Happy Family Portraits – How It Works

Hmmm…. how shall we put this? Making family pictures with The Happy Family Movement is NOT your momma’s portrait session. Think of it more as…. a photographic adventure. An adventure in which all of the things that make your happy family awesome get to come out and play for the day! If you’re looking for an “everyone in jeans and white shirts and posed in a tree” kind of portrait, we’re probably not the photographers for you. But if you’re looking for an opportunity to open your hearts, break out the laughs and truly engage with each other, and you want that documented? Then we are totally the photographers for you.

Here’s how it works:

BEFORE:  When you book a session with us, we’ll contact you with our Happy Family Questionnaire. Your responses help us understand your family. What makes you click. What makes you laugh. What touches your hearts. It also helps us figure out where we should shoot (your home?
a park? maybe we go to the zoo!) and how best to ensure that every family member gets an opportunity to shine. You’ll also receive the Happy Family Movement Adventure Guide of your choice, which is guaranteed to get you in the mood for photo-adventuring with us. Finally, we’ll have a little pow-wow with you to nail down the details of a session tailor-made for your family.

DURING: You show up. We photograph. It’s that simple. Really! You can relax and enjoy your session knowing that we’ve got this. We’ve photographed happy families of all shapes and sizes and though they have each been unique, they all have one thing in common: the best pictures… the most heartfelt images… come from families just being themselves. We’ll give you gentle prompts to get you interacting and before you know it, you’ll forget the camera is even there. And if you’re worried about your kids’ behavior, DON’T. We’ve got three kids of our own, and we are pros at getting great images from even the most spirited and camera-shy kids.

AFTER: Three weeks after your session, you’ll get a disc with hi-res files so that you can relive the fun, over and over again. If you purchased the Happy Family Movie option, you’ll get a disc with that, too.

Book us!

If you live in the Kansas City area, just book a session. Live outside Kansas City? We are on the road  A LOT. And we photograph happy families all over the U.S.  Check out our travel schedule here and drop us a line if you’d like us to come to your town.

    • Ready to book your Happy Family Portrait Session? For $750, you get a Portrait session and a disc with hi-res files. (Add to cart to pay the $350 deposit today. Balance is due at the session. Sales tax not included)
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    • Ready to book your Happy Family Photo + Video Session (example of a movie found here)? For $1450,  you get a Portrait session + a 3-5 minute family documentary, your own Happy Family Movie on DVD, and a disc with hi-res files. (Add to cart to pay the $450 deposit today. Balance is due at the session. Sales tax not included)
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    • Ready to book your Happy Family Adventure Photo + Video Session? For $4450, you get an all day photography + video session for your immediate family, a disc of 300-400 fully edited, high resolution images from the session, a 3-5 minute documentary movie of your family set to the perfect song, and 10-15 minutes of video outtakes. This is an all-day, go-out-and-adventure, stay-inside-and-snuggle, capture-it-all photo shoot of your immediate family in your hometown. We’ll drive or fly to you, spend the night, and shoot from morning wake up to bed time. (Add to cart to pay the $450 deposit today. Balance is due at the session. Sales tax not included)

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