Start With the End in Mind: Session Prep Tips For When You Want an Heirloom Folio Box

Heirloom folio boxes are one of Bark & Gold Photography’s most popular products, particularly for Rainbow Sessions, thanks to their unmatched value and versatility. If you’re leaning toward an heirloom folio box over a fine art album or signature wall art as a way to enjoy your session images, I encourage you to head into your session with an openness to embrace the little moments as well as an idea of how you may want to ultimately display your pet’s portraits.

Why Start With the End in Mind

While it may seem counter-intuitive to start with the end in mind, knowing the potential products you’re considering does impact the type of portraits and images I capture. Shooting images for one signature wall art piece or a wall art grouping produces portraits quite different than those that typically fill heirloom folio boxes or even fine art albums.

Because they’re a much more versatile product and contain multiple images, heirloom folio boxes allow us to really celebrate the joy and love between you and your pet with a more storytelling-based approach. Think detail shots, candid connections, in-between moments, and silly outtakes that may not necessarily suit a signature wall art piece but that you simply can’t resist. Your pre-session questionnaire is a great place to begin brainstorming the must-have photos you’d love to fill your folio box with. Jotting those down gives us that mental shot list to keep in mind as we dive into the magical energy and excitement that often surrounds your session.

While you do not have to make any final decisions until your reveal and ordering appointment, as Julie found, sharing your thoughts on products helps ensure I’m photographing the little things you’ll want to remember about your furry friend: the way his tiny paw falls perfectly in your hand during a playful shake, his unforgettable expressions, endearingly funny quirks, and the unbreakable bond you share with one another.

When deciding how she wanted to enjoy her images after her dog Bobo’s Rainbow Session, Julie opted for this beautiful gray luxury linen heirloom folio box of 10 matted prints, saying that displaying her images as wall art just didn’t feel right. She wanted a more intimate collection of these deeply personal portraits and the ability to place them around her home as she saw fit when she felt ready to look back on this special day.

cool gray heirloom folio box with prints rom Bobo's Rainbow Session

Is an Heirloom Folio Box Right for You?

Heirloom folio boxes are ideal for anyone looking for a multifaceted yet discrete product, a practical alternative to fine art albums, or a larger quantity of images. These boxes are classic yet contemporary and offer an added level of protection to smaller prints, which are matted for the utmost durability and beauty that will last for generations. And because your images can be enjoyed individually or as a more cohesive collection, you get double the value in versatility. Or, rather, make that triple the value when you remember that each ordered image within your folio box includes the matching high-resolution digital file. (I know what you’re thinking: Are you telling me I get 10 or 20 matching digital files with this? I sure am, my friend, I sure am!)

Are you eager to create your own heirloom folio box of your favorite portraits? Click here or give me a call at 724-913-BARK (2275). For more information on Bark & Gold Photography sessions, visit “The Experience” in the menu and be sure to share your email on my homepage to join the VIP list.


This post is a part of a photography blog circle featuring photographers specializing in a variety of niches. To see what the next photographer is sharing for our weekly theme, “Session Prep Tips,” check out Gretchen Ciccone with GCiccone Photography, capturing special moments. Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle until you eventually find your way back here.

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