Colorado Springs Photographer

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Hi, I’m Kristen Duke! Thanks for visiting my site to learn about my photography. Colorado is now my home (moved from Austin in July 2020), and I’m delighted to share about how to be your new Colorado Springs Family Photographer! If you’re not already following along on my often updated micro-site on Instagram, do that now! CLICK HERE: @KristenDukePhotography and follow along for updates on petite sessions, sneak peeks, mom photo tips, and how to decorate with pictures. You can catch similar updates on my Facebook page.

Watch this 2 minute video to get to know me, a sampling of family portrait sessions, and how I conduct sessions (detailed below as well).

This site was created in 2010 sharing photo tips, then became a place for lifestyle shares with all of the holiday, home decoration, and party planning. It will continue to house all of that, and now it will be updated only occasionally. It will house my Colorado Family Photography information, The Camera Academy for Moms, Decorating with Pictures, and what to wear in family pictures.

Colorado Springs Photography

I have 2 types of family sessions to choose from: 1) Custom photo sessions 2) Mini sessions which I call petite sessions

(High School Senior pictures are slightly different and have their own info page, click on that link!)

I understand that some people would like a custom tailored session orchestrated just for them, while others just want “a few pictures” to remember this moment in time.

My specialty is family photo sessions, and I also love high school senior portraits. No newborn sessions at this time, but I LOVE newborns WITH the family.

The deposit and session fee’s are non refundable, but transferable to another date, in the event of illness or inclement weather. Contact Kristen via email (kristenduke AT gmail . com) or Instagram message to secure your custom portrait time slot, along with an idea of where you’d like your session to take place.

Since I’m new to the Colorado Springs area, I’m GRATEFUL for any word of mouth you can help me in spreading the word for my photography services.

Colorado Springs photographer

Custom Portrait Session ($545+tax):

My favorite portrait sessions are a photo journalistic approach. I love capturing family interaction and play at your own home, a creative theme idea, or favorite family spot around town.  The Custom Portrait Session is a collaboration between my ideas and those that hold special meaning to you. Do you have a family favorite ice cream shop?  Love to make pancakes together on Saturday mornings? Have a fun theme in mind? I am a “fly on the wall” capturing your family as they are, in a photo journalistic way, with candid and posed shots.  I want you to walk away from this session with a documentation of a slice of your life. I don’t want you to have a “hard time choosing” because I want you to have them all, so this package is all inclusive!

The Custom Portrait Session includes:

  • Pre-session clothing consultation & location discussion via phone/text
  • 45-60 minute custom tailored session
  • Yours to keep:  75+ Full resolution images to print as you’d like ($1000 value)
  • 16×20 Mounted Print of your favorite image ($100 value)

Add on heirlooms:

  • Hard cover storybook album, includes 20 images/20 pages, 8×10 sized
  • Print orders, canvas, cards, albums are optional but available

When most people think about hiring a professional photographer, they don’t consider their home as the backdrop they are looking for. But why not??? Beautiful portraits in the place you spend the most time as a family offers the most unique atmosphere. I would suggest this only if you love the decor in your home, and it is free of clutter. I often like to create activities such as hanging out on the couches, sitting around the piano, jumping on the trampoline, or even having a cookie making event in the kitchen. Possibilities are endless–what does your family love to do at home together?

Here are some full galleries you can view from custom portrait sessions: Family 1 // Family 2 // Family 3 // Family 4

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Colorado Springs Mini Session

Petite Portrait Session ($325+tax):

This session is only available when scheduled by Kristen on a pre-set date, scheduled back-to-back with other family mini sessions. They are announced quarterly, at a location of Kristen’s choosing. Feel free to inquire about the next petite session, nominate a location, or if you bring along 2 friends, you can set the date! Images guaranteed: Posed family shot, just kids, mom+dad, individuals, candid “family walk”

The petite session ($325) includes:

  • pre-session clothing consultation via text
  • 15 minute photo session
  • 40+ images fully edited images to download + print as you’d like ($750 value)
  • 8×10 Print of your favorite image
  • Prints ordered additional if desired

This 20 minute mini session will not happen every month. Watch for announcements on Instagram/Facebook or inquire for the next one. I will select the date and location and will hold firm to the time slots. This shortened session doesn’t lack in beautiful moments captured, just in the variety, and are more posed in nature. Some people worry their kids won’t behave or that won’t be enough time, I PROMISE, it works out! I’ve been doing this time frame for years, and most people are very pleasantly surprised what can be captured in this time frame.

For Petite Portrait Session sample galleries, see here and  here and here and here. With just enough time for 1 family pose and a few individual shots, or a handful of shots of just children/senior in high school. This includes all of the best images, minimum of 10, generally up to 40.

Though I announce a few dates for petite sessions in advance, I will be holding them each season, they can be on a date of your choosing if you gather 2-3 friends to join you with a booked session. Otherwise, watch for my announcements on Instagram/Facebook for future dates.

Family Reunion Photography Colorado

{The above “family reunion” photo session is booked as a Custom Portrait session, and depending on size, and desire for individual grouping, may be subject to $100 per individual family beyond the big group}

Porch Pictures ($95 +tax)

Offered just ONCE a year! Some families just want a quick and painless family picture without all of the individual shots, and the ease of not leaving your home, so I offer porch pictures in the front or backyard that is a 5 minute session where I come to your home and snap and go! (If your home is more than 10 minutes from mine, a travel fee of $20 will be charged per 10 miles, or you can come my tree filled backyard.) I started this last April 2020, and got such great success, I wanted to start offering it to everyone. Besides, your home is an extension of your family, it needs to be photographed at least ONCE! Travel fees apply over 10 miles of the Briargate area in Colorado Springs, and if you’re in Denver, ideally gather 5 or more friends who would also love porch pictures. All digital images included (10-15).

Here are a few galleries to look at individual family porch pictures: Walker Family, Estes Family, Smith Family, Given Family

Porch Pictures Kristen Duke Photography

***If you find you are not completely satisfied with your gallery images, I am happy to re-shoot your session. I don’t want you to worry going into your session that your investment in portraits hinges on one day. I want you to be happy:)

Find out more about high school senior pictures on that link, or click on the image below.

Colorado Springs Senior Photographer

To see more about how I photograph professional offices such as dentists or doctors, head to the professional page (sample image below).

Colorado Dental Photographer

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