What is the Portrait Process like?

The entire portrait process takes place in different meetings,...the pre-consultation, session, and ordering appointment.


At this time we will meet to get to know one another and to make sure we are the right fit for your needs. We will discuss your goals for the session, your personal taste and style, location, props, and what to wear. Tell us your vision and we will add in our creativity to make it come to life. It's important to know this so that we can create art that is true to who you are, your style and is well designed for display in your home. It's never to early to start thinking about what you want to do with your photographs. Most people choose wall art to display their portraits but it may also be an album, or digital files. It's really up to you, how you want to preserve your family legacy.


Newborn sessions are done in studio so that the temperature and lighting can be well controlled, no matter the weather. The session includes Kim's detailed time, attention and access to props, blankets, hats and backdrops. If you have a special item that you would like to include, please bring it. Children's sessions are also done in studio or they may be done on-location in the McAllen area. You may choose the location or we may recommend one.


About 2 weeks after your session we will meet in studio where you will view a short slideshow showcasing your portraits. You'll get to see your images projected larger than life! We will help you sort images and provide our professional opinion on what would look best for your home. If you're not sure how an image will look on your walls, that's ok, we have specialized software that will show just how it will look before you order. All you need to do is take a picture (with any digital camera) of the room your thinking of hanging a wall portrait on and we'll plug it into our program and let you see just how it will look before it's printed. Please see the wall design guide for steps on how to do this.