My brochure

& information

Welcome

Below you will find information on what to expect from a family photo session with me. If you have any additional questions after reviewing this page, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

Twin girls stand side by side smiling. One is hugging the other's arm and has her head on her sister's shoulder.

“Very natural and engaging, we had a lot of fun as a family”

A couple in Madison, WI hugs in their backyard. They are smiling, too.

To reserve your session

To reserve the time and date for your session, you’ll fill out some short paperwork and pay the Session Fee of $1500. This is all online in my convenient client portal. The system will walk you through the whole thing, so it really couldn’t be easier! The Session Fee covers my preparations for your session, the session itself, film processing, and the resulting digital images with print release. I does not include physical products, but you’ll have the opportunity to select any artwork you’d like through my online gallery store. 

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Loved our session

Crystal made it so easy for us

Our session was very last minute and as a family we were pretty unprepared, but you would have never guessed it by the way our photos turned out. High quality, detailed, and Crystal made sure to catch our more flattering angles. She is my new go-to.

What to expect

First, take a breath and relax! I like to make my sessions light, fun, and natural. Expect minimal posing, but some prompting and guidance to achieve those authentic reactions and connections. My family sessions feature love, connection, laughter, and play!

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Before your session

I try to do my absolute best to make sure all my families feel fully prepared going into their photo session. Right after you book a session with me, I’ll send you a questionnaire in your client portal that helps me get to know everyone better. I also send a link to my prep guide and some helpful blog posts in case you get stuck.

A few days before your scheduled session, I’ll check in to be sure we’re still good to go and answer any last questions you might have.

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The session itself

The session itself should be fun for everyone! Please do let me know if there is a specific shot you are looking for. I may not be able to accommodate every request, but I can certainly try! But overall, I aim to capture a good variety of images to choose from.

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After your session

After your session, you can sit back and relax while I prepare your images. I’ll send your film off to my professional lab for processing and scanning. I like to send out a video walkthrough of my gallery site as well as a guide to all the products I offer at that time. You can look through those whenever you’d like, but many clients like to have an idea of what artwork is available ahead of time.

Within a few weeks of your session, your gallery will be ready! I will send you a link to your fully edited images (usually around 70 for a full session) for your viewing pleasure. Feel free to download any and all high resolution images whenever you have the chance. You’ll also be able to peruse my online gallery store at that point. Your gallery will be available for 90 days so you’re able to take your time!

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My sessions typically take 2-3 hours, but I do stay flexible in case we need to take a break for any reason.

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I like to schedule my sessions in and/or around your home at whatever time of day works best for you.

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If you have a particular date or holiday by which you need prints or gifts (Mother's Day, Father's Day, Hanukkah, Christmas, etc.) be sure to book a date at least two months in advance of that date to ensure significant processing and printing time.

A couple sits on the edge of a rock at Gibraltar Rock State Park. Their backs are to the viewer. The man looks out at the valley while the woman looks back at the viewer.
What if we have a wardrobe malfuction or a child meltdown?

First, don’t worry! I always make sure to allow time for breaks, so we definitely have time to deal with anything unexpected that may arise.

What if the weather doesn't cooperate?

I like to hold my sessions in your home, but I absolutely can and will reschedule sessions for inclement weather if need be.

A final reminder!

I don’t ever want you to feel lost or confused during any of this, so if you ever do, just give me a call, send me an email or a text, whatever! I’m here to help!

Tips for a Successful Family Photo Session

I’ve put together a helpful blog post of my top tips both for before and during your session. They are easy things to accomplish, but little things that often get overlooked.

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Will be back time and time again!

It never once felt like a formal, stiff appointment

Crystal captured each of my girls’ personalities perfectly. I cherish our pictures and am so grateful to have ended up working with Crystal. The Esparza family will be back time and time again!

Fine art for your home

As I’ve mentioned, it’s so important to me that every family gets to have something tangible from our time together. I’ve worked really hard to ensure that the products I offer in my store live up to my expectations for being unique, beautiful, and well-crafted. Below are a few a my favorite items that I offer.

Fine Art Prints

These true giclee prints meet gallery and museum standards for longevity & archival performance. These full bleed prints are available in a variety of sizes, and are perfect for framing and hanging on the wall or giving as a special gift.

5×7 | $22
8×10 | $44
11×14 | $80

fine art photo print

Metal Prints

These beautifully made metal prints combine quality and durability in a fun new medium for displaying your photos. Using an innovative process, images are printed directly onto high quality aluminum, showcasing vibrant colors and a clean, lasting satin finish. All necessary hardware to display your print is included.

5×7 | $46
8×10 | $60
11×14 | $107

Hardwood Float Framed Canvases

A work of art, printed with archival ink on museum-grade canvas framed with a hardwood frame.

11×14 | $820
12×18 | $860
16×24 | $1160
24×36 | $1850

A framed seascape painting on a wall, depicting stormy, dark blue ocean waves under a cloudy sky, enclosed in a dark wooden frame.

Lay-Flat Albums

These premium albums are printed on high-end matte photo paper with thick, lay flat pages. Layout and design options are limited only by your imagination, and can be further customized with your choice of cover materials and debossing.

10 spreads (20 pages) are included in the price below. Additional spreads (1 spread = 2 pages) can be added for an additional cost depending on album size.

8×8 (Linen cover) | $540
10×10 (linen cover) | $580
12×12 (Linen cover) | $630

I believe that…

EVERY FAMILY DESERVES A VISUAL LEGACY

Photographs are the visual legacy we can all have. Let me help guide you through the easiest process around to achieve that.

I can't wait to hear from you!

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions at all! I try to respond to all messages within one business day.