We are so pleased you have chosen Emily Hardy Photography and look forward to working with you to exceed your expectations. Custom portraiture is an investment in beautiful artistry that will be treasured for generations to come and we are committed to capturing your family in an original, artistic, natural way, creating the heirlooms that will become your family’s history.

This welcome kit shares what you can expect from your custom photography experience with Emily Hardy Photography and provides helpful, important information about the uniquely rewarding experience we offer.

Additionally, we have a terrific referral program. When you refer a client to us, we show our appreciation by extending a $50 portrait credit to you and a 10% discount to your friend.

If you have questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to working with you.


Emily Hardy


The Custom Photography Experience.

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 “in line,” or the feeling of a crowded portrait studio.

Offering a range of products and unparalleled service, our custom photography studio:

  • offers the finest service and portraiture available
  • presents the best images that meet our creative sensibilities and highest standards
  • provides images which are fully edited, color corrected and retouched
  • keeps you and your total experience in mind

We are excited to begin our creative journey with you!

Emily Hardy Photography


Remember which clothing to choose for the best session ever? If not, don’t despair. We’ll share what to wear.


  • neutral colors
  • layered looks
  • stylish shoes
  • a week old haircut
  • manicured/trimmed nails
  • simple accessories
  • glare-free eyeglasses
  • a squeaky-cleaned face (kids and babies)

Don’t Dare

  • loud patterns
  • wrinkled clothes
  • big white leather sneakers
  • a new haircut
  • big logos and words
  • distracting, trendy jewelry
  • sunglasses
  • sunburns

our favorite stores include

GAP, Paper Kite, Janie and Jack, Oh So Vera

Questions? We’re always just a phone call (or email) away!

What to wear.

What you wear is key for a successful session. Clothing complements who you are as a family, speaks to the environment in which the session is taking place, and coordinates with the home where final images will be displayed. Your style should be as unique as your family, so we’ve put together some clothing advice for a creative, comfortable session.

For the whole family.

Be sure to plan your outfits completely a few days before your session. Here are some general rules of the road for making picture-perfect fashion decisions:

Choose a palette of 3-4 colors and mix it up, including both pants and dresses. You want a cohesive feel, but without being overly ‘matchy-matchy’. Picture a page in a clothing catalog where everyone coordinates, but nobody stands out more than the rest.

Light clothes look better on lighter backgrounds, and dark clothes look better on darker backgrounds.

Generally, sleeveless shirts and shorts on adults tend not to flatter, but layered clothing is fabulous.

Arrange your outfits ahead of time on a big bed, including accessories.

Make sure all clothes are clean and pressed and on hangers a few days before your session.

Remember, shoes must be clean and stylish, too.

Babies and Kids

Newborns are sweet, sleepy bundles; keep things simple.


  • solid onesies, simple cloth diapers or diaper
  • covers, and plain swaddling blankets
  • knitted caps, which are adorable for a few images
  • a few special/classic props, like heirloom silver rattles
  • extra blankets for variety


  • grown-up clothes, with collars and buttons
  • socks, shoes, or big bows

Babies and Kids can be bolder with color and style.


  • to show off their fun style with layered clothing
  • non-fussy, casual clothes to keep kids comfortable
  • and for natural expressions of their real personalities
  • fitted clothes


  • big bows, any sort of makeup or excessive hairspray
  • baggy clothes



  • clothes that flatter your body type and coordinate well with the rest of the group
  • solid colors, which usually photograph best
  • groomed facial hair
  • to have hair cut a week, or so, before the session (men)
  • to have hair styled before the session (women)
  • to have natural makeup that is slightly heavier than usual


  • very dressy clothes, unless it is a formal event
  • sleeveless shirts and shorts, which tend to not flatter adults
  • logos and bold patterns

We will gladly retouch boo-boos, scars, and blemishes if required. Our clients love this extra service.

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Portrait Art.

For your home and life.

The goal for any portrait session is the creation of stunning art for display in your home and keepsakes to last a lifetime.

This guide will introduce you to our studio’s most popular products and wall gallery layouts.

Fine Art Prints.

Stunning beyond measure, the true treasure of your portrait session is the creation of stunning custom portraits for display in your home. Emily Hardy Photography is proud to offer custom choices to ease you into beautiful, decorative art that will remain a joy for years to come.

While our studio offers three basic options for displaying your images, we also create custom portraits to your size needs and specifications as well as your choice of color or black and white.

Need smaller prints? Our specialty 8×10 gift prints make wonderful presents for friends and family.

Mounted Prints + Standouts.

A popular option for display, standouts are not only sturdy and long lasting, they deliver immediate appeal.

For this custom treatment, your photographic print will be carefully mounted directly to a thick, lightweight board and finished with a solid, black, white, wood or stainless 3/4 inch edge.

Because standouts arrive ready to display with hanging holes on the back, these images do not require matting or framing and are the perfect solution for tight spaces where you want to maximize the size of the image.

Museum Wrap Canvases.

Printed directly on fine art canvas, your image is wrapped around a custom made stretcher frame for a clean, gallery style look. Ready to hang upon arrival, you’ll enjoy instant gratification coupled with life long memories in a museum quality image.

All gallery wraps include a matte, semi-gloss, or high gloss laminate that not only protects the gallery wrap from scuffs, scratches, and cracking, it also provides UV light protection for years of enjoyment.

Wall Galleries.

The best way to display portraits is to marry the collection with the style of your décor. When considering lifestyle photography, groupings of portraits in a series are an effective and contemporary way to tell your story. At Emily Hardy Photography we will gladly walk you through our Wall Gallery options, showcasing all of our most popular arrangements.

Because part of the custom service we offer is to assist in creating interesting and unique displays for your home, our artisans will help plan your wall galleries with your favorite images, coupled with frames, or displayed as mounted prints or museum wrap canvases. Our goal is to provide you with images as dynamic and original as you are.