I use to sell Lia Sophia jewelry and am familiar with the different at home “parties”. I love how it’s a great excuse to invite your friends over. You get to browse some cool products and if you want, purchase something. All the while the hostess is earning some cool products. I have also been thinking about how I can reach new clients and offer something where the initial investment is lower then our standard sessions. I put those 2 ideas together and have come up with the idea of Portrait Parties.
Let me give you a brief overview of how a portrait party works.
You have an adorable child and decide you want to host a party so you can get a free session & hopefully some discounted prints. The party can be at your house or a nearby park. You invite your friends who also have kids to the party (about 4-7 kids max). The cost is $35 (per child) to attend the party, this covers my time shooting and editing the images. They also receive a credit for an 8×10 print (they can upgrade to a larger print if they’d like too). As the hostess of the party the $35 session fee is waved. The party lasts about 2-2.5 hours and I am shooting the entire time. I spend 10-15 minutes with each child to grab some shots of them as well as shooting while they are all playing together. 48 hours after the party I will have edited and uploaded the images to our client site. Each guest gets their own gallery with about 15-20 images. Your guests have 2 weeks to order additional prints or products. With each purchase your guests make you get closer to earning a free 1-1.5 hour portrait session and discounts off prints & products from the portrait party.
If you are interested in hosting a party you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Portrait Party FAQ:
What are the advantages for me and my guests?
Low Session fee + 8×10 print credit.
Online gallery viewing within 48 hours.
NO buying at the party (no pressure)
Credit Cards accepted (through paypal)
Hostess receives portrait credit rewards from orders & a free standard portrait session
How many people do I invite?
We will provide you with invitations and a save the date file for emailing.
You need to have 4 minimum sittings different sittings scheduled for the party (7 maximum).
The online gallery will be available within 48 hours of the party.
The galleries will be live for 14 days for your guests to order!
How much do the pictures cost my guests? Do you charge outrageous per print fees?
We have standard portrait prices plus a few Portrait Party only specials.
We’ll email you our product guide which you can share with your guests before the party.
What are my responsibilities as the hostess of the Portrait Party?
Invite your family and friends over for a fun few hours.
An area large enough for the portraits away from the main party ~ preferably an outdoor setting. (We can also meet up at a nearby park)
Providing a light refreshment for your guests is always welcomed.
Invite at 4-7 children (and parents) to your portrait party.
What are the benefits to hosting a Portrait Party?
You will receive portrait rewards based on the total party’s sales (10% of the parties sales)
If your guest orders total $800 you also earn a certificate for a free family session for anytime (expires in one calender year)
You can earn a 5×5 20 page lay flat album if your guests decide to schedule a portrait party of their own.
I will send you all the information needed so you can start inviting your friends to your portrait party. The $35 fee is required from each guest to reserve their spot at the portrait party (they can pay by check or paypal). I will also need their email addresses so I can send them important portrait party info.
The first to inquire and host a portrait party gets a free 11×14 print from the party so don’t wait!
Connor is an adorable little nugget who is turning one! He loves Mickey Mouse & the Peanut Butter Jelly Song. I had a great time hanging out with Connor & photographing him at his house with all his great toys! Mom picked up a little cake for him & we had a really great time doing a cake smash, though Connor was a little hesitant at first he eventually got right into the cake! Thanks for a great session!
I love that he is just hanging out with giant Mickey & then the 2 littler ones on the side. Giant Mickey was a gift from his grandma. We tried to get him to sit in front of Mickey, but Connor is an independent guy & wanted nothing to do with it.
Yummy Cake! He did not want to get into the cake at first, but with some coaxing from Mom & Dad he finally got a little messy.
All cleaned & changed after a yummy cake smash :)
He was very interested in the camera at this point & was actually climbing up into my lap to get a closer look.
Some snuggles with Mom are always fun & needed. Can you handle how cute he is!?!
Some fun air time with Dad. Connor was having so much fun playing outside. I think Prue has a new potential boyfriend :)
Can you even handle the cuteness of this. I love the juxtaposition of the giant Mickey Mouse with Connor. This is my favorite photo from the session. I’ll have to update the blog later with Drew’s fave from this session, though I am going to go out on a limb and say it’s the one of Connor on the rocking chair (fingers crossed that I am right!)
We had a large family reunion on my husband’s side of the family. You saw one of the images from the party here! Jillian & Lauren are Drew’s cousins. They are both stunning girls & both into photography. We thought it would be fun to do a mini photo shoot at the family reunion. We knew Camp Welch would have some great locations to shoot at. We just walked around for about 30 minutes and the girls took turn posing. They both did a stellar job & I love all of the images SOOOOOOOO much!
We didn’t use any on camera or off camera flash, just the trusty old reflector. The way we have been working lately is I shoot most of the session & Drew assists. We both determine the locations and the poses. Drew is really great at tweaking a pose and looking at all the little details. I can come up with a shot & set it up and start shooting while I am shooting Drew is giving more directions to make the pose even stronger. It works really well for us. I’d love to hear how other photographers work together during a shoot. Other times Drew is also shooting, but when the reflector is needed it is a little tough to be doing both at the same time.
Meet Jillian! She is a fellow red-head so you know I love that :) We are going to be doing Senior portraits in a about a month. I am super excited to shoot more with Jillian.
I love these two images together. The texture on this building is to die for & the sun coming through the trees OMG
I know this comment might not be cool, but this reminds me of the little mermaid…I know really I think it’s way cooler then that. I just love her red curls laid out on the green grass. Can we say complementary colors!!
Meet Lauren: She is another amazing young lady who had smizing down! We’d love to do a full length session with her as well, hint…hint…
Love that natural hair light & thank you reflector!! Jillian…you are GORGEOUS
I love how they both have such different looks. Lauren you are STUNNING!
Ladies you are both amazing & so special in your own way. Don’t let anyone or anything hold you back from doing what you want to do.