVER?

Your full session fee payment is required at the time of booking. The session fee covers the time and talent of me, your portrait artist. Prints, digital files, albums, and other products are extra.

The session fee is non-refundable but may be applied towards a rescheduled session within 1 month with a 24-48 hour cancellation.

CAN I HAVE MY ITEMS SHIPPED TO ME?

Absolutely! Pricing varies based on your order, but we can chat specifics at your Ordering appt.

WHEN IS PAYMENT DUE FOR MY ORDER?

I require 100% of your order total at the time the order is placed. Orders are non-refundable once the payment has been received. For your convenience, I accept cash, check, visa & mastercard as payment options.

WHAT IF I WANT TO MAKE A COPY OF MY IMAGE?

All images remain the property of Jennifer Bates Photography and are protected by federal copyright laws. Many people may not know that screen capturing or scanning portraits is a Federal crime. Duplication in part or whole (whether by scanning, screen capturing or reprinting) is strictly prohibited and will be prosecuted by law. Scanning is stealing; if you wouldn't steal my purse, don't steal my art. Thank you for your honesty.

WHAT IS A WALL COLLECTION?

These are collections of images that are hung together to make a statement, whether as canvas gallery wraps or custom-framed wall portraits. During our ordering appointment, I will create several collections for you, digitally, so you will be able to see beautiful groupings of portraits on your wall, true-to-scale, before you even spend a dime! I will make suggestions for you based on your home decor and the images from your shoot for a collection that will help tell your own personal story. Let’s create something beautiful!!

Due to popular demand, I'm now offering destination shoots not only around the country, but around the world. It's no secret that I take a group of high school seniors to Chicago every year for a fantistic destination photoshoot, but I'm now offering Naples Florida, Bonita Springs Florida, and other areas of Florida. ALSO, New York, Washington DC, and Las Vegas have been added as well. You wanted unique senior pictures, and I am answering your call! Let's do this!!!