I check email and text messages at least once a day, Tuesday-Saturday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Due to the highly creative nature of my work, I reserve 40 hours maximum per week to be available for logistics. The remainder of my time is spent filling my creative well (see my blog!) and rejuvenating so that I am at my best when it comes time to perform at a photo shoot.
If you would like to discuss something, please drop me a line so we can set up an appointment that’s convenient for both of us. Please list 2-3 times you have available within the hours listed above.
If you have a shoot coming up, please be sure to send me any questions at least 48 hours in advance of your session. I do not check messages the evening before a shoot so that I am in the best mindset to create art.
My business is closed for all major U.S. holidays, and for two weeks at Christmas. Please be sure to check with me about the holiday gift delivery cutoff date – it usually falls on or before December 12.
Your email notification will appear in your inbox approximately 7-10 business days after your photo shoot. The proofing gallery link in that email will be active for 7 days, so be sure to mark your calendars for this period of time.
During proofing, you’ll have the opportunity to order gorgeous custom prints for your walls, desks, and to give as gifts. I can help you select and organize a unique collection for an album or a matted print box. You’ll get to fully experience the fine art photography approach when you have these beautiful objects in your hands. Start picturing it! Then, we’ll get started on bringing it to life.
Your email notification will include lots of helpful details for the process of image selection and requesting a retouching estimate. It will also have an invitation to schedule a Skype call with me to finalize your order.
You will have one week to proof your images, inclusive in your sitting fee. If you wish to extend the time, you may do so at $35/week.
When Client obtains prints or digital files, these items are for personal use only, and shall not sell said prints or authorize any reproductions thereof by parties other than the Photographer. Clients cannot crop, edit, or change images in any way. Digital images purchased without watermarks may be shared in personal public forms such as client’s self-owned social media channels ONLY when an adjacent photo credit to “Sarah Sloboda Photography” appears in the caption, and Sarah Sloboda’s corresponding social media account is tagged. Any image shared without proper photo credit is considered illegal usage, and is subject to damages and removal.
You do not have permission to save, use or share any unpurchased images, so be sure to order digitals all of the ones you would like.
Session packages reflect a discount for permitting Sarah Sloboda to use your images for promotional purposes. If you should wish to opt out of this usage, you can do so by paying an additional fee, thereby foregoing the discount. Please inquire about privacy needs as soon as you book your session.
I will provide you with a selection from my own lab (the richest, highest quality printing I can find!) to consider for your holiday card printing. You are also welcome to use your purchased high-res digital photos at the card service provider of your choice.*
Pro tip: Be sure to download your photos as soon as they are available, and back them up in a place that is easy to find when it is time to order your cards.
*Each site will have its own system for uploading your photo(s) and designing cards. I am unable to offer tech support when using any outside card service. You will need to contact the service provider directly if you have any issues uploading your images or placing your order.
Individual 5×7 prints start at $25.00.
Clients typically spend $650.00-$2,000.00 to complete their photography order.
It’s pronounced Sluh-BO-duh. Some people remember this by singing, “Slow Boat to China.”
Absolutely not. I kind of loathe perfection. Families and individuals are flawed, free-spirited, and utterly unique by nature. What my work is about is encapsulating the essence of a family or individual’s energy, even if this means hair is out of place or clothes are slightly disheveled. To me, squinting eyes mean genuine smile; a wrinkled nose means laughing with joy. The spirit captured in my work is of paramount importance, over all other details.
As a well-versed photojournalist-style photographer, I embrace the fact that moments spontaneously unfold, sometimes faster than the camera or the photographer can make adjustments. This is spontaneity is part of the beauty of life. Because of it, you may see a few images in your collection that have flaws in focus, clarity, and/or contrast.
My style embraces a bit of blur, a bit of grain — images that reflect the imperfect way our minds record memories. Many of my clients — both commercial and private — seek out this special ability to tune in to the moment, and welcome any technical “flaws” in capturing what otherwise wouldn’t have been captured at all.
I trained in proper old school photography. In other words, I learned to shoot on film, and to develop and print in the darkroom. That is how I learned color balance and contrast. I don’t have a set of presets I apply after the fact to create my aesthetic, rather the vibe of my work has been honed through many years of practice. And, my images are edited in accordance with the way they were shot, to bring out the best nuances from their potential — just like when I would use a negative in the darkroom to best interpret a print.
Because of my background with analog photography, I want you to end up with tangible prints to hold in your hands. I hope you’ll be wowed when you see your proofs on screen, but I know you won’t truly feel the magic of what we created together until you see the manifest object. I wish I could be there when you open the package and behold your custom prints. That is by far my favorite part of the process. I hope you’ll take a picture or a video and send it to me.
With Sarah Sloboda Photography, every, single shoot is unique. From one day to the next, moods shift, people mature, the sun moves, the clouds move; literally nothing is exactly the same as the day before. I work in tandem with the natural rhythms of life, so you can expect that your photos will be unique to the circumstances of your shoot day. I’ll take advantage of the best natural lighting options available, and work with the background as best is possible. No matter the moods of the day, I will be alert to moments of authentic expression. When you see your proofs, you will see unique images that could have only been created at that exact point in your life — truly, something to cherish.
My photos contain joy, humor, honesty, optimism and a hint of the unexpected. Like a good foreign film, my best images are little bit surreal. I have traveled the globe on assignment, shooting documentary-style and making human psychology my visual study. My acclaimed portraits have appeared in magazines like Rangefinder, Daily Candy Kids, Citibabes and Disney’s Wondertime, amongst others. My series “Happiest Day in a Girl’s Life” received the prestigious Prix de la Photographie, Paris; 2nd place for portraiture.
I believe my best asset for photographing kids is my personality. I take delight in working with them, and they take notice. This translates wonderfully into finding the sense of childlike wonder in adults, as well. We’re here to make art, after all, and you’ll need to let your playful side come to the show. I want to help you feel comfortable with that. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to make it feel easier.
Download my Week-of Checklist to make sure you have everything ready for your shoot.
The week of your photo shoot is a great time to share with me any ideas you have for how you would like to use your photos.
Do you have a favorite frame that needs an updated shot?
Grandparents have a big anniversary coming up?
Need a surprise for your spouse?
Notice an empty spot on your wall that could use an art piece?
If you have any questions about wardrobe or location, please be sure to email me no less than 48 hours in advance of your session so that I have time to reply.
Unfortunately, I am not able to respond to messages the night before a shoot. So that I am rested and ready for sessions, my communications are unplugged at 7 p.m.
I will begin checking the hourly forecast 48 hours in advance of your shoot. If the weather is looking iffy during your time slot, I will contact you with 2 contingency plan options. Either we will change the location, or shift the slot to a different time window on the same day or within one day’s time.
Please note: Unless it is likely to be down-pouring during your session time window, your session time will remain as planned. Overcast days are spectacular for portraits and colors. The hourly forecast becomes fairly accurate within 24 hours, so if we need to make a change, we can decide on it the day before.
If you and your family would like some help deciding on the best package, establishing an aesthetic that incorporates all of your tastes, choosing a location, and/or a wall assessment for the prints we’ll make, you’ll want to book a Personal Curator appointment.
Or, if you’re pretty sure you know what you’d like, have a look through the package options here, and book online. Remember, we want to get some artistic shots you’ll be proud to have on your wall, so choose the session that best suits your personalities.
You can always email me with any questions.
Bookings are non-refundable. Please confirm availability of everyone in your party before booking.
Please double-check that you have clicked the link in your confirmation email and signed the contract for each member of your family. Parents must sign one on behalf of each child under 18.
By participating in the photo shoot, you agree to the following Terms and Conditions:
As soon as you book your session, you’ll want to download my What to Wear Guide. It includes a process you can follow that helps especially with getting kids to cooperate with wardrobe selection.