The Spring Snail Session : This Portrait, Your Child.
Sunday, April 10th
Hello. Perhaps we’ve only just met, but I’m going to ask you to take everything you know about having your kid’s portrait taken by a professional photographer and flush it down the potty. What I’m offering is different. If you’re looking for a sunny portrait session in the park with matching outfits or a predictable studio session with complicated package options, there are many talented artists who offer these services. I am not one of them.
WHAT IS IT?
The Snail Session is just what you see above here. It’s a whimsical digital composite portrait of a child riding a snail on the familiar moss of the pacific northwest. It’s a limited edition art piece by a local artist. The little girl in the photograph is my own daughter, but your portrait will be the same artwork featuring your own child. It’s not a collection of 100+ photos to choose from, maybe with intentions of printing or making an album, but ultimately lost on an old hard drive. This is taking all the time and energy (& then some) and instead of created a collection the result is ONE purposeful, styled image that will be printed and displayed. I am thrilled to hang mine in my home for our family to enjoy each day we pass by it and each year as she grows. Our babies grow so very quickly; the snail symbolizes my attempt to slow down time just long enough to take a portrait. Here is my daughter with the snail from the session. A friend found him on a hiking trail for us after I got attached to the concept and ready to make it a reality.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
This is the fun part. Because most of the work is done on the computer, the actual photo session is much less stressful and much faster then a traditional photo session. This is especially convenient for younger children. When you sign up, there will be a 20 minute window of time for us to work together to get the very best single portrait of your child. I aim for the session to be playful and silly. I’m also fond of gifting a special little surprise for great cooperation, because… bribery works! I do not have a suggested age range for the session because I think it could be just as fun with a small child as a grandparent. I kind of want to do it myself!
The $49 session fee covers the following:
- Photo shoot with Samantha
- Hand editing and building the digital composite image of your child on the snail
- Web-sized image for you to share & enjoy
The idea behind the Snail Session is to create a single image to be printed and enjoyed. I want it to live on beyond the computer, to be something we can touch and feel. There will be a small variety of print products available ranging in price from $50 – $200. The suggested print is on maple wood with a float hanging system, so there is no need for a frame. The natural wood lends itself to the feel of the portrait. Most of my clients expect to spend a total of between $150-$500. There is no obligation to make additional purchases.
WHAT ABOUT SIBLINGS?
I look forward to creating different concepts and offering them a handful of times per year. I have been dreaming of art pieces that feature more then one child, but this session is best suited for a single child to do alone.
WHO ARE YOU?
My name is Samantha and I’m a Portland area mom and small business owner. My two babies are 3 years old and 8 months old. Before having them, I built a career as an award-winning photographer. I’ve specialized in everything from destination wedding photography to medical magazine covers, fashion runway/print to album covers for bands. I’ve enjoyed trying it all, but now that I am a mom I am most inspired to create little worlds of wonder just long enough to photograph kids in them before they vanish. I genuinely enjoy this work and I hope that shows in my finished pieces.
COOL, THIS IS TOTALLY MY STYLE! I’M IN. NOW WHAT?
If you find my approach to be refreshing and fun, please secure your time slot on April 10th by contacting me at SoManyMoments@gmail.com or on Facebook.com/SoManyMoments. I will send you the remaining available times. To prepare for you session, please style your child with regard to the final image. Chose colors that you feel will work well and avoid graphic t-shirts or logos that would be distracting. I have the antler headband and a flower headband available for girls to borrow if they’d like and think suspenders would be adorable on boys, but the styling is up to you. Have fun with it!
I look forward to meeting you and photographing your little one. <3