I know that there are a ton of photographers
out there, and it can be tough to choose one to work with!
If you haven't worked with me before but you're thinking
about it, you're in the right place. And if you'd like to
take a shortcut and skip the reading below, I'd be happy to
talk with you about what you are looking for - no pressure.
Just give me a
I would recommend that you
my portfolio a bit, so that you can see if my style is a
good fit for you. I created galleries that highlight
favorites from an entire session each, so you can get a feel
for what you might get out of your session, and so you can
see the consistency of my results.
If you like what you see, great! Let's keep
|First of all,
my goal in any custom photography session is to make the
whole experience enjoyable, relaxed, and easy. I don't
expect your children to behave any certain way - I want them
to be themselves. I have kid-experience and lots of ideas to
make our time together a lot of fun. This means that you
(Mom) can relax - in fact it will help a lot if you don't
stress! I want our experience to be so fun for all involved
that your kids will want to do it again for many years to
"The portraits that Pam took of my daughter were beautiful. We
got some with her silly smile and others captured her intense
fascination with the world around her. These portraits capture her
innocence and her curiosity. Pam was caring, considerate, and took her
time capturing each special moment."
Christine, Albuquerque NM
|Since I want you to get the
best possible portraits, I start with
a consultation where I get to know you
a little better. We can do this on the phone or we can meet
We discuss your
session location, we discuss
ideas for what to wear,
and I make sure I know what you are hoping to get in the end
from this process. That way we can tailor your session to be
perfect for your needs.
There is no "one size fits all" in custom
photo sessions, so what worked for your friend's family may
not be at all right for you.
Once you are sure you want to work with
me, I charge a $150 session fee, paid in advance, to reserve
your date and time. Don't worry, if you later need to change
the date, your session fee is transferable.
|The first decision that I
help you to make is: where should we
go to be photographed?
Good question! I have options for you, or
if you already have ideas about that I'd love to hear them.
"I have told friends who saw the pictures and mention that they
are going to call you that they HAVE to go to you. I always refer them
to your blog so they can see all the great pics and how personal you
make the experience. I was so impressed with the pictures and the
experience we had with you. I'm also very happy and feel lucky to have
found such a great photographer!"
Heather, Albuquerque NM
I do lots of sessions out on location in
the Albuquerque area. Even in the winter. Or in the
spring when it's windy. (I know! But there are places
we can go.) I bring studio lights with me to make
sure that the lighting will be picture perfect no matter
where we are.
I go to clients' homes and do sessions
there. This can be a great option for small children -
it's comfortable and easy for them to relax. I love to
show childrens' rooms, hobbies, animals, or whatever is
special to them.
And I do sessions at my home/studio. My
studio style is simple and classic, so I can focus on
those happy faces.
of working with me is that I've been doing this for quite a
few years, so I have lots of great location ideas. I can
make recommendations for you, or you can browse through my
ideas and see what would be a good fit for your family. Also
it can be really nice to have a studio option, especially if
you have a baby and it's cold out.
"We have nothing but good things to say about our experience, and
I've heard/seen enough from other friends to know that's a consistent
outcome of working with you!"
Amelia, Rio Rancho NM
Your photo session:
Your session will last about an hour.
Sometimes more, depending on your family, but I have learned
that keeping sessions quick
will usually give us better results. (Don't you wish your
pediatrician's office felt the same way?)
This is also good for the man in your life
to know. I know, if he is like my husband, a portrait
session may not be his #1 favorite way to spend time. I have
had so many dads tell me that the whole thing was much
easier than they had expected.
I am looking to capture
something of the relationship that you
share. That means I don't do a lot of
posed portraits. We will start there, and then we will spend
the rest of our time playing and having fun together.
I want to show not only what your family
looks like, but
also how it feels
to be part of your family.
were able to capture the true personality of my daughter and
even some sweet moments of the two of us. I wish I had known
about your services sooner. Be certain that you'll be
photographing her more in the future!"
Lanette, Albuquerque NM
|After we finish pictures of your whole
family together, I work with everyone individually, all the
kids, Mom & the girls, Dad & the boys, and whatever other
groups you would like.
We have time
to be creative, use props, or whatever else is important to
When we're done, we
will schedule a date to get together so I can show you your
portraits in person.
Usually this will be 1-2 weeks later.
We can meet at your house, at mine, or
somewhere in between (park, Starbucks or Flying Star, anyone?) It
is best if everyone can be there who needs to help make your
"Pam is a great photography who has a lot of patience with
children and can bring out beautiful smiles from them. She is very
polite and my children were very comfortable with her."
|There are a few
important benefits to
meeting together in person to see your portraits.
I have them on my ipad and we can use a
nifty program to sort through and rate them all. If
we're at your home or mine, I can hook it up to a
TV so you and your family can see them BIG - that way
you can see all the details. (This can be a problem when
viewing them online.)
Sometimes I find clients have trouble
even narrowing down their images to their very
favorites. I have a method for that that can help!
And I can help you choose the final
products that will best fit your home and fit your
needs. My ordering process is very flexible - I have
packages, custom packages that you can create yourself,
or you can order a la carte. I absolutely don't want to
sell you anything that is not right for you. I always
say that I am a no-pressure kind of person - it's not my
Finally, I offer a $50 credit towards
your purchase when you complete your order at our
You can view my
pricing pages here. I never want price to be a
surprise to my clients in any way. And I do offer
payment plans if that is helpful to you.
|Your payment is due at that
time. I do offer payment plans
- I know custom photography can be an investment, and
sometimes spreading it out a little can help.
You will then have a short wait before I will
have your wall portraits, prints, or other products ready.
Usually I have everything ready to go in about 2 weeks,
depending on what you order.
"Many of my friends use you, and after looking at their beautiful
pictures, I had to get some of our own! My favorite photos are the
unstaged ones, and you have a knack at catching those little moments."
- Jacque, Rio Rancho NM
other goodies I include:
Does it make you nervous to install wall
portrait galleries? Or do they turn out crooked? I will come and do it for you! If
you purchase three or more canvases or framed wall
portraits, I'll hang them for you in your home.
Do you have family that lives out of town
that you'd like to see your session images? No problem -
after we meet together in person, I will post a portrait
gallery online for them to see. I will leave it up for a
week to give them plenty of time to enjoy the pictures,
and if they'd like to order as well I can work with
If this sounds like what you
are looking for,
give me a call or email, and we can talk about a
portrait session for your family!
I do a maximum of 3 sessions in a
week, so that I can give the best service and experience to
each family. Sometimes this means I book a few weeks in
advance. I also have a limited number of Saturday session
timeslots available, so if you need a weekend it's more
important to book ahead of time.
Pam to be creative and a great photographer. She kind
and very patient with my boys. She can ALWAYS get them
to smile and has a way of making me look great too!
This kind of session is
not for everyone! If
you are looking for just a couple of quick posed shots taken
in a studio setting, this is not for you.
I do offer minisessions four or five times a year, usually
in a studio setting, that have short
timeslots, special pricing, and reduced session fees. If you
are interested in something like that instead, the way to
find out in advance is to sign up for
my email newsletter, which I send out
at infrequent intervals throughout the year.
And you can
follow me on facebook - I will make announcements there
too, as well as sharing favorite images from current
Questions? You can
give me a call or
email, or try my FAQ page.