ERIN'S PHOTO SESSION APPROACH

RELAXED AND NATURAL POSING

“I don’t love having my photo taken, will you tell me what to do?” Of course! While I’m not a super-poser, I will give you some light direction and avoid the awkward poses at all costs.  I’ll encourage you to relax, play and snuggle with your children. I’ll set up tickle fights, ask kids to run into your arms, give each other giant bear hugs, or say “boogers!” as loud as they can. When kids (and grown-ups) are truly having fun, we get their genuine smiles and giggles. Don’t worry, I’ll let you know if you’re making goofy faces, have a double chin, or are standing in an awkward way. I’ll make you look good!  

LOOK-AT-THE-CAMERA AND CANDID

I adore lifestyle imagery and lots of candid moments, but understand clients want classic look-at-the-camera shots too. We’ll do a mix of both styles, along with a number of backgrounds, so you have a variety of images to choose from in your final gallery. Of course if you like candid more than posed, or vice versa, just let me know and I’ll shoot accordingly.

BEAUTY IN THE CHAOS

After 19 years photographing kids, I swear one of three things happens on photo day: kids get sick, skip their nap, or scratch their face. Please don’t stress! Imperfect is normal (and I can edit out scratches)! If your child starts to fuss, we stop for a snack, snuggle, or go for a little walk. Usually after a “reset” they’re ready to jump back into the shoot. My camera fires 6 frames a second – if children only give me a few good minutes, that’s an entire gallery of good images. Beauty in the chaos.


PORTRAIT PRICING
family | maternity | baby milestone

PETITE $800

30 minute session
20 digital images
Erin’s select Seattle locations or studio
Full gallery available for $200

Quick and easy! Session includes a family portrait, photo of each child, kids together, and some candids. Choose from one of Erin’s select locations listed below, or shoot in my studio. For children older than 3 months, and immediate families only. Add professional hair and makeup $150/pp.
Location options: Magnuson Park, Greenlake, East Montlake Park, Arboretum, or Horticulture Center.

CLASSIC $1200

1 hour session
all the edited images
Seattle location of your choice
3 mini books + set of 10 prints

Relaxed and personalized, this session includes a large variety of backgrounds and poses, with all the love and silliness that makes your family unique. Shoot at your favorite outdoor Seattle location, your home, or shoot in my studio. For immediate families with children older than 3 months. Bringing extended family? Add $25/pp. Professional hair and makeup available $150/pp.


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NEWBORN + BABY PRICING

NEWBORN  $1200

One hour session in your home or my studio. Includes all the images, 3 keepsake mini books, and a set of 10 professional prints. Session is relaxed and natural  – no props or awkward poses. You’ll snuggle on the bed, hold baby by pretty window light, or rock them in the nursery. Of course baby’s care comes first, so we break whenever you need. No additional charge for multiples. Schedule 2 weeks after your due date. If baby arrives early or late we just reschedule. No biggie! Book your session here.

BELLY TO BABY PACKAGE $2000

Includes a newborn session and 1 petite session, to be used for maternity photos or a baby milestone in the first year. Also includes 3 keepsake mini books and set of 10 prints for each session, and all the images from your petite session ($200 value).

Book as a package on this page and use provided codes to schedule each shoot, or schedule each session individually through the regular booking page and I’ll honor the package.

BABY’S FIRST YEAR  $3000

Package includes a newborn session and 2 petite sessions, to use for maternity, hospital, or baby milestone photos. You’ll receive all the images, 3 keepsake mini books, and a set of 10 prints from each shoot, as well as entry into my Starlight Program

Book as a package on this page, or schedule each session individually through the regular booking page and I’ll honor the package.


FINE PRINT

Prices subject to WA state sales tax. Prices are subject to change and non-negotiable. Rate honored once your session is booked.
Travel fees apply 20 miles from the 98115 zip code
Images are delivered in color with some black and white
All digital images (JPG form) include a print release assigned to the client. Erin Schedler retains the rights to all images.
All major credit cards accepted.
Images delivered within 3 weeks of your session

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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MATERNITY

SCHEDULE

Schedule whenever you feel best in front of the camera! Anytime between 26 and 36 weeks is recommended. Some women (like yours truly) show early and would rather be photographed sooner than later. Others want to capture the bump as close to delivery as possible. I prefer not to schedule sessions after 36 weeks, as babies do come early and you can miss the chance at the session.

LOCATION

My petite sessions have 5 select locations in the Seattle area. Have a special spot in mind? Book a Classic or Heirloom session and make it all your own.

DURATION

30-60 minutes depending on package chosen (petite, classic, or heirloom)

SHOT LIST

mom alone – up close + full length
mom + partner if applicable
family
siblings and belly if applicable
detail shots of belly
props if requested (2 max please)

WHAT TO EXPECT

Some women love being pregnant and feel it’s their most beautiful time of life. Others get a little self-conscious with their changing bodies. Having grown 2 human beings myself, I know how much an expecting woman appreciates flattering photos. When shooting, I will choose the best angles and direct you to the most appealing poses. The session will be relaxed and fun.

NEWBORN

SCHEDULE

Schedule your session a week or two after your due date. If baby arrives early or late, you’re recovering from surgery, baby needs extra care at the hospital, or it’s just too exhausting to think of a photo shoot that soon, I’m happy to reschedule for a better time. Because my style is candid and natural, I don’t need to photograph newborns in a set period of time when they’re most sleepy and malleable. We shoot when you’re ready! If you’d like to wait until 3 or 4 weeks, that’s fine too.

LOCATION

Sessions normally take place in the client’s home. If you feel your home is too dark, we can use my studio instead.

DURATION

An hour and a half. More or less depending on how often baby stops for a feeding. 

SHOT LIST

individual portraits of baby
family portraits
baby with each parent
baby with sibling(s) if applicable
details of baby’s fingers and toes
detail shots of the nursery
nursing photos, upon request
grandparents with baby, upon request

WHAT TO EXPECT

I work through my shot list (above) in no particular order. For baby’s individual photos, I’ll use the crib, bed, or couch, and bring a stack of clean, fluffy blankets to switch out “backgrounds”. If you’d rather use your own blankets, that’s okay too. I have a portable heater to keep baby cozy and comfortable. If you’d like nursing photos, I’m happy to take those – it’s a beautiful bond between mama and child.

As parents, your job is to take care of baby as you would if I wasn’t there. I work around you, not the other way around. My job is to walk you through the shoot, direct you on how to pose, and keep track of the shot list. I want to make it as relaxing an experience as possible.

Grandparents are welcome to be part of the session – it’s beautiful to see the whole family in love with a baby! It can be overwhelming for new parents to have a room full of people during the entire session though. Once the grandparents have had their picture taken, it’s okay to excuse them for a walk or an errand so we can turn the focus back on your new family and baby.

BABY + FAMILY

SCHEDULE

Schedule anytime of the year you like! I prefer to shoot an hour after sunrise, or an hour before sunset for the prettiest light. If these times don’t work for your child’s schedule, email me and we can adjust our start for when they’re happiest. Summer is a great time for warm weather and pretty sunsets. Fall is great if you want a current photo for the holiday card, or like the pretty colors. Summer + Fall are my busiest seasons, so please book early.

Popular milestone baby sessions are 6 months and 1 year. Most babies don’t sit up until 7 months, so you’re welcome to do that time if you prefer a sitting up photo.

LOCATION

On location at a Seattle park of your choice, in your home, or in my SODO studio. See my outdoor location list here. You’re always welcome to shoot at home. Travel fees apply for shoots more than 20 miles outside the 98115 zip code

DURATION

30 to 90 minutes depending on package chosen (petitie, classic, or heirloom)

SHOT LIST

family portrait
family portrait with pet, if applicable
individual of each child
siblings together
siblings with each parent
lots of candids

WHAT TO EXPECT

Fun! I keep my sessions relaxed, but also pretty fast moving. I find if we take too much time, kids fall apart and adults get worn out. I’ll play games, sing songs, and use a few tricks learned over the years to bring out the most candid smiles and expressions. I usually get all the shots in the first half the shoot, so if kiddos melt halfway through, we got what we need. The second half the shoot is for variety and more candids.


GET READY FOR YOUR SHOOT

WHAT TO WEAR

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Clothing choice is ultimately up to your personal style, though I recommend choosing 3 colors, and dressing within that palette. Coordinated but not matching is the goal. Trendy styles will date your photos quickly, but classic looks make for timeless images. Outfit changes are fine for all shoots except minis – they go too fast! See my Pinterest album for style ideas.

WHAT TO BRING

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For sessions with kids, please bring snacks, blankets, or lovies that will make them feel at ease. A treat for the end of the session is a great incentive! For outdoor sessions, please bring a blanket to sit on. It’s nice to have a heavy one underneath and a pretty one on top when the ground is damp.

PROPS

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I don’t consider myself a prop photographer, but will accommodate 1 or 2 if you have a particular announcement or Pinterest photo you’d like to create. Some examples are sonogram photos or baby shoes at maternity sessions, teddy bears for milestone shoots, and signs for engagement or family photos.


PETS

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Are welcome! Just bring a treat for dogs so I can get their attention, and a leash so we can tie them up for non-pet poses. I love animals, and once had a hedgehog come to a shoot!

CONFIRMATION

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A week before your shoot you will receive an email confirmation of your appointment time. If you haven’t chosen a location yet, we can confirm this over email (as well as a meeting spot). You are welcome to email any last questions too.

RAIN

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Wet weather is common in the Northwest. If it’s looking like rain, I usually like to wait until the night before or morning of your session to make the call, as sometimes the sun comes out just in time. The next best strategy is to choose a different start time on the same day, when the hourly forecast shows dry weather. If it’s truly a rainy day, you can have your session at UW Campus. Reschedules are based on remaining availability on the calendar.


DELIVERY + DISPLAY

EDITING

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Edits included color and exposure correction, sharpening, noise reduction, tone curve adjustment, a light airbrush, and an artistic edit. I want your photos to look top notch, but also natural, clean, and classic. Custom airbrushing (i.e. removing black eyes, bruises, or teeth whitening) is not standard, but can be added for a fee.

GALLERY

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All the good images from your session will be edited and delivered in a gallery 2-3 weeks after your session (Summer and Fall are my busy seasons). In the meantime, I can post a teaser to Facebook or Instagram with your permission.

DOWNLOAD

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Classic Sessions include all the images for download. For Petite and Mini sessions, after you have determined your favorites, you will mark your final images in your gallery. Email me when you’re done and I will send a download link. Can’t narrow down? You can purchase the full set of images if you like.


PRINTS + PRODUCTS

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You can order prints, canvases, phone cases, and other products directly from your gallery. I’ve set my pricing to be affordable because I believe your professional photo experience should be completed with professional quality prints.

MINI BOOKS + PRINTS

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If your package includes mini books and prints, you’ll select your 10 favorite images in your gallery when finished. I’ll use these for your design, and 10 5×7 prints. My professional lab fulfills and ships direct to you.

SHARING

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Photos are meant to be enjoyed and shared! Friends and family can view your gallery and order their own products. Post to social media if you like, just please skip the filters to preserve the edit please.