So, you're considering Shalay Peterson Photography! That is awesome! I am very excited by this opportunity and want to thank you for taking the time to look through my website and get a feel for what I can provide you!

Shalay Peterson Photography is a full service boutique business in Durham, North Carolina which means that I intend to walk you through this process every step of the way so that you will never feel stressed, overwhelmed, or abandoned. Rather, I create a FUN and memorable experience! I never want the memories of your family to begin to fade, so I want to help ensure that not only will they last but that they will be enjoyed for generations to come!

So what does a session with me look like? 

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Once you have filled out the form on my contact page I will set up a time to either call you or schedule a time to meet in person. During this complimentary consultation we will schedule your session, decide on a location, sign my contract, and fill out your family's questionnaire. This will help me get to know you and your family a little bit better so that I am already familiar with both you and your needs before the day of your session! 


After we've had your consultation you will receive my client guide which will walk you through your experience with me, this also includes a style guide to help you coordinate your family's outfits. Remember how I mentioned that I would guide you every step of the way? I don't intend to just drop off this guide and leave you to figure it out! I would LOVE to help you as you decide what to wear, whether that be via photos in a text, a facetime chat, a visit to your home, or even shopping with you!

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I want you and your family to have a great time and for everyone to feel at ease. So the first few minutes of your session will be spent playing and getting everyone (especially your children) comfortable with having me around. During your session we will spend a lot our time getting some fun, candid photos of your family as you naturally interact with each other. I will gently guide you so that you won't feel lost or awkward but rather that you spend that time connecting with your loved ones. We'll also grab some traditional shots as well. I love to let the kids lead as much as possible. If they are feeling pressured and just want to run around then that's totally okay! This experience is meant to be fun and stress-free! Trust me, you'll come out of it with some wonderful photos of your family!


We will set a date for your Reveal Night (which is definitely a highlight of your experience!). It will be about two weeks after your session. I will spend that time carefully editing each photo to perfection and preparing for your reveal night!

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This night is all about you! I will come to your home (that's right, no babysitter and you can even hang out in your pjs!) with a delicious dessert and show you a beautiful slideshow with the images that we captured during our time together. I will walk you through each step of the ordering process and even help you decide on photo placement on the walls of your home. Then, after your products I arrive, I will hand deliver them to ensure that everything is absolutely perfect!