Why choose Stuart to create your child’s portrait?
Children’s portrait photography is a unique skill. While there are several good child portrait photographers in your area, when it comes to capturing your child as their authentic self, “good” isn’t enough. I specialize in creating unique and special children portraits.
What sets me apart from other photographers is my experience and my process. Sure, the camera, lights, backdrops, posing and the location selection are important, after all, your photo needs to be technically sound. But it takes more than that to create an art piece that you will want to look at day after day.
As your photographer, I want to get to know you and your child. I want to understand who they truly are and make them feel comfortable with me and with the camera. That’s why my sessions are fun. I goof around with them a bit so that while we’re having fun, they can relax and be themselves. It’s important to treat everyone with respect and kindness, including kids. This is a lesson my dad taught me and it has proven invaluable.
That’s how I can capture their true essence and create something that’s timeless for you, which is what we all want.
HOW We Work
Our stress-free process to create your Child's portraits
Over the years I’ve found that the more you tell me about your child, the better you will enjoy your portrait. Your consultation will take about 30 minutes. You’ll tell me all about your child, what makes them tick, what your goals are for the pictures, even if you don’t know yet! Then we’ll come up with a plan to make it all happen. I’ll give you a very fair and accurate estimate on how much your family portrait will cost. Then we’ll come up with a unique plan on how and where and when we will create the most amazing portrait of your child.
Call us to schedule your complimentary design consultation and get all your questions answered.
You'll have a one to two-hour photography session on-location or at our studio.
We'll review your images and discuss Albums, Folio Boxes and Framing/Display options.
what to expect
What is included in your child’s portrait session fee
- A face-to-face (or on the phone) chat to find out exactly what you’re hoping for during the photo experience with your child.
- Time to go over every step of the process and help select just the right location and style of your session.
- Up to two hours of photography to ensure we’ve got beautiful images and poses at a relaxed pace. No stressing out. No rushing.
- Personal stylist to help with outfits, posing and groupings (for multiple kids).
- Professional retouching of all of your portraits. Your kids will look amazing!
- Live viewing of your portraits on a giant screen to see every detail to help you select the ones you love!
Frequently asked questions
What is the ideal time for my children's photo session?
We all know how quickly our kids change. The best time to capture the precious changes you see in your children is when they’ve had a great new experience! Newborns change the quickest. But all through their youth are tremendous moments that you need to remember; Graduations, Awards, Accomplishments… they are all significant times to give your child the confidence they deserve.
Where is your studio located?
My studio is located in the lower portion of my Residential Portrait Gallery in Marietta Ga. It occupies the entire bottom floor, complete with a private changing room and lighted make-up table. Over 500 sq. ft. of space gives you lots of room for posing and moving.
What does the price of a children's portrait session include?
The Initial Portrait Design Consultation is Free with no obligation to commission us.
The Creation Fees is $175 and includes the following:
- Unconditional Money-Back Guarantee – If we don’t fulfill our promise, you don’t pay!
- Our complete “Getting Ready” guide lets you know how best to prepare.
- Professional Elegant posing guide.
- Custom magazine-style image retouching.
- Bottled water, protein bars, fresh fruit, and snacks (to keep your energy up).
- And your portrait session. Up to two no-stress hours to capture the beauty and essence of your child.
How much is it going to cost me for my child's portraits?
During your consultation, we will discuss all of your options and what you are hoping for. After that, I will give you an honest estimate of what I feel you can plan on spending. I do not believe that professional portraiture should break the bank. I do offer extended payment plans for no additional fee and I work within everyone’s budget. Most of my clients can plan on spending between $500 and $800 and get a large portrait for their home and several to share as gifts.
What should my children wear for my family session?
I treat every family as a unique group. One child or 10; they are all individuals. Their personalities, as a group and as individuals is unique to them. So their clothing should reflect that. During your complimentary consultation, I ask questions about where they are most comfortable, the ideal location for the session, where you might display your portrait, and all the things that will help you enjoy your artwork to its fullest. Clothing plays a critical part in creating the Perfect Portrait, so this is something that needs to be discussed and will be based on your ultimate goals.
How many photos do you take during a normal children's session?
The number of images created at your session is less important than the Variety of images we will create. By offering a greater variety of poses, groupings and scenes (for outdoor portraits), you’ll be sure to get many beautiful images of your kids to choose from. We normally give you more 75 – 100 images to select from. Larger family groups of kids will have a larger selection of images to choose from.
When and how will I select my favorite images from my session?
One to Two weeks after your session, we schedule an in-person or virtual Purchase and Reveal Session when you’ll see your gorgeous portraits for the very first time.
- Big Reveal; Schedule a time to come back to the studio to view your portraits on our Giant Movie Screen, to see every detail, and make your selections. Refreshments and goodies make this a perfect prelude to Date Night!
- Interactive Live Reveal: Schedule an On-Line Live viewing of your images with your photographer to make your selections,
Your order will be ready to pick up in 3 – 4 weeks after your selection.
Do you recommend studio sessions over outdoor sessions?
Your final objective (where / how you’d like to display your portraits) is how I begin the process of determining where the session should be. If an Outdoor session fits with your child’s lifestyle, then we discuss where that session should be. There are many locations to choose from. If you’re looking for a more formal family portrait, then perhaps the studio is the place to create that.
There seems to be more available variety when out on location, but many locations are perfect for exquisite Formal Children’s Portraits.
How many kids can I bring to one session?
Bring them ALL! We don’t want to leave anyone out. There is no extra charge for bringing the whole gang!
Which days of the week can I schedule my session?
Family Sessions are normally Thurs – Sun. During your complimentary Initial Design Consultation, we’ll select the best time and date for your session. Mid-week and Holiday sessions are available as well.
My kids have never been photographed by a pro. Will you help us pose?
Everyone asks this! Of course we will help them every step of the way. Some people are natural in front of the camera. Most are not. We go through a fairly quick process of getting everyone relaxed and comfortable before starting the photo part of the session. We use classic yet natural posing techniques that allow you to look and feel confident and comfortable in front of the camera. You don’t want a picture of your child looking stiff or awkward, We’ve been doing this for a long time and can pretty much guarantee that they’ll have (almost) as much fun as Stuart has at his sessions.
Can I purchase digital files, albums and wall art from you?
Absolutely. Stuart Hasson Studios offers a complete line of professionally produced image presentation options. We offer Framed Canvas Portraits, Gallery Wrapped Canvas Portraits, Metal and Acrylic Prints, a complete line of Heirloom Folio Boxes that contain up to 25 matted portrait prints (which include digital copies), as well as a selection of Digital Packages to purchase.