The first question Ariana will ask you are what are your hopes and dreams for this session? What is it about your children that you want to remember 20 years from now and HOW do you want to remember it? In an album that can be handed down from generation to generation, in a wall portrait that will make you smile every single day? From there, we will work together to choose a location and wardrobe to achieve that vision.
Once a date is selected, you will be asked to fill out a client questionnaire/agreement and submit your session fee which covers Ariana’s time at the session and acts as a retainer to hold your date.
Ariana has a beautiful natural light studio in the historic Bel-Ans Center of Creative Arts in Orangeburg NY. We can achieve a variety of looks indoors, including a grey, white and pure black background as well as our famous giant vintage windows. Studio sessions are a natural choice for the winter months, but are also a great choice year-round for maternity and for babies and toddlers whose least cranky times may be during mid-day when the light is not ideal for outdoor shooting.
Outdoor sessions take advantage of the incredible natural beauty of Rockland County and surrounding areas. We generally schedule these shoots during the “golden hour” about 1.5 hours before sunset when the light is soft and lovely. This timing may not be ideal for families of young children depending on time of year.
Ariana has several gorgeous go-to locations that she can suggest during the consultation stage. Beach sessions (offered during weekdays in September only) and Cherry blossom sessions (offered in the early spring) are highly coveted so book early to ensure your spot!
Expect to have fun, be silly, giggle and just be yourselves and let your children’s personalities shine through. Ariana will give you gentle prompts and direction to elicit genuine emotion and interaction.
We may dance, jump, scream, tell secrets and jokes – the goal is to capture your families genuine personality. No one will be told to sit still and say cheese!
During the ordering appointment you will view a slideshow of all the image set to music and Ariana will be there to answer any questions you may have throughout the selection process.
You will be able to touch and feel the products as well as see realistic mockups of what the images will look like on the walls of your very own home using the unique software that Ariana developed just for that purpose! This is an incredible opportunity to decorate the home you love with images of the people you love most in the world. Ariana is an industry leader in the area of photographic wall design and she loves nothing more than to help you choose the perfect portrait(s) to fit in your space.