KAREN
RAINIER

Maryland & Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

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 weddings     ||     portraits    ||    boudoir    

Based between Lancaster PA & Baltimore MD

available for travel everywhere

celebrate moments

mini sessions

As a mom of two young boys, I know how fast time passes. I want to remember every smile, every smirk, and every hug. I offer seasonal mini sessions on designated dates for families, seniors and couples to give you a simple and affordable way to come back each year to provide you with updated photos, and artistic & authentic photos to display on your walls and holiday cards. 

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Mini sessions are only offered a few times a year and typically sell out in a week or less!  Subscribe here so you never miss an update, event, or special offer! 

But first...why professional prints?

Would you buy an expensive steak from a 5 star restaurant  but ask them to give it to you raw to save money, and then bring it to McDonald's and ask them to cook it? If not, then why pay for a five-star photography experience and for me to professionally edit your photos, just to take it to a teenager at Target to print at a machine that distorts the colors, sharpness and overall quality... see what I mean? There is a better option.

If you are working with me, you obviously care a lot about quality and are willing to invest in high-quality photography. I edit each and every photo meticulously, and I want you to have professional print options so that you can have printed photos that retain their color, clarity and overall quality.

I offer flexible pricing and a la carte options in case you decide to opt out of professional prints, and all digitals come with a print release, which means you are always able to print your photos where and when you want (even via the teenager at the Target counter if that is what you choose lol!) 

However, all collections come with a "print credit" which is simply a gift card to purchase professional quality prints easily and conveniently through your digital gallery. I guarantee once you see the difference in professional prints and products, you will understand why this is so important and valuable, and you won't be hanging Wal-Mart prints on your wall anymore! 

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Flexible Pricing: How It Works

I want every portrait and mini-session client I work with to have access to purchase as much or as little as you want. Maybe you only want a few great photos for a holiday card. Or maybe you are celebrating a milestone and want lots of digital photos. Maybe you prefer to invest in wall art or a gallery wall, or perhaps you prefer to focus on getting the high resolution edited digitals. Either way, we have options that suit your needs!  Read on to understand the simple process and all of your options. 

the process

1. Book Your Session:

Contact me to sign up for a mini-session

Sign a contract & pay $195 retainer fee to reserve your time on a designated mini session date.

*This fee is for the session only

2. Choose Your Collection: 

Choose your collection. Your final payment is due 7 days prior to your session.

 

3. Order Your Prints/Products:

Your gallery will be available 7-10 days after your session, along with a print credit code, and it is as easy as clicking on the shopping cart icon on your favorite photo to see all of the available options. Then simply enter the code upon checkout to apply your print credit gift card!

 What should we wear?

 LOVE & LAUGHTER:  I focus on authentic personalities, genuine connections and real smiles. This may mean that everyone isn't always looking and smiling directly at the camera, and that is more than ok with me. As a mom myself, my favorite photos with my family are the ones where we are looking and smiling at each other. I love to help pose you in ways that allow you or your family to interact naturally with both me and with each other. My goal is to make the experience fun and I have lots of tricks up my sleeve to make everyone feel comfortable.

 

OUTDOOR MINIS: For outdoor sessions, I like to shoot at locations that are kid-friendly/safe with reduced distractions and lots of options. Sometimes I will style my mini sessions with fun vintage props and other times I will choose a gorgeous simple location that doesn't require any styling, like a sunflower garden. 

 

 IN-STUDIO LIFESTYLE MINIS: Lifestyle mini sessions take place in my in-home studio, filled with natural light and neutral colors. This is a great way to capture the love of your family in a comfortable location with no distractions, rain, humidity etc! Just your family, cuddling and loving on each other with a big focus on laughter and love! (PS- pets are welcome at the studio!) 

 

 Be YOU. Be bold! Step away from the match-matchy stuff.  Consider comfort, style and limitations of the location, and weather! Dress to impress but also stay comfortable! Check out my blog post with tips on dressing the entire family in 5 fail-proof steps HERE. Also, I am here to help and I'm happy to give advice on what does and doesn't photograph well, and some sessions even include a wardrobe and location consult :)  

 I am often shooting weddings and events on the weekends which limits the times I have available for families to the 3-4 advertised weekend mini session dates per year. I will also advertise one lifestyle mini session weekend date per year, typically around the holidays.

 

 Please understand I choose mini session locations. These locations are chosen based on a variety of factors and typically focus on locations that can accommodate shooting all day long and that have lots of shade so we still achieve great skin tones and the evenly-lit look that you see in my portfolio.  

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