Our Process: What You Can Expect

The photographic art you place on your wall is the sum of the vision of the photographer, what you wear to your session, the environment, the lighting, even the mood and personality of subjects at the time of the session. 

Custom photography is ultimately about choice, experience, and finding a professional who takes the time to get to know your family and your needs, giving you full, undivided attention without worry of who is next β€œin line,” or the feeling of a crowded portrait studio. Offering a range of products and unparalleled service, Van Dyke Design & Photography will help guide you through a four-step process.

Step 1: Select a Package

Once you've selected a portrait sitting package that fits your needs, call or email us to set up an appointment. 

*(The full non-refundable portrait sitting fee is required to secure your date.)


Step 2: The Photoshoot

We recommend photoshoots be conducted in an environment familiar to all participants. Home photoshoots are preferred however, if you have a favorite park or public location, that can work just as well. Our goal is to capture the natural essence of you and your family and make the photoshoot an enjoyable and comfortable experience for all participants. 

*(For suggestions of attire or other details, please visit our Shooting For Success page.)


Step 3: Proofing Gallery

We will take approximately 300+ photos during our time together, of which we will select the top 80-100 proofs, and perform general color correction and photo editing. Upon completion, we will send you a link via email to review the images online in a private proofing gallery. You will have the opportunity to review the proofs and notify us of any special touch-up requests, or submit your selections with whole-hearted print approval. Your order will not be printed until you are completely satisfied!

*(Your proofing gallery will be posted within 7-10 business days from your completed photoshoot date and will be accessible for one month. To make room for new clients, unordered images will be purged from our system 30 days after your session. However, all purchased images will be archived in our system for 1 year for holiday card purchases and/or reorders. If a proofing gallery extension is requested, clients may be subject to an additional $50/month proofing gallery hosting fee.)


Step 4: Prints

After final approval and payment is received, each photo will be crisply printed, inspected for impeccable quality, and shipped to you. In a few short days, the photos will arrive on your doorstep, allowing you to cross one more thing off that to-do list!

*(Please allow 7-10 business days for printing and shipping of photo prints. Specialty products such as albums may require extra production time.)