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Welcome to School Photography, Refined.

I'm Jennifer. A local Lifestyle & Day In The Life photographer.  My work is mostly made up of children and families, but my primary focus is on connection, capturing the love, beauty & joy each and every family experiences uniquely. School Photography Refined was born out of wanting to offer an authentic, lifestyle approach to children's school portraits. Something simple, genuine and unique. Photos that families will want to buy and share with family and friends. 

My goal here is to provide a custom, refined school photography experience to all families attending the schools that have chosen Jennifer Ann Photography to photograph their students. 

My services are designed to be personal and professional. I only take on a few, select schools so that I can focus on providing exceptional customer service while capturing true artistic images.


My intent is to capture the spirit of your children in front of the camera. I will never force a smile or suggest awkward poses or faces. I prefer to provide a quick, comfortable, and fun experience for the children where they can feel relaxed and be themselves. Simply put--it's all about capturing the children, authentically, on that day. The results are genuine and timeless portraits that are far from the traditional school photos you may have become accustomed to.  



What to expect:

Each child will have approximately 2-3 minutes in front of the camera and each child is guaranteed 2-5 images. The number of images delivered is completely dependent on the child, as are the facial expressions. My approach to School Photography is lifestyle. This means that I aim to capture your child’s unique personality on camera. Some children are more comfortable than others in front of the camera—and that’s ok. It’s what makes them unique. So, while I will make some suggestions and guide them, ultimately what I aim to capture is whatever comes naturally to them. This is Lifestyle Photography :) 

Aside from picture day, this is a completely online operation. Once images are edited and ready for viewing, I will share links to online galleries directly to parents. This is also where orders will be placed if the parent/guardian is interested.  To ensure privacy, each child will have his/her own gallery. Again, the number of images provided is completely dependent on the child. It is all about capturing the child as he/she is in that moment. 

Within the gallery, parents have the option to purchase individual images, all images, or a Collection of images for savings. Images will be available for digital downloads (singles or all) and/or print products. Products will be available within the gallery for purchases.  A detailed PDF describing all ordering procedures and shooting day preparation will be provided to each school to be distributed to families prior to photo day.

What will these holiday photos look like?

This holiday season, at least one photo will have Christmas tree limbs in the frame. This is an added feature and placement and type of tree will be left to the artist’s discretion. This is also what will make your images unique.


Some photos will have snow. If—and only if—the child is interested in creating a scene where they will pretend to blow snow, parents will see these in their galleries as well. Some children may not be interested in this. Again—that is ok. If a parent would like this image, encourage them to talk to their child(ren) about this opportunity or have their teacher talk to them about what to expect, then, if the child gives me the “ok”, they will find it in their gallery. If they do not see any images with snow, the child was not interested. I will not force or make them do anything they are not comfortable doing. I want this to be an enjoyable experience for them :)


You can see sample photos above for a visual representation of what this may look like.

How should children dress for picture day?

The holidays are quickly approaching. This school portrait session is scheduled and created with that in mind. Because I am aiming to capture a Christmas-y, wintery scene with a white backdrop (indoors), what the child wears for this session can greatly add to the magic/feel of this portrait session. November is tricky. We can have unusually warm days or cold days. That is unpredictable at this time. What I highly suggest is that each child(ren) dress for this session or have them bring simple accessories that will enhance the photo’s appearance. For example: each child can wear a sweater (one that can be removed or added if it is warm that day), or bring in a non-descript coat, scarf, knitted cap and/or gloves. Parents can choose one or all—that is up to them. Coats, scarves, caps, and gloves are easy to accessorize just for the photo session. Think simple, solid, muted colors that won’t distract from the scene.


I will provide a detailed PDF document with these details for you to post and/or print and distribute to parents. 

How do families get their photos?

Digital photos will be uploaded to any online gallery where they can view, print, and download images. Parents will have the option to purchase a single digital image or all digital images. They may also choose from a variety of print options including print collections for additional savings. Ordering is completely optional. A link to access their gallery will be emailed to them within 3 weeks. The gallery will be open for purchases for 2-weeks. After that, only digital files will be available for purchase. 


How much should parents expect to pay for this session?

The session itself is free. There is no sitting fee to participate. Parents only pay for the images they want—if any. An email address for each child will be required in order for each parent/guardian to access their gallery. This will enable them to view their images and make purchases. See the School Photography Refined Christmas 2020 price guide for a list of all available products and pricing. (This guide should be distributed, posted and/or emailed to you by your child’s school)


What if parents have questions or need help viewing and/or printing my images?

Please direct all questions regarding images to me. They can contact me at:

Jennifer A. Steiger

Jennifer Ann Photography

I will gladly assist them :) 

What ages do you accommodate? 

I work with kids from preschool to middle school (ages: 2-14). Children under 2 should be able to sit on a stool or stand on their own. My backdrop does not roll out to the floor so these are not designed for floor sitting. 

Are the images expensive?

Professional photography can be an investment. For my School Photography, Refined Christmas 2020 services, I have competitive rates to make images affordable while upholding the same professional quality I offer with my other photo printing services. The best part—nothing is due upfront with no minimum order requirement. All profit is made from ordering. I offer a variety of collections and individual products to fit your needs. Click here to download a sample product & price sheet (*please note, prices are subject to change). 

What time of year do you schedule fine art portraits?

The beginning of a school year (Fall) and end of the school year (Spring) are the most popular--holidays too; however, I work with each school to schedule shoots any time during the academic year. 

A few other things:

 Once an order is placed, the print lab will fulfill these orders and they will be mailed directly to the child's home. Any questions or concerns about orders should be directed to me. 

I provide all the equipment and personnel needed for photo day. All I need is one window for natural lighting or outdoor space with an overhang (weather permitting).

I provide the school with all the high-resolution digital files to use for their yearbooks, website, school advertising, school IDs, or however, the school wishes to use the images.

Again, any questions from parents and families about ordering and products should be directed to me. I will email your school PDF files/documents for you to print and distribute to your families. I will even provide email copy to share with your families if this is a way you communicate with them. 

As a way of giving back, I will come back, at a scheduled date, and document a day-in-the-life (DILT) at your school! Images are yours to use freely for your website, advertising, and/or social media needs. This is optional to you. 


If you think School Photography, Refined is something you’d like to offer at your school, reach out by using the form below. I’d love to see how I can serve you!

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