Family FAQs

You've got questions?
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How long have you guys been around?

We’ve been shooting kiddos and family portraits since 2007. We began the crazy adventure of shooting weddings in 2009.

What is a session with JSi like?

We’ll spend about an hour together at the Kansas City metro location of your choice. First and foremost, we’ll choose a location that has great lighting and interesting environments. We’ll spend our time together laughing, playing a few games, having a stress-free FUN time. We WILL ask you to smile for the camera, but we’ll do it with style and hopefully a bit of entertainment (which is code for Mike will make odd sounds and jump over Julie’s head-true story). We do a mix of posing and interacting shots. Don’t expect it to be a ‘smiling at the camera the whole time’ type of session. We firmly believe it’s important to capture not only what you all look like at this moment in time, but how you feel about each other.

Can I get studio portraits?

Well, you can, just not with JSi…. 😉 Even though you’re invited to the JSi Studio for your personal ordering appointment, it’s really only a super-cool meeting space and not suited for shooting in. Studio work is great and all, don’t get us wrong. We just like the freedom of a real environment more. It’s actually an important element in what makes our style look the way it does.

Do you offer digitals?

Yep, we sure do. You can purchase one individual file, a bundle, or the whole kit and caboodle! But, that jump drive sure won’t look as nice on your walls as a big, beautiful canvas though 😉 

How do I book/reserve a session?

Your session date is reserved once your portrait contract is signed and your session fee is paid.

When is the best time for my session?

Our favorite time of day to shoot is during the evening a few hours before sunset. It’s hands-down the most flattering light of the day!

What if I have to reschedule?

Payment of your session fee reserves that day and time so that no one else gets it. So, when you can’t make it, no one else gets that spot either. But we totally understand that life happens. You get one complimentary reschedule for any reason. After that, if you still need to reschedule there is a $75 rescheduling fee.

What if the weather is bad on the day of my session?

Since we live in the land of weather being persnickety, it’s a very good time to talk about our inclement weather procedure. If the forecast calls for rain/strong winds/snow, we will contact you the night before your session and see if it’s possible to make a call at that time. Often though, it’s a matter of waiting until those last few hours before to really know. If that’s the case, we will call you 3 hours prior to let you know our thoughts. If we postpone, no worries! As a general rule, we try to keep Sundays available for rescheduling. We will also provide you with a list of alternate dates that are available as well.

I have no idea where to have my session, help!

Breath! It’s okay! If you don’t have any specific inspiration for your location we are loaded with ideas. We’ll take care of you.

Can you help me with what to wear?

Of course we can! We have an inspiration page filled with examples from real JSi sessions, beautiful color scheme suggestions, and helpful hints sprinkled throughout.

What if I am late to my session?

Tsk tsk tsk… no, we’re just kidding-it’s not a problem! We try not to book sessions back to back in case things happen, but often it’s a matter of running out of light. No light=no pictures. It’s just that simple. For that reason, if you are more than 20 minutes late we will automatically reschedule.

What if my kiddos don’t behave at the session?

DON’T worry if your kiddos don’t want to smile. As much as you want your kiddo to be a perfect angel during the session, let yourself off the hook if it doesn’t happen. This is where we work our JSi magic 😉 It takes some kiddos a little longer to warm up to new people than others. We are pretty good at detecting that and turning things around. Pushing them is not going to make them smile-that’s a proven fact. 

How much pizza will Mike eat after the session?

Well, the man bleeds pizza sauce so it’s a given that the level of pizza consumption is going to be pretty high. (You know us so well!)

What happens after the session?

Once your session is over, the agonizing wait begins! But, we’ll alleviate your anticipation with a teaser image on our Facebook page. Click to become a fan, it’s a F-U-N page, we promise! Once your session is over you’ll come in for your own personal ordering appointment at the JSi Studio. This is the time when you’ll see your images for the first time, get acquainted with all of our yummy products and place your order. AND…. we’ll help you every step of the way to prepare for your ordering appointment, no worries.

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