What type of session is perfect for me?

  • Lifestyle Photography Session that mainly aims to capture portrait/people in situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday. The primary goal is to tell stories about people's lives or to inspire people in different times. From newborns to babies, kids, teens and adults, couples and families are welcome to book a Lifestyle Photography Session!

  • Portraiture Photography Session is a photograph of a person or group of people that captures the personality of the subject by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses. This session offers more an artistic/a creative feel and for those who are celebrating a milestone birthday, an anniversary, an engagement, a holiday purpose and such.

  • Headshot Photography Session is for individuals, artists, entrepreneurs, and anyone who desires to have a creative visionary portrait experience for themselves. Individuals are looking for something more personal and artistic beyond a traditional headshot – a timeless statement portrait that you can be proud of forever. 


BOOKING:  For all regular sessions a $50 non-fundable session retainer and a signed agreement is required to book and hold the date for your session and serves as a cancellation fee. However, the fee can be credited towards a future session. The remainder of the session fee is due 1 week before the session!

PAYMENT:  All fees can be paid via Venmo or PayPal.

CANCELLATION POLICY:  Any client who does not cancel or reschedule within 48 hours of session will forfeit the $50 retainer and it will serve as a cancellation fee. As previously stated, the fee can be credited towards a future session if the client reschedules the appointment by calling 48 hours prior to the date of session and re-booking at an agreeable date and time.  

If your date needs to be changed once you have booked your session, you have one reschedule allowed. You must contact us via email 48 hours in advance to reschedule your session. If any cancellation occurs within in the 48 hours before your session, you lose out on the session fee and need to start the rebooking process over in addition to paying a new session fee. For weather cancellations, you will receive an email to let you know your session needs to be cancelled. I have the ultimate decision on if the session needs to be rescheduled due to weather conditions. If your session is cancelled due to weather, you will receive an email with a list of dates that I am available to reschedule your session. 


How or when can we set a date to shoot?

I highly suggest booking your session at least 3 weeks before to your desired date. For families and children, Fridays through Sundays are best, especially during the school year. BUT I’m always open to shooting during the weekdays! If you’re wanting that “morning outdoor light”, I tend to set a call time starting at 7am to 10am, or 3pm to 6pm, especially during the early Spring to late Summer months. If we’re shooting during the Fall through Winter months, I like to set a call time around 10am to noon, and 2pm to 4pm for sunset lighting.


How long do I have to wait to see my photos?

Each session takes about 3 months-1 year to edit. LOL JOKE! GOTCHA! I like to say between 2 to 4 weeks, you’ll receive a link to your gallery in your email that’ll take to your personal and private gallery!


How many photos do you deliver?

For Headshot Photography Session you’ll get 10 edited high resolution digital photographs. For Lifestyle Photography Session you’ll get 15 edited high resolution digital photographs. For Creative Portrait Photography Session you’ll get 20 artistically edited high resolution digital photographs. You are free to use them however you please...prints, photo books, grandmas fridge, Christmas cards, magnets, mouse pads (are those still a thing?), instagram...YOU NAME IT! 


How long do you hold onto the original photos?

As much I want to keep every single photo from every shoot, because I do love my work…I tend to archive each photo session for up to 3 months. So be sure to you choose wisely your favorite digital photographs for later projects like holiday cards and photo gifts!


Can I have all the proofs?

All low resolution, web friendly proofs are included in the packages.


I have a ton of bills, and I’m on a super tight budget. Will I be able to afford a photo session and all of my bills?

Friends and family do get a kama’aina discount of 10%! “Can I trade a service for a session?” As much as I'm a sucker for gifts and trades, I’ll keep to the session rates. To book a session, a $50 non-refundable deposit is required. The balance is due 1 week prior to the session. Payment can be made online with a debit or credit card through Venmo or PayPal.


Do you offer Mini Sessions?

I do offer Mini Lifestyle Sessions for $100 per person with a 3 person minimum, Mini Portraiture Sessions for $325 which includes a 90 minute session for up to two people, wardrobe consultation and 10 high resolution digital photographs of your choice. For my Lifestyle Photography Sessions, my goal is to capture your story and deliver one-of-a-kind photos that you will LOVE, keep forever and show everyone you meet (even that random person in front of you at the grocery store)! These lifestyle photos cannot be achieved in a rushed little skinny mini session. BUT because I know everyone loves a great photograph of themselves, and for whatever reason, whether you’re a model, an actor, an artist…I do offer specific photo sessions that will work for you!


How far do you travel?

I love traveling, and but for now I will keep my traveling confined to the San Francisco Bay Area, including counties such as Marin, Sonoma, and Napa! If you’re wanting to explore outside of my comfort zone, I’m down! Just contact me, but there’s a price to pay for travel!


Your photos are AMAZING!!! How do I book?

Cheehoo (as we scream out of excitement on the islands)!! First of all, I love you! Second of all, send me a message HERE. Or email me directly at amber@lauhalaphotography.com. If we’re perfect for each other, I'll send over an agreement for you to sign and every bit of information you need about your session. EEEK! Can't wait!