About Your Portrait Session

For information regarding Senior Portrait Sessions, please click HERE.


Please schedule your session as far in advance as possible. Sessios take place on Saturdays or Sundays only. For maternity sessions, the late 2nd trimester and early third trimester are ideal. For newborn sessions, the first 1 - 2 weeks of life are ideal (to ensure availability, please schedule prior to the baby's birth). Please note that sessions may need to be rescheduled due to lighting or weather issues.


Photography sessions are on-location using natural light (up to 4 people). Sessions generally take place in the Santa Clarita Valley (locations requiring travel beyond 15 miles from my home zip code of 91354 will require an additional $30 per 15 mile increment). I am happy to provide a list of great locations, however I am open to client suggestions, whether it be a park, urban area, or even the client's home.


Sessions last up to 2 hours. Natural light sessions are generally scheduled in the morning or early evening hours.


Clothing should be geared toward drawing attention to the face, not away from it, although a splash of color or pattern on an accessory (hat, scarf, etc.) will help to show personality and add interest, but not in an overpowering way. It is best to avoid logos, decals, and stripes. WEARING WHITE IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

For families, clothing should be complimentary, but MATCHING is not recommended. Try choosing one pattern or color and mixing it in to everyone's wardrobe in a different and muted way.

Feel free to bring up to two additional changes of clothes, especially for children, for a variety of fun shots. For adults, please note that I cannot guarantee a changing facility, so please plan accordingly.


I do bring several small props and toys to each session, however your props are often the best to show your personality or your child's personality.


Each photograph, both in proof and final form, will be hand-edited / retouched. I have a professional background in graphic design, affording me the ability to use advanced methods to retouch your photos. Scratches, rashes, blemishes, and uneven skin are easily fixed. Minor adjustments can also be made at the client's request (i.e. black and white, sepia, etc.). Click HERE for samples.

Within 2 - 3 weeks following your session, you will receive a password to access your sharable online proof gallery via the Client Proofing section of this website. Your online proof gallery will contain 15 - 20 retouched images, as well as both a la carte and package purchasing options. Your online proof gallery will be accessible for 2 weeks from the date your receive your password.

Print and product photos and descriptions can be found here on this site on the PRODUCTS tab.

Please note that I retain the copyright to each image. Print and/or web publishing rights are granted when you purchase your images on a CD. All sessions require a contract and model release forms to be signed prior to the session.

Other questions? Feel free to email me: cristen@cristenfarrellphotography.com