Our Process

Our Process

Katie Smith Photography takes pride in offering a highly customized portrait experience.  From consultation to delivery, we want to create an experience that wows you.


Before creating your perfect portrait, we’ll meet for a consultation.  At one of Mebane’s finest coffee shops, we’ll chat about you and your hopes for the session.  We’ll talk in depth about clothing, location, and session times that will create the perfect look.   As I go over product option, you will begin to envision your final artwork.

At the end of the consultation, you’ll officially book the session by paying your session fee.

Portrait Sessions

We specialize in family portraiture from engagements to maternity to senior portraits.  For portrait sessions, we offer two session types.

Signature SessionsCake Smash Photography in Pittsboro

Perfect for families and couples, our full-length signature sessions celebrate love and relationships.  At 1.5 hours long, you’ll have plenty of time to get comfortable in front of the camera, get silly, and have fun.  During the session, you’ll be guided into natural feeling poses that easily transition into natural moments that keep kids smiling and parents look great.   Between the picture-perfect poses, I’ll capture the candid moments full of the personalities you love.  Signature sessions offer 25+ images to choose from.

Simplicity Sessions

Perfect for maternity, baby, and birthday portraits, our simplicity sessions feature one person on a timeless studio background.  Sessions average at 45 minutes, depending on outfit changes.  Feel free to bring your own small props to customize your portraits.

Branding Sessions

Great photography can elevate your business to a whole new level.

Headshot Mini Session

Perfect for those that only need a new headshot for business cards and websites.  This quick session is 30 minutes or less.  During your session, you will review each image as they are taken and choose your favorite image to be fully edited.  Your chosen headshot will be delivered via download within 24 hours.

Complete Branding Session

A complete branding session is perfect for new businesses or those that want to refresh their look.  Complete branding session require a more in-depth consultation/planning session to list all the images required.  Your complete branding session can include headshots, product images, interior and exterior of brick-and-mortar stores, and lifestyle-like images of you at work.  These session require a selection appointment to choose final images.  Your images can be used on your website, Facebook, Instagram, business cards and more.

Ordering Appointment

Within a few days of your session, you’ll visit my cozy home office for your ordering appointment.  The big reveal starts with a slideshow of all your images.  After the heartwarming slideshow, we’ll quickly go through your images and choose the ones that you love most.  From there, we’ll discuss your plans for displaying each images.  You can choose from framed portraits and wrapped canvas for your walls or an album that showcases all your images.  Most ordering appointments last less than an hour.


Once payment has cleared, your portraits will be edited to perfection and then sent to the lab for printing.  Within 7-10 days, most products will be available for delivery.