about the session

The focus of every portrait is the people being photographed. Your clothing should enhance and not detract. It’s not about fancy outfits or trendy props, so dress in clothes that give you freedom to move, play, and interact - clothing that is a reflection of your personality. You are welcome to bring extra outfits to the session and we’ll choose the best options together, or we can schedule an appointment 1-2 weeks before the session date to preview your choices. 

Your session will be on-location in a relaxed, informal environment where everyone is comfortable and natural. This can be a favorite park or even your own backyard. If you don't have a specific location in mind, I can recommend a few local parks that make beautiful backdrops. 

Although every session unfolds differently, a typical session can last 1-2 hours.  I always allow plenty of time in a session to get to know you.


I know you will be so excited to see your images!  It’s hard to wait!  That’s why I won’t keep you waiting too long. Within 1-2 days I’ll give you a preview of a few of my favorite images that I have edited. And within 1-2 weeks you'll receive an e-mail with instructions to view your private on-line gallery. Your gallery will contain approximately 25-40 edited images for you to choose from. You can view all of your images on-line, and I encourage you to share the gallery with friends and family.

after the session

frequently asked questions

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE SESSION FEE?
The session fee is due in full to reserve your preferred date, and it also covers the photographer’s time and talent.  Portraits, digital files and custom designs are an additional purchase.

WHAT IF I NEED TO RESCHEDULE MY SESSION?
Thanks for asking! Ideally, 48 hours notice is preferred if you need to reschedule, and I ask that you limit your rescheduling to only one time. But I completely understand that children get sick or schedules can suddenly change.  If you find that you need to reschedule, please call or text me as soon as possible so we can schedule a new date for you.  In the event of inclement weather, we will make that decision 24 hours before the session.

HELP! I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT CLOTHING WORKS BEST FOR PORTRAITS. CAN YOU HELP?
No worries! I am happy to help with the styling for your session.  Because re-shoots cannot be offered for regrettable clothing or hairstyle choices, please plan carefully and prepare for your session. I’m happy to help with a clothing consultation – let me know if you are interested!

DO YOU SELL DIGITAL FILES?
Yes! There are many options available for digital files. Contact me and we can discuss what you need.

I’M NOT SURE WHAT TO ORDER. CAN YOU HELP?
Definitely!  About two weeks after your session we can schedule an appointment to discuss your images and place your order.  Payment is due in full at the time you place the order.

DO YOU OFFER GIFT CERTIFICATES?
Definitely! Gift certificates are available in any amount, starting at $50.  They come beautifully packaged and ready to gift to someone special.

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
Portraits by Christa is located in Reston, VA, serving Northern Virginia.

HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
I’d love to hear from you! The best way to reach me is by e-mail at christa@portraitsbychrista.com. I look forward to working with you.