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Soulful Storytelling For Your Family’s Real, Honest Moments

Finally, Photos That Fully Capture Your Family’s Love

With photos that strike the perfect balance between timeless and true, you’ll feel the love you have for each other every time you look at them. Rather than focusing on a pre-determined list of poses, I’ll provide gentle guidance and playful prompts to encourage natural interactions between children and parents.

I emphasize authenticity to create beautifully poignant memories that you can hold close as your family continues to grow and change.

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“If you’re looking for an amazing photographer who not only makes you feel beautiful as well as effortlessly makes your toddler smile and laugh at precisely the right moment, Sarah is your dream.”

“We have worked with Sarah 4 times now, and each time, she captures the joy in every moment. Her photos are some of our most treasured possessions.”

Lauren A.

Your Family Photoshoot Experience

There’s nothing better than spending quality time with the people you love most, and trust me, it’s worthwhile to capture those moments on camera.

Years from now, you’ll think back to those little hands grabbing yours, or tiny feet running around the kitchen, and wish that you could go back. With artfully crafted, heirloom-quality images, you can travel back in time.

Even if just for a moment.

Family Session

Investment: $1010 

  • Up to 1.5 hours of photo coverage

  • 75+ final images

  • On-location session or in studio

  • Session consultation and styling guidance

  • Exclusive access to my client wardrobe

  • Online gallery with high-resolution images

  • Professional photo editing

  • Unlimited downloads with full printing rights

LET’S PRESERVE THOSE MEMORIES

6% VA Tax is already included in pricing

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SAVE TIME, MONEY, AND STRESS

As a mom myself, I know that planning outfits for family photos can feel stressful and overwhelming. As a courtesy to all of my amazing clients, I’ve carefully curated a client closet to help you find a photo-worthy outfit without any added pressure. I’ve included pieces that suit all stages of motherhood, as well as pieces that are in a variety of sizes, styles, and colors. There’s something for every mama to feel beautiful in, and I can’t wait to help you find your perfect fit.

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PHOTO SESSIONS AND EVENTS

Created to serve as a photo location for families and a hosting space for events, my new studio is the perfect backdrop for every occasion. With natural lighting, neutral decor, and beautiful simplicity, it was designed to highlight you and your family.

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What You Can Expect During Your Session

HAVE THE BEST DAY IN FRONT OF MY CAMERA

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GENTLE GUIDANCE

To nail those classic poses, I’ll provide gentle guidance throughout your photo session. You won’t have to worry about where to place your hands or if your child’s hair is falling in their face for one second—I’m on it. Through careful direction, a calm demeanor, and patience for little ones, we’ll show off your family with photos worthy of every wall in your home. 

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COLLABORATION

These are your photos, not mine. We’ll work together to ensure that your photos are everything you wanted—and more. I’m happy to discuss your vision, help you find poses that feel right, and communicate clearly so you feel heard every step of the way.

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PLAYFUL PROMPTS

To help your kiddos feel included and encourage them to act naturally, I’ll offer playful prompts during your photo session. With a silly dance here and a funny joke there, your family will forget the camera is there, and instead, focus on enjoying each other’s company. 

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‘GO WITH THE FLOW’ ATTITUDE

Rather than enforcing a rigid session timeline, I have a more ‘go with the flow’ attitude so everyone can relax and stay present in the moment. Here’s the reality—your children might not behave perfectly. And that’s okay! I’m here to provide support, capture real moments, and facilitate a fun atmosphere. 

“Sarah is not only an extremely talented photographer but also a wonderful person who truly cares about the people in front of her camera”

Grace and Sean

The Family
Photography Process

LET’S KEEP IT SIMPLE AND STRESS-FREE

INQUIRE

After submitting your inquiry, I’ll share about myself and my package options, and I love to learn about your family and your hopes for your session. I’ll walk you through the entire experience, and we can determine if I’m the right photographer for you. If we’re a good fit, I’ll send you a contract and invoice, and we will select your session date!

PLANNING

I’m here to support you so you feel prepared on the day of your session. During this time, you’ll learn exactly what to expect when we meet for your photos. We’ll also discuss location options, wardrobe styling, and I’ll give you my best tips and tricks for photo success.

PHOTO DAY

I understand that you may feel overwhelmed on the day of your session, but don’t worry, I’ve got you. I’m
dedicated to providing a comfortable and fun experience for your family and will help you relax in the moment. We’ll focus on both classic, posed photos as well as authentic and candid family moments.

SPECIAL DELIVERY

Within 2 weeks of your session date, you’ll receive your curated online gallery full of carefully edited images. You’ll be able to download as many photos as you’d like, and to share them with your loved ones. If you’d like to order prints, artwork, or albums, I’ll be available to answer any questions or to provide additional support.

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ARE YOU AVAILABLE FOR TRAVEL?

Sarah Schmidt Photography serves the greater Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, with the availability to travel upon request. Additional travel fees apply for both family sessions outside of a 25-mile radius from Fairfax Station, VA., and out-of-town weddings.

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WHEN WILL OUR SESSION TAKE PLACE?

I schedule both morning and evening photo sessions when the sun is lower in the sky, creating a soft glow for your images. This will be in the first hours after the sunrise or just before the sunset.

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HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I BOOK A Family SESSION?

The sooner the better! For family sessions, I recommend contacting me at least 2-3 months ahead of your desired session time. If you're considering booking me as your photographer for your wedding please contact me as soon as possible. I will guide you through the process to determine if I'm the right photographer for you.

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WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU AS OUR PHOTOGRAPHER?

My photography style is authentic and all about you. When you look at your photos, I want you to feel like I captured the essence of who you are. I will always focus on taking classic, posed photos, but I also love to capture fun, honest family moments as well.

I take your comfort seriously and will walk you through the entire planning process. With wardrobe suggestions, gentle guidance, and unwavering support, I aim to create a wholesome and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. To know more, take a look at this blog post.

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WILL YOU HELP US CHOOSE WHAT TO WEAR?

Absolutely! Once you book your session, I’ll work with you to plan all of the little details. I’ll send you my style guide, as well as links to other outfit inspirations that I’ve compiled.

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HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN BE INCLUDED IN OUR SESSION?

Your photo session can include up to 6 family members. If you want to photograph a larger group, please contact me for pricing information.

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WHAT DO WE DO IN THE CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER?

As a natural light photographer, I will be checking the weather leading up to your session and communicating accordingly. If needed, we can reschedule your session for a better day. If your session is during my busy season, we will choose a rain date upon booking to ensure that your family is taken care of.

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When will I receive my photos?

Your final images will be delivered via a private online gallery. For family and newborn sessions, you can expect to receive your gallery within 2 weeks. For weddings, your gallery will be delivered within 8 weeks of your event date.

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Your Family’s Story Deserves To Be Told

LET’S CAPTURE THE MAGIC TOGETHER

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