lovely• timeless • darling

A $35.00 non-refundable retainer fee is due upon booking. Amount is applied to the total amount due. Remaining balance is due 24 hours before your scheduled session.

family session portrait locations


lovely • classic • bespoke

The full family photography photoshoot, allows more time to capture a variety of shots with different poses and location backgrounds. This means, clients will have a larger selection of family photos to choose from and can create a beautiful album to remember the experience. This collections is also great for extended family sessions. It'll allow plenty of time for group family photos and also creative groupings of each family.

  • 1 hour on location session
  • one outfit change allowed
  • digital download on 30-35 high resolution files
  • full print release


natural • darling • unique

Mini sessions; they're more affordable and quick. This is especially beneficial, for families with members who also aren't keen on picture day. Most individuals can manage 30 minutes, which is ideal for families with young children, reluctant spouses, shy teenagers, or individuals looking for updated photos without a lengthy duration of a full family photography session.

  • 30 minute outdoor session
  • no outfit changes allowed
  • digital download of 20 high resolution edited files
  • full print release
  • only hosted at Harry Myers Park in Rockwall | Spring Creek Nature Preserve in Garland
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family portraits Dallas TX


timeless • clean • prestine

Escape the uncertainty of Texas weather with a stress-free studio session all year round. When capturing your beautiful moments, light takes center stage. My setup boasts a pristine, white aesthetic complemented by an artificial window light that exudes stunning illumination at any time of day. Another add benefit, is studio keeps children focused and engaged during the session by removing the outdoor distractions that could potentially divert their attention.

  • 30-45 minute studio session
  • immediate families with 5 or less individuals
  • digital download of 20 high resolution edited files
  • full print release



1) How Far In Advance Should I Book My Family Photoshoot?


March, April, May, September, October and November are very popular months for a family photoshoot in Texas and they tend to book up fast so I would recommend the sooner the better. If are scheduling your session a couple weeks out, we can set a tentative date. Once we get closer to the date, if we need to move it, you’re more than welcome to reschedule your family session, without penalty.


2) How Do I Book My Family Portrait Session With You?


Once you’re ready to make it official, I will put together your contract and email it over along with the link to your PayPal invoice for the non-refundable retainer fee of $35. That amount is applied to the total amount due. The remaining balance is due 24 hours before your scheduled family photoshoot.


3) What Time of Day Do You Schedule The Family Photoshoots & Do You Offer Weekend Appointments?


Portrait sessions are always scheduled 1-1.5 hours before sundown. Lighting, is always more aesthetically pleasing with the soft afternoon golden glow. I do get asked alot about the heat in the summer months and I reassure you, it’s never an issue. I’m always conscious of making sure your attire, hair and pose is picture perfect and with that, if any sweat is visible, I always have clients dab it off. It’s actually quite the opposite during the hotter months; a little sweat always gives clients a beautiful shimmery glow in post processing.


Because I also specialize in weddings full time, unfortunately family or studio sessions are not scheduled on weekends. They must be booked during the week and the start time is anywhere between 6:30-7pm for the spring/summer months and 3:30-4pm for the fall/winter months.


4) What If We Run Out Of The Said Amount Of Time Allotted For My Collection?


No worries, this tends to happen quite often but I don’t want you to worry. Depending how everything is progressing, it might run a little longer or shorter so please don’t feel as though you have to rush through it all. I understand not all families are the same, especially when working with little ones. Although the time listed in your collection is a generalized time of how long the sessions typically take, your family photoshoot won’t be complete until I have the said amount of digitals, I am to produce.


5) Will You Help & Guide Us To Make Us Feel & Look Our Best?


Yes, I most certainly will! Let’s be honest, most don’t have the opportunity to get professionally photographed on a regular basis so it’s completely normal for clients to feel uneasy and anxious about the whole process. I don’t want you to worry. I come with enough experience to already envision the whole session before we even begin; posing, lighting, angles..etc. Not to mention, I have mastered the art of capturing perfect shots and can ensure you a wonderful collection of photos. With years of expertise, I have developed streamlined, efficient techniques that allow for a quick and seamless photoshoot experience.


6) What Creative Grouping Should I Expect From My Family Session?


Groupings starts with all family members together then branch off; mom and kid(s), dad and kid(s) and lastly your children together or individually. You’re more than welcome to bring your fur baby along as well. However, I would recommend that you bring an extra set of hands to watch them, while we're doing photo grouping that don't include them.


Poses will be a mixture of both traditional and candid photos for each grouping.


7) Does The Collection Price Change If I Don’t Need The Said Amount Of Digitals?


No, unfortunately it does not.


8) Do You Deliver Every Family Photo You Take?


I do not, I eliminate duplicate images, test shots, missed focused shots, shots with bad expressions and other images that doesn’t meet my high quality standard. For example, because I shoot with low apertures, sometimes I take a few extra shots to make sure I have the perfect focus. I don’t expect you to have the expertise or the time to zoom into each image to select the one with the sharpest focus, so I spend hours doing that on my end. In another example, when working with children, we all know how they can get unsettled in between those sweet tender moments. I still snap in between those moments because chances are there’s still a sweet snap in between it all! With my expertise of processing thousands of images each year, you can guarantee you will receive the very best quality work of images.



9) Will You Help Me Find a Location For My Family Portrait Session?


Yes, most certainly! Under the "info" menu column, you will find listings to my portrait locations within the Dallas area.


10) What Happens After My Session? How Long Will It Take To Receive My Photos?


After your session, your private proofing gallery will be emailed to you within a week of your session. This gallery will contain 40-55 images as unedited proofs. The gallery will remain open for one week for you to pick and choose your digital files. Each of your chosen images is a lovingly hand-edited, first processed from it's RAW file, before skin touch-ups, color cast removal, natural teeth whitening, detailed enhancement, shadow and highlight correction, removal of any background or foreground distractions, sunset sky editing (if the sky is visible in your photos) and beautiful natural color enhancements.


Hand editing is the only way to get the best results for your portraits. I don't batch edit or cut corners so it's a time consuming process. Not to mention, along with the dozens of other client galleries, I most likely have in rotation before I can start on yours. For this reason, I advise clients to allow 21 days from the session date to have all the high resolution edited files ready for delivery, via the online digital download link.


11) Is It Possible To Get A Few Photos Before The 21 Day Turn-around?


Certainly! When the gallery link of unedited files is emailed to you, please let me know which 2-3 photos you would like ASAP and I will have those to you within 48-72 hours. The rest of the files will be ready within the 21 day turnaround.



12) Do I Have Permission To Print & Share My photos? Can I Post Them On My Social Media..etc?


Yes, of course you can! Your collection price includes the session itself, post processing, digital files and print release. However, I do ask that you please do not print your family from a low quality printer like Wal-Mart, Target, CVS, Shutterfly, etc. The quality of your images will not reflect how beautiful they really are. The gallery in which your files are delivered to you, also allows you to order high quality fine art prints.


13) Can I Have The Unedited Files?


Raw images are not usable images – at least to a client. Raw images need to be processed in order to create a final image. Part of my job is to process your family photos, perfect them and create a finished product. Asking your family photographer for the RAW files, is like asking a cake vendor for an extra bag of flour, on the side. It’s only a partial ingredient in the overall product and means nothing on it’s own.


14) Once I Receive My Family Photos, What If There’s Something About Certain Ones I Do Not Like Or Want/Need Fixed?


I allow one revision of images per your request. This revision does not apply to the overall style/editing technique. If I missed removing a blemish from your face, a misplaced hair or something along those lines, at your initial request.


15) Can I Give You a List Of Specific Shots/Poses We Want?


Of course! It is so important that we collaborate on this. This is your family photoshoot and I want to give you exactly what you want but also keep in mind when looking at these images for inspiration, not all families are the same. If it’s becoming a challenge, meaning the pose doesn’t look genuine then I might offer an alternative to it so it’ll look more flattering.


16) What If We Need To Move Our Session Date, Or Even Worse, Cancel It, After We’ve Signed The Contract With You?


My contract does state my policies for handling situations like these. The deposit is always non-refundable no matter what. However, if you have to reschedule your session date, you can apply your retainer toward the new date, as long as I’m available. If you cancel your session altogether, unfortunately your retainer is non-refundable.


17) What Happens If There Is An Emergency The Day Of & You (or) I Cannot Make It?


If something happens to where I’m unable to make it to your sessions (acts of God, sudden death in the family, severe car crash, etc.) I will do everything in my power to make sure you are covered. However, I have photographed hundreds of clients and family photoshoots and haven’t missed a commitment yet. In your contract it also states that if this happens and I am unable to provide a suitable replacement, I will refund all of your payment.


18) Who Has The Rights To The Images?

Lily Hayes Photography, retains the copyright to all the images, per USC Title 17 (US Copyright Law). So just a little insight as to what that means, as the photographer, I retain the right to show off your gorgeous family photos to my other potential clients so that can see my beautiful work. You have solely, purchased reproduction rights, not the actual design. With your full print release (usage rights), you have the right to print and share the images being provided to you by, Lily Hayes Photography.


I know this can be a very exciting and stressful time for you, especially with not knowing what to expect. Hopefully our faq’s for your family portraits provided some reassurance and guidance. However, I also want you to be comfortable and at ease knowing you’re in wonderful hands. Having me photograph this precious moments for you, means a lot to me so anything I can do to make it a smooth journey for you, please don’t hesitate to let me know. Thank you so much and hope I get the opportunity to work with you soon.

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Lily Hayes is highly ranked family photographer in Dallas. Servicing Dallas, Plano, Allen, McKinney, Richardson, Carrollton, Frisco, Wylie, Rockwall and surrounding cities. Studio is located east of Dallas right off George Bush.

Studio Located:

4014 Dalton Dr Rowlett, TX 75089

E: lilyh@lilyhayesphotography.com

P: 972.832.2595