Client Guides

January 29, 2021

The Custom Portrait Experience | Northern Virginia Fine Art Photographer

Virginia Fine Art Photographer | Our Custom Experience

As an artist, I approach each session with a unique perspective.  No two portrait sessions are the same. Your final images should reflect both you, as people, but also your story – whether you’re looking for couples photos or family photos with little ones! Cookie-cutter poses and standard sessions are not how I roll, because I want your photos to feel like you.

It’s why I build in time to really get to know each other before the session – to be honest, before you even book a session. I also take time to strengthen that relationship after the session. Why? It allows you to see the edited photos before choosing a collection, ask me any questions you have and finalize album and wall art all at once. I only offer top quality, handcrafted heirlooms and prints because I believe your memory deserves that level of attention. Each one is a completely custom piece unique to your family. And I’m honored to be the one to create it with you!

I know professional photography, especially film photography, is an investment. So I’ve created an experience tailored to your story so you can get the most out of it. Here’s a bird’s eye view of how it works!

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Step One: Inquire

First, inquire for a pricing guide – you can easily do so here! I’ll email it to you ASAP with all the details. If it’s the right fit, you’ll simply sign a contract and pay the non-refundable session fee to book.

Step Two: Planning the Session

Once you book, we’ll work together on finalizing our session location and wardrobe. All signature portrait sessions get complimentary access to our client closet of dresses so you don’t have to worry about what to wear. I also offer styling advice for everyone else in the family.

Step Three: The Session

My storytelling style and gentle posing guidance allows you to relax and soak it all in. Enjoy the moments together!


Step Four: Choose Your Collection

Once the photos are edited, you’ll get to view them – the best part! At this time, you’ll choose a collection to complete the experience. Digital images and a personal print release are included in all collections. I also offer beautiful handcrafted heirloom albums, custom framed prints, and other keepsakes. So you can relax and enjoy the experience without worrying what to print or how to print your favorite photos!

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Ready to get started? Send me a note!! I can’t wait to get to know you.

Emily Alyssa Photography is based in Fairfax, Virginia and serves Northern Virginia, DC, Maryland and is available for destination sessions.




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