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Session Info

modern School portraits

note to the Staff

I am excited to present to you an opportunity for me to provide your school with modern school portraits. My goal is to make the entire process as seamless and effortless for your teachers and staff, and as easy and fun for your students and families. 

A few months before the start of the season, we will set up a meeting to make arrangements for a site walk of your facilities so I can determine the best place to set up. Ideally, an indoor space (ie, clubhouse or community center) with large windows filtering natural light is best. If indoor space is not available, I prefer a covered breezeway or a large shaded area. (View the video for a sample set up location.) At that time, we will also discuss schedule and finalize 1-2 dates for the team portrait and/or individual swim portraits.

One the day(s) of the portrait session, I will arrive and set up with all the necessary equipment. Swimmers can arrive any time between the allotted time frame, however, I will also provide a SignUpGenius link beforehand to give parents the option of reserving specific time slots; this allows their swimmer(s) to be photographed without having to wait.

I will work with a team representative to pass along all the instructions and follow up emails to the parents, with the expectation that parents are informed in a timely manner. Any time sensitive emails must be communicated to the parents immediately.

Keep in mind that your team will have no upfront costs for this unique and customized service. My earnings will be generated via parent orders only. There is no obligation to purchase any items, however, I am pretty confident that once parents view their swimmer's gallery, they will not be able to resist!

The section below is specifically designed for swim team parents and will be the first form of communication they will receive from me explaining the process.

note to parents

I am super excited to photograph your swimmer in this unique style of sports portraiture!

Below you will find information on the portrait session, what you and your swimmer need to prepare, and how you will sign up for your session time slot. Please read this section carefully and reference back when necessary as this is the only communication you will receive on the photo sessions.

The most important thing to remember is that this should be a relaxing and fun experience for your child. I aim to photograph each one in their truest form, capturing their essence by allowing them the freedom to be themselves. This means no awkward poses, no forced smiles, and definitely no pressure. However, if one of my many lame jokes or goofy tactics makes them crack a smile, then so be it!


What are Modern Swim Portraits?

In this digital age of smart phones and point-and-shoot cameras, photos can be captured freely and liberally. Children are so used to being photographed and parents take snapshots so frequently, what often gets overlooked is the purpose behind the captures and what happens to those images as they weigh down and collect (digital) dust in their camera rolls.

This unique take on swim portraits highlights individuality in a simple and unexpected setting. With a dark backdrop replacing the busy landscape of a pool deck, every tilt of the head and hint of a smile is that much brighter and well-intentioned. This modern update of a long-standing tradition (which often highlights the cheesy, fake background rather than the glowing subject) boasts a fresh and current vibe that is equally timeless, endearing, and most of all, appreciated by those who love these kiddos the most. 


Portrait Session Dates + Details

Portraits will be taken over a span of one or two afternoons at your location, preferably before and during practice. Each swimmer will have approximately 5 minutes with me, and in that time frame, I will take as many portraits as I can. Parents can sign up for a time slot here [link TBD]. Limited spots available. Signups are first come, first serve.

Girls should wear swimsuits and team shirt.
Boys should wear swim jammers or briefs (under shorts is fine) and team shirt.

There will be one standard vertical shot of your child wearing his/her shirt to show the team name and year (if applicable.) To encourage different looks, I'll give them the opportunity to wear their shirts, wear only their suits, and/or put on their goggles and swim caps, but ultimately, they will be photographed wearing whatever they feel most comfortable in.

Session date: TBD 3:00-7:00pm

Please arrive 5-10 minutes early. I will be photographing many swimmers over a short period of time so each individual session will be quick and efficient. If you arrive late and/or you miss your scheduled time, you will need to sign up for a new slot or wait for a slot to open up. 

Print Orders + Procedures

Approximately 1-2 weeks after the sessions, a link will be emailed that will direct you to the Proofing and Ordering site. During this time, you will be able to order prints and purchase digital downloads. Print orders will be available for pick up in 3-4 weeks. Digital files will be available for immediate download via email.

Because I order all of the teams' prints in bulk at one time, I am able to keep costs low and competitive. Therefore, print orders can be placed online for one week only. Once the deadline date has passed, you will no longer be able to order prints. This will be strictly enforced. However, the gallery will remain open for three months and during that time, digital downloads will be available. 

Rest assured, all links and deadline dates will be clearly communicated to you and reminders will be sent.  This is just to make you aware of the procedures ahead of time.

profile of girl swimmer with goggles and swim cap

2018 Price List 


$15.  Collection A - 4 Wallets + (two) 5X7
$20. Collection B - 8
Wallets + (one) 8X10 + (2) 5X7
$20. Collection C - 8
Wallets + (one) 11X14

A La Carte

$10.   (one) 5X7
$10.   (eight) 
Wallets of the same image
$15.   (one) 8X10
$15.  (two) 5X7 of the same image
$25.  (one) 11X14

Full Resolution Digital Downloads

$15.   Single Image
$75.  All images in one Swimmer's Gallery


$10.   Retouching on one image
$50.  Retouching on all images in one Swimmer's gallery
$40.  Sibling Add-On*

*If your child has a sibling or siblings who are not on the team, I am happy to spend a few moment to take some group photos. If you choose to buy prints or digital files of these group photos, I ask that you check the box to include the one-time Sibling Add-On cost of $40. You will be invoiced if you do not make this selection. If all of your kids are on the team and have their own individual photos plus sibling photos, or if you choose to do Buddy photos with other teammates, this fee does not apply.

Prices subject to change.

Buddy Photo