Friday, January 20, 2012

Good Morning Sunshine!


I usually do my photo shoots in the late afternoon as the sun whispers a warm farewell to the day. 


Today, I got to spend the morning with an adorable 4 year old as the sun filled the sky with yellow noise.


What a great way to start the day!


Kate’s personality is as bright as the colors the morning had to offer.






















If she is looking a little familiar, this is my 4th time to take her photos!   I think I could count her as one of my children now, no?

She has grown up so much since that pudgy foot, no teeth stage.  Now she is full of words and songs and SPUNK.  I nearly died when she sang me the abc song.

She must keep her family in stitches.


Love you little girl.


PS  Her mommy makes the cutest, yummiest cupcakes.  She does custom orders.  Will post a link soon!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Prices and fine print

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.  I hear you screaming, so what will it be?


Single Scoop



  • 1 hour session at a location of your choice
  • Post processing of your images
  • 20 high-resolution jpeg images on disc with permission to print


Double Scoop



  • 1 hour session at location of your choice
  • Post processing of your images
  • 30-40 high-resolution jpeg images on disc with permission to print
  • Prints:

One 11x14 print on Fine Art Metallic Paper

Two 8x10 or 8x12 prints


Triple Scoop



  • 1 hour session at location of your choice
  • Post processing of your images
  • Full session CD with most of the high-resolution jpeg images from photo shoot with permission to print
  • Prints:

One 16x20 print on Fine Art Metallic Paper

One 11x14 print

Two 8x10 or 8x12 prints


Note: There is a $100 non-refundable scheduling deposit. It will be deducted from the price of the photo shoot. It will cover one rescheduling occurrence, which if it occurs between Oct-Dec, may have to be postponed until after the new year as my dates are usually all booked during those months. Once I receive payment I will lock in your date.


Remainder of payment is due at time of session.  Cash or check accepted.


A few notes on types of sessions--

Babies up to age 18 months:

Newborns are best shot within the first 10 days.

Photo shoots with older infants are much more successful when they have just learned to sit up and cannot escape! All other ages are still fun to shoot--we wouldn't want to forget first tooth, first giggle, first food, first step, first shiner etc.



Children may have changes of clothes as long as they are happy and willing!  Though, pouty grouchy faces are quite endearing as well.



Changes of clothes or accessories are great (but be aware, depending on location, your changing room might be your car!). If you wish, bring props or items that might express who you are or if a place like an ice cream shop is who you are, let’s go there!



This is for immediate family only, but could include Grandparents.  Please add $15 extra per person if your group is larger then 6 people.


School Portraits

These mini sessions are seasonal.  Watch for them to be announced on my Facebook page as well as on this site.


Head Shots:

Great for professional, social and personal needs.  $45 mini session includes 10-15 min out door photo shoot, several poses, private online album, your choice of 3 high resolution images sent by email, and print permission to develop where you choose.   Bring a friend and get a $5 discount.


Graduating Seniors :

We can do up to 2 locations if they are near each other. Multiple changes of clothes, jewelry, sports stuff etc. ok!



"Pet only" sessions can be done outdoors or in your home—or both. 


Pets with group:

Add $15 per pet. Please bring a person or means to occupy them when they are not in the shoot.



More photos from the session are often available at a cost of $30 per 5 high-resolution jpeg images.


$30 Proud Grandparent Copy. This is a copy with the same images you have chosen for yourself.  Clients have print permission ONLY and are not allowed to make copies of the CD. Additional copies of your photo shoot make great gifts for Proud Grandparents/Aunts/Uncles/Friends etc.


Location:  If you look on the bottom of this page, you will see a label column on the left hand side.  These are a sample of some of the locations I have done photo shoots at.   Some locations charge a fee.   If you know of or have connections with another location or even a place that is special to you, let’s CHAT!  Don’t forget your home.  If you have great light in your home, a familiar place can produce some very relaxed and memorable images.  Lifestyle sessions are amazing.

Travel fees apply if location is outside of Mesa/Chandler/Gilbert.  Contact me for details.


Props. Yes, yes and yes! Skateboards, sports equipment, toy, balloons, giant sucker, motorcycle, old car, ice cream cone, cool couch or chair are all OK to bring. Let me know a head of time so I can get my brain going.


 What to wear: Wear what is comfortable! If that means t-shirts, jeans and flip flops then do it. I do, however, have a few recommendations and don'ts. My camera loves color. If you really want to all wear white or black, throw in some color with accessories. Don’t be afraid of plaids and stripes. Layers are a great way of adding style, color and quick wardrobe changes. We most likely will be up and down on the ground, so keep that in mind.

Now, for a few don’ts—please don’t wear items with large logos or wording. It can be distracting. Ladies and little girls, please don’t ignore your fingernails. Chipped polish can be distracting and very time consuming to edit out. Everyone, please NO gum chewing. I know I sound like a teacher, but I don’t care how talented you think you are, you simply can’t hide it for long!


The Session:

Typically, a session lasts about 60-90 minutes depending on light, if you are doing silhouettes and the happiness factor of the subjects. If you would like silhouette shots, let me know so we can make the necessary arrangements.

Outdoor sessions generally take place around sunrise or the “golden” hour before sunset.

I do not expect perfectly behaved children and overly talkative teenagers.  I do expect you to breathe.  All the hard work of deciding location,  wardrobe and eye shadow shade is done. 

I do not expect everyone to look and smile at the camera every shot.  Is that real life?  Or is there a little teasing, tickling or a tantrum now and then?  Relax and enjoy each other, it really comes thru.  For realz!

Don’t be afraid to give me your ideas and also don’t be afraid if  wonderful moments just “happen.”

And then you go out for ice cream, ‘cause everyone knows a great night ends with ice cream.


 After the session:

After the session, while you are out eating ice cream, I retreat to my digital darkroom and work some magic.  I LOVE this part and I spend a lot of time in post-processing to make your beautiful images even better.  I usually wear a giant smile as I go thru the images and find the jewels--the jewels that show personality and character. 

My color images are bright and vivid and my black and whites and sepias are emotional and moody.  I am guessing that if you are here, you are aware of my style and like it.

Within a few days of the shoot, a sneak peek will be published on this photo blog and on Face Book. If you DO NOT want your names published, please let me know.

As a matter of courtesy, please use the link to this site or Head First Photo By Shauna Face Book page to share sneak peek images until you have received your disc. Web album images especially are very low resolution and don't provide clear and sharp pictures.

You will be able to review the images on a secure web album where you can select the number of jpeg images that come with your session.  Several of the images will have been selected for black and white, sepia, or other editing.   There is no extra charge for those.

Once you have selected the your high resolution jpeg images, they will be burned onto a CD/DVD (usually takes 1-2 weeks)  and will be available for pick up or mailed to you.  You have "print permission" to develop the images at the printer of your choosing.

The images will stay in the web album for 15 days after I send you the invitation to view them.


The Disc:

Computer screens are not created equally. For example, the images I edit on my computer look great and print great, but, if I look at them on our other computer screen, there is a drastic difference. Bleck. I hope your screen is not bleck. This is the risk I take when I sell the digital negatives instead of  having clients only order prints thru me. Just know that I trust my screen and hope that you will be satisfied with the final images you receive from the printer of your choice.

Just as computer screens are not created equally, neither are printing companies. At this time, my favorite printer is Mpix. They have great quality and are not much more expensive than drugstore or warehouse prices.

If you are ordering prints over the internet, make sure to upload the images to the printer in the FULL RESOLUTION option. You may get a resolution warning if you have not done this.


Developing & Cropping:

Be aware when choosing photos to be printed that it is VERY IMPORTANT to check the cropping feature.

ALWAYS check to see that you like how the photo will be cropped or you may end up with important stuff chopped off! (Sizes least affected by cropping--3.5x5, minis, wallets, 4x6, 5x7, 6x9, 8x12, 12x18, 16x24. Sizes most affected by cropping 8x10, 8.5x11, 16x20)

Personally, the 8x12s are one of my favorite when I don’t want to lose part of the image due to cropping. You might have to look a little harder, but there are 8x12 frames out there and they are totally worth it!!


Printing through Head First Photo is also available.

A la Carte Prices:

Desk Prints

4x6 $2

5x7 $10

8x10 $20

8x12 $22


Wall Prints

11x14 $45

12x18 $50

Add an additional $15 for foam core mounting on sizes 8x10 and larger.

Ask about other sizes, textures and finishes. I can do gallery wraps too! They are pricey, but sooooo cool.


Other stuff. Like details:

You DO NOT have permission to make other editing changes other than cropping without my permission. If you want to make a change, just fly it by me, and I will probably say yes.


Other other stuff. Like more details:


Prices and details subject to change without notice.


All Images are © copy right of Head First Photo. Images may not be reproduced, distributed, copied or used in any fashion without expressed written permission from Shauna Foliaki (that's me!).


Head First Photo reserves the right to use any picture in any form such as, but not limited to the use in advertising, contests, reproduction and copyright. When you hire me, you agree to these terms.


Contact me if you have further questions:


Whew! Now that we have that all out of the way, let's get down to the real business of having fun and taking pictures!


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