Contemporary Portraits

Contact me for a personalized portrait session for stunning profile images to use for your business cards, website, social media, and other print materials. 

How would you like to be photographed?  Together we plan your ideal session.  I can help you create a perfect first impression with a fresh contemporary portrait that  communicates your uniqueness through natural expression and body language.  I work with you on styling, posing, expression, and gestures that will really showcase your personal brand portrait.

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Family Portraits

Exist in Photos! As a mother of young children, I was the one behind the camera, taking the pictures. I went to a professional photographer to have photos taken of me with my girls. I encourage you to do the same.

Be in photos as a family. During the session, I will take both candids full-of-action and lightly-posed shots of individual and groupings.  Capturing the magic of relationship is my aim, marking the moments shared.I shoot outdoors, taking advantage of nature's best light. We choose the location together - either your home, a favorite park, or garden.

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Sample Video Collage


Family session ~ $300 includes:

1 - 1.5 hour casual and fun session yields 20 fully-edited images on a flash drive with a print release. 

As well, I will create a password-protected online gallery for easy sharing with family and friends. 

High-Resolution video collage ~ $150

Should you like, I will produce a high resolution two-minute video collage of still images and upload it to a password-protected gallery. You can share that link with family and friends so they can download the video and enjoy it via mobile devices and social media.

(Click on Image to the left to see video collage)

Headshot Mini Session ~ $150

Half-hour session yields two fully-edited digital images that you will be proud to share.

Note: All prices are subject to NC sales tax.  Fees are due at the session. Images are ready within two weeks of the session. 

What to Wear

  - Simple clothing without busy patterns or large prints.

  - Solids and small prints are great.

  - Jeans, khakis, simple tops and pants always photograph well.

Feel free to bring several changes of clothes and anything that helps capture your interest and essence.

When choosing clothes for the whole family, opt for clothes similar in style and tone.

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Adorn your home with wall art of your favorite people!

~ Should you choose to order professional quality prints from the online gallery~

The products I offer are from high-end printers and are of exceptional quality, using archival ink and paper.

There are many ways to display your photos, including: "stand-outs," wrapped canvas, float mounted metal prints, and mini-accordion books.

I stand behind the products ordered through  my printers. I encourage you to order larger wall art through me. Because of color and finish discrepancies, I am not able to guarantee prints and products not processed through my professional lab.

Event Photography

I also am available to take photos at your family's celebrations:

- birthday parties

- reunions

- holidays

- student performances

- graduations

- maternity, newborns



Artist Promotion

Musicians, dancers, actors, and artists at work - I am available to capture your art at its best for promotional purposes - websites, CD covers.

Let's talk about your project and photography needs.

Chapel Hill Magazine cover photo by Laura Shmania

Copyright Notice

Laura Shmania retains the copyright of all images taken,  as well as the right to use all photos in portfolio, competition, exhibition, and promotion.


All photos and videos -- Copyright 2016 Laura Shmania

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