The WPD Process

Family portraits in Park City home

Start with the end in mind

You know you need family portraits, but what are you doing with them? At Walsh Photographic Design, we start with the end in mind, which means before we pick up a camera, we have a plan for where and how these photos will hang in your home or the story we want to tell in your family album.

Do you have a tall, skinny spot above your fireplace? Let’s create a fantastic iconic image to hang there. Perhaps you want to start a family gallery incorporating older images with the new portraits you are commissioning. We can make that happen. Are you moving soon or living in a house with no wall space?

Telling your family’s story in a luxurious, custom-designed album lets you capture and preserve this stage of your children’s lives. The WPD process addresses your unique needs and concerns that guide your one-on-one Design.

Design Consultation

Your Design Consultation kicks off the process. We want the scoop on your family and kids. What are their personalities like? Who’s the dialed-in kid, who’s the rebel? Understanding your family dynamics allows us to capture their characters and relationships as they are.

Your every question will be answered, including:
What types of clothing photograph best?
A complete understanding of the investment you’ll be making?
What are the most suitable areas of your home for your family portraits?
And other burning questions such as whether or not to bring the family pet (the answer is, “yes!”)

Walsh Photography meeting room
Fall Family Portrait in Park City, Utah

Wardrobe Collaboration

You’ll leave your Design Consultation with a good idea of what everyone should wear. Between then and your Photo Shoot, we are available to consult about your outfits via phone, email, or zoom meeting. Together, we will finalize outfits at least one week before your shoot to allow plenty of time for last-minute changes and dry cleaning.

The Photo Shoot

If you’ve had your family photographed in the past, you might remember that it can be the teeniest bit stressful. Dad’s not on board, and the kids didn’t nap (or woke up cranky). Not to worry. We are familiar with all types of kid shenanigans at every age and stage. If you can get them dressed and get to the studio, we will handle the rest.
WARNING: You may have to pry your kids out of the studio when the shoot is over because everyone will be having such a great time.

Family photographer Dennis Walsh
Screen Capture of Remote Ordering

View and Order Appointment

After your photoshoot, you will visit the studio for your View and Order appointment. Your View and Order appointment is set aside to finalize your portrait order, so please schedule a time when both mom and dad can be there.
Using our state-of-the-art software and photos of the walls in your home, we will show your portraits scaled onto your walls, which solves the problem of what size to order; not too big, not too small, but just right!

We will guide you every step of the way using your goals from the consultation to achieve your vision for your family portraits.

Delivery and Install

Part of our service includes complimentary delivery and installation of your portraits. About 4-6 weeks after your order has been placed, we will come to your home and hang your portraits. This service eliminates the “a little to the left” fights between well-meaning husbands and micro-managing wives (or vice versa;). Let us handle the heavy lifting and hanging.

In Home Family Portraits

Take all the credit

The hard work is over. Your portraits adorn the walls of your home. Your family album has pride of place on your coffee table, and your phone has blown up with texts about the fabulousness of your holiday cards. Sit back and take credit for creating those beautiful humans that are your children and enjoy seeing the people you love on the walls of your home. Every. Single. Day.


You’re thrilled that your portraits are hung on your walls with care, but we both know that those kids will keep growing and changing, so what about next year and the year after that?

Once you’re part of the Walsh Family, we help you create a vision for future sessions based on the ages and stages of your children AND the design vision for your home. Our pieces are curated to look good now AND be able to move throughout your home as we add to your family art collection over time. We work with you and your interior designer to make it perfect.

Family Portrait Above Mantel