Client Lounge

Welcome to my client lounge! I'm thrilled to have you for a client!

TJP offers a luxury photography experience and heirloom products that last for generations.

here at tjp, we do things a little differently

My portrait collections are different than many other photographers in the area because the entire portrait process and collection is personalized to you and your family! After all, not every family or portrait session are the same! A la carte portrait collection options include wall art, albums, gifts, gift boxes and even digital files.

Average Investment: $550-$3000+

the process

Step 1: Inquire

Inquire over email or over the phone & lets get your
pre-session consultation on the calendar! Feel free to use the pre-consultation tools below if you'd like to get a head start!

Step 2: Pre-Session Consultation

We’ll work together to create the perfect portrait session! From the location to your outfits, your session will be 100% you and your style! You will get access to my online styling tool where you can style AND purchase clothing for your entire family! The pre-session consultation is where we will collect your Creation Fee (retainer) and signed session agreement. Samples of wall art and gifts will be here for you to peek at and get some ideas for your own home. There is no need to stress – you will be taken care of and guided from start to finish.

Step 3: Session

We’ll have the most amazing time photographing your lifestyle session! No need to worry about making the little ones smile – I’ll be dancing behind my camera, singing and making silly faces to get those sweet little giggles and smiles flowing. Be ready to have fun and show off your family’s personality!

Step 4: Gallery Reveal & Ordering Session

At the gallery reveal and ordering session (scheduled 1-2 weeks after your session) you will be able to view your images for the first time. After watching a slideshow of your beautiful images, we will go through the ordering process together. The a la carte options available allow you to customize your own portrait collection! Options include wall art, albums, gifts, gift boxes and even digital files. The gallery reveal and ordering session is the time where you will decide which images you would like to purchase and finalize your order. All decision makers need to be present for this appointment. After the gallery reveal and ordering session, your gallery will be available for viewing online, download if purchased, and additional ordering for 30 days.

Step 5: Celebrate

Once your art work and gifts arrive we will schedule a time to meet (either at your home or a local coffee shop) to celebrate! Art work typically arrives in 2-4 weeks and albums and prints arrive in 5-7 weeks on average.

... and love your photos :)

portrait collections

portrait session fee

Up to 60 min


newborn session fee

Up to 90 mins


location + style guide

location suggestions

I’ve photographed at a handful of locations that I have learned like the back of my hand. Whether it's a gorgeous sunset you're looking for, blooming flowers or beautiful fall colors, we've got you covered. You are not by any means required to select a location off my list below, however, there is a travel fee for any locations that are not on the list below and are further than 20 miles outside the Crystal Lake, IL area. Please keep in mind some locations require permits (those are noted).

styling made easy

Aside from selecting a location, the other big question I get is “what do we wear?” From beginning to end, I want to make this photo experience as stress-free as possible for all of my clients, which is why every single one of you will have access to this amazing online styling tool at our pre-session consultation.

No more running store to store and no more guessing! You'll simply fill out the Style Questionnaire about your family, color scheme you are wanting and the vibe of clothes you would like to see. The quick results page will show you clothing items for each family member that are photo-appropriate, and you can view them side-by-side once you have favorited your pieces. Feel free to play around with it until you have selected the perfect outfit combo! Click the email button to send yourself the selected items or shop for the clothes right away by clicking the shopping cart buttons. For more inspiration, check out Pinterest or my blog to see what past clients have done.

That's it! Super easy right?

i'm excited for our session!

frequently asked questions

What days do you book portraits?

That's a great question! I book my portrait sessions Monday through Friday for the most part. I do offer weekend sessions and those are first come first serve and weekend rates apply.

When are your sessions held?

Newborn lifestyle sessions are held between 10am and 3pm. Since I am a natural light photographer, photographing late morning to early afternoon is ideal to capture the most natural light as possible in your home. Outdoor portrait sessions are usually held an hour after sunrise or two hours before sunset.

What should I bring?

If there are items that are of significance to you and you would like included in your photos, please bring them with! If you have kids, please feel free to bring a cooler with drinks and snacks to keep them hydrated and energized throughout the session.

How soon should I book my newborn session?

The sooner the better! Newborn sessions typically take a little more time and are best done 5-15 days after your baby is born. When you know your due date, please get in touch with me to be sure we get you on my calendar!

When will my images be done?

My turn-around time for portrait sessions is 1-2 weeks. Be sure to check my Facebook page a day or two after your session as I always post “sneak peeks” to hold you over until you see your gallery reaveal and ordering session.

Do you travel?

Sure do! I love to travel- it’s nice to be able to experience different places and new locations! I am available for travel for both portrait sessions and weddings.

Do you carry liability insurance?

I most certainly do. I’m more than happy to provide proof of insurance upon request.

When is payment due?

The creation fee is due at your pre-session consultation. The creation fee is your retainer and covers the time for your session. All retainers are non-refundable but can be transferred to a future session date and time should you need to reschedule the session. Portrait collections are a la carte so that you can create the perfect collection for your family and session. All a la carte selections must be paid in full before product is delivered. Payment plans are available upon request.

What forms of payment do you accept?

I accept checks (written out to Tamara Jaros Photography), cash, Chase Quick-Pay, as well as debit & credit cards. Receipts will be emailed immediately after a payment is received (even if paying with cash). Custom payment plans are available upon request.