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what to expect

You should know that I'm a laid back person and so are my sessions. A photo session with me will be a chance for you and your family to giggle, give hugs and create lasting memories together. I will simply be there to document them. So easy, right? Let's do this!

When you send an email inquiry, we'll chat back and forth about a few things. Then, if I'm the right photographer for you, a collection and session date can be chosen.


Booking with me is easy. After the date and time are confirmed, I'll send you a link to an online contract, including a payment request for part of the session fee. I'll pencil you in for up to one week before completing the contract and retainer. When the contract is signed and fee is paid, the spot you requested will be secured. The rest of the session fee isn't due until the day of your session. *If a week goes by and I don't hear from you, the contract link could expire, I will assume you changed your mind and the date could go to the next person.


Before your session, I ask that your family has a meal, or a large snack, so everyone's happy! A possible late nap may be in order for the little ones, if it's summertime, since I shoot close to sunset.

During your session, we'll have fun, everything will be laid back and we'll get some great shots! A photo session with me is nothing you need to be nervous about and I'll strive for everything to go smoothly.

Holly Butler is a Hampton Roads portrait photographer, based in Poquoson, Va

I have props (mainly blankets and quilts), if you'd like and I have ideas, but I also encourage you to bring props and ideas you want to use! If your kids don't like to smile, I'll make the best of the adorable, in-between moments. Depending on how everyone is positioned and a few other technical things, I can try to use my photoshop, head swapping skills in post processing, to try and get at least one perfectly posed, smiling shot.

Holly Butler is a Hampton Roads portrait photographer, based in Poquoson, Va

After your session, I sort through all of your images, pick the best from the duplicates and push aside any that are blurry, awkward or unflattering. Then, I edit each final image, by cropping, adjusting color, retouching and taking out background distractions. Lastly, I carefully convert all edited images to black and white, so you'll have both versions in your gallery.


Editing can take up to 2 weeks, but it usually doesn't take that long. It all depends on the size of your session collection, the size of my workload and whether my daughter is in school, or on break. Click here to see what kind of editing is included and more editing info!


After the editing is done, your gallery will be ready for you to review online. All of your session's edited images will be in a private viewing gallery, ready for you to download. Professional prints and more can be purchased separately through your gallery. 

On location portrait photographer, based in Poquoson, Va 


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