Your school and the students who attend are unique. Shouldn’t their photos be, too? Allow me to offer you a custom experience as a boutique school photographer in Northern Virginia. I specialize in working with schools that have 35 to 250 students, for a personal experience where I can get to know your families as they grow and take the time needed to capture more natural portraits.
Makes a great fundraiser – 10% of net proceeds benefit your 501(c)(3). In 2022, I donated over $4000!
No obligation – parents are never obligated to purchase or participate.
Minimal classroom interruptions – I will provide you a schedule so your teachers can plan.
Timely delivery of all products.
Complete online ordering, no minimum order requirements.
Convenience – I prefer to communicate directly with parents.
Professional – experience as a school photographer in Northern Virginia since 2016; quality imagery and products.
Are you a school administrator? I would love to talk to you more about what I can do for you as your school photographer in Northern Virginia. Parents, if you love my work, please feel free to forward your school director this page!
My goal is to capture a photograph eliciting genuine emotion from children and accentuating each child’s individual personality – who they are – for timeless portraits that parents will treasure for ears to come. I do not believe in forcing a smile; instead, I strive for authenticity and natural expressions.
As the sole photographer, I accept about 12 schools per season, allowing me to provide your families artistic imagery and superior customer service with a personal approach.
I’ve structured my program as a fundraiser for your school and a solid value add for your parents. In 2022 I donated over $4000 back to my schools or their preferred 501c3!
What ages do you photograph? I photograph students of all ages from 6 weeks through high school. But the bulk of my school photography work is preschool through elementary school.
When do you do photos? I accept about 12 schools per season (September through November, January through March, and April through May). I can work indoors next to a window during colder months, or outside if the weather is cooperative!
What time do you start? I am available all day to fit your needs. I prefer to book school pictures as early in the morning as possible, when kids are at their best. Schools with more than 100 students may require multiple dates.
Do you take class photos? Yes! I can either take a group photo outside or I can create a composite using individual portraits. I can also take sibling portraits as well as team photos and special graduate portraits, if desired.
How disruptive will this be to our schedule? I do my best to minimize classroom disruptions. I will provide a schedule to your teachers so they know when they need to be ready and when we’ll be done.
How many images will be available for each child? I typically show 2-5 images per child, with at least one horizontal and one vertical to choose from. Some kids are more expressive and outgoing than others, so each gallery will be unique and reflective of who that person is. With that said, I take extra care to work with more reserved children to ensure a positive experience. I believe that small bit of attention makes a huge difference that parents can see.
How long before photos are ready? Photos will be presented in a password-protected, online gallery within 2 weeks. In most cases it is even sooner than that. I take care to ensure photos are clear of distractions and faces are clean before parents ever see them, but parents can request additional portrait editing for a small fee.
How do parents order? I use an intuitive online ordering software for viewing and ordering. Money is never exchanged through the school. Parents will be able to review all of their photos and print/product options as their schedules allow. There are no minimum order requirements or complicated “add-on only” policies. Families will be able to purchase their child’s school pictures to fit their needs. I offer discounted print packages and a la carte prints, digital files, and a curated selection of specialty products. Orders will be assembled and returned to the school to go home with students at no extra cost to parents. I can also ship orders directly to their homes.
How much will this cost us? There is no fee to your school. In fact, school photos make a wonderful fundraiser! In 2022, I donated over $4000 to local 501(c)(3) organizations from school sales alone. I also offer other incentives, such as complimentary yearbook photos and staff portraits, if needed.
Do you have any discounts for our staff? I gift all teachers one complimentary 5×7 class photo print and 20% off their orders.
What do we have to do? I will provide you with two detailed PDFs to email parents: the first describes picture day preparation; the second explains ordering procedures and includes the direct link and gallery password when photos are ready. I prefer to handle any questions from parents and families about ordering and products.
What areas do you serve? I photograph schools with 35-250 students in Loudoun, Fairfax, and Arlington counties.