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FAMILY & CHILD

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

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MATERNITY

& NEWBORN

PHOTOGRAPHY

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SENIOR

PHOTOGRAPHY

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COUPLES & ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

For all packages, I charge $175, which includes 60-90 minutes of shoot time and an unlimited amount of photos edited by me delivered digitally after 1-2 weeks of processing time. I charge an extra $10 if I'm traveling over 30 minutes to the portrait location.

If interested in setting up a portrait shoot, please click the "Contact" link above. Feel free to use the form to send a message or shoot me an email at the address listed.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

In photography, as well as in life, I believe everything is relative. In my opinion, some photographers focus too heavily on branding, to the point where all their photos look the same because they frequent the same kind of location at the same time of day, and ask their families to wear specific types of clothing. People who are looking for a certain type of aesthetic might prefer this style of photography, and that's totally cool, but it's not my thing.

Instead, I aim to document your days by celebrating the uniquely beautiful narrative of your love and your life. I strive to capture the real and the authentic by building friendships, rather than a client base, and by trusting my instincts. What you can expect is a lot of collaboration and questions from me about your ideas and vision; a humble, fun, and friendly atmosphere during the shoot; and high-quality photos that accentuate the one-of-a-kind energy of your world and our time together. If that's cool with you, let's talk!

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Frequently Asked Questions

I'd love to have portraits taken, but I'm uncomfortable in front of the camera.


I feel you, so am I. But you see, we're not conducting a portrait session - we're celebrating! Think of our time together as a fun hangout sesh with your loved ones and an old friend who always has her camera strapped around her neck. We're just gonna meet up at some pretty park or cool spot in the city and do a little exploring, get to know each other, and have fun! Ultimately, I aim to create a fun, casual, and comfortable atmosphere not only because I want you to have a fabulous experience, but because no good can come from feelings of discomfort, especially when our mission is to capture the real and the authentic. So in terms of posing and whatnot, I'll be there to guide you, but mostly we'll just be having some laughs and hanging out as you chill with your people like any Sunday afternoon.




What happens once I reach out to you about a session?


First, I'll ask some general get-to-know-you questions and inquire about what you want in terms of portraits. For instance, I may ask how old your kids are or what you envision for your shoot or what, if any, location ideas you have in mind. Oftentimes, my families, seniors, and couples prefer a type of location, like an outdoorsy place with soft, pretty backgrounds, or a more industrial setting in the city, but they don't have a specific location in mind. If this is the case, I'll suggest potential settings and once we decide on one, we'll schedule a date and time for the shoot. Of course, other topics or points of inquiry may come up during these initial talks, and I encourage you to ask any and all questions. It's a great time to get a little acquainted and flesh out all the details of the shoot and your vision. Once we get closer to the shoot, I'll send an email to confirm our date, time, and location, and go over any additional need-to-know or otherwise useful information.




Where are the best places in the area to have portraits taken?


There are so many lovely locations in the Lehigh Valley area. I'll pretty much travel anywhere within an hour or so. That includes various regions within Northeast Pennsylvania, including Easton, Bethlehem, Allentown, etc., as well as Northwest and Central New Jersey, such as Phillipsburg, Washington, Hackettstown, etc. Here's a list of some of my favorite settings, many of which I've been to and some of which I'd love to check out: Jacobsburg Park in Nazareth, the Allentown Rose Gardens, Burnside Plantation in Bethlehem, PA; Lehigh Parkway in Allentown, Hugh Moore Park in Easton, Bank Street Annex and surrounding streets of downtown Easton, the Simon Silk Mill in Easton, Trexler Memorial Park in Allentown, the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, the Wildlands Conservancy in Emmaus, Von Thun Farms in Washington, NJ, and in the comfort of your own home, which is great for lifestyle portrait sessions. These are just a few examples. Feel free to conduct your own research and let me know of any ideas you have in mind.




What should I wear?


When choosing an outfit for your session, I suggest taking the portrait setting into consideration. So, for instance, I conducted a maternity shoot in the winter at Jacobsburg Park and the mother asked for suggestions on what color her dress should be. My response was to consider the setting. Since it was winter and the shoot would be taking place at an outdoorsy and natural setting, there'd be a lot of browns, tans, and grays, so I suggested a darker color, like a forest green or navy blue. She went with the green and it was gorgeous! You can see the example in my portfolio. Ultimately, your outfit should not clash with the setting or otherwise distract from you and your family. This is something to keep in mind when it comes to prints, patterns, colors, etc. Outfits should also not clash with other outfits. So, as an example, for couples, it's a good idea for outfits to be coordinated so they're not too contrasty and distracting. For instance, I don't recommend one person wearing black and the other wearing white. Overall, choose an outfit that makes you feel comfortable, confident, and fabulous. And if you need inspiration, Pinterest is a fantastic resource. Simply search "family photo outfits" or "fall family photo outfits" or "spring color palettes." In fact, beyond clothing, Pinterest is a great place to get some inspiration for your shoot, and since part of my mission is to incorporate your ideas and your vision, feel free to send any aspects of your vision board my way. I even have some helpful resources pinned to my Pinterest boards, which you can find by clicking the Pinterest icon at the bottom of my website.




How should I prepare for my session?


Before your session, I recommend thinking about any props you might want to incorporate into your photos. For instance, think about bringing along a special baby blanket for a newborn session or baby shoes for a maternity shoot or a nice blanket to sit on. Also, if you're taking family photos with kids, it may be a good idea to bring along snacks and baby wipes in case they start to get peckish or decide to play in the mud. Speaking of which, I'm totally cool with outfits getting messy as this is a sign we're having fun, but feel free to bring a change of clothes. Overall, I recommend answering some questions that I think will help you feel more comfortable and also set the scene for some truly beautiful and authentic portraits: How do you envision these portraits? What are you hoping to accentuate? Why do you want to have portraits taken? What is it you want to celebrate? What story do you want to tell?




How will I receive my photos?


After 1-2 weeks of processing time after the shoot, you'll receive an email from me with a URL that links directly to a Google Drive folder containing all full-size, high-resolution JPG images edited by me and available for you to download to your computer. This email will also contain general need-to-know information regarding the photos and your files, like advice on where to have them printed. If you want to see a sneak peek of the photos as I'm editing them, follow me on Instagram at @emilyannmarch where I post a few images during the editing process.





© 2021 by The Small Narrative Photography

Family & Child Portrait Photographer based in Easton, Pennsylvania, serving the Lehigh Valley and beyond

Contact: thesmallnarrativephotography@gmail.com

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