Our full-service studio always goes the extra mile to ensure your portrait session results in meaningful art for you to enjoy in your home for years to come. Here is what to expect when you book your family portrait session with Sarah Maren Photography.


The Pre-Session Consult

Our first phone chat or in-person meeting at the studio. This meeting is when we discuss your goals for the session, the products you envision for your home, the session location and wardrobe plan. Portrait fee and signed portrait agreement are due within 7 days to confirm your date on the calendar.

Wardrobe Selection

If you need help with clothing choices, I am happy to consult! Read my suggestions for planning your shoot wardrobe HERE. Please feel free to email me at [email protected] with quick phone snaps of clothing options. I recommend working from a palette of 4-5 colors that will work well with your session location and your home decor.

Portrait Session

Please be ready to go at your session time. Let kids know we will be having a fun time together! We will shoot for approximately one hour.  It will be fun and we will have a blast! After your session then I will go back to the studio to edit and prep your images for our order session, which takes place in 1-2 weeks at the studio.

Measure Walls For Portraits

The week before your order session, I will send you a link to our Studio Look Book, or product gallery, which explains all your product options in depth, with stunning imagery. Be sure to measure any walls where you are considering adding portraits. Phone snaps are also great to send over before our order session, which will make planning your fantastic new art a breeze.

In Person Order Session

This is the best part! This appointment is when you will see all of your images for the first time and place your order. Remember to bring any wall measurements and images to help you with your wall art placement. You will also be able to see our heirloom albums, frames, canvases, and custom cards at this meeting and select the products that are the best fit for your family. Payment for products is due at this meeting.

To be most productive:

  • Be sure all decision makers are present
  • Bring your wall measurements/photos of your walls
  • Keep babies and children home with a caregiver
  • Allow 60-90 minutes of time to devote to selecting your heirlooms we will complete your order during this meeting.

The studio accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards. Due to the custom nature of our products,  purchases are paid for in full at this time. We also offer a convenient 3 month payment plan for investments over $2500.

Portraits Are Ready

In approximately 3-4 weeks, I will call you to give you the great news: everything is ready for pickup. I will make a date for you to come to the studio to pick up your order and revel in how awesome everything turned out.

Happily Ever After

Your family will happily enjoy art on your walls, keepsake albums and gift portraits for generations to come!


Sarah is a fantastic photographer. She is incredibly talented and her years of experience shine though in her beautiful photography. She knows how to use light and composition to create beautiful images. She is funny and personable, and she is able to make everyone being photographed feel at ease. She recently did our family photos, and she captured awesome images of our family without any tears from our kiddos. Total WIN!


I was blown away by the gorgeous pictures Sarah took of my family. We hadn't invested in a true family picture in years and man do I regret not scheduling with Sarah sooner! Thank you, Sarah, for capturing our family so beautifully. We appreciate your talent and how fun and comfortable you made us feel! You are the best!


Sarah recently did a family photo shoot for us and our experience with her was absolutely AMAZING!!!! My daughter is not the biggest fan of having her picture taken, but Sarah put her completely at ease and had her doing solo poses by the end of our shoot. Without a lot of input - Sarah knew exactly what kind of shots we were looking for and we had a blast doing it. This has been hands-down the best photography experience our family has had and I would highly recommend Sarah for any photography needs.