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Thank you so much for your interest in a portrait session with New Jersey photographer Laura Short. I specialize in stylized children’s portraiture of the highest standard. I offer indoor and outdoor child portraiture, horror and “darker” fine art portraiture. All sessions are done by appointment only.

Dark Art Photography

I offer two types of sessions, dark art photography and horror photography. Both are very similar but are slightly different. Dark art photography is photography done with a darker tone in mind. The wardrobe is very simple (black, white, gray, pale colors, etc.) and props, if used, are skulls, flowers, or other oddities. I am always on the lookout for odd pieces to add to my work.

Horror Photography

Horror photography is a bit more bloody, lol. But it doesn’t have to be. I have photographed some of the classic horror villains and of course zombies and have done some other stuff that is just different. I don’t know how to describe it. Children actually really love to do the horror work if there is blood involved because it is just corn syrup. Almost everything is edible. Sticky and edible.  Because a variety of makeup is used please let me know if there are any allergies or sensitivities.

It is Halloween year-round at Laura Short Photography.

A full session usually takes about 1-2 hours of actual photographing time. This does not include make-up. Please allow up to three hours for a session. There are no mini sessions here. While I photography mainly children I do not photograph only children.  During the session, I will take a series of softly posed and candid images. Some concepts are a bit more in-depth and movement will happen but I will guide you through it all.  My goal is to capture natural non-forced expressions.  A lot of preparation goes into these sessions so clothing and styling are very important. Please contact me for advice on what works the best. Most of my sessions do not include props or I use very limited props. If you are requesting a specific type of theme with specific props you must provide the props but I might already have it.

All full sessions include 15 high-quality digital images with a print release. Within 24 hours you will receive an Online Gallery to choose your images for your session. Additional Images and professional prints from session available for purchase.

I recognize that everyone’s time is valuable so I do not require in-person pre-session consultations, In-Person Sales Sessions, or minimum purchases required. However, if you would like an in-person pre-session consultation, I would love to meet you for coffee and snacks at my favorite spot, Boonton Coffee in Boonton, NJ. Then we can walk next door to see the studio and meet everyone. This is a great way for us to meet and for me to meet your children prior to the session so there is less of a “Stranger Danger” atmosphere during our session.

While I shoot primarily horror photography I do take on other commissions. Please contact me for more information and to see if I shoot what you are looking for.

Collection I


Up to 60 minute session time

5 artistic images

Professional wardrobe including accessories

Professional makeup and hair

tin type little girl in rabbit mask

Collection II


Up to 90 minute session time

10 artistic images

Professional wardrobe including accessories

Professional makeup and hair

little girl in rabbit mask

Collection III


Up to 2 hours session time

15 artistic images

Professional wardrobe including accessories

Professional makeup and hair

Complimentary “Little Black Book”

There is a $100 retainer required to book your session. This retainer holds your date and time and is non-refundable. Most sessions beyond a family session are for one person only.  A family session is any session that includes a parent or grandparent.

Please add $50 for each additional person to be photographed.

Studio wardrobe is provided as a courtesy but is not a requirement for booking. (Please contact me to see what I already have.) You are welcome to wear whatever you would like.

Not interested in a session but want to buy an art piece? Please check out the store for prints.

Removing items from your collection will not change the price. Prices are non-negotiable and are subject to change at any time.


I book limited events at $250/hr. Please inquire about the type of events I photograph.

laurashortfineart@gmail.com  |  760-402-7287

I am a Veteran owned business. I am a photographer for Photosafe.