Boutique School Portraits | Unique Value
Kaufmann Photography provides a more custom, candid and boutique option for school portraits than your average school portrait provider.
Why can’t school portraits thrive on authenticity and natural expressiveness?
Combining over 8 years of primary school teaching experience with 10 years as a professional photographer, I am proud to offer technically sound photography that accentuates each child’s individual personality.
Boutique school photography is a service that parents crave for capturing these fleeting school memories and I know that this program is a definite value added to your school. I shoot all the portraits myself and let Kaufmann Photography’s online digital system take care of ordering and processing payments. Classroom schedules are minimally interrupted to ensure the least possible disruption to your students and teachers routines.
This is certainly a unique yet affordable solution for your families school portrait needs.
Here are some FAQ you might find useful:
What do you need from the school?
We will need just a few items from you, including classroom rosters, daily classroom schedules, a map of the school, and a list of any special instructions or sensitive information you think may be pertinent. Also, if your school utilizes a mass email system to notify parents of various announcements, we would love to take advantage of that once or twice during this process to remind and encourage participation in our program. If additional items pop up along the way, we will be sure to communicate those needs with you.
Do you have insurance?
Yes. We have a general liability policy. We are happy to provide proof of insurance upon request.
Where do you take the pictures?
We strive to shoot outdoors, preferably under some type of canopy or breezeway. We would like to work with you in the weeks preceding our shoot to determine together the best possible places for shooting. Safety is our first priority, second only to ideal lighting conditions.
Will we have to re-schedule for inclement weather?
In the case of an outdoor shoot where there are thunderstorms or unsafe conditions, it may be in our best interest to select another day. Clouds will not deter us, unless it is extreme cloud cover. Rain will only keep us from shooting outdoors if it is intense and windy. We will make every effort to stay on schedule despite the weather.
How do parents pay you?
Our entire system is hosted online. Proofs are released for viewing through an online link, and all orders and payments are processed online. The school does not have to worry about printed proofs, order forms, or handling/processing money. Our online system takes care of everything.
How long does the whole process take?
After we shoot the pictures, it will take approximately 3-6 weeks before proofs are released to the parents.
The order deadline will be listed for one week after proof release. Once all orders are in, products will begin to arrive 2-4 weeks later. We will personally deliver all of the products to the school, unless the parents note otherwise on the order form.
What does it cost for the families?
We offer both print packages as well as digital negatives, where parents can print themselves. Our smallest print packages are all $40, and our digital negative collections begin at $40 as well. We also offer custom studio products, such as gallery wraps and framed enlargements.
Do you have a contract?
We do have a simple contract which outlines the basic services we provide to your school, as well as details on the revenue share with your school. The contract covers basic topics such as safety, liability, logistics, payments, and scheduling. We are more than happy to provide a copy of said contract for your review.
Will the school need to hire an assistant for you?
The school will not need to change anything to accommodate us. We will be present during our shooting day(s) with at least one additional assistant in addition to the primary shooter.
How many options do parents get?
We offer 4 different print packages and 2-3 different digital negative collections. We also offer custom gallery wraps up to 30”x40” and framed studio enlargements.
Do parents have to participate?
Participation is not required. We will shoot portraits for every child on campus, and provide proofs for each child we photograph. Proofs will be provided digitally and because of this your teachers will not have to worry about collecting un- purchased proofs or order forms. If parents do not want to participate, they are not obligated.
What if I hired another company to do school photos?
My unique style of school portraiture is likely quite different than other companies and offers such a different experience for parents. The entire look and feel of the portraits will be quite different, not to mention the experience. Parents will cherish the souls of their little ones shining through.
When can we start?
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will set up an appointment to meet. I will send you a copy of the contract and we will set aside a date for your student’s portraits. We will reconnect after that to discuss scheduling and logistics but since ordering and processing of images is all handled online, the disruption to your school’s schedule is minimal.
Thank you so much for taking the time to look over this information.
~ Lauren Kaufmann.