How to Book a Session With Me

So you’ve decided it’s high time to invest in some professional photos (good for you!) and you’re thinking about booking with Cheryl Jackson Photography, an excellent choice, if  I  do say so myself. :)

"What’s next?" you ask. How do I get the ball rolling? What do I need to do and what should I expect in the booking and planning process?

I’m so glad you asked!
Here’s some basic info all about it!


First things first, our primary form of communication will be via email. It is so important that you remember to check your email regularly throughout the process as I will be sending you important info at varying times leading up to our session. 

I'm ready to book with you. What's my first step?

The first step is to go to my website contact page and fill out the form. It asks for basic info like your name, email, type of session and if you already have some idea of when and where you want to have it.

I will email you back and we will pick the date and location of your session.

After the date and location are nailed down, I will email you a Proposal. This includes your invoice, description of services and a contract for you to fill in and sign. This will all be done digitally and in one spot. So easy! All sessions are split into at least two payments (If you need to break it up into more, let me know, and we’ll discuss) The first one is your non-refundable deposit. Once you sign the contract and pay your deposit, we will be officially booked!!!

The next step will be to fill out a Client Questionnaire that I will email you. This will give me even more details and information about what you are wanting from the session, everyone included in the session and their personalities, and an opportunity for you to give me specific info or ask questions. It’s super helpful for both of us!

Next I will email you my exclusive CJ Client Experience Guide! This is a great perk of booking with me. This 14 page guide walks you through what to expect at our session, how to plan you and your family’s outfits, how we handle energetic kiddos, and much more! You will love this! (See, I told you you don’t want to forget to check your email)

You will also be receiving automatic payment reminders as they become due and you can pay them online just like your deposit.

About a week before your session, you will receive a super-duper important email from me. But, seriously, it’s really important. This is my Final Info Email and it has so much information that you will need to know. It’s a reminder of the date and meet-up time, where we will meet specifically at our location, special instructions or directions needed, and some general reminders to help you have a successful session.

Keep an eye out for it and read it. Most “day-of” questions that I get are already answered in the email. ;)

Everything goes more smoothly when you have specific info from the start and don’t feel stressed about details, especially at the last minute.

Then the really fun part happens-our session! After we have a blast and take some amazing photos of you and we part as besties, I will have your private online gallery delivered to you within 14 days. Based on the session type, you will be able to choose your selections,  or download the full-resolution images from your gallery. 

And that’s how it’s done, guys! I hope this answers some questions for you and reassures you that this whole professional photos thing is not that scary….in fact it’s actually pretty fun! 

See you in my inbox!

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