2019 Marks Fifteen Years of Sara Donaldson Photography!

Let's celebrate! It seems like just moments ago, I was holding my grandfather's Minolta film camera the summer after sixth grade, photographing trees. Trees quickly turned to photographing people after that first photography course at summer camp. 

Although I started avidly taking photography courses in 1992, I have always felt that 2004 marked my first year of photography. Why? Well... 2004 was the year that I "quit my real job" and started working to build a business of my own. The past 15 years have been filled with opportunity, growth, and most of all, gratitude. As a photographer, I have been given the opportunity to celebrate family, capture true love, create images of spectacular architecture and spaces, and grow as an artist. 

So, cheers to 15 years! Book a "15-Year Special" Portrait Session and save! Info is below!



Session Details

The Special 15-Year Portrait Session is $1,750 and includes up to 90-minutes with Sara Donaldson as photographer on your specified date (with Michael assisting for spectacular lighting of course). The session also includes meticulous editing of your portraits, all high-resolution digital files from the session, AND a $1,750 credit toward print products*! (Yes, you receive beautiful print products, not just digital files!) This is a savings of $1,425 or more from regular pricing. (Regular priced portrait sessions include a session fee + $2,500 minimum order to receive all digital files.)

The session may take place in-studio (Fort Worth), in-home (within the Dallas-Fort Worth area), or outdoors (within the Dallas-Fort Worth area).

An in-studio Image Preview Appointment will be scheduled three weeks after your portrait session where your session imagery will be revealed. Bring all of the decision makers to this appointment, as you will be selecting your print product order.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions section (below, under the contact form) to learn even more.

*Custom bulk cards (holiday cards/announcements/invitations) are the only print item not included in this special. You will have your digital files, though, and can create your holiday card/announcement/invitation with several great online printing vendors Sara can recommend to you.

What do most clients order with their print credit?

I'm glad you asked! Our four favorite print product options for $1,750 are:

One 20-page LookBook Album + four matted 8x10 prints -or-

One 20-page LookBook Album + one 11x14 canvas on masonite -or-

One 11x14 linen Folio Box with 10 matted 8x10 prints + one 11x14 canvas on masonite -or-

One 11x14 linen Folio Box with 15 matted 8x10 prints

Of course, you can completely customize your order with whatever print product you would like, such as canvas prints, acrylic prints, fine art prints or albums.

Book Your Special 15-Year Portrait Session!

Use the contact form below to book this 2019 special! Please indicate your location, your ideal timeframe for portraiture (must occur before September 30), and a little bit about you!

A 50% retainer is due upon booking and acts as a non-refundable retainer to reserve the specified session date. The 50% remainder is due one week before your session. Prime dates like Sundays will book swiftly. Please use the contact form below or email Sara directly to schedule your session today! We look forward to connecting! 


Do you travel for portrait sessions? This 15-Year Special is priced for Dallas-Fort-Worth, Texas. Sara travels frequently for photography and can schedule a session with you at a destination of your choice. It is also possible to schedule the session at a travel location Sara already has scheduled. Destination portrait sessions scheduled before September 30, 2019 will start at the Special base price of $1,750 + travel. Please use the contact form above to inquire about a session outside of DFW.

Do you have a minimum order requirement? This 15-Year Special is priced with a $1,750 credit toward print products. There is no minimum order above and beyond the set price, however you are welcome to be surprised and delighted at your Image Preview Appointment and order any products you desire to celebrate your imagery.

Can I bring my great aunt, my uncle Ned, and four friends to this shoot? lol ... no. This 15-Year Portrait Session Special is for a maximum of five related immediate family members only. The Special is perfect for senior portraits, child portraiture, immediate family portraiture, engagement portraits/pre-wedding portraits, bridals, boudoir portraiture, or personal branding. (Personal branding is like headshots on steroids, for those who don't know.) The 15-Year Special Portrait Session rate does not include extended family portraiture or multiple non-related subjects (unless its of course your engagement portrait session!). If your immediate family is greater than five people, each additional family member included in the family session (above five total people) is $75 to accommodate for additional groupings and additional editing time.

Do you offer shorter "mini" sessions? I just need one picture/I just need a holiday card. Sara specializes in creatively capturing a series of imagery. Although Sara does not offer mini-sessions, you are not required to utilize all of your scheduled time.

I want to look at my pictures online. Will you post the images from the session online? Your portrait session imagery will be revealed at the Image Preview Appointment at the studio first, unless you are located out of town. As this Special Portrait Session includes the digital files, we are happy to also post the images in an online gallery so that your session may be easily celebrated with friends and family.

What if I want to order more prints after my in-studio Image Preview Appointment? It is always helpful to purchase prints while the imagery is fresh on your mind. Should you desire another Image Preview Appointment, simply contact the studio to schedule.

Does the session include location fees? No. Sara has dozens of favorite free locations to utilize, but some outdoor or indoor locations, such as botanic gardens or event venues, require an hourly rate for photography. This rate is not included in the session Special. Most local botanic gardens (such as Fort Worth Botanic Gardens) are $75. Other locations vary in price. Specialty locations offer unique imagery and are very much worth the investment, but there are plenty of locations that are available for free.

What do most of your clients purchase?/What kind of print product pricing can I expect? Simply purchase what you like. It is entirely up to you. Aside from the four popular $1,750 print packages already listed above, clients often purchase mounted wall prints, portfolio boxes and fine art canvases to celebrate their portrait imagery. Artist-signed fine art Hahnemühle prints, hand-painted oil encaustics, custom framing, signing books and gift prints are also available for purchase. 8x10 mounted prints start at $195.

What if I love a specific image but want to swap one head from another photo/look 15 pounds lighter/etc.? Meticulous editing by Sara includes color correction, mild skin adjusting, and gentle "photoshopping" of stray hairs and such things. For editing above and beyond, such as swapping heads, digital liposuction, removing objects from images, significant “anti-aging” and other afterthoughts, an editing rate will be charged on a per-project, per-estimate, per-image basis. Further editing to the same image (outside of the scope of the original “overhaul” editing request) will be considered a new editing project and a new estimate will be provided. 

Yikes, something came up. What if I need to reschedule? The session fee acts as a retainer and applies only to the date originally booked, ensuring that Sara is available to photograph you on that date. However, sometimes things happen. Your session retainer can be moved to a new date with at least 48 hours written notice via email. Should you need to reschedule, the studio cannot guarantee short-notice availability of session times. Obviously if your child wakes up with chicken pox, the barfing flu or the worst breakout of her life, Sara is understanding and will try to accommodate as best as she can with her schedule.

What if bad weather is predicted for my session? Rescheduling outdoor sessions due to rain will be decided 48 hours prior to the session if necessary. Please inform the studio if your makeup artist, hair stylist or florist has a longer cancellation policy so that a decision can be made prior to their deadline. For senior sessions, bridals, and other sessions that have important time constraints, two session dates may be booked (the second as a backup rain date). Please contact the studio for additional information regarding booking a secondary rain date. There is a small fee to book two dates on the calendar. It is also possible to move your session indoors if the weather is not cooperating (for example, to the studio) to ensure we can utilize the original date booked.

What if I need more time than 90 minutes? To accommodate for additional outfit changes, additional locations, etc. the session time may be extended at a rate of $500 per half hour.

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