The Process

Begin With The End In Mind

You know you need family portraits but what are you going to do with them? At Gary Johnson Photography we begin with the end in mind, which means, before Gary ever picks up the camera, we have a plan for where and how these photos will hang in your home or the story we want to tell in your family album. Do you have a tall, skinny spot above your fireplace? Gary will create an amazing iconic image to hang there. Perhaps you want to start a family gallery incorporating older images with the new portraits you are commissioning. We can make that happen. Are you moving soon or live in a house with no wall space? Telling your family’s story in a luxurious, custom-designed album lets you capture and preserve this stage of your children’s lives. Your unique needs and concerns will guide your one-on-one Consultation with Gary.

The Consultation

A consultation with Gary kicks off the Gary Johnson Photography Process.  Gary wants the scoop on your family and kids. What are their personalities like? Who’s the dialed-in kid, who’s the rebel? Understanding your family dynamics allows him to capture their personalities and their relationships as they really are.
Your every question will be answered, including:
Where is the best location to photograph your family
What types of clothing photograph best?
A full understanding of the investment you’ll be making.
The most suitable areas of your home for your family portraits.
And other burning questions such as whether or not to bring the family pet (the answer is, “yes!”)

The Portrait Session

I know what you will be going through while organizing your loved-ones to get dressed, pile in the car, and make it to the portrait session.  It can be a stressful time as you worry about certain members of the family not behaving like you would hope.  Well,  don’t drive yourself crazy because when you arrive I will take control of the situation and you just have to worry only about yourself.  I am a professional photographer who knows how to capture beautiful images you will treasure forever.

The Viewing Appointment

Before you arrive to view your portraits I will have chosen the “best of the best” images and project them on to a screen for you to see.  I will show you only retouched images and walk you through the selection process.  I will show you some sample wall groupings and album designs so you can see what my professional eye has in mind.  From there you can change out images with your favorites so you end up with products that you will treasure forever.

Delivery and Installation

Most of our clients prefer to have their portraits delivered and installed in their homes. About 2-4 weeks after your order has been placed, your portraits will be delivered and installed in your home. This service eliminates the “a little to the left” fights between well-meaning husbands and micro-managing wives (or vice versa;). Let us handle the heavy lifting and hanging.

Take All of the Credit

The hard work is over. Your portraits adorn the walls of your home. Your family album has pride of place on your coffee table and you are receiving text after text about the  your fabulous holiday cards. Sit back and take credit for creating those beautiful humans that are your children and enjoy seeing the people you love on the walls of your home. Every. Single. Day.

The Long Term Plan

We are thrilled that your portraits are hung on your walls with care, but we know that those kids will keep growing and changing, so what about next year, and the year after that?  Our portraits and collections are designed to look good now AND be able to move throughout your home as we add to your family art collection over time.



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