Portrait information

Thank you for your interest in a family portrait with IRIS Photography! We photograph portraits in an editorial style both on location and in our West Hartford Center studio. This magazine-story format provides a variety of portraits and candid moments to choose from, from posed (but natural) images to more free-form moments with your family.

We focus on connecting with your  family to capture their essence and relationships. We say let “kids be kids” and believe the most true and beautiful photos come when children are being themselves. No worries, parents—we’ll keep the sessions fun and fast-paced to keep kids engaged…and you relaxed!

Custom sessions

Our custom sessions offer high-touch service and plenty of time to capture a large variety of images of your family.

• In person or phone consultation
• One-hour location or studio photo shoot
• 3-day online preview gallery
• In-studio ordering meeting where we help you narrow down images and choose products
• A wide variety of products to choose from: custom fine-art printing, framing, wax / painted art pieces, gift prints, and digital files
• Full retouching included
• Complimentary Facebook image and holiday card upload
• No minimum purchase
• Clients typically spend $800-$2000
• Available any time

Simple Sessions

Simple sessions are for clients who want true and beautiful photos but don’t need as many image choices or our full-service sessions.

• 25-minute session
• 3-day online gallery to place order from
• Digital file packages only
• Up to 5 people, immediate families only
• Light edit only, not full retouching
• Clients typically spend $500-$800
• Offered on special days several times per year
• Reach out for our next simple session

Portrait FAQ

  • What is the process of a Custom Session and what can we expect afterward?
    Many clients come into our studio for a consultation to plan the session, discuss wardrobe and location and see our product selection ahead of the photo session. The session will be on location at your home or park or in our studio in West Hartford Center. Our studio sessions last 30-40 minutes and the location shoots last about an hour. After the session, your proofs will be edited and posted to a password-protected online gallery within 2 weeks. You’ll have three days before your ordering meeting to view and select your favorites, with all your family’s help. Next up: your in-person ordering meeting in our studio. You’ll see your images on a big screen TV and view a variety of products we have to offer. We have a great software program that enables you to narrow down your favorite photos, comparing them side by side, and showing you how your images would look in a variety of frames and mattings. While you are choosing the best expressions of your family, we can offer advice and help make choices for displaying your images. This is a very low-pressure sales experience—we always want to work within your budget and want you to be happy with both the images and your experience with IRIS Photography.
  • What is the process of a Simple Session and what can we expect afterward?
    Simple sessions are for clients who want true and beautiful professional photographs but don't necessarily need our full-service sessions. For $95 you’ll have a 25-minute photo session. Then you'll view your images in a 3-day online gallery with the option of purchasing three digital file package options starting at $395. All photo files include color-correction, exposure-correction and cropping, but not fine-retouching. These files can be used for making prints, holiday cards, sharing online, etc. Note that other products and individual files are not available with our Simple Sessions. Simple Sessions are offered at certain times/locations throughout the year—please contact us to find out our next date.
  • What should I wear?
    It’s best for your family not to match exactly, but instead you should pick a clothing style (e.g., beachy, dressy casual, formal) and a color palette (navy, khaki, and white are great neutrals and you can add another color or two) and let everyone dress within that style and palette. For families, we recommend the kids wear the bold patterns and colors and parents are more neutral. Moms can wear a piece of jewelry that brings your eye to their face. Dads should think of themselves as a neutral background…for the kids to climb on! Check out our Pinterest page (see link on our contact page) to see popular color combinations.
  • What happens if it rains?
    We want great photos just as much as you do so if the weather is rainy, we’ll postpone and reschedule the session.
  • Can you help me figure out how to create a wall gallery?
    Yes, prior to the ordering meeting you can send us a photo of your wall with a yardstick in the picture (smartphone photos are fine) and in our meeting we can layout exactly how different images and frames will look on your wall.
  • What props do you use?
    Props are fine if they are yours and have meaning…a special “lovey”, toy, hat, blanket or outfit. We’re never going to use gimmicky props to pose your baby—the best props for babies are simple furniture, blankets and their parent’s arms, laps, and hands.
  • Do you retouch the photos?
    All prints ordered in a custom session are fully retouched. While we don’t like any images over-photoshopped, parents may appreciate a little de-aging, slimming, teeth whitening, touching up hair roots, etc. We’ll go over any specific requests on a photo-by-photo basis at the ordering meeting. Simple sessions have a light edit upfront but are not fully retouched.
  • Do you photograph extended families?
    Yes, all the time. Whether it’s in the summer or during the holidays, gathering your extended family is a wonderful opportunity for a family portrait session. We do these either at your home or a nearby park (Elizabeth Park and Westmoor Park are ideal). During a session, we not only photograph the full extended family, but do the individual families, kids, grandparents with kids, the cousins, and more.
  • How do I book a session?
    Please use the contact form to book your session. You’re also welcome to schedule an appointment to come into the studio for a consultation. We’re happy to answer any questions and send a complete price list.