Photo Credit: Cassandra Van Dam

Photo Credit: Cassandra Van Dam

Hi! I'm Ellen, a twenty-something from Nebraska. I travel as much as I can, and so far I have traveled to Costa Rica, Bolivia, Chile, Sweden, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Portugal, and Iceland. Besides travel photography, portraits are my 'thing' - mostly natural light with some studio shots.

How I roll:

Every shoot is unique, but in general here is how things work: you contact me about booking a photo session and we set a date, time, and location based on your preferences.  Then, I retouch the best photos and post them to a proofing gallery so you download the digital files directly and order prints. You may order professional prints directly from the proofing gallery or take the digital files to your favorite printer.


Full portrait session $249 // 1-2 hours shooting time, 2-3 locations, includes edited digital files and printing rights

Mini portrait session $99 // 30 minutes shooting time, 1 location, includes edited digital files and printing rights



What form of payment do you accept?  Cash, check (made out to Ellen Schoenmaker), PayPal, or credit/debit card. 

What happens if the weather is bad?  I keep an eye on the forecast close to the session date and will be in contact if we need to reschedule.  There is no fee to reschedule due to bad weather.   

How long until I get the photos?  From the date of the session it takes 10-14 days for me to process and edit.  I'll e-mail you a link to the online viewing gallery as soon as the photos are finished. The online gallery will be accessible for one month from posting date (you'll get a reminder e-mail!).


What should I bring to my session?  Yourself, outfit(s), payment, water bottle, and a bag to keep your clothes corralled!  If you play an instrument or are an athlete, be sure to bring your gear.  Also useful is your cellphone to have music you like for your session, make-up for touch-ups (if you choose to wear it), comfy shoes to walk in if you'll be wearing heels.  

Who can I bring to my session?  Typically a parent or a friend accompany seniors.  More than two people can get a bit hectic!


Have any more questions?  Please use the form below:

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