I want to book a portrait session, what is the first step?

Awesome! The first thing we will do is schedule a consultation so we can discuss how YOU want to be photographed, who you want to be photographed with, wardrobe suggestions and you can see some of my beautiful products! Call, text or email me! (scroll to the bottom of the page or go here!)

Is hair & makeup included? Can I save money if I do my own?

Professional hair styling and makeup is included in the session fee.  This is a complimentary service so if you choose to do it yourself the price is still the same.

Do I bring my own clothes? What do I wear?

At the consultation I will provide you with a welcome packet that has tips about what to wear. We will discuss what photographs well and what doesn’t.  I do have a small studio wardrobe you are welcome to look through and try on while you are here so you know in advance if they work for you or not.  For a full portrait session you can bring 4-5 outfits that you love.

When is the payment due?

The session fee is due at the time of booking. This will secure your portrait session day.  A week or 2 after the session you will return to view and purchase your products. Be prepare to fall in love with all of them! Payments for all product will be due the day of your premier ordering session. I accept cash, check or credit cards. You can also apply here for installments and receive an instant notification if you are approved. You can choose to pay over 3, 6 or 12 months. Interest rates vary. You can find more information about that here.

Will you be able to get a good picture of me? I am NOT photogenic!

I have spent years learning posing for various body types and different lighting techniques for male vs female, older vs. younger etc.  It is my goal to show you the very best portrait you have seen of yourself.  It is not your job to be photogenic!  You will be relaxed, at ease and we will just have fun during your session – no pressure to be perfect! I will guide you through every pose! You don’t need to worry about anything – I’ve got you!

How far out are you booking?

An EPIC photoshoot takes time to plan and prepare. I like to book sessions 3-4 weeks out.  However, if you are in a time crunch I will do my best to fit you in and make sure all the bases are covered. If you need a Saturday session that is prime time and I recommend contacting me 2-3 months prior.

Can I just get the digital files?

Absolutely, but why would you want to? My goal is to provide you with products that will last for generations to come!  Every purchased print comes with a digital file.  The price is the same whether you take home the print and digital, just the print or just the digital.

How long will a session take?

Generally my full portrait session can take anywhere from 3-5 hours depending how many people are being photographed, how many makeovers and how many outfit changes.

How long until I get my images?

A week or 2 after your portrait session you will return to my studio to view your images.  You will select the ones you love to purchase.  The prints on my reveal wall will be ready to go home with you that day.  Any wall enlargement orders will be placed soon there after and can take anywhere from 1-3 weeks depending on the product.

What products do you offer?

I proudly offer the absolute highest quality products offered to professional photographers. My signature product is a Reveal Folio Box made of genuine distressed leather tailor-made in Italy.  I also offer acrylic wall art, metal prints, standouts and framed art. See more here.

Do you only shoot in studio?

No. I started my career photographing people outside before I fell in love with my studio work.  Florida, of course, is HOT! I found many of my clients would start “melting” just a few minutes after their session started. While I have learned to edit from some of the world’s best, one thing I cannot edit is sweaty hair! Something to keep in mind when considering an outdoor session.  If you are only interested in an outdoor session – let’s plan it during the cooler winter months! I would love to photograph you how YOU want to be photographed!


Christina Gard

Kim captured our family so beautifully and blessed us with incredible keepsakes that will last us a lifetime. Thank you for the most extraordinary photos, you are so gifted!


Bill & Pam Mutz

Kim Carpenter is extraordinary. Her artistic eye manages complexities producing classic simplicity. She optimizes natural lighting to provide brilliant angles of exposure enhancing every client. Masterful editing provides the extraordinary finishing touches of elegance. Her compilations result in portraits beloved for a lifetime. All the while, this product results from a joyful and encouraging lady behind the lens. Our family is deeply grateful to work with Kim as she overcomes every hurdle and objection we throw her way. Kim is a problem-solving, photographic artist we are grateful to know!


Janice Harvey

Working with Kim Carpenter was such an amazing experience for my daughter. My daughters name is Brittnie and she is 32 with Down Syndrome. She loves having her picture made but we always struggle with the right expressions. Kim made Brittnie's day by having her hair and makeup done for her and then was very patient and kind! Brittnie walked away saying she felt like a model and for a parent with a special needs child it bring tears to your eyes to know her confidence was lifted even if it was just for a few short hours. Thank you Kim for making her day.


Michael Belliveau

Kim did my professional and creative barber portraits...she came up with so many cool ideas...and they are amazing! This old man has never received so many compliments. Thank you, Kim! Any of you out there who need the best portraits Kim now!! You will be blown away by the results.


Christine Ehlenbeck

Kim shot professional headshots for myself and two of my associates. We were SO pleased with the experience from start to finish. The final product will surely help us to stand out in our market. Her turnaround time was also very fast.


Kristin Burton

The entire experience was amazing! I felt so special having my hair and makeup professionally done. The actual photo session was awesome! Kim is a consummate professional with an amazing talent that brings out the beauty in each and every person she photographs.


Kathy Agner

Fabulous experience! Kim has a well trained eye, great personality that makes her easy to work with and is a master of her craft. I highly recommend that if you need professional photos you give Kim a call; you won't be sorry. It was priceless to be made to feel like a beautiful, empowered woman; age can also be freeing!


Madalyn Batman

Kim Carpenter NAILED IT!! I actually LOVE my photos!! She spent so much time tweaking this and that to ensure we had the perfect portrait! She created an environment that made you feel your best while remaining comfortable and relaxed. Magazine quality photos was the end result! I HIGHLY recommend her to EVERYONE!!! Hair and makeup were on point and professionally done and I was blown away by the finished product.Nothing but top notch service from top notch ladies. Simply amazing.


Taylore Maxey

Kim is top notch, professional, and easy to work with. And her photography is..... AMAZING!! My family recently had our family portraits taken by her and we look GREAT! We did not leave not one photo at the studio during our reveal session...we took them all 🙂 Thank you, thank you, thank you Kim!


Robin Thorpe

Our experience with Kim was truly awesome. We loved how relaxed and at ease she made us feel. The end result was unbelievable.

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