A l l i s o n M a c P h a i l | Photography | About
June, July and August on Martha's Vineyard ~ September through May in Santa Barbara

About your session

I shoot primarily on location with the exception of newborn sessions (see newborn section below) which are almost always done in your home where the baby is most comfortable. For all other sessions, I am completely open to the location of your choice whether that be the beach, the park, the back yard of your home, or any other place that you have in mind. I am happy to discuss your individual ideals and preferences when booking the session.

The average session takes about an hour but that varies depending on the amount of people in the shoot as well as the chosen location. I always try to make the mood of the session completely casual and fun, especially if you have very young children. As a mom of four young kids, I have lots of tricks up my sleeve for creating a comfortable and natural shooting experience for the little ones. In a family session, I typically spend about 60% of the time on just the kids and 40% of the time on family shots. I aim mostly for natural, candid images with a few posed ones mixed in.

When considering attire, have fun with it! I love bright colors and unique styles that show a child's personality. At the same time, if you want a simple and classic look, white is always in style. I usually suggest avoiding loud prints or logos since they tend to take away from the pure and organic nature of the family. Lastly, I always love fun accessories such as a handmade knit hat, colorful tights, or a favorite stuffed monkey.

After your session, I will create an online gallery of approximately 50-80 images from the shoot and email you the link within one week. Each image will be shown in color and black and white. If you'd like to place an order for prints, products or digital files, simply email me the image number(s) and the desired print/product size. Keep in mind that we have no minimum order requirement, so you are free to order as much or as little as you wish. If you are on the Vineyard, I encourage you to stop by the Edgartown studio on Dock Street (at Kelley St) to view products in person. I am happy to discuss your order there with you and show you everything that I offer, from gallery wraps and custom frame options to albums and coffee table books.


Newborn photos are an amazing way to remember those wonderful early days with your new little one. These sessions typically run a little longer, usually lasting about 2-3 hours. Whenever possible, I try to capture your newborn sleeping peacefully in adorable poses or using fun props such as a soft hat, a colorful blanket, a wicker basket, or an antique toy or wagon. I travel with some favorite newborn props, and we can always use something you've chosen as well. Newborn shoots focus primarily on the sleeping baby, then perhaps a few awake shots, and some family photos as well. The ideal time to photograph newborns is between 5-12 days of life because during this time, they spend most of their days asleep. If possible, contact me during your third trimester to schedule a tentative session based on your due date.


Session Fee: $250
Newborn Session Fee: $300
Note: The session fee includes a one hour photo session, at least 60 fully edited images (shown in both color and black and white), and access to a private online gallery of your images which can be shared with family and friends. All prints and products are additional.

5x7 ~ $25
8x10 ~ $50
11x14 ~ $225
16x20 ~ $300
(complimentary custom matting/framing included on 11x14 and larger)

Canvas Gallery Wraps:
12x12 ~ $245
16x20 ~ $345
20x24 ~ $445
(custom sizes available)

Digital Files:
Individual digital files ~ $75 each

Complete set of high resolution digital files ~ $1500 (includes a Custom Photo Box with one 5x7 print of each image from your shoot). By far our most popular offering, as you receive both a high-resolution digital file and a 5x7 print of every image from your session (in both color and black and white) along with full copyright and reproduction privileges. 4x6 prints offered in lieu of 5x7 prints if desired.

Mini Digital File Package...Disc of 20 files and twenty 5x7 prints (no photo box) ~ $750

**NEW** The Instant File Package: This option allows you to download your entire online gallery with a click of the mouse the same day you view your photos. All files will be in high resolution and you will retain full privileges to print/reproduce the images however you'd like ~ $795

Specialty Products:

Custom Photo Box: One 5x7 print of each image from your session in keepsake photo box ~ $650
Keepsake session album: Hand crafted leather bound album that tastefully displays and protects your photos in 5x7 black matted pages ~ $500 (20 photos) or $900 (40 photos)

Custom Coffee Table Book: Our signature item, this gorgeous 12x12 hardcover coffee table book is the perfect way to display your entire gallery of images in your home. Complete with printed cover and matching dust jacket, the layflat design elegantly showcases your photos in high resolution lustre-coated pages ~ $1700

Large quantity 4x6 prints (same image): $100 for 50, $175 for 100, $275 for 200, $575 for 500.

Holiday Cards/ Birth Announcements: Printed on 5x7 linen card stock for added weight and elegance ~ 50 cards for $175, 100 cards for $300, and 200 cards for $500.


The Classic: Includes a 16x20 Canvas Gallery Wrap, one 11x14 custom matted and framed print, three 8x10 prints, five 5x7 prints and five high resolution digital files ~ $895 ($1,225 value)

The Heirloom: Includes a 16x20 Canvas Gallery Wrap, a Custom Photo Box with one 5x7 print of each image in your gallery, one custom matted and framed 11x14 print, five 8x10 prints, and the complete set of high-resolution digital files ~ $1,995 ($2,325 value)

The Legacy: Includes one 20x24 Canvas Gallery Wrap, a 12x12 Canvas Gallery Wrap, a Custom Photo Box with one 5x7 print of each image in your gallery, one 16x20 custom matted and framed print, one 11x14 custom matted and framed print, five 8x10 prints, one 12x12 lay-flat hardcover custom coffee table book including all the images from your gallery, and the complete set of high resolution digital files~ $2,995 ($4,620 value)

*All packages can be tailored to your needs and custom packages can be created when ordering a variety of prints and products.