LIFESTYLE SCHOOL PORTRAITS - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


 
Lifestyle School Portraits | Melissa Soto Photography MN

WHAT ARE LIFESTYLE SCHOOL PORTRAITS?

Lifestyle School Portraits are a modern approach to school photos. No more cheesy smiles with strange backgrounds. Lifestyle School Portraits is custom, candid, and genuine moments captured of your students done in a studio like setting. Your photos will be simple and classic with a black background. Instead of forcing a cheesy grin, the children will be encouraged to be themselves and will never be forced to smile. No awkward poses or faces, just the authentic child, on the day. The results are genuine and timeless portraits that are far from the traditional photos we have become accustomed to with bright flashes and unflattering, busy backgrounds. I provide a light and fun experience for your students and take pride in providing an environment where the kids can relax and be themselves, naturally

WHAT HAPPENS ON PHOTO DAY?

I make the portrait process as simple as possible for schools. I provide all equipment needed on photo day, and work in coordination with the school's preferred schedule to capture all the students' portraits as efficiently as possible.

I work with each child individually to capture them in a candid and authentic way.  I never force a poses, but rather provide a relaxed environment in order to focus on each child, in that moment. The results are genuine and timeless portraits that most people wouldn't associate with a traditional "school picture."  I know the importance of every minute of class time, so I work quickly to get kids back to class and back to learning - each child’s portrait takes between 1-2 minutes.

While at the school, I am happy to provide any additional services, to include staff photos, class photos, or sibling photos.  If there's something specific you're looking for, just ask!


WHAT ABOUT PRIVACY?

Each school is provided with a hidden and password-protected online ordering page with individual galleries for each class at the school.  If this level of protection isn't sufficient, families may opt-in to an additional password for their specific gallery.

ARE THESE IMAGES EXPENSIVE?

Nope! Because I am a small, local business, I am able to offer products comparable to national chains and large corporations. There is never any charge to the school for portraits, and families order products and prints directly from a private, online gallery. I offer prints and digital downloads - a variety of options to fit everyone's needs. Please CLICK HERE and select School Price List from the drop down menu to request a current price list.

DO YOU WORK WITH HOMESCHOOL GROUPS, DAYCARES, CLUBS?

Of course! We serve Preschools, K-12, Private Schools, Montessori Schools, and Homeschool Groups. Have a unique group of students you would like to have photographed? Those too! We work with directors, teachers, administrative staff, and PTA members or anyone else you choose to ensure the best for your school picture day. We can accommodate any size of school and have worked with children of all ages and developmental stages. I work with small and large groups (anywhere from 25 to over 1000 children), at all school-age groups, from 0 to 18.  If you think Lifestyle School Portraits are a good fit for your group, please reach out to chat!

Lifestyle School Portraits | Melissa Soto Photography MN

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HOW DOES ORDERING WORK?

I host password-protected online ordering galleries for ease of ordering and communication with families. Each child will be provided 2-6 images, presented in both color and black and white. Families may chose which photos they want printed, and are offered the option to purchase digital images for future printing and archiving. Detailed instructions for ordering procedures will be provided, and should be distributed to families by the school. At all times, I handle all customer service questions and needs, saving schools precious time and resources.

Ordering windows last between 10 and 14 days, and any prints ordered online will be delivered directy to the school in organized, ready-to-distribute packaging.

SCHOOL FUNDRAISING - GIVING BACK PROGRAM

We believe in education and know that our future is taught by the dedicated and selfless teachers and professionals that serve our kids each and every day. We can’t thank you enough for everything you do in the classroom to help our kids succeed. We give 10% of our profits back to your school for fundraising. We believe in education and that’s why it’s important to give back to our schools!

Questions? Ready to book your school? Click the link below to get in contact with me today!