Work with Gari-Ann

1. Pre-Session Consultation

Our first in-person meeting, this is when we discuss your goals for the session, the products you envision for your home, the session location and wardrobe plan. Retainer fee and signed session agreement are due within 7 days to confirm your date on the calendar. Schedule your Pre-Session Consultation by contacting Gari-Ann Kia Photography by email.

2. Portrait Welcome Packet

You will receive a special gift in your mailbox. Our portrait welcome packet is your formal welcome to our studio and includes all the information you need about the session, our products, and shooting for success. Our clients love it! See what else they love about G. Kia Photography by checking out our Sweet Words page.

3. Wardrobe Selection

If you need help with clothing choices, we are happy to consult! Please feel free to email me at with quick phone snaps of clothing options. We recommend working from a palette of 4-5 colors that will work well with your session location and your home decor. If you are interested in a personal stylist, I have a recommendation for you!

4. Portrait Session

Please be ready to go at your session time. Let kids know we will be having a fun time together! We will shoot for approximately one hour and then I will go back to the studio to edit and prep your images for our order session, which takes place in 1-2 weeks at the studio.

5. Measure Walls for Portraits

The week before your order session, I will send you a link to our Studio Product Guide, which has a quick overview of the products that I have available to you. Be sure to measure any walls where you are considering adding portraits. Phone snaps are also great to bring or send over before our order session, which will make planning a breeze.

6. Reveal and Ordering Session

This is the best part! This appointment is when you will see all of your images for the first time and place your order. Our full-service studio always goes the extra mile to ensure your portrait session results in meaningful art for you to enjoy in your home for years to come. Your custom In-Person Reveal and Ordering Session is designed just for you, showcasing your images and helping you pick the products that are most relevant to your life, whether it is framed images for your walls or a beautiful handcrafted album, or something in between. Remember to bring any wall measurements and images to help you with your wall art placement. You will also be able to see our heirloom albums, frames, canvases, and custom cards at this meeting and select the products that are the best fit for your family. Payment for products is due at this meeting.

To be most productive:

  • Be sure all decision makers are present
  • Bring your wall measurements/photos of your walls
  • Keep babies and children home with a caregiver
  • Allow 60-90 minutes of time to devote to selecting your heirlooms
  • We will complete your order during this meeting. The studio accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards.
  • Payment for products is due at this meeting
7. Portraits Ready

In approximately 3-4 weeks, I will call you to give you the great news: everything is ready for pickup. We will make a date for you to come to the studio or for us to deliver your order.

8. Happily Ever After

Your family will happily enjoy art on your walls, keepsake albums and gift portraits for generations to come!