The process




I understand that there are a lot of things to think about when booking a photographer. I want all of my clients to know that my top priority before booking is to make sure we're a good fit! This helps make the experience so much more fun for you, and you will truly love the outcome of your portraits. We will chat via email, over the phone, or schedule a coffee date to go over the details!


In order to make things official and get your session reserved on my calendar, there are three simple steps you need to take.
1. Choose your package
2. Sign the session agreement
3. Pay the retainer fee

All of these steps take minutes to do online! I guide you every step of the way and make sure all of your questions are answered before booking!

next we'll start planning your dream session! YAY!

We'll go over allll of the details of your session to make sure it is exactly what you've been dreaming of! I'll send you a welcome guide which includes a style guide, location ideas, and questions to customize your experience. No two clients are alike, and no two sessions are alike. I want your experience to be all about YOU, and I want your photos to reflect your personality. We'll choose the perfect locations, go over your final outfit choices, and I'll be here to help with any additional questions you may have!

the day you've been waiting for - it's your session day! 

Your session day is here! Yay! We will meet at the location you choose and chat a little before starting your photos. My main goal for the day of is for you to be comfortable, confident, and to have the time of your life! I don't jump right into taking photos as I know it's not every day that you dress pretty and frolic around a field, am I right? I promise that even if you tell me that you're "awkward" I'm going to make you look UH-mazing in your portraits. I'll do everything I can to get genuine laughs, smiles, and reactions - and your personality will shine through your photos naturally!

your photo delivery - what to expect, and what you'll receive 

After your session is over I will deliver your lightly edited online proofing gallery within ONE week of your session. Your proofing gallery will include the best images from your session. After you choose your favorite images from your proofs, I will make final adjustments on each  image to remove any distractions, as well as fine-tuning makeup and stray hairs. I want your images to be absolutely perfect. I don't do any crazy editing, as I want your natural beauty to shine through your portraits! After I make final adjustments you can expect an online gallery with your high-res digital images in one to two more weeks.

your product delivery

I want to provide you with not only gorgeous images but heirloom products. I want you to walk away with your images not only available online, but in your hands! Ordering products is not a requirement when booking with me. I let you choose if they’d like them as an add-on option only. This way, your experience is truly customized for you!

If you choose to order products you can expect all products to be delivered three weeks after your order date.


kerri + mike

"Sarah did an in-home session with my family when my twin boys were 5 months old. She was friendly and professional in all of her communication with us and during the session. She made my family feel comfortable the entire time she was in our home taking photos of us and our boys. The photos turned out amazing and we received them so quickly! I love how natural the photos were and how they captured the personality of our boys.

A few months later my best friend came to visit and wanted to get professional photos of us and our kids. We loved working with Sarah so much that I recommended her to my friend who then booked Sarah to capture photos of the two of us and our children. This was another excellent experience and we look forward to working with Sarah again in the future!"

"the photos turned out amazing"

addie + austin

"Sarah is nothing short of amazing. She has taken photos of us when she first started her business, and recently for our engagement and wedding! We love Sarah’s work and attention to detail. She will be our go-to photographer whenever we need someone to capture special moments in our lives. In addition to her great talent, she also has a kind personality, is very easy to work with, and is super professional. Sarah cares about her clients wholeheartedly. When we lost our grandmother after our wedding, we requested photos of her before we received our final collection. Sarah made sure we had images of her to cherish the very next day! We simply love what she does and could not recommend her enough. Thank you Sarah!"

"Sarah cares about her clients wholeheartedly"

sadie - 2020 senior

"I joined the spokesmodel team because it was something I never really did before, and it was a new experience. You meet a lot of new people and make friendships. Sarah made it very easy to get the best pictures. She is very chill and kindhearted. Not only is she a fantastic photographer, she’s a wonderful role model. My favorite part of being a spokesmodel was the girls and Sarah! She made every experience very enjoyable for us girls! We were all full of conversations and giggles!"

"she's a wonderful role model"

elizabeth + tim

"I found Sarah through Instagram while searching for a photographer to capture my daughter's first birthday photos. Her profile caught my attention because of the brightness & bold colors. She not only nailed every single shot I was looking for, but she was SO easy to work with! Every single photo in our gallery was out of this world adorable & I have gotten SO many compliments on them! I will definitely use Sarah for any future photo sessions! Highly recommend this young lady!"

"she was so easy to work with"

emily + mark

"Sarah did such a great job with not only our little 5 month old, but our two pups as well! She got all the best angles and smiles during our in-home lifestyle session. The colors, editing, everything is gorgeous! She made us feel so comfortable and was so great with getting us our gallery very quickly. I would highly recommend Sarah, 10/10! "

"she made us feel so comfortable"

cassidy + brock

"Sarah is someone who you feel comfortable around and understands what you want captured. She has done 4 sessions for us (including our wedding), and has got my husband to cooperate and actually enjoy photos! She listens to you and let's you bring your own ideas to your shoot, too. Let's just say, Sarah will always capture every photo session for us! "

"she got my husband to enjoy photos"

kate + thomas

"If you’re looking for someone who has an eye for tiny details and can make ANYTHING look incredible, Sarah is your girl. I cannot recommend her enough!!! She is so easy to work with, very professional, and extremely down to earth. She made capturing wedding photos a breeze!"

"she can make anything look incredible"

Each portrait session is one-of-a-kind and personalized for each client. Each session comes with a style guide, client questionnaire, outfit changes, digital images, and printing rights. You have the option to have your session wherever you please, and I do travel for most of my sessions! Whether you want to adventure to the city or stay cozy in your home, I'm up for traveling to make your dream session come true! You choose a package and payment plan that works best for you, and custom payment plans are available!

Only $200 is due to secure your booking, and the remaining balance will be put on a payment plan!

Seniors start at $800
families + couples start at $550


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Sarah Neeley is a family and senior photographer based in Edwardsville, IL. 

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