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Family portraits are something we all cherish.  I am in the business of not just taking photos, but creating a work of art around you and your family.  I want you to come away from your portrait session with images that will blow you away. Whether its the perfectly “posed” portrait of the family all together or the candid portrait of your child pouring dirt on their head, I want to capture your family for what they are.  I love to craft the portraits around your personality.  These images will become a visual representation of you who are at this moment. I want our portrait sessions to be a fun and memorable мой» experience.  The more relaxed you are the more comfortable you will be in the portraits, and the more fun you’ll have.  I am a Bay Area Family Portrait photographer who is based in San Jose, CA.

Though I’m a Bay Area family portrait photographer and currently live in San Jose when I lived in Alabama I learned a simple phrase that makes a difference – If you fail to plan you plan to fail.  I go into each portrait session with ideas in my mind of specifically what images I want to capture.  At the same time I also plan to “go with the flow” of how the session is turning out.  I have a few steps that we’ll be going through that will help make your portrait experience fun.  When you book your session I will email you the pricelist for that session as well and some other information as well.

CONSULTATION

Before your session we’ll have a chance to either chat on the phone or we can meet somewhere and discuss what you are looking for.  We will discuss things such as

  • Where you’d like your session to take place
  • Clothing to wear
  • What type of images you want from the session

If you don’t know the answer to these questions, I can help you figure them out.

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THE SESSIONS

My portrait sessions range from 45 mins at one location to 3+ hours at multiple locations depending on what session you chose.  During that time we’ll wander around the location taking photographs.  We will try to get the images that were discussed during the consultation and also other images that we’re inspired to take.  I offer two main types of portrait sessions geared towards families.  Each session includes both high resolution (printable) images, web sized images (for emailing/posting online, etc), and an online proof gallery to send fake oakleys to friends/families.

The Mini Session is a 45 minute to 1 hour portrait session.  It is a good fit for individuals or smaller families.  For families normally we’ll get 2-3 different variations on a group style family portrait.  Both everyone looking at the camera as well as some interacting with each other.  We’ll use the rest of the time to get portraits of both parents together, all the kids together, kids individually, and candids of the family playing around with each other.  Each family is different, so we will adapt the images to your families needs.

For the “playing around with each other”/candid type photographs and we happen fake ray bans to be at a park, plan on bringing some props/toys that everyone can play with.  Does your kid have a favorite stuffed animal they bring everywhere? Bring it! Think along the lines of having a family afternoon at the park.  Just this time someone will be there taking pictures of you!

The Standard Session is a 1-2 hour portrait session at a single or two locations (though single is preferred unless the locations are close).  This session is geared towards those with larger families or those wanting more candid/storytelling images.  For this session if you have a larger family we’d be concentrating more on family group portraits.  After those are done we can move onto more candid style portraits of people.

For couples who want a more in depth portrait session at multiple locations the standard session is a good fit.  An example would be we do a 45 minute session at a beach or a park, then you change outfits and we go to a city close by for another 45 minute session to get two different looks.

IMAGE & PRODUCT DELIVERY

Turnaround time for portrait session images is normally 2-3 weeks.  That being said I normally send out 6-7 teaser images within the next 1-2 business days.  Once I have edited the images, I will post them to my online gallery, and I will email you:

  • A link to the gallery with its password
  • A link to the zip file of the high resolution and web sized images for you to download

Feel free to send that email to whoever you would like.

The lab that I use for prints/albums is very quick and produces very good products.  Prints & other like items are ordered within a day (or next business day if its a weekend) and usually arrive within 3-4 business days.  Albums & coffee table books take a week or so to arrive after I have ordered them.

PRICES & SESSION FEES

I offer two main types of portrait sessions.  If you’re in need of something else, please let me know!

STANDARD SESSION – $700

This is a 1-2 hour portrait session at a single or two locations (though single is preferred unless the locations are close).  This session is geared towards those with larger families or those wanting more candid/storytelling images.  For this session if you have a larger family we’d be concentrating more on family group portraits.  After those are done we can move onto more cheap oakleys candid style portraits of people.

For couples who want a more in depth portrait session at multiple locations the standard session is a good fit.  An example would be we do a 45 minute session at a beach or a park, then you change outfits and we go to a city close by for another 45 minute session to get two different looks.  The session includes:

  • 1-2 hour session at a location of your choice
  • High resolution printable images with a release for you to make prints at a lab of your choosing.
  • Websized images (watermarked) sized for webpages, emails, posting to places like Facebook, etc
  • Online gallery for print purchases

MINI SESSION – $350

This is a 45 minute to 1 hour portrait session.  It is a good fit for individuals or smaller families.  For families normally we’ll get 2-3 different variations on a group style family portrait.  Both everyone looking at the camera as well as some interacting with each other.  We’ll use the rest of the time to get portraits of both parents together, all the kids together, kids individually, and candids of the family playing around with each other.  Each family is different, so we will adapt the images to your families needs.

For the “playing around with each other”/candid type photographs and we happen to be at a park, plan on bringing some props/toys that everyone can play with.  Does your kid have a favorite stuffed animal they bring everywhere? Bring it! Think along the lines of having a family afternoon at the park.  Just this time someone will be there taking pictures of you!  This session includes:

  • 45 minute – 1 hour photo session at a location of your choice
  • High resolution printable images with a release for you to make prints at a lab of your choosing.
  • Websized images (watermarked) sized for webpages, emails, posting to places like Facebook, etc
  • Online gallery for print purchases

OTHER PORTRAIT SESSIONS

Have a portrait need that doesn’t fit one of our sessions, such as professional head shots or senior portraits?  Let me know and we’ll discuss an arrangement for you and we’ll send you a custom quote.

Ready to book your session?  You can either fill out the form below,  email us or give us a phone call at 408.673.1556.

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Scott Mosher is a San Jose based Bay Area Family Portrait Photographer.  I have photographed family portraits throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including San Jose, San Mateo, Monterey, and Fremont.

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