Family Portrait Sessions

Family is everything. As a mother, a partner, a daughter, and a sister, my family is my 'why' as a professional photographer. I have a passion for capturing a family’s story and what makes their love for one another unique. The images we capture together will be cherished by your family now and will be passed along for generations to come.

“Amber is an incredible and gifted photographer. She works well under pressure in any circumstances! She was able to capture my family in a way no other photographer has ever. Every picture was perfect. She is a delight to work with, and we will absolutely use her again!” - Cottingham Family


Family Portraits have a session fee of $350, which includes a consult and planning meeting, a wardrobe consultation, and your session at the location of your choice. I take pride in capturing your memories and turning them into beautiful works of art for your family to enjoy for generations through framed wall art and our Signature Heirloom Albums. Product offerings start at $250, and wall art collections start at $500. What you choose is entirely up to you; there is no minimum purchase. Simply purchase what you love and what brings you joy. All prints and products are available for purchase, separate from your portrait session fee.

Amber Foster Smith Photography | Holly Springs, NC Family Photographer

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Pre-Session Planning


Every session is carefully planned as a team to create a vision perfect for your one-of-a-kind experience. Before your session, I strive to find out as much as I can about your family. Whether that means us all getting together for a cup of coffee at the studio, meeting at my favorite local ice cream shop for a scoop, or even a quick phone call, I know your schedules are busy! I'll also send you a short questionnaire to help me to get to know you better as well.

Once we have found the perfect location, it is time to start planning your wardrobe. Trust me, I know the thought of it can be very overwhelming, but I promise it doesn't have to be. I will work with you to either coordinate your favorite pieces already in your closet or help guide you in selecting a few new pieces for your session. By the way, with my clients, it is totally normal and totally acceptable to call me from the dressing room for a second opinion or send me a dozen ideas you found while you were out shopping. It's okay, you've got this, and I'm here for you!

Your Family's Session + Location Inspiration

Does your family love getting outdoors and going on walks at the park? Perfect, let’s plan your session at that same place that holds so many of your family’s memories! Do you spend your weekends Downtown at festivals and enjoying all of the newest local eateries? Love it! Let’s spend an afternoon walking the streets of your favorite spot and enjoying a little something from your go-to sweet treat shop. Or maybe your idea of a perfect weekend is at home battling it out on game night and snuggling up for storytime? Whatever it is that brings you and your family joy, I want to be there to capture it!

Sessions typically last about an hour and can take place either outdoors at one of our signature locations, a location of your choice or our studio. You can expect to have a lot of fun while we capture a variety of candid moments as well as a few more comfortable but posed shots. My goal is to give you a variety of images, all of the most incredible quality.

Take a look at some of our signature locations to capture families at...

AFSP Signature Outdoors Locations

AFSP Studio in Downtown Holly Springs

The Big Reveal

You had an amazing time at your portrait session and by now you have already seen at least a sneak peek…or two and you can’t wait to see all of the images from your session!

So, what’s next?

About two weeks after your session, once your images are ready, you and your entire family are invited to join us at the studio for your Reveal and Ordering Session. We will start out sharing all of the moments we captured through a beautiful slideshow, and this is the point where moms (and me!) usually get a little teary-eyed.  It’s okay; I have tissues, just in case!


From there, we journey over to the Reveal Wall, where you can see and hold matted print proofs of all of your portraits. Having these prints allows you to pick up and see while comparing your favorites side by side. Once you have selected your favorites, I will assist you in picking out the best prints and products for your family, depending on your needs and your budget.

For family portrait sessions, I offer a variety of collections that include everything from gift-size prints to framed prints, as well as options for digital and print collections.  Most of my clients choose to create their own custom collection from our a la carte options since each family is so different.   Most commonly, my family portrait clients invest in a combination of Signature Heirloom Albums and Books, framed gallery wall art, and gift prints for their families.

I know the idea of viewing and ordering all of your favorites in one sitting may sound a bit overwhelming, but if you put your trust in me, I promise I will make the process not only easy but a lot of fun as well!  With all of my clients, we start off your session with a focus on what is most important to you, so by this time, I already know exactly what you love and how we can turn that into something you will enjoy every day!

Amber Foster Smith Photography | Holly Springs, NC Family Photographer

Check out some of our most popular products for Families!

Amber Foster Smith Photography | Holly Springs, NC Family Photographer

Signature Heirloom Album

Our Signature Heirloom Albums are handcrafted and beautifully simple from start to finish.  These top-of-the-line albums boast a luxurious, heirloom-quality finish with a standard archival value of 100 years in-home display and 200 years in dark storage.  This means that these priceless memories will still be just as beautiful today as they will when your grandchildren carefully turn each page many years from now to relive each moment.  Our clients love albums because you never have to narrow down all of your favorites, and they can all fit in an album!  Want to learn more about the different options and features?  Take a look at this Signature Heirloom Album post on our blog!

Amber Foster Smith Photography | Holly Springs, NC Family Photographer

Framed Gallery Wall Art

Many clients love the idea of creating a gallery art wall within their home with all of their favorites from the session.  Our collections come in groupings as small as three framed prints and up to nine or more.  Gallery walls give you the opportunity to feature your favorite portraits of the whole family, individuals of each of the kids and even a sweet couples portrait of Mom and Dad!

Using our custom software program, we can place a gallery collection on any wall in your home to scale with your favorite images on display!  If you have a particular place in your home that you would love to personalize with a wall art gallery, please take measurements and send a quick photo to share during our appointment.  Want to see some examples of layouts our clients love?  Check out this Wall Art Gallery Inspiration Guide.

"We cannot express enough gratitude for Amber and her kindness, talent, and expertise. Her passion for photography and people is evident through her warm personality and her art. The love, joy, and excitement we felt as we began this exquisite adventure in our lives were perfectly captured in every single photograph. Having these stunning photos is like a gift that keeps on giving: it instantly transports us back to those magical, precious moments and the beautiful emotions felt. If you are looking for a compassionate, committed, and talented photographer to give you an unparalleled experience and stunning photos, Amber is your girl." - Lloyd Family

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Amber Foster Smith Photography is a full-service boutique photography studio located in the heart of downtown Holly Springs, NC specializing in Family Portrait Photography. Servicing the Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, Morrisville, Durham and Chapel Hill area. We offer portraits both on-location and in our professional photography studio by appointment.


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