Last year I collaborated with the ladies from The Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition on a photo shoot for their current website. The pictures were to represent breastfeeding and motherhood. It was such a fun project to work on and I was so happy they asked me again this year. They are working on a new website and this year we included the entire family. Breastfeeding has been a huge part of my life and it feels so good to be able to document mothers and families in this beautiful setting. The Breastfeeding Coalition is an amazing organization that brings the community together in supporting moms. Be sure to check out their page for information and available resources.
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Thank you so much for a wonderful 2014! I am currently on maternity leave and will be posting several sessions to share during this little break from shooting. I am excited for 2015 and all the families that I get to meet and see again. Below is all the new information to get you started for booking this year. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at rachel@rachelneumann.com. Sessions do book fast and I will only be returning to work part time for the 2015 year.

2015 Photography Price List and Details
I will be returning to work from maternity leave on March 1st, 2015 but will begin booking sessions as of January 1st for the 2015 year. The prices will remain the same as listed under Details. However, there will be a few changes/reminders to the contract that are stated below.

All sessions are not booked until payment or deposit is received. Mini Sessions are due in full and Lifestyle, Maternity and Newborn sessions a 50% deposit is due at booking. Once the client receives the contract, payment must be received within one week or the session will open up to the next client. Payment will be accepted via Papal or personal checks/cash mailed to address provided on contract. Contracts go out biweekly.

Mini sessions are offered during the Spring, Summer and Fall. Two dates will be available during the Spring and Summer and eight dates will be offered during the Fall. Each date will have 2 slots (sometimes three). Once those slots fill up, I will only be booking Lifestyle, Maternity, and Newborn Sessions with the remaining dates I have available. Just a reminder that the photographer picks the location for the mini sessions. This is done so I can plan to have multiple families back to back and I have a good estimate on the lighting. These are usually locations that I have used in the past so I know the conditions well. These sessions are designed for one family unit. Each additional member outside immediate family will be an additional $25 and more time may be needed. This includes grandparents, aunt, uncles, friends, etc.

Unless the disc is purchased the session will come up with a gallery of images up to a 5×7 print size. The gallery will be open for one month. Each additional disc is $20 once the additional disc is purchased for $100. The cost of the disc is due at booking.

Pop Up Sessions are the only sessions where payment will be accepted on session day. I plan to have at least five pop up sessions during the Spring and Summer. There will be no pop up sessions in the Fall. Pop Up Sessions do not include newborns as these sessions are outside in sometime cooler conditions.

Spring Mini Session dates and locations are set. Summer will be announced in the Spring. Fall will be announced in the summer. Those who book their sessions first get to pick date and location. Reminder session is not booked unless paid in full.

All sales/deposits are final. If a session is canceled the client will have the opportunity to reschedule their session for another date.
-Rachel

New Year Promotion
The first ten customers who book their sessions before March 1st will receive the disc for no additional fee! ($100 value)
If you aren’t one of the first ten customers to book, you will still receive the disc for $50 if you book prior to June 1st! After June 1st the disc is $100.

The Mini Session dates for the Spring will be March 15th in North County and April 19th in San Luis Obispo. Locations and exact times to be announced. If you wish to book a Lifestyle, Maternity, Engagement or Newborn Session please email me the dates of your preference.

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She makes us so happy! More on June over here.

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When I read Tina and Adam’s story, my heart went out to them and their family.

Early last spring, Adam started feel like he had the flu. In April, Tina’s son noticed his dad’s eyes were a little yellow. The doctor ran some tests and the day before Adam’s 51st birthday, he was told he had tumors. More testing followed and the day before their daughter’s 12th birthday, they found out the tumors were cancerous.

By early May, their oncologist told them he had bile duct cancer. This particular cancer is not operable. While the family is still looking at alternative treatments, the situation is dire. The medical personnel they’ve spoken to have given Adam anywhere from a week to a year.

They are devastated.

Tina is a local mom and I’ve been following her story on our local moms’ board. Finally, after much urging by other moms, she set up a donation page and opened her story to the public.

I decided to auction off a mini session to raise money to help Tina and her family during this difficult time. 100% of the money donated will go to her family’s donation page. If you are unable to bid I ask that you share this link with family and friends.

If you would like to bid, please do so by leaving a comment on the blog with the dollar figure. The bidding will be open until midnight Saturday, June 15th. I’ll notify the winner on Sunday.

Let’s start the bidding at $100.

Congrats to Kathy Schwinghammer! Thanks so much to all of you for your big hearts and bidding above value. I am happy to throw in the prints for Kathy and cannot wait to photograph her family once again.

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This little man will be turning one soon and a very cute one year old I must say. He was full of big smiles and it was such a joy to photograph him once again. A big thank you to this family for all the fun ideas behind this session. Enjoy the preview!

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Spring Mini Sessions are here! There will be five spots available and if these fill I will add one more location. The next mini sessions will be scheduled in July and again in October. This is my favorite time of year for sessions with the longer days and all the pretty green that the Spring time as to offer. The April 28th location is at Heilmann Park in Atascadero. This park offers beautiful back light through oak trees and a field of green grass. There is also a play structure that is nice to use for a few pictures. To see more from this session click here. The Johnson Ranch Trail is schedule for May 5th. This locations does not have a lot of shade so there are only a few spots avaialble. There are some wildflowers out at the moment but this could change. This locations offers some pretty scenery with the hills and beautiful open fields and some fences. To see more from this sessions click here. Both locations are $165 (includes tax) and include a disc of high resolution images with a print release form. I used to put 20-25 images for mini sessions but if you have worked with me before you know that I give you all the great images we capture in that time frame. So it usually exceeds that number. A $50 deposit is required to book the session. This can be mailed by check or I can send an invoice through Paypal (with an additional fee). To book the session please email me at rachel@rachelneumann.com.I also wanted to thank everyone for their continued support which allows me to continue to offer these mini sessions at a very affordable price. This often means more work for me but it gives my clients an opportunity to get pictures more than one time a year and document all those precious moments.

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A few weeks ago I got to do a styled shoot with Keshet Lavoux Jewelry. We were able to get some little girls together (a little last minute) and the pictures came out adorable. The girls were the best little models with their smiles and giggles. In between shooting the girls were able to explore the farm at Blue Sky Gardens which made for a perfect location. If you are ever in Santa Margarita this place is darling, especially around Halloween. Make sure to check out Keshet Lavoux Jewelry for these new spring pieces for your little girls. I will be having a giveaway soon so be sure to check back! Lastly, a BIG thank you to all the moms that came from all over the county to get these beautiful images.

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This adorable couple came all the way from LA for this session. They both grew up and went to college here so it was only fitting to get their engagement pictures where they met. The first set of pictures is exactly where she laid eyes on him for the first time. We had to make sure we recreated that (even if we had to move the guy studying). We then walked around San Luis Obispo and captured moment in all the special places the city has to offer. It was so much fun capturing these moments for them. Enjoy the preview!

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I have had some request for some boudoir sessions so I thought it would be fun to do a boudoir marathon just in time for Valentines. I am super excited for this as it is at my favorite indoor location in San Luis Obispo. If you are looking for something classy and tasteful this is for you. Sessions are relaxed and fun and the perfect gift for that someone special. Check out all the details below. Each session comes with a disc of high resolution images. Prints are also available for an additional cost. To book, simply send me an email and sign up for one of the eight slots. A $50 deposit (non-refundable) will be due to confirm your slot.

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I’m excited to share a little preview from todays sessions. I know these families are anxiously waiting for this little sneak peek. It was the best location. If you have not visited Pomar Junction yet, make sure you do so. It is such a fun location and the staff is very friendly. The wine is amazing as well. Thanks to all the families who joined in on the fun today! Enjoy your previews!

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