Without a doubt, Cara Soulia is my favorite photographer right now. Given the idea from her friend, Kristen Collins, Cara is using her photography skills to raise money for non-profits in her community of Needham, Massachussetts during this time of uncertainty, all while following the latest social distancing guidelines. She calls it ‘The Front Steps Project’ and is encouraging other photographers to join her. If you haven’t guessed already, I am so in!
What is it?
The Front Steps Project is what you get when you combine family portraits, social distancing, and community support and bake it at 350 until it makes you feel warm and fuzzy. In return for donating to the photographer’s non-profit of choice, you get a freeprofessional family portrait.
With a lot of non-profits needing extra support to provide their much needed services, The Front Steps Project is a way to get your family photo taken (while maintaining a safe distance) at no charge while encouraging donations to help the community.
How it works
Available to Round Rock residents only. Photo sessions are free of charge and done in just a few minutes. I will email your family portrait to you within a week. Participating families are asked to make a donation to the Round Rock Area Serving Center. All portraits will be shared on Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #thefrontstepsproject as a way to spread awareness and get more photographers and more communities on board.
Interested in participating?
Please fill out the form below and I will do my best to get back to you within 24 hours.
A look at how photos are delivered to my clients. Clients that purchased a full session can download the entire gallery or individual photos. Clients that purchased a mini can add their final photos to their shopping cart then proceed to checkout where a coupon code is used to make their six images free.
Family session* at Sekrit Theater in Austin. This was my first time visiting Sekrit theater and it is a photography gold mine. I may or may not be trying to convince my husband to make our garden lot into something similar.
The clients are close friends of mine and they let me do whatever I wanted. They even trusted me to book the location during a time slot that would put half the session in the dark. Thanks to daylight savings, it might as well have been midnight during the last portion of the session. I had to use my flashlight just to get my camera to focus and cross my fingers that my friends’ posing was on point.
Every single photo was taken using an off-camera strobe and/or speedlight. That’s right. Not a single photo was relying on natural light alone. My gear I had to lug from spot to spot was bulky and cumbersome and I loved every second of it.
*They booked me for a family session but I told them to bring the fire and romance as I’d be doing a lot of couple shots in honor of their ten year anniversary. Happy Anniversary, you cool cats!
One of my goals for this year is to book more high school senior sessions. They are so fun! I offer three different high school senior portrait packages.
High School Senior Photos: $200*-500.
$250: Includes 20 photos with printing rights which the client selects from an online gallery. Additional images with printing rights may be purchased for $20 each. Prints and canvases of ANY image may also be ordered through the online gallery and fulfilled by Miller’s Lab. Photos are taken at 1 location of your choice with the possibility of an outfit change (if the location permits it)
$300: Includes 20 photos with printing rights which the client selects from an online gallery. Additional images with printing rights may be purchased for $20 each. Prints and canvases of ANY image may also be ordered through the online gallery and fulfilled by Miller’s Lab. Photos are taken at 1 location plus a studio portrait session and are scheduled on different dates to easily allow for outfit and hair changes.
$500: Includes all images (a minimum of 40 photos) with printing rights. Prints and canvases of ANY image may also be ordered through the online gallery and fulfilled by Miller’s lab. Photos are taken at 2 locations plus a studio portrait session.
*For all packages, photos include printing rights, so you are free to print wherever you would like. I also include a friend discount! Have a friend that is graduating who needs senior photos? Have them hire me and bring them along to the session(s) and you’ll each get $50 off! This is a fun way to keep nerves down and it also allows me to shoot two sessions in roughly half the time. Location and date of session(s) must be mutually agreed upon.
My family and I are starting a community garden on the corner of E. Logan Street and Garden Court, a half mile from downtown Round Rock.
We have decided that we are going to make the garden FREE for members of the community to enjoy! To make this happen, we need to build several more garden beds, purchase more soil, add another gate, and install a water collection system so that the gardens can be watered with collected rainwater. We would also like to add a toolshed as well as a picnic table to make the lot more usable as well as comfortable. We have already put up a fence, one gate, and built four garden beds but all of this costs money.
To help make the community garden a reality, on Sunday, April 14th from 1-5pm, I will be holding a headshot and portrait event at my home. All proceeds will go toward the garden. For $40, customers will receive two photos. Each session will last up to 15 minutes in length. I want you to LOVE your headshot. Therefore, everyone will receive a gallery of several photos from which they will choose their final two images. Now is your chance to update your website, business cards, or profile. Additional photos may be purchased for $15 each. If all the spots fill, I will consider adding another date at the same promotional pricing. Can’t make the scheduled date? Contact me to book a session any time now through the end of April for $50.
As I’m preparing to hold a studio headshot event to help raise money for our upcoming community garden, I wanted to take a moment to explain aspect ratios.
I deliver headshots in a 3:2 ratio. You may be thinking, “Why? Aren’t headshots supposed to be in portrait mode and not landscape?” Good question! While most people use their headshots in a traditional, vertically-oriented rectangular crop, delivering photos already cropped down greatly limits how you can use the photo. For example, what if a person wants the entire back of their business card to be a photo of themself? A vertical crop would make that impossible (or force the person to design a nontraditional, vertically-oriented business card). Or, what if they need a square photo for LinkedIn or Facebook? Cropping a portrait mode photo into a square will force you to lose the top and bottom parts of the image rather than the sides, resulting in a tight shot that’s all face (which may work in some cases but not all). Remember: You can always crop an image smaller but once it’s cropped, you’re stuck with it!
By delivering photos in a 3:2 ratio, I give my clients the flexibility to use their headshots how they want to.
I have a confession: I don’t like mini sessions. I am not good at reducing 20-25 really great photos down to just a few. I especially hate having to delete a photo that I think my client may like just because it’s too similar to another. This is why I’m excited to announce that mini session clients can now choose their final six photos from an online gallery. This means clients get to see more of their photos! Clients also have the option to purchase additional photos or even the full gallery, essentially upgrading their mini session to a full. Message me for more info.