Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December Living Social Deal

First of all, we want to say thank-you to those of you who purchased your Living Social deal! Don’t you just love Living Social? We do and we are looking forward in having a lot of fun capturing beautiful portraits of your children,  pets,  loved ones and of course, you!!

Family Affair Photography

Let’s see if we can answer a few of your questions here.  Added are a few photographs from past sessions for your added viewing pleasure.

Q: Why should we select the Family Affair Photography voucher?
Admittedly there are a TON of photographers out there and when you select a photographer you want to make sure their style fits what you are looking for.   If you are looking for high contrast photographs, you are looking at the wrong photographer. However, if you are looking for photographs that will stand the test of time, here we are!
We started our business with wedding photography 8 years ago along with engagement sessions. At the time we really didn’t do any other type of portrait sessions. However, the couples eventually wanted maternity, family photos, etc. and we realized we needed to do more than weddings!


Q: What is the special? (for those who follow us on Facebook or through the blog and didn’t see the Living Social Ad)
We have our hour portrait session, which normally costs $150.00 for $49.00! What savings! This is the time to pre-pay for your portrait session and use later this year or give as a last minute Christmas gift! Below are the details straight from the Living Social site: $49 gets you an hour-long on-location portrait session, a DVD with selected images for digital sharing, a password-protected online gallery for easy sharing or ordering of  prints, one 8x10, two 5x7 prints.


Q: Who will be doing the photography?
A: For portraits, it’s generally Monica (who is admittedly greedy with the camera) that will be doing the photography. However, if Sonny is available he tags along and will assist me with lighting and he often has his own creative ideas for the portraits. So, the shooting gets shared during the session.  We also have Randy at our studio or in Olympia doing family portraits, he’s helped out quite a  bit in the past on days when we had weddings or were unable to meet past Living Social customers schedule needs.


Q: What can we expect from the shoot?
A: We are very down to earth and casual. If you haven’t had portraits in a while it might feel a little weird because you probably don't usually have paparazzi following you around snapping cameras, but we promise to be on our best behavior and soon the weirdness wears off and before you know it, your having fun in front of the camera …. Really!  It's fun.


Q: How far in advance should I book my session?                                                                          
A:  We recommend you call and book your session at least TWO weeks ahead of time, or earlier if at all possible.   With our past Living Social specials, weekends became very difficult to book when the weather became nice.  We don’t want you missing out an a date you wanted because it’s already booked out.


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Q: Where can we see most recent samples of your work?
A: Here on our blog is the best place or on our Facebook page where we post a new photo on a daily basis.  Just go and like us .… you know you want too!

On the blog, if you scroll to the top of this blog entry, just under our title/header is a tabs bar with different types of sessions: babies, engagements, families, seniors and weddings. If you click on our header, it will show you everything posted in our blog.
If you click on the specialized tabs, it will take you to blog entries (photographs) dealing with that particular subject.

Q: Where are you located?
A:  Our studio is located inside Sanford & Sons, we have two addresses, a mailing address; 743 Broadway or our direct entrance at 746 Commerce St which is across the street from the last stop on the Tacoma Link Light Rail (Theater District).
** If you come to the studio, remember to feed the parking meter, on Saturday $1.50 gives you all day and Sundays are free.
After the photo session, you’ll want to check out some of the unique shops inside the middle floors of Sanford & Sons or even grab a bite to eat from DiLoreto’s CafĂ© (who shares the same entrance as our studio).


Q: Is this special only good for family portraits?
A: No, this special is great for any type of portrait session. It’s perfect for engagements, seniors, pets, children and family portraits, pre-deployment, homecoming, etc.. This is a great opportunity to update those portraits on the walls!

While the vouchers could be used for newborn or boudoir sessions – those typically require two hours by nature and need a dedicated space that would have to be considered before purchase.  You can use the one hour voucher as partial payment on those sessions.

Also, with boudoir there are additional expenses, hair and makeup that are NOT included.  We can use the voucher for a ‘mini’ 1 hour boudoir session if you so desire.  Contact us for details.

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Q: Will you travel for a session?
A: Yes, included in this price is travel up to 20 miles from our location (98402 zip). Anything further is $10 for every 10 miles from Tacoma. (due the day of your shoot).



Q: I see you include prints in this price. What if we want to buy more?
A: You can order additional prints from our gallery, which will remain open for 1 year.


Q: Will my aunt in Spain be able to order prints from the gallery?
A: From my understanding, anyone, anywhere can order photographs from the gallery. Not only prints, there are other fun photo products available in the gallery such as canvas wraps, standouts, etc.. The gallery remains open and available for ordering prints for one year.


Q: I see the DVD is for selected images, how many are selected and can we make prints from the DVD?The CD/DVD will have the images you select for your prints from the gallery.  With the disc you will be able to make as many additional prints as you like.  If after viewing all the images in the gallery and you find that you can’t make up your mind, you can upgrade to our top portrait package (normally $300.00) which provides you all the images seen in the gallery on a full resolution DVD with printing rights for $75.00 + tax.


Q: I would like to use these for a modeling Portfolio. Is that okay?
A: Yes, totally okay! If you are an aspiring model, or your children model, this is a great way to update your portfolio. I'm okay with this type of session!


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Q: We would like to use this deal to shoot a large family photo. We have three families which we would like to combine into one group photo. Is this okay?
A: Unfortunately, no, this is not okay. One family per Coupon. BUT, it’s totally acceptable for each family to purchases a coupon, and you would like to all shoot on the same day, I will include the Photographs from the Large family into one Gallery, so that everyone has the option of ordering prints from the entire session.


Q: Can we use the voucher for a wedding, party, Quinceanera, Bar/Bat Mitzvah?
No, this voucher is designed for portrait sessions. However, if you are planning a wedding or any other event, we do have some awesome wedding packages and you can always check out our monthly specials.

Q: Will you Photoshop the images so I look 10 years younger or 10 pounds thinner?
We always strive to photograph in the best possible light and from the most flattering angles, where possible, and we will hide pimples and other transitory afflictions, but scars, wrinkles, skin, hair... these are who you are. However, we have no problem however acting goofy to make people look at least 10% happier.


Q: What is your rescheduling policy?
A: We require 48 hours to reschedule a shoot. You can call us or shoot us an e-mail to cancel and reschedule your appointment. If you cancel without 48 hours notice there will be a $30 reschedule fee. This is because that time will be blocked out and we will be standing there missing you, probably just taking pictures of each other. And another Living Social customer will be losing out on the opportunity to have that time slot. If it rains or snows there will be no fee to reschedule.



Q: What is the best way to contact you?
A: We can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at 253-970-5689. Due to the expected volume please leave your name, number and a brief message and we will return your call. Please speak clearly and slowly when leaving a phone message.

Thank-you for choosing Family Affair Photography, we can’t wait to work with you!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Ashley & Son

What a FUN, FUN, FUN shoot this was for us!  We first met Ashley several years ago when she graduated from high school and then we saw her later as we photographed her little sister’s senior portraits.  Ashley had come along to help her sister, Alexis.  And now we get to photographer  her again with her HAPPY son.  Every time I look at him I can’t help but smiling.  His big natural smiles are infectious!  What a joyous little guy. =)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Laurie’s Five ~ Family Portraits

Laurie had called us about getting some family portraits before they moved out of state, she wanted a lot of the NW lush greenery for the portraits.  We had a full crew to photograph, five children, each with their own agenda!  Despite each of them having their own ideas of what they wanted to do and none of it involved getting their portraits taken we had a fun afternoon with them.  Everything was turned into a game in order to get some portraits completed for mom.
We wish them much happiness and may they make lots of new friends at their new home.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Elsie & Ken ~ Engagement Portraits

Elsie & Ken came to us for their engagement session portraits, we met at Wapato Park in Tacoma for their session.  Their wedding will be taking place out of state and have recently moved to WA for jobs.  We hope they are enjoying their new home in WA and wish them much happiness. 

For other couples, (who don’t have a wedding photographer yet) we do travel out of state for minimal fees.  Plus, if you are from WA, you know where to find us and get your photos! =)

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Capitol Bridal Portraits

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The first time we met Hannah was with our photography group for this bridal portrait session.  Her husband Levi joined us for a short bit before letting his wife finish some solo portraits.  The purpose of this session was to give some of the photographers in our group the experience of shooting a bride with her white dress.

The object of this photo session was not only to give Hannah & Levi some wedding portraits but, also to give photographers the opportunity to learn how to photograph wedding portraits and for these aspiring photographers a chance to gain experience before attempting to photograph a real wedding.

What a bride can learn from these sessions that we have done with the photographers, if you give your photographer the time you will be assured of beautiful wedding day images!  We are always happy to sit down with a couple to work a time-line that gives you the most value for your money spent.

After this session Hannah did a TTD (trash the dress) session with us (Sonny, myself and another photographer)  and then we also photographed their anniversary session.  You can find her TTD session here:  Rock/Trash the Dress?   And their incredibly fun anniversary portrait session here; Colorful Anniversary!  Thank-you Hannah for giving us the opportunity to do those sessions, all were so much fun.

The beautiful floral arrangement provided by Julia's Floral, Thank-you Julia for working with us on color and design, it was perfection!