As a point of reference, a 350. non-refundable retainer is due at the time of booking. This covers preparation materials, my availability & time helping you prepare for the session, time spent on location and most importantly reserves your date. My lifestyle client's starting investment is 250. for digital + product collections. I believe it is important to be transparent about the typical investments my clients make with regards to their sessions, how that is representative of the work and experiences you see me produce and what you should expect to invest. You'll find my work is neither the cheapest nor the most expensive in the area, but it does represent one of the best values. You can invest confidently knowing your money will be well spent. Payment plans are an option and can be discussed during our phone consultation. *Newborn retainer is 450
Each session is truly unique, as are your personal needs. Our session together will run 1 hour so we can take breaks when needed, stay relaxed and enjoy the process together. If you hire me I will send you a prep guide, be available for any questions or tips throughout the process and I will have phone or video chats with you so you feel just as confident as I am about your photo session being perfect. *Destination clients investments may have a higher investment level based on location and travel.
The first step is to schedule a time to talk. I will then set up a time to call you and we can discuss your needs and how I can help you accomplish them. Once we have talked I will send you a proposal with a non-refundable session retainer fee of 350., due at the time of booking and covers preparation materials, my availability & time helping you prepare for the session, time spent on location and most importantly reserves your date. This cost for Newborn sessions is 450.
Parties over 5 people will be charged $15 a person additionally.
Once we have decided on a time and date and officially put your session on the books, I'll send you a getting ready guide that will walk you through everything from choosing outfits to strategies to getting kids ready to cooperate. That guide has been created to typically answers 90% of the questions that come up, but I am always happy to set up a time to talk if you would like additional help.
A few days before the session is scheduled, I will reach out to confirm our time and location... at that point, if the forecast is questionable or someone seems to be coming down with the flu, we can talk about rescheduling options. Otherwise, that will be the perfect time to ask any last-minute questions or let me know if you have come up with a fun idea we have not yet discussed.
The day of the session, please block off 45-90minutes (3-3.5 hours for newborns). Typically we are done before or within 90 minutes, but if there is some kind of wardrobe malfunction or child melt down, I like to stay flexible. If a parent has to leave for an important business meeting but the rest of the family is still available, that is fine... just let me know ahead of time so I can focus on getting that parent in the frame more while they are still available. If we get all the shots done early then yay, more time for celebration ice cream.
Finally, take a breath and relax... I promise to give the grown-ups (and kids) breaks throughout the session as needed, and to make it as painless as possible for everyone involved. We will have fun together!!!
*I suggest an album or canvas
*This is perfect for matted frames
*Great for prints, cards or on more digital upload
(digital images are $50 each)
Within just two weeks of your session, you'll receive an email from me letting you know your photos are ready to view. The video of your images will be available to look at for 24 hours. Once you've had a chance to see them and marvel for a bit, you will have the ability to purchase one of the three collections and you will have a full month to download the specific digital files. My online store will be available to you to purchase additional professional archival print items such as cards, prints, and canvases. While everything I offer in my store is printed by professional labs who use archival quality photo paper and guaranteed to be stunning, I also recognize that you may want to print your images yourself, and thanks to those digital files, you absolutely can! I recommend Mint or Shutterfly, note that I can not guarantee the same beautiful quality of light and color of the images my lab provides. If you decide to use a different store here are a few good tips:
Make sure you de-select any color correcting options
Upload the original files you downloaded, and not copies
The files you receive from me will allow you to print up to 20x30".
Printed on matte recycled paper, these beautiful cards are perfect for all occasions. Greeting cards come in a single-image pack of 24 along with white stationery envelopes.
Available in square, portrait, or landscape format.
Choose from a selection of designs that your friends and family will love, and customize it with your favorite photos.
24 Pack Flat 5x5" Cards / $67.50
24 Pack Flat 5x7" Cards / $75
Your favorite images are professionally printed on archival quality photo paper with your choice of a semi-gloss, deep matte finish (enhancing natural light and brightening dense blacks) or fine art print (printed on smooth matte hot press 100% cotton paper with an extra smooth surface and museum grade quality. 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.
5x7 / $8.50
8x10 / $17
11x14 / $37
These beautiful custom frames are carefully assembled by hand using eco-friendly practices. Photographic print on matte paper, mounted with a thick 8 ply mat board, protected by a front acrylic, permanently sealed with a black backing paper. Arrives ready to hang out of the box.The frames come in your choice of white, natural wood barn wood, walnut or black.
Dimensions: 3/4" wide, 1" deep.
8x10 / $137.50
11x14 / $195
20x24 / $376.50
Beautiful linen albums printed on Giclee matte paper with lovely soft textures that will last a lifetime, these acid-free fine art papers feature a true matte finish for a classic look. Drawing on time-honored binding techniques, the Layflat Album features ultra-thick pages that lay flat when open for seamless panoramic impact. Choose from an array of luxe linen and Italian leather covers, available in a variety of sizes.
8x8 / $351
10x10 / $418.50
12x12 / $490.50
Printed on finely woven, 100% Natural cotton Hahnemühle canvas, with a beautiful matte surface. A sleek natural wrap creates beautiful image continuity, adding dimension to your photo. This canvas is finished with archival backing material that is acid-free, moisture and puncture resistant that will last for generations to come. Arrives ready to hang with beehive hangers and wall bumpers. Depth: 1.5". Available in a variety of sizes.
8x10 / $229.50
11x14 / $369
16x20 / $486
Nikki Hildebrand is a professional photographer based in San Diego, California, serving the greater San Diego area, including Oceanside, Carlsbad, Del Mar, La Jolla, Temecula and Alpine.