Boutique School Photography Parent Guide

Hi There!

I am so excited to be offering my boutique school photography at St. Mary Mother’s Day Out!

I just know you're going to love these genuine images of your precious little one! This page is designed to give you some helpful information to make your photo experience easy and convenient!

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What makes this photography different?

My goal during my short time with your child is not to force a cheesy smile. I'm looking for natural expressions, which will range from serious and pensive to sweet and silly. The solid black background keeps the focus solely on the child's face and expression.

I actually never tell a child to say cheese!

I will chat and interact with your child during our time together to elicit genuine expressions. For an extra fun time, have your child come prepared with a joke for ME! :)

What should my child wear?

These images are shot chest-up against a solid black backdrop. Tops that are light-colored or bright-colored are best. Please avoid tops that are dark, navy, or black, or ones that have large graphics, logos, or print. And please no neon colors!

Small details at the sleeves, neck, and collar photograph well for these sessions. You can also think about a top that makes your child's eye color pop! Consider allowing your child to select a favorite outfit within these parameters to capture even more of their personality!

For girls wearing bows, because these portraits are often tighter shots, it works best to have small bows or clips on the side of the head rather than large bows on the top of the head.

When will my child be photographed?

Photos are scheduled for the following mornings:

Thursday, May 2

Friday, May 3

Please be on the lookout for the detailed schedule to know your child’s photo day!

When can I expect to see our photos?

Your child's proofs will arrive to your email via a private online gallery within 3 weeks of photo day. You will have 2-5 images in both color and black and white to select from. 

How does ordering work?

After you receive your online gallery, you will have 7 days to place your order. Everything is viewed, ordered, and paid online, so there are no paper order forms to keep up with. You will have the option to purchase prints, canvases, and digital images with printing rights. 

Grandparents and other relatives may also place orders through the digital gallery!

What quality are the prints?

Prints come on professional-quality paper with lustre coating. I am excited to offer families an optional upgrade to a deep matte finish for your prints. This soft texture finish is gorgeous on these prints! Please ask if you'd like to see a sample


One last thing . . .

Your child's privacy is important to me!

I occasionally like to post a sneak peek on social media from my photo day at a particular school or add new kids' photos to my website and marketing materials. If you would be willing to give me permission to include your child's photo (never any names) for these purposes, please complete the following release form. Thank you so much!

Parent's Name
Parent's Name
Child's Name *
Child's Name
Sibling's Name (if applicable)
Sibling's Name (if applicable)
Release *
I hereby grant to Laurie Hatfield and her employees, legal representatives, transferees and assigns, the irrevocable and unrestricted right to use and publish photographs of me and the people listed for editorial, trade, advertising, commercial, publicity, illustration and any other lawful purpose and in any manner and medium; to alter the same without any restriction; and to copyright the same for Photographer's sole and exclusive use and benefit. I hereby release Photographer and her employees, legal representatives, transferees and assigns from any and all claims and/or liability relating to said photographs. I further release Photographer and her employees, legal representatives, transferees and assigns from any and all claims and/or liability relating to all photography sessions.

looking forward to photo day!