Family Portraits Investment Guide

Welcome! I’m so excited to capture your world!

About Me

Most days you can find me jamming out to new tunes in my home office, dancing in my chair, and sitting cross legged with my shoes kicked off. I am a woman who always has her bags packed, a storyteller, a lover of fashion, a wannabee singer, a fruity drink fanatic, and a fan of being bare-foot. We only have one life, I believe in making it count, being true to myself, staying level headed in moments of panic, and always being ready to kick back in the sand. I love dogs, sea turtles, and elephants, eating avocados and mac n cheese, and watching ice hockey and Clemson football.

My photography style is light-filled, joyful, and genuine. I will do anything to make you laugh and I promise to make you feel comfortable. I make it simple for you, keep it light, and focus on the adorable candid moments that naturally occur amongst a family. Years down the road, I want you to look back at your photographs and have all those memories of proud moments and joyful times! I focus on showcasing your family dynamics in the best and most authentic way possible so you have amazing photographs that truly scream “This is Home. This is Us.”

Arlington VA Wedding Photographer, Nikki Schell Photography


Collection I

Web Resolution Images
Print Resolution Images
Online Gallery of Images
Printing Rights
50 Images

These sessions are necessary for large/extended families. This timing is also recommended for maternity sessions, small families, or families with older children who want more images or an outfit change. These sessions usually last about an 1 hour.


Collection II

Web Resolution Images
Print Resolution Images
Online Gallery of Images
Printing Rights
25 Images

These sessions are great for pretty much anyone looking to document a special time in their life. I recommended this especially for families with small children. As you know, kiddos have a very short attention span, so I find that after about 25 good photos, most of them check out and want to just run around and play or take a nap! However, this session option works for maternity sessions and immediate families with older children. These sessions usually last 30-45 minutes.


Special Sessions

In Home Sessions – Cozy sessions in your comfort zone.
Beach Sessions – Limited availability throughout the summer in the Ocean City, MD – Rehoboth, DE areas.
Mini Sessions – Seasonal availability
Multi-Location Immediate Family – Up to 3 hours together ($1500).

More Information

Image Delivery

Your images will be sent as downloadable digital files in an online gallery. This gallery will allow you to print, save, and share the images from your session very easily! The images can be downloaded as web sized images or print sized images. The images will not have a watermark or logo on them, however, when posting on social media, I always appreciate receiving credit! It will take on average 3 weeks to receive your gallery!

If you are interested in professional prints or products, you can order high quality professional prints/frames/canvases through the online gallery and order albums directly through me!

Every image you receive will be edited in my unique style. This includes color-correction, exposure adjustment, selective black and white processing, clarity adjustments, tone mapping, and other corrections such as removing a pimple or stray hair. Be sure to check out my galleries to get a feel for my editing style. I do not deliver all of the images I shoot; I eliminate duplicate images, test-shots, out-of-focus shots, shots with unflattering expressions, and other images that may dilute the overall product quality.

Print Releases and Professional Products

While a print release is included in all portrait packages, I strongly advise my clients to order products (prints, canvases, and albums) through my professional lab. This ensures top-notch product quality that mainstream printing vendors cannot create. Album design is a specialty of mine! I design my clients' albums to tell the story of their relationship, preserving all the special moments, in what will be an heirloom for many years to come.

If you’re interested in printing and creating your own products, all packages come with a print release. A print release means the named clients have rights to print the images for personal use. They can print the images as many times as they want, post them on social media, and send images to their friends and family. A print release does not give clients rights to alter/edit the images (#nofilter) or use the images for a profit. I do not sell the copyright for my images.

What happens if there is bad weather?

The weather is a tough one!

However, if it's going to be over 90 degrees out, we typically reschedule unless you're comfortable with it (sweaty pics, never fun). If it's going to be under 30 degrees and we're shooting outside, we typically reschedule unless you're comfortable with it (freezing cold = running noses and red faces).

When it comes to rain, I do ask for flexibility and understanding on your part that I don't control the weather.

If your session is in the morning, and the forecast has over a 70% chance of rain, the evening beforehand we chat and plan to reschedule (so you and I don't have to wake up). If your session is in the morning and the forecast has less than a 70% chance of rain, we wait til the morning to make a decision (trust, I've had absolutely beautiful weather when it's told me there was a 50% chance of rain).

If your session is in the evening, we generally wait until the day of the session to decide whether to proceed or not.

And finally, if we do have to reschedule, the reschedule date must be within 3 months of the originally scheduled session (ie: the original date is June 10, reschedule date must be before September 10 / original date of November 15, reschedule must be before February 15).

How to Book

All dates are available on a first come, first serve basis. Dates will be reserved by submitting a completed contract and a non-refundable 50% retainer. I am always available to field questions via email, phone, video chat, or in person! I can’t wait to work with you to make your photo session everything you’ve ever imagined!

Thank you!

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