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  • Serves Spanish Fork, UT
You will never meet a photographer with the same conviction as I do about the importance of portraits. Be prepared, this is a sad story but don't be sad for me. So much good has come from what you are about to read. I started my career as a Salt Lake City, Utah photographer on April 20th, 2006. I was awoken from a dead sleep with an impression I needed to start my photography business at 4:00am. I thought I had mentally lost it because I had two boys under two years old. Talk about temporary insanity. I had learned on film in college and so I stayed up purchasing my first digital camera. I started my website, brainstormed the name of my business and decided it was time to begin pursuing my passion for portraiture. Not even twelve hours later, my oldest son James, fell from a second story window. Five hours after that, the fall took his life. That is likely hard for you to read. Trust me, it's hard for me to write. I don’t tell you that for pity or attention. I tell you that because I know from experience how important family portraits are. I understand how invaluable the opportunity is to capture your memories. Once it is gone, it is gone. The thing is, you don’t know how priceless something is until the opportunity is lost. When an opportunity is lost that is when you really know how valuable that thing is. There is no price tag I would not pay to get back another day with my wild infant child to capture his everything. That is when I discovered that the opportunity is actually lost for everyone. Most people lose the opportunity moment by moment, month by month and year after year. Time is a thief that steals your child right in front of your eyes. It goes by so slowly most don’t even realize they are losing the chance until it is gone. I dove into my portrait work as an escape from my grief. My clients over the years have been a massive part of my journey in healing my heart. I can’t even tell you how many times I have left sessions overflowing with joy and gratitude to do something that meant so much to me. It was how I stayed connected to my son, knowing I was giving to others what I wished I could give to myself. My sons death was tragic but it also led to some of the greatest blessings I would ever receive. It ruined me and built me in ways I cannot explain. The experience gave me a perspective on what really matters in life I could not have received in any other way. It became my mission to give to others more than just the perfect portrait but the stories and the spirit behind the smiles. I have developed my style primarily around this realization. I set out on a mission to give to others what I so badly wished I could give to myself. You, my clients, gave me a reason to smile again. Quite literally I would leave my home for a photo shoot in tears of pain and longing and come home invigorated, happy and grateful to be alive. Getting children to giggle put a smile on my heart I couldn't muster for myself. To get personal (as if I am just now getting personal. HAHA), in those days when I’d find myself falling into the abyss of grief, I’d pull images up on my computer only to see bright shining faces smiling at me. It made me smile right back. I couldn’t make a two year old smile if I was crying, so essentially my photo shoots would bring out the real me; goofy, happy and silly and for a moment I would escape what was missing in my life. I met a gal once who knew my story. As tears filled her eyes she said, “Why do bad things happen to good people? My response? “So that Good things can happen to the world.” The only thing that made my pain feel better was finding a way to serve. It has been my saving grace. It has been my medication. It gave me my reason to start living again. I looked around me and realized that every charity, every good cause almost ALWAYS had a foundation of tragedy that spurred the movement. This my friends is where the Good Grief Project was started. For every client who hires Ellsworth Portraits as their Utah Photographer and invests over three thousand dollars, together we gift a family who has lost a child a Good Grief Photo Shoot. You essentially are participating in a non profit by simply choosing to have your masterpieces created by mwah. Family portraits are one of the hardest hurdles a family faces after their child passes on. The Good Grief Photo Shoot is a session designed around the child in heaven. You may not be able to see them in the portraits, but you can feel them. We give families permission to remember their child during their shoot. With every Good Grief session, we gift a gorgeous walnut 5×7 keepsake box for the families to store their child’s earthly treasures. I keep my sons locket of curly hair in mine. We typically photograph these sacred sessions at the cemetery or some other sentimental location on a special day like a birthday or angelversary. If there is one thing I have learned since 2006, it is this; life is too short to stop living, even when life doesn’t seem worth living for. The answer my friends to want to end it al is service. Thank you for letting me serve. My entire mission as a luxury Utah Photographer is centered in giving you what I wished I could give to myself. I truly know the most priceless possessions you could ever invest in are your memories, love and relationships. At Ellsworth Portraits I don’t just create portraits in my sessions, together we create connection and heal hearts. Together, we create art out of your love and heal the hearts of those facing the hardest challenge of life. I don’t know of anything more beautiful to hang on the walls inside of your home than the love you have nurtured within those same walls. I would love to chat with you to see if we are the right fit to work together. Much love and remember, life is precious. There is no time to waste. My career has been a direct blessing from God. You have been a blessing to me, far more than you could ever possibly imagine. To say I am glad you are here would be an understatement. Loves, xo Michelle EllsworthSee more

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How much does a baby photography cost?

Portrait photography provides parents with lasting images of the first whirlwind months of a newborn’s life. The cost varies based on several factors, including the length and location of the session, the number of photos provided, and the amount of editing and retouching the photographer does. The national average cost for baby photos is $150-$200. Some baby photographers charge by the number of photos provided, typically ranging from an average of $299 for 20 high-resolution edited photos, to an average of $399 for 35 photos, to $499 for all of the images taken in a single session. Props and location affect the cost, too; an elaborate studio shoot with props and professional lighting may increase the cost to $600-$700 for 20-50 photos. Adding a second location or asking the photographer to travel can add $70-$250 to the cost of the session. Photographers may also charge extra fees for providing additional photos and DVDs, scheduling weekend sessions, and shooting siblings. Expect to pay at least a $50 deposit when you book a portrait photography session.

Where is the best place to take baby pictures?

Baby pictures are among the most popular types of portrait photography, and most newborn photographers are well versed in the best places to take baby pictures in their local areas. Some newborn photographers will come to the hospital to shoot the baby within a day or two of birth, while others have set up their studios to accommodate the needs of infants. Some parents prefer to have the newborn photographer come to their home or travel to a favorite park or other outdoor location. Like any portrait photography, the best place to take baby pictures is the place you like best and that will yield the types of photos you want of your baby, whether that’s posed and carefully lit studio portraits or spontaneous, casual photos at home. Work with a local newborn photographer to find a safe, calm location with great lighting and some privacy for your family.

How much do photographers charge for family portraits?

Family portraits are a great way to mark the passage of time, create lifelong keepsakes and have gorgeous-looking photos for your annual holiday card. The national average cost for hiring family photographers ranges from $150 to $200. Pricing can range higher depending on where you live, length of the photo shoot, the number of edited photos you request, and the background and reputation of your family photographer. Before hiring, make sure you understand their fees up front. Ask how many finished images are included in the quoted price and whether you will receive all the photos taken (not just edited photos). Ask whether you’ll be able to download digital photos or if you’ll have to print them or purchase digital copies through the photographer. Here are some average examples of family photographer pricing:

  • $175 for a one-hour studio session in Kansas.
  • $200 for a one-hour studio or outdoor session in Georgia. Includes two outfit changes, access to an online gallery, and about 200 high-resolution, edited digital photo files on a DVD, with permission to print.
  • $400 for a one-hour outdoor session in Southern California. Includes 25-30 fully edited photos accessible online or via CD/DVD.
  • $425 or more for a one-hour outdoor or in-home session in Illinois. Includes more than 50 professionally edited images, online access and print release.

When should you take newborn photos?

Few styles of portrait photography are as tricky as newborn photos — the unpredictable infant is always in charge! The best way to ensure a successful photo shoot is to work with a local newborn photographer within the first two weeks of the baby’s life. Some photographers even work with hospitals to offer newborn sessions within a day of the baby’s birth. But newborn photographers usually recommend scheduling a shoot during the baby’s first two weeks of life, while the baby is still sleepy and relatively cooperative, especially for posed or studio shots. During this time, babies are easier to swaddle in blankets and dress in hats or headbands, and, because they often nap or nurse, can be staged with various props or be cuddled by their parents. For casual photos, most newborn photographers recommend shooting within the first six weeks of a baby’s life. Lifestyle portrait photography is more flexible and doesn’t require the baby to cooperate with multiple poses or props.

Do you tip a photographer for family photos?

Tipping a photographer for family portraits is not standard etiquette. A great way to recognize a family photographer who goes above and beyond is to write them a glowing review. You probably found your photographer by reading online reviews, so paying it forward by letting everyone know how much you appreciate their work is a great gift. Write your review after they have delivered the final edited photos on time and you’ve confirmed that you’re happy with the terrific portraits they took.

What should you wear for a family photo?

A family photographer captures your family in a series of professionally edited portraits. You can be goofy, you can be formal, you can be exactly how you want to be. To that end, you can wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident — feeling good translates to looking good in photos. However, top family photographers do have some style suggestions that will make your family photos more visually cohesive:

  • Ask the photographer for color suggestions if you’re doing an outdoor photo shoot. Location and time of day can affect which shades will fade in the sunlight and what will stand out in a good way.
  • Stay away from a mix of stripes or plaids on multiple people — the effect is too busy.
  • Steer clear of tiny patterns, which blend together too much.
  • Avoid wearing matching outfits.
  • Do wear outfits that are complementary in color.
  • Choose color over black-and-white outfits.
  • Do choose a theme, such as pastels, fall colors or summer colors.
  • Opt for tonally similar colors.  
  • Go easy on makeup for outdoor photo shoots.
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