families + kids

Family & Kids Session information:


All sessions are by appointment, and I am usually booked 3-5 weeks in advance, often further in the late summer & fall. The session fee is due when booking, and can be paid by credit card, cash or check. I typically allow 1-2 hours for your session, giving your child(ren) time to become comfortable with me and my camera. Please remember that the session should be enjoyable! So relax, breathe, and don’t coach your child to “say cheese” or to “smile for the camera.” Newborn sessions can be done in the hospital or in your home. I have photographed children and families for over fifteen years and have experience finding great locations in any home, and you do not need to clean or worry about your house! We can also do older children and family sessions in a local park, outdoor area or your own backyard. I have many great locations I have used, if you need suggestions.

Please make sure your child is well rested, well fed and has a clean face for our session. Sessions that need to be stopped and rescheduled due to a sick or overtired child will incur an additional fee. If you need to reschedule due to illness, please call ASAP.
As far as what to wear; a good general rule is to go with whatever your child feels comfortable in. Please avoid logos or characters on clothing, large hairbows or stiff formal clothing.
For families, wearing similar tones, but not exactly ‘matching’ clothing works best. If you have questions on appropriate clothing for your custom portraits, please ask in advance and I will be happy to offer suggestions.
I live in Minneapolis, and am available to most of the Twin Cities Metro Area, and travel by request. Sessions scheduled in excess of 25 miles round trip, from my home, will incur mileage costs of .55 per additional mile.


$225 weekdays, $275 Saturday, $350 Sunday
Session fee covers one session of about 1-2 hours, for one child or siblings & parents up to five people. Session fee also includes minor retouching and all proofing of images for presentation of digital gallery. Prints are priced separately.


Print Pricing:
Prints begin at $29 for 4×6, $30 for 5x7, $48 for 8x10 and larger sizes are available as well. After the session fee is paid, there is no minimum purchase required; however, most clients typically spend between $900-$1800. Full pricing is available via email, by request.

About a week or two after your session, your portraits will be available in a private online gallery which will showcase only the best images from your session. I will email or call to let you know that your photos are ready, and how to place your order. I accept cash, checks, or credit cards for orders, and sales tax will be added to all orders. Please allow a minimum of two weeks for your final portrait order to arrive, and up to 3 weeks for custom collages or cards, and during the busy holiday season. All ordered images will be archived and saved for a minimum of 90 days, should you need to reorder. Unordered images will be not be retained. In certain instances galleries and print orders can be rushed if you have a deadline and needyour prints earlier.

Mary Hanson