Holiday Family Portraits 2020

Victoria Vasilyeva Photography – Raleigh Family Photographer
October and November will prove to be a wonderful time for Fall Portrait Sessions.

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Welcome friend! I am so excited that you are interested in having me document your family’s fall portraits! My goal is not only to create a great portrait for you to cherish for years to come but also to create an enjoyable experience. This page will take you through everything you need to know for your portrait session – including what to expect before, during, and after the session, investment, how to choose family outfits, and some more useful information.

Let’s update your portraits this Fall! A photograph NEVER grows up.




We had the most amazing experience working with Victoria Vasilyeva Photography for our maternity photo session! Thanks to her many talents we were able to capture this magical moment absolutely perfectly! Our whole family is blown away by the photos Victoria produced at our maternity session at JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, NC! An extremely positive and rewarding experience!


We did a fall mini session with Victoria and loved everything about our experience. The photos were gorgeous and her beautiful style was exactly what we were looking for. She was also wonderful to work with and very sweet!


Working with Victoria is easy and effortless. She is prompt, available and always delivers great photographs. Victoria takes the time to have the background determined before you arrive for the shoot and is ready to go as soon as she greets you with a smile and a handshake. Also she is able to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. This is our second year having pictures done with her and she nailed it once again. I look forward to the next time I can use her to take pictures again. I also received my edited photos in record time for holiday presents and Christmas cards and I would recommend her to anyone.


I scheduled a mini session with Victoria. From the moment I wrote to her on Facebook and to the session itself everything was perfect. It was hard to find time to gather all five of us, but Victoria was really accommodating. She was very patient with answering all my questions. The place for the mini session was beautiful, and Victoria was really nice and patient with my kids, one of whom is a teenager who hates being photographed :). She was able to make him smile! Even my husband liked the process and complimented Victoria for being very professional. Pictures are great. All my family enjoyed working with Victoria very much, and we recommend her as a wonderful and creative photographer!


I was referred to Victoria by a friend and was lucky to grab one of her spring mini-sessions at the Azalea Gardens. She was so easy to work with and my kids warmed right up to her. When I got the proofs back, I couldn’t believe how well she captured the essence of our family. It has also been very easy to communicate with her online, which I appreciate being a busy working mom. I will be calling her again for our next special photos!


I can’t recommend Victoria highly enough. The quality of the photos she provides is far above the competition – especially at her reasonable pricepoint- and she’s professional, prompt, and courteous to work with. We took a chance by booking a mini session with Victoria, but I plan to use her for all of our family photos in the future!


We just used Victoria for the first time and we really couldn’t be happier with the results. She has a great eye for photographer and the finished images show that. She was great to work with and our pictures turned out excellent…despite a group of silly uncooperative kids. Overall wonderful experience and we will definitely be using her again in the future!




Minis Schedule:

  • November 16th | 2pm – 4pm | Sugg Farm Park or Holly Springs downtown
  • November 17th | 2pm – 4pm | Sugg Farm Park or Holly Springs downtown
  • November 19th | 2pm – 4pm | Sugg Farm Park or Holly Springs downtown
  • November 28th | 2pm – 4pm | Raleigh downtown
  • December 2nd | 4pm | Christmas Mini Sessions | Avent Ferry Family Farm
  • December 5th | 2pm – 4pm | Holly Springs downtown
  • December 12th a| 2pm – 4pm | Cary downtown

If you would like to schedule a photo session at any other date or location, please contact me by email – I’m always opened to the ideas of my clients and doing my best to bring them into life.

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Choosing what you will wear for your Fall portrait session is a huge decision that can make or break your family session! Need inspiration? Head to the clothing stores and check out the mannequins! Stores coordinate and often layer outfits, which is an easy way to accomplish that look for your session. Pinterest is another great resource and has a ton of “what to wear” guides – some even include where items were purchased. If you’re not sure a piece will coordinate, bring it along and we can discuss whether or not it will work.



I have a lifestyle approach to my sessions and I like to capture families interacting in a way that keeps the images true to life. I want you to be able to look back at these images someday and remember what your family was like at that point in time. Be ready to play with your kids, run with them, tickle them, and make them laugh – don’t forget the snuggles with hugs and kisses too! Get in close to look at a flower or hold hands while you walk to explore a path. For older children think of a few topics to discuss or jokes that you can tell them to get them to relax and smile when you are interacting.

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I will select and edit the best images and upload them into a private online gallery for you to view for ordering. Editing takes approximately 2 weeks. A la carte orders must be placed within 14 days of your gallery upload. Please allow 2-3 weeks for print orders and 4-5 weeks for album orders.


Fill the CONTACT form at the bottom or send me an email at

In your message please include:

  • Quantity of the people and ages of children in your session
  • Preferred location, date and time
  • Any special requests or things I should know


I’ll respond to you as soon as possible and send you a contract and invoice. A signed contract and 150$ retainer are required to officially reserve your date. The remaining balance is due 1 week prior to your session date and time.

A photo session should last long enough to at least capture the intended result. I don’t have any particular time frame for my sessions. It always depends on kid’s mood, the quantity of people, locations, and outfits.

Mini Session usually lasts 20-30 minutes with a result of 5 high-resolution digital images.

Lifestyle Session usually lasts 60 minutes with a result of all high-resolution digital images.

Unfortunately, the weather sometimes gets in the way of scheduled sessions and they have to be rescheduled.

I will reschedule if…

  • It is extremely muddy from rain prior to a session.
  • There are weather warnings or advisories.
  • It is raining or there is a high chance of rain during your session.
  • It is unbearably hot or extremely cold or it is very windy.


I check the weather forecast throughout the week so that I know what to expect on the day of a session.

Yes, but your pet must be generally well-behaved and you have to check with a photographer if pets are allowed in the exact park.




mommy and me photo session Raleigh Family PhotographerThe mini session is a great opportunity for the families who just want to update family portraits, for Christmas cards, for baby announcements, for maternity portraits, for headshots and senior portraits. The mini sessions will take place ONLY outside.

The cost of mini session includes:
Session preparation guide
Up to 30 minutes of session time
Professional retouching
A complete package of 5 high-resolution digital images from your session
Additional images are available to purchase – $25 per image
A print release
Price – $250


professional portrait photographer chapel hill nc family photo session I photograph families in a documentary, day-in-the-life sort of style that’s often called “lifestyle photography.” Basically, it just means that the photos aren’t posed, but are focused on capturing your natural family interactions and relationships. Great for extended family photo sessions.

The cost of lifestyle session includes:
Pre-session consultation
Session preparation guide and questionnaire
Professional retouching
Up to 60 minutes of session time
A complete package of all high-resolution digital images from your session
20 best images by your choice printed (5×7) and delivered to you in a wooden box
A print release
Price – $800

Professional MUAH +150$
A la carte professional quality print products are always available, please contact me to get the full pricing guide.


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