Portrait Session

Surprise Proposal

 It’s all very exciting but it can also be somewhat overwhelming. You’re planning the day that you’ve been anticipating your whole life and yet you only get one shot at it! When I think back to the day my husband proposed, I remember amazing memories.... but I really wish I had a photo to remember it better with!

I’m sure your mind is racing with all that needs to be planned.

I know that most guys are nervous, because they want to make this moment perfect for her, and I assure you, we will make sure that it is! There are some absolutely stunning locations in Maine to propose at - countless lighthouses, beaches, mountains, apple orchards, lakes, etc. I can help you find the perfect spot, scope it out ahead of time to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible, come up with an exact plan of where to go, where to stand, which way to face, etc.

About the Sessions

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Download your images, share with your loved ones, and order prints

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See your full portrait gallery within 3-6 weeks of your session

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Receive a few sneak peeks within 24 hours of your session

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Celebrate your engagement!

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Meet in person for your session

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Sign your contract and pay your retainer fee

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Meet for a phone consultation

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  • Help with planning leading up to the proposal

  • The Big Moment photographed

  • A 30 minute "Just Engaged!" portrait session immediately afterwards

  • A minimum of 60 edited digital images in an online gallery

  • Print release

  • Travel up to 60 miles (each way) from Gardiner, Maine

What You Get

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Travel Fee to Acadia: $350


the proposal plus 30 minutes of photos


The Surprise Proposal

Surprise Proposal Galleries

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- Alexandra Sladek

My husband hired Andrea when he proposed to me in Cape Elizabeth and she did an incredible job. We hired her for our wedding the following year, and I can only say that the photos were breathtaking. She was attentive, professional, and overall amazing and I couldn’t say anything better about her! I would highly suggest her, you will not regret it.

"they were breathtaking!"

Kind words from past clients

Once I have answered any questions you may have and you have decided that the Andrea Simmons Portrait Experience is exactly what you’re looking for, the next step is booking. You can save your date by signing your contract and paying your retainer fee online. 

How do we move forward with booking our portrait session? 

I recommend choosing 1-2 locations that are near each other. We don’t want to miss out on great lighting, or use up too much time driving between locations! Having two locations can be great for getting more variety out of your session! 

How many locations should we choose for our session?

I average between 60 and 120 final edited images for portrait sessions. I love delivering my client’s files quickly and easily via an online gallery. You will have the ability to print, share and download your images as much as you want. 

How many images will I receive from my portrait session? 

You will get a sneak peek of your images within 1-2 days of your session! My turnaround time for the full gallery averages between 3 and 6 weeks, though most portrait sessions are delivered within 4 weeks. 

what is the turnaround time for receiving my final digital images?

I offer professional prints for sale in your online gallery. These are optional, as you will already have the digital images available for download, and a print release. The prints are reasonably priced, and are shipped right to your home within 1-2 weeks.  

Can I order prints from you? 

Weather is always unpredictable, which is why I schedule a rain date for every one of my portrait clients when booking. We will decide together the morning of your session whether we need to use the rain date or not.

What if it rains on my session date? 

I absolutely love photographing in Acadia! I am very familiar with the park, and can recommend 10-15 different location options there. These sessions do have an added fee of $350, which covers my extra time and driving expenses to get there.

Do you photograph in Acadia National Park? 

Yes! I usually dress in casual clothes and just have my over-the-shoulder bag and one camera in hand. At most locations, I just look like another tourist! We will make eye contact and I will follow you to the spot, and then start taking photos when you're ready!

Will you be able to hide so my girlfriend doesn't see you? 

I believe every client should leave their session happy and relaxed, knowing we had fun and got some great images! I think the candid photos are just as important as the posed photos, so I go back and forth to get both during every session! 

What is your shooting style for our portrait session

Nope! I charge based on my time, so you can include as many extra people as you want in your session! Just keep in mind that more people will mean more time spent posing and arranging. I love extended family sessions, the more the merrier!

Do you charge extra for more people in the photos?



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I can't wait to talk to you more about your photography dreams and wishes. I only book a limited number of portrait sessions per month, so please reach out so we can make this happen for you!


I’m so glad you contacted me! I can’t WAIT to photograph you (and your family)! Just remember, this WILL be fun, and you will have professional, beautiful portraits to remember this time in your life! I’m so glad you’re choosing to get in the photo, because life goes by WAY too fast! Your future children and grandchildren will look back on these photos and see what an incredible person you are! See you at your session!

Thank you so much for reaching out!