Booking a Session & Pricing

Thank you for your interest in booking a session with Sara Desjardins Photography! I'm really looking forward to working with you and capturing images you're sure to love for years to come!

If you haven't yet, I'd encourage you to check out the F.A.Q's found {here} (coming soon!!) which should answer most of your questions. You can contact me by emailing me at sara(at) or calling me at 416-826-0422. I work full time on the overnight shift as Children's Crisis Counsellor, so email is best, however I will return calls within a day or two, otherwise.

Portrait Sessions booked with me are generally held on Wed-Fri and occasional weekends. Sessions are held on-location and about 2hrs before sunset. Because my time is limited, I only book 2-4 sessions per month.



 All Session Fees are due at the time of booking and include the following:

Pre-Session Consultation
Wardrobe Consultation/Guide
Travel to your home or location within Central Toronto (ie Beaches, High Park, downtown etc)
45-90min session
Relaxed and laid back session with time allotted for fun, snacks and getting to know you
Unlimited images/poses within the session time
Image Selection and full-processing
20-30 edited images to choose from and will be provided in a Password-Protected Online Gallery OR Private Proofing Session in your home (Online gallery will be provided post-Proofing session for family and friends)
Access to a full range of boutique prints and products
The photographer's time, talent and expertise

{Newborn Sessions}

These are my FAVOURITE sessions!! Newborn sessions are held in your home or my home studio. It is recommended this session be done within the first two weeks of life. This session is from 1-3hrs and includes enough time to feed and care for your baby between shots. Sessions can take place around mid-afternoon for the best use of natural light, or later in the day when using studio lights. For the most part, you don't need to worry about cleaning up for me (just throw everything in the closet LOL)! All I need is a small place to set up some gear (usually a living room or kitchen work best - I go wherever the best natural light is!). I promise not to care about what's around me because I'll be SO focused on your little one! I also use props, blankets and backgrounds most of the time, so no one will even know the dishes were piled in the sink ;)

{Baby, Child & Family Sessions or Headshots}

This Portrait Session is held at your home or on-location. A lot of fun can be had by choosing a great spot around Toronto! Portrait sessions should be fun, not awkward. After 19 years of working in Social Services, I've learned a thing or two about getting people to relax (especially kids). There's no need to threaten taking away dessert when I'm around. I've got a few tricks up my sleeve to get those killer natural smiles out and we NEVER say 'Cheese' at one my sessions!

{After the Session}

I do my very best to get one of my favourite shots from the session up on Facebook and my blog within a day or two. You can expect to see the rest of your images in about 2-3 weeks after your session. You will have the choice of on Online Gallery or an In-Home Viewing session. Online Galleries only have A La Carte products available. Collections are only available during In-Home Viewing sessions and are an excellent choice if you need some help figuring out which images to put where in your home. You can also view prints, products and samples to help you make the best choices your family's needs. I will customize some gallery collections for you so you can see suggestions on how to hang your new portraits! All ordering and payments will take place at the session, so it's a must that financial decision makers are present.


1. Contact me HERE to book your session at least 2-3 weeks in advance.

2. Upon deciding the date, time and location of your session, you will fill out a Portrait Agreement, Questionnaire and receive the Wardrobe Guide to help you plan your portraits!

3. Your Session Fee is due at the time of booking to hold your date and time.

4. Assuming the weather is co-operative, our session will last approximately an hour. Mini-Sessions last approximately 20-30 minutes. Please make sure everyone is dressed for the weather and has had a little snack! Little people are welcome to bring their favourite toy to keep them company. Please leave bribery and promises of good behaviour at home! As a professional youth counsellor for 20yrs, I've got a few tricks up my sleeves which help me to do my job! Just come and have fun!

5. About 2-3 weeks after the session, we will set up an In-Person Ordering Session at your home OR an Online Gallery to view your images. Most clients prefer In-Person Ordering Sessions so they can see samples of prints and products. For regular portrait sessions, you can expect to view between 20-30 images from your session. Unless otherwise specificed, mini-sessions typically produce 10 images to choose from.

6. Payment is made at the time of ordering via Cash, Cheque, Visa, Mastercard, PayPal or Email Money Transfer. Payment plans are available.

7. You can expect to pick up your order approximately 4-6 weeks after it's placed.

8. Tell all of your friends about me! Loyal clients are my favourite clients! I'm truly grateful for referrals you send my way and I will make sure to include a little gift as a thank-you at your next session.

{Session Pricing & Packages}

Session, Prints & Digital Files
•    All Digital Files from your session on USB
•    All images as 4x6 Prints in a Gift Box
•    Session Fee

Session & Prints
•    10 Prints (8x10 or smaller)
•    Session Fee

Kids’ Portrait Mini-Session
•    One child (Under 16)
•    20-30min Session
•    16 Wallet Prints

A La Carte Session Fee

A La Carte Prints & Products
• Gift Prints, 8x10 & smaller | start at $60
• Ready to Frame Wall Prints, 11x14+ | start at $75
• Standout Mounted Wall Prints, 8x10+ | start at $85
• Image Blocks, Set of 3, 4x6+, or Individual, 8x10+ | start at $175
• Set of 3 Accordion Mini Albums | $125
• USB of 10 medium-res files | $375

On average, clients invest $600-$800 on prints & products, including the session fee.

{Commercial Photography}

Commercial photography includes product photography, real estate or building interior/exteriors, food photography, business/staff photography etc.

Full Day (8hrs) Rate: $800
Half Day (4hrs) Rate: $475
+$1/image, fully edited on DVD
(Materials, permits, rentals etc are extra)



*I completely understand that Custom Portraiture is a luxury but I DO want it to be affordable to everyone! I think everyone deserves to have professional Family Portraits in their home. Do you have a picture of someone you hold dearly? Or have a photo which reminds you of a very specific time and place in your life? Custom Portraits capture a brief moment in time. Snapshots from your point & shoot camera are a great way of documenting events, but professional images can evoke a feeling, focus on tiny details of a newborn, capture the sly smile of your toddler! THOSE are the reasons to invest in Custom Portraits.

Because I believe that Custom Portraits are an investment, I do offer Payment Plans for those who need to spread out payments. Please talk to me about how I can accommodate payments to your situation. Don't miss out on these moments!*