Ellie Belle Photography | The Portrait Experience

The Portrait Experience

Pre-Session Consultation

This is where the excitement starts! Come to our studio and see what we are all about. For those clients wishing to invest in wall art for their home or an heirloom album for their children, at the complimentary consultation we get to sit back, relax and talk about what we can do to create the ideal session for you.

We want to know everything about you, your kids, your family, your house, your style – EVERYTHING! We will talk about clothes, and we would love to see images of your home so we can talk about certain wall spaces and plan for something that fits you.

When your session day arrives, we’ll have a plan so everything goes smoothly–which means LESS stress for you. It’s a chance for you to come meet us and see what we offer. Portraits are not just about an image on the wall anymore. From albums, books, cards and personalized canvas, storyboards and more…. photography has made leaps and bounds when it comes to product design. We focus  on customizing a special piece specifically for your home and surround the portrait experience around just that, an amazing experience that results in a beautiful and unique product. We pride ourselves on exceptional customer service and a commitment to each family’s relationship and the creation of unique art for their home.

At your complimentary consultation we will get to know you and you us. Great portraits begin with a great relationship. Tell us about your home and your vision and we’ll add in our creativity to make it happen.


Sessions At The Studio

Studio sessions take place in our studio located in downtown Olympia.  The session fee includes up to four hours of my time and talent with unlimited backdrops and clothing changes, depending on the session type. With children, I typically work with them until I feel they have had “enough.” Kids can burn out and I will not push them for more images beyond what they are willing to give. I want them to enjoy their session and love the experience! In the studio, I work with controlled lighting. The studio offers a fun and relaxed environment where we create a look that is timeless and sophisticated no matter what the weather.  We have lots of time during the session so we encourage you to bring a few different clothing options so we can ensure your proofs have lots of variety. Feel free to bring along a toy/keepsake special to your child. There is nothing like your child’s thread-bare stuffed animal to make the portrait as individual and unique as your baby.


Sessions On-Location

On-location sessions can take place in your home or in any of South Puget Sound’s outdoor places. Home is where your children are growing up, and creating professional portraits there gives the images a unique and natural quality. Natural light is gorgeous and I typically shoot these sessions right before sunset for the best quality of light.  Natural light, on-location sessions in your home are so much fun. It’s not about posed shots and formal portraits.  It’s about capturing you … your family … today. It incorporates the things that surround you everyday. The result is images that become heirlooms, and memories that mean the world to you. When I arrive at your home, I will make suggestions to achieve what I artistically believe will make for the best images. I’ll wander around looking for the best light.  Sometimes, I’ll even want to move the furniture to get the most out of the light. 

If you choose one of Puget Sound’s scenic areas, keep in mind the style of your home when considering a location. Grassy fields and creeks are timeless and classic, but downtown can be just as fun and often these sessions have an edgier/retro feel. You can expect to spend up to two hours shooting your session. I like to take my time getting to know you and your children. They need to be comfortable enough with me to allow me to follow them with a camera. I will guide you and your children, and ask you to do certain things when I need it for a shot. My goal is to deeply connect with who you are, and that means getting to know you and learning what makes your family special.


Viewing & Ordering

You will get to see your images in a slide show set to music during your Ordering Appointment 2-3 weeks after your session. I will help you with all of your final decisions on images and products that we have custom designed just for you. And remember those snapshots of your home you sent me? I can show you what your images will look like right on YOUR wall!  This is one of the best parts – so please feel free to bring as many people as you would like. But don’t worry!  If family lives out of town, a gallery of your purchased images can be posted online for them to view following the ordering appointment.

Can I bring my kids to the ordering appointment?

Of course you can! Children are welcome, BUT if you would like a chance to relax and concentrate on the beautiful images and products that we will creating for you, then you might want to arrange childcare.  Or we can schedule your appointment when your children are in school.

What if I only want a few small prints

What I am is a full service, high quality studio. I  spends an unlimited amount of time on your session from photography to post processing, and then provide you with the highest quality images to choose from. If you want gift prints only, I  offer digital files with print releases that will allow you to purchase prints from your gallery or through a local lab.

What kind of investment do most families make?

Most of my clients invest anywhere from $450 to $2000.
Remember : everyone’s needs are different – some spend a little more and some spend a little less.

When do I get to bring everything home?

Quality takes time, so please allow 4-6 weeks from your order date for completion of your order. Custom designed albums and orders with framing will take longer. But I promise, it’s worth the wait!