What is Boutique school photography?
Boutique school photography is a custom experience for those select schools that choose to have Snowflake photograph their students. It is a unique and high quality alternative to the current large company high volume norm in school photography.
One thing that is the biggest difference is that I am for authentic expressions over forced smiles. I allow for natural body movement to capture the child just as he or she is right now. I never force a smile but hope that we provide a relaxed experience that brings out the true essence of the child. The portraits that result are will speak for themselves as it is a more natural and personalized experience from the actual picture taking to the ordering process that is custom to you.
How is the process different?
Before the shoot occurs families will only need to make sure their child is ready for picture day. The biggest decision before the shoot day is if they are wearing their school uniform or dressing for the occasion.
After the shoot families are sent a link to protected online ordering galleries. In each gallery the student will have a choice between 3-4 images to choose the photos they want printed. This is different that the current process in which the company chooses the image captured. I also provide boutique product choices such as canvas gallery wraps and digital images for future printing and archiving.
No money is exchanged on school campuses. Our ordering process is completely online.
In many cases we shoot outdoors but out backgrounds are either classic black or a natural area around the school. Gone are the days of blue screens and fake locations.
All prints are delivered to the school but the option for parents to pay a small shipping fee can be arranged and the prints can be shipped anywhere in the continental United States.
There are no specific packages so that parents can order what they want.
I provide all equipment and personnel needed for photo day.
I can provide the school with all high resolution digital files to use for yearbooks, website, school advertising, or school ID's.
I handle any questions from parents about ordering and products.
Is this service expensive?
I have competitive rates and nothing is due up front, all profit is made from ordering. I offer a variety of collections and a la carte products to fit everyone's needs. I also donate 10% of my net profit.
What time of year do you conduct your school shoots?
I work with each individual school to schedule shoots any time during the academic year. Some schools would like to move to portraits only once a year while others follow a fall and spring schedule. Snowflake can work with you to make the best schedule to fit your needs.
How can our school book with Snowflake?
I am so glad you asked this question! Please fill out a contact form and we can talk about how I can make high quality portraits for your school.