What To Expect


When you’re ready to book your session, you will receive the password to my Client Area. Here you’ll be able to read and submit the session agreement, pay the session deposit, fill out a client questionnaire, see the full product list and read detailed information specific to your type of session. Please take the time to read these items carefully. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have.  Your session will be officially reserved once you have submitted session agreement, questionnaire and session deposit. The deposit will be credited toward your collection purchase.

Pre-Session Consultation

Your pre-session consultation will be held via phone 7-10 days before your session. During the consultation we’ll discuss locations, times, wardrobe choices and get to know each other a little better before we meet up for your session. I find that his helps everyone feel more relaxed from the beginning of your session.  I recommend you take a look at my “Photography Session Style” board on Pinterest if you need wardrobe inspiration.

Your Portrait Session

Plan on arriving 15 minutes early for your session. There are always last minute details to take care of (makeup to touch up, fly-away hairs to tame, noses to wipe, etc) and it’s best to have a cushion of time so these things won’t take up our shooting time.  It also helps you relax a little before we get started. If you’re feeling rushed or tense it’ll be reflected in  your images. Most sessions are scheduled for the two hours before sunset (not newborn sessions) to ensure the most flattering light, but can make it a tight squeeze if we start late. The duration of your session depends on the type you’ve chosen (Signature or Petite).

Image Gallery

Within 2 weeks of your session, I will notify you that your images are ready for viewing. They will be placed in a password-protected online gallery for your privacy.


You will be able to purchase your images in the online gallery as well as purchase any additional products you’re interested in. Digital files are available for download and any product orders will be placed through my pro lab.


Orders are delivered within 2-4 weeks, depending on the products you’ve selected and hand-delivered to your doorstep.

Marissa Gifford is a natural light photographer specializing in newborn, senior, and family photography in the Vancouver, WA & Portland, OR area.