Documentary School Portraits

What you need to know. . .and then some


*Important Note*

Parents, make sure you scroll all the way down to the registration form that allows you to share important information with me.


About Picture WEEK

Documentary School Picture Week is almost here. Do I have to commit to buying something before you take my child’s picture?

Absolutely not. Here’s how it works: I take the photos and about two weeks after the proofs become available in an online viewing gallery. You look them over and fall in love, or don’t. If you love them you can purchase a package or prints a la carte. If you don’t, no big deal. Promise.

Does my kid need to dress fancy for this?

Not at all. Children look adorable in whatever they wear. When they are most comfortable, they are more relaxed and that makes for better photos.

My child makes the weirdest faces for the camera.

My approach to photographing children involves observing and photographing while they are engaging in their school activities. I will strive for one or two camera-aware images, but I don’t ask them to smile or say “cheese.” This leads to more organic and natural expressions. Sometimes they laugh out loud. Sometimes they are more serious and reserved. All these expressions are equally beautiful.

Is school photography your REAL job?

Not exactly. My real job is documentary FAMILY photography, which captures the beauty and chaos of every day family life as it happens. Want to learn more? Click here.


About Packages & Products

Waiting is so hard! When do I get to see my child’s pictures?

You’ll receive a digital link to your photos about two weeks after I visit the school.

What print packages do you offer?


Package a ~ $210

One 11x14 Print

Two 8x10 Prints

Five 5x7 Prints

Eight Wallets (2.5x3.5)

All Images High Res Digital Download


Package c ~ $80

One 8x10 Print

Four 5x7 Prints

Eight Wallets (2.5x3.5)

Single High Res Digital Download


Package b ~ $175

One 8x10 Print

Four 5x7 Prints

Eight Wallets (2.5x3.5)

All Images High Res Digital Download


Package d ~ $45

One 8x10 Print

Two 5x7 Prints

Eight Wallets (2.5x3.5)


How about a la carte?



One 11x14 - $35

One 8x10 - $20

One 5x7 - $14

Eight wallets - $14

I love these SO much, I want one huge on my wall. Is that possible?

Definitely. Large mounted prints are available a la carte. These gorgeous pieces are printed and mounted to a durable backing. Their color and detail are unparalleled and - BONUS - they are ready for you to pop into the frame of your choice or hang straight on your wall with command strips.

20x30 Mounted Print - $390

16x24 Mounted Print - $280

11x14 Mounted Print - $125

I don’t want the hassle of finding a frame. Can you frame it for me?

Sure thing. I offer three sizes of framed prints in my shop and am happy to work with you on something custom. Prints are professionally matted and framed with paper backing and wire, ready to hang on the wall.

11x14 Print matted in 16x20 black or white frame - $380

8x10 Print matted in 11x14 black or white frame - $240

5x7 Print matted in 8x10 black or white frame frame - $165

I can't decide between two of my child's photos. Can I split a package between images?

Yes! You can build your packages with whichever images of the same child as you wish. If you have more than one student at the school, you cannot share a package between children. However, you can definitely order a la carte!

What about digitals?

Sure thing. High resolution digital files are available in some packages and a la carte at the following pricing. These are giant, beautiful files and can be used for everyday prints, as well as large wall art, a calendar for the grandparents, coffee mugs, mousepads, etc.

Single image - $60

All images - $180

Those watermarks. They won't be on my prints and digitals, right?

Absolutely not. The images you purchase will be watermark-free.

Is there an advantage to buying the prints if I can just buy a high-resolution file and get prints made myself?

Well, yes and no. If you're a professional photographer with an account at a pro print lab, by all means, print yourself. But I can virtually guarantee that printing your child's portrait at CVS, Target, Shutterfly, or similar lab will yield disappointing results. I work with one of the top professional print labs in the country. The lab uses state-of-the-art printing technology, the best dyes and processes, and the highest-end paper to ensure gorgeous print quality that will look as good in 25 years as it does today. 

I have more questions. How do I reach you?

You can contact me HERE, email me at or call me at 609-379-2497.

Registration Form

Please fill out the following registration form. This form will give me permission to photograph your child. If you have more than one child enrolled at the school, please fill out a registration form for each. Thanks in advance!

There are several questions regarding permission to use your child’s photographs in my portfolio and each question specifically indicates where and how those photos would be used. In order to continue to reach new schools, it certainly helps to be able to show staff the work I’ve done thus far. However, as a parent myself, I certainly respect your child’s privacy in regards to photographs. Absolutely no hard feelings if you do not grant permission for the model releases. Promise.

Child's Name *
Child's Name
Parent's Name *
Parent's Name
Phone *
Permission to Photograph *
May I have permission to photograph your child at Ying Hua International School?
This is a good place to tell me about special needs, whether your child is extremely shy, if she runs screaming when she sees a camera, etc.
Would you like to be added to my email list for fun musings on childhood, parenthood and photography? *
Model Release - website *
May I have permission to use and reproduce images of your child to promote my business on my website?
Model Release - print materials *
May I have your permission to use and reproduce images of your child to promote my business in printed marketing materials (brochures, printed samples, etc.)?
Model Release - social media *
May I have permission to use and reproduce images of your child to promote my business on my business social media accounts (i.e. Facebook, Instagram)?
Model Release - private gallery *
May I have permission to use and reproduce images of your child to promote my business in a private online gallery that is only shown to staff at other schools when marketing my services?