Jan Gratz Photography has always celebrated families. Those who cherish their family above all else. The family experience has always been about RELATIONSHIP.

• Relationship: creating compelling works of art that document the love you have for one another
• Relationship: capturing the moments of families being themselves
• Relationship: create an unforgettable experience that reflects your personality and story

At Jan Gratz Photography, we accept only a limited number of families each year in order to provide our clients with a one-of-a-kind completely customized storytelling experience.

The On Location Session

Session Fee | $350

Your On Location Session features a journey to a beautiful Chesapeake Bay waterfront, in and around the quaint streets and buildings of downtown Annapolis and home of the U.S. Naval Academy, or the open fields and rustic tobacco barns of Maryland as we create unforgettable memories. We will take you to one of our favorite locations in the Annapolis region or we will join you at your favorite location within a 25 mile radius of Annapolis.

But first, we would love to get to know you and your family in a relaxing consultation in our photography studio. Together, we’ll create a custom plan for what your story will capture. We’ll select the perfect place to catch your family's quintessence in a series of beautiful photographs.

On the day of your session, we’ll spend our time playing, laughing, capturing “magic”, having an amazing time sculpting unforgettable moments. While there, we will capture anything that your heart desires.

After your On Location Session, you will view your images in a private premier ordering session at the studio. We’ll present to you breath-taking images featuring detailed and gorgeous, artistic processing of each photograph.

Your only job is to relax, have fun with your family, and completely enjoy every moment as we bring your story to life…

The In Studio Session

Session Fee | $250

Your In Studio Session features a photographic shoot in our studio. Sessions last one hour and include artistic color and black and white processing of images. Your portraits are presented at a private premier ordering session at the studio. We’ll present to you beautifully detailed and artistic processing of your family portraits. In studio sessions are suitable for small families of five or fewer members.

Contact us to begin your experience

The entire experience was absolutely outstanding! From the initial consultation to the shoot, proof selection and the final product...we could not possibly have been more pleased. You exceeded our expectations in every way! We will definitely be back again.
~ Patrick & Victoria Flood, Davidsonville, MD

Jan, I am speechless! I received the canvas wrap portrait today, opened it and kept saying "oh wow!" It is more than I ever expected. It is clear, beautiful and so well crafted. I am over the top happy with the canvas wraps and the framed portrait of the kids is a true gem! You are a true talent as a photographer!

~ Sue Keller, Chicago, Illinois

Thank you for the custom App of our family portraits! I sent it off to the kids yesterday and they were all so excited! The comments were hysterical -- mostly about what should be done with their awesome photos! I wanted to thank you for capturing them all so well. Everyone is very pleased, and we thank you for your talent and attention to detail. It was a great experience working with you. If anyone asks, I'll be sure to recommend you.

~ Teresa Todd, Cape St Claire, Maryland

When I told my husband and adult children that all I wanted for Christmas was an updated family portrait, everyone groaned. Family portraits tend to be stressful, unpleasant experiences. Jan Gratz made this a fabulous, upbeat, fun experience. She is so personable, and quickly forged relationships with each of us. It shows in our portraits, everyone is relaxed, happy, and looks great.

~ Lisa Dressel, Edgewater, Maryland
You have such a gift for not only capturing the moments but threading them together in perfect harmony. What an amazing story you tell! Thank you is not enough for the ripple effect of joy and happiness this will spread to everyone.

~ Susan Judge, Davidsonville, Maryland

Jan is a natural when it comes to capturing light, mood and beauty with the camera! Her photos bring out personality, natural beauty and charm as she puts her subject at ease and allows them to show natural vulnerability. A day of capturing four generations: grandmother, mother, daughters and grand-daughters blessed us with a day of laughter and tears as Jan worked her magic to create memories to share with the ages. Jan’s relentless energy and passion abounds when working with the senior class of South River High School. Two of my grand-daughters were fortunate to be part of what ended up not only in beautiful photos but in the building of self-esteem, knowledge of make-up, wardrobe and imagination to achieve special theme shots and lasting friendships. Lastly, Jan has the eye to produce amazing head shots and group pictures that project personality, confidence and authority in a business profile for networking and social media use.

~ Cynthia Jenkins, Annapolis, Maryland

I can't even begin to tell you how much I appreciate Jan's artistic expertise and energy. She captured the moment so wonderfully and professionally - I couldn't have imagined a better experience! Thank you Jan for your unending grace - may your passion take you to places that you've never been before!
~ Georgia Ladd, Shady Side, Maryland