Extended Family Sessions: The Guide

  • "Dear Photographer, We would like to schedule a session as an anniversary gift to our parents. It will be me, my two siblings, all of our kids, and of course our parents. How much would something like this cost?"

    You received the inquiry and you just aren't sure how to respond. Handling extended family session inquires ­ and shooting the session itself ­ can pose challenges above and beyond those of smaller, immediate family portrait sessions. And often just working through the logistics can be daunting and cause you to back away from these requests resulting in unbooked sessions and missed opportunities.

    Design Aglow is here to help! We have created an essential roadmap to assist you in managing the end­-to­-end process of extended family sessions as well as ready-to­-go content that you can brand and immediately use to market and sell these sessions. As an added bonus, we've provided you a “must-­have” shot list, a family tree worksheet, and a few posing ideas that will help to ensure you capture everything your clients want and need, and then some!

  • • 23 page PDF document that covers managing the end­-to­-end process of extended family sessions
    • Pre-session email for client & family
    • Fully editable marketing card (in Photoshop & InDesign)
    • Example package pricing
    • “Must-­have” shot list
    • Family Tree Worksheet
    • Posing ideas

    Please Note: We supply the names of the fonts used, but .ttf files must be downloaded from other providers. See Usage for additional details.

    • Guide can be read in Acrobat, Preview and any PDF compatible product, view the entire guide right from your hard drive or iPad for easy archiving and navigation
    • Marketing card is fully editable in Photoshop CS or newer and InDesign CS4 or newer 
    • Windows and Mac

  • It's Sellable: Equip yourself with everything you need to streamline your extended family sessions, including potential pricing and packages. Our guide also includes email communications to prepare your clients for the sales process.

    It's a Time Saver: More session participants doesn't have to mean more stress (or time). With preparation--we walk you through a session from start to finish--and the included smart worksheets, you'll fly through these larger sessions with ease.

    It Shapes Your Image: Being able to handle group sessions not only shows professionalism and skill, but also opens the door to creating a long-term client from each family unit. Our family tree and shot list will organize your sessions so that you can focus fully on your clients.

  • A few notes from Design Aglow about our products.

    Customization: This product is an instant download and is fully customizable unless otherwise noted. A support guide is provided with your product, or in our Tutorials section. It offers a generalized overview for customizing the template. NOTE: Both the template and tutorial are designed specifically for professional photographers and assume a working knowledge and intermediate experience with Photoshop and a familiarity with layer masks.

    Printing: Unless otherwise noted, all template layouts are formatted for standard professional lab printing. You can print your final products anywhere professional services are provided, however we do include a recommended lab with your download.

    Fonts: Most fonts used in Design Aglow products are standard system fonts that may already be installed on your computer, or are easily attainable by downloading from the creators. Due to copyright protection, we are unable to include these files directly in the template, but a quick Internet search for the font online will typically yield several resources (font style names are included with your product for easy searching).

    About Your Purchase: We understand inspiration knows no boundaries and that you're probably eager to get started. This product is designed to be used immediately, which is why we made it digital! We do hope you understand, however, that since it is digital, we are unable to offer refunds or exchanges. Before you finalize your purchase, take one more look to be sure it's exactly what you need and that you have the appropriate software.

    One more thing: If you haven't purchased from us before, take a minute to review our Copyright Information, for important details on how you legally use this product. It will probably answer most of the questions you may have, and explains key product usage guidelines.

    Have questions? Contact us anytime. A friendly, intelligent member of Design Aglow will be happy to offer assistance during our operating hours, M-F 9am - 5pm (U.S. Pacific Standard Time).

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