Where are you located?

I am a happy resident and photographer in Richmond, VA but I am happy to come to you! A travel fee may apply.

Do you have a studio?

I consider myself a natural light photographer therefore I do not work out of a studio. I am inspired by and shoot mostly outdoors and within my clients homes. I love seeking out beautiful light whether it be from a large window or the sun peeking through a tree. I love shooting at any time of day but my favorite time to snap images is about an hour before sunset, also known as golden hour.

How long do sessions last?

Each session is wonderfully unique. I try hard to form playful and special connections with every child I photograph and get to know each couple and family on an individual level. With that being said, an individual session typically lasts between 45-60 minutes. Sometimes the session could go longer depending on your vision and how you want your session to be. I don’t want you to feel rushed at your session, this is a time to enjoy our time together and create beautiful images.

Newborn sessions can last up to 3 hours as I take time to take individual portraits of your new little bundle as well has family lifestyle portraits. I recommend coming to you in the first week after birth so that I can capture those sweet and sleepy moments between you and your new babe!

How many images will I recieve?

My clients receive on average between 30-50 images for a normal session. It could be more or less depending on certain variables of your shoot.

When and how will I receive my images?

For portrait sessions (family, newborn or senior sessions) the turnaround time is 2-4 weeks depending season. Wedding galleries take between 4-6 weeks depending on season. Fall sessions/weddings take a bit longer due to the high demand for weddings and family portraits.

Do you offer mini sessions?

Not typically. I have found from previous experience that it takes more than 20 minutes to form the kind of connections and relationships with children and adults that help create the beautiful images I strive to capture for you.

How much do you charge and what does that include?

All of my portrait sessions (family, newborn, and senior) are $350 which includes all of the high resolution, edited images available for digital download and optional product purchases. You will receive your images via a beautiful and private online viewing gallery.

Wedding packages start at $1650

Baby’s 1st year packages also available starting at $650. Please contact me for more information.

Commercial: Contact me for a specific bid

What location should I pick for my family or senior shoot?

I specialize in natural light photography, so I use outdoor lighting in outdoor settings as much as possible. Location can be an important choice for your photo shoot because it can really enhance your personality and atmosphere of the shoot. So it’s important to think about what you like: nature, urban, rustic, casual, grunge? Based on what you are interested in, I have tons of great locations, and am adding more all the time. About a week before your session date, we will talk about what you are most interested in and what’s best for your shoot. Of course, I am always open to new and unique places, and am happy to work with specific location requests.

What should I wear to my photo session?

I love to brainstorm with my clients! Want to collaborate on a session? Lets set up a pinterest board! Text or email me your thoughts, visions or ideas! I love helping people figure out what works best for them and giving them my experienced advise! Below are some general tips to get you started to look your best!

  • Avoid solid black, it casts dark shadows in already dark areas like around the eyes. Some black is ok, or if you accessorize black with color like scarves, statement jewelry is ok.
  • Avoid neon colors. They cast odd color and reflections on your skin and other people’s skin in the photos.
  • Mix and match family members in solids, textures and patterns. All solid shirts can take away from personalities and lacks dimension and too many patterns can look overwhelming and can be distracting.
  • Wear something that you feel completely comfortable and confident in! If you look in the mirror and you look and feel amazing, then wear it!
  • I have found that people look their best when they use accessories like statement jewelry or scarves, insert subtle pops of color, or stick to soft patterns and beautiful neutrals.
  • For newborn sessions, soft neutrals never fail to look timeless, classy and stylish!
  • For more inspiration on what to wear pinterest has great color palettes and group images of clothing options for every season.

See my pinterest board for more ideas and inspiration on what to wear for your photo shoot HERE!

Do you require a deposit?

Yes, I require 1/3 or your total fee to hold your date of the session or wedding.

Do you offer payment plan options?

Most definitely! This is a big investment, but so important. I believe everyone should be able to afford to have their wedding or family documented with beautiful images to keep forever! Contact me to hear about different plan options.

When should I book with you?

As soon as you know you want me to photograph your beautiful family, senior or wedding! If you are pregnant and want to book your newborn session with me, no time is too early! Typically, my schedule fills up about 2 months in advance, but I try to keep a few dates open for last minute bookings.

What is the best way to get in touch with you?

Feel free to send me a message on my FB page or through email at jessica@jessicaelmendorfphotography.com. I do my very best to get back with you within 24 hours (unless I am on vacation).