Hello parents of Genesis Online Students! Picture Days are Sept 15 and Nov 18 (retakes are Dec 16).

I’m so excited to make gorgeous school portraits of your kiddos this fall! This page will help make your photo experience as easy and convenient as possible. Of course, if you have questions, please contact Rona. For online only students, portraits are by appointment Sept 15 evening (scroll down to reserve an appointment time) and Nov 18 during school hours. Hybrid students will be photographed with their classes on Nov 18 morning during in-person classes, but are also welcome to make an appointment for Sep 15 evening if you’ll be attending the school BBQ. As a special request, a limited number of family portraits will be available on Sept 15 evening (session fee and products purchased separately)

Important dates

Picture Days

Student Portrait Appointments: Thurs, Sep 15 evening starting at 5:30pm (appointment times are fully booked)

Family Holiday Card Portraits: Thurs, Sep 15 evening starting at 6pm

Hybrid Students and Appointments: Fri, Nov 18 starting at 9am

Retakes: Fri, Dec 16 starting at 9am

Galleries Released

Within 4 weeks from picture day

Ordering Deadline

10 days from when galleries are released

What to expect

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Photos are shot on a solid black backdrop indoors. Most photos will be waist or shoulder up. Using simple backdrops and a close crop allows the focus to be purely on the child in the photo.

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When photographing your child, I’ll spend a little time chatting and interacting with them to help capture natural expressions (I may even test out some of my “dad jokes” with them!). Some kids are pensive, some are shy, and others are wild and goofy. I’ll do my best to capture a range of expressions.

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After images are edited, your proofs are released in a password protected online gallery (typically 4 weeks after picture day). You’ll receive an email from me and/or the school to let you know when proofs are ready. Digital orders are delivered immediately by email download link; print orders are collected and sent for printing in bulk after the ordering deadline (this helps keep costs low) and delivered to the school. Shipping options are available at an additional charge.

Important links

Email List

Get picture day and ordering deadline reminders, gallery release notices as well as periodic emails from Pause Photography + Design (unsubscribe at any time).

Retake Registration

If your child will be absent on picture day, please sign them up for retakes.

Portfolio Model Release

I love to keep my portfolio current with adorable faces! To give permission for me to use your child’s photo (without their personal info), complete this release form.

Class Photos and Yearbook Inclusion Media Release

For your child to participate in picture day and have their name and photo included in classroom composite photos, yearbooks and other school commissioned services, complete this form.

Sept 15 School Portrait Sign Up Form
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FAQs

What makes this photography different?

My goal during my short time with your child isn’t to force a cheesy smile. I’m looking for natural expressions, which range from serious and pensive, to sweet and silly. I work to keep the focus solely on the child’s face and expression.

I’ll chat and interact with your child during our time together to elicit genuine expressions. For a little fun, have your child come prepared with a joke for ME (I’m always looking to expand my dad joke repertoire)! 🙂

What should my child wear?

Portraits will be shot on our signature black backdrop, so please do not wear black! I’m a sucker for bright clothes, layers and ones that show off lovely detail in the shoulder area – ties (suspenders are super cute too!), collared shirts, pretty sleeves, etc. are all great choices. Stay away from large graphics or logos, which can look odd when cropped in a portrait. Most shots are waist or shoulder up. If your child should remove a sweater or jacket, please contact Rona directly so we can make a note with your child’s name on our portrait schedule.

Don’t wear black or dark coloured tops. Avoid large logos, hoodies, or sweatshirts.

When can I expect to see our photos?

I send out email notifications to let you know when your proofs are ready (typically within 4-6 weeks of picture day. Don’t forget to sign up to my email list so you’ll get gallery release notices and reminders!). You’ll access proofs through a password protected online gallery. You’ll have 2-5 poses in colour and black and white to choose from. Online galleries are open for 10 days. A late order handling fee of $10 is applicable to orders placed after the galleries close.

How does ordering work?

After your receive your online gallery, you’ll have 10 days to place your order (there’s a $10 late order handling fee applicable to orders placed after this deadline). Everything is viewed, ordered, and paid for online, so there are no paper order forms to keep track of or cash to send to school. You’ll have the option to purchase prints, image blocks, cool 3D photo shelves holding a metal print, digital images with printing rights and other personalized photo products.

Grandparents and other relatives may also place orders through the digital gallery! Just share the link and password with them.

Print orders are delivered to the centre in bulk after the ordering deadline at no charge to you. If you’d like your print order sooner, there are alternate shipping options available (charges apply).

Will there be class photos available?

You bet! Classroom composite photos will be available as a $5 add on to any other purchase (composites are like a mini yearbook page: each child’s name and photo appears on a single sheet with their classmates).

How much do packages cost?

We offer prints, print packages, digital files as well as custom studio products, such as image blocks, 3D photo shelves with a metal print and framed enlargements, along with photo keychains, mugs, ornaments and more! Prints start at $15, print packages range from $25–$55, and our digital files begin at $55.

When will I get my prints?

Product orders will be delivered to the school within 2–4 weeks from the date your gallery closes (bulk printing and delivery allows us to keep costs low at no additional charge to you). If you’d like your prints sooner, there are alternate shipping options available to you when placing your order (charges apply).

Speciality products

We have more than just prints! Look for these unique ways to share and display images of your kiddo when you receive your proofing gallery. Some of the most popular items include metal collage walls and mugs.