FAQ

What is your style of photography?

My style of photography is more lifestyle so you can expect non-posed photographs for the family. Just picture me spending the day with you and your family having a good time. I might move a piece of hair, ask you to do something silly, or move an arm or leg but that’s about it. My goal is to capture you and your family at it’s most natural state. I love all smiles, pouts and crying.

When should I book a session with you?

As soon as possible! I only schedule 3 sessions a week so it fills up quickly! I only take a very limited number of sessions each month so that I can ensure that I spend lots of quality time and care with each family. Contact me here as soon as you decide you are ready to book with me. You’ll need to put down a deposit with me to hold your date, time and pricing.  ***If I’m fully booked or it’s a holiday and you want to still book a session with me I might be able to squeeze you in for an extra fee. 

For maternity clients, the best time to book is around 30 weeks (7 months) to allow for a good sized belly but before you get really uncomfortable and allow ample time in case of complications.

For newborn clients, the ideal time is to book 5-10 days after your due date or scheduled C-section.  If you deliver late or early, we will reschedule your appointment time accordingly. We will book a tentative date and you will contact me immediately after you deliver so we can re-confirm your photo session.

For all other ages, there isn’t a specific ‘date’ and it just depends on your goals and schedule.

What ages should the portraits be done?

My favorite stages for portraits are:

  • 5-10 days for a newborn session this is when they are the most moldable and sleepiest.
  • 6/7 months for the sitting up stage where they can sit solidly on their own and they are all about personality and expression.
  • the walking stage or the 1 year portrait where we can capture some cute pictures of them leaning or standing.

Do you shoot outdoors or in a studio?

I currently shoot in my home studio and on location.

What if it rains on the day of my session?

I don’t cancel a shoot unless it is actually pouring during your session time.  Often times, the lighting during weather that isn’t perfect is better for photography.  A cloudy day is actually a great lighting opportunity. So unless it is really bad, plan on still having your shoot.  I will be watching the weather closely and give you a call if we are going to have to cancel. If we do have to cancel don’t worry I’ll make sure we reschedule at your earliest convenience.

What if I need to reschedule my session?

I understand that unexpected things come up especially when you have children.  If you need to reschedule, please contact me as soon as possible (at least 24-48 hours in advance).   If your child is unusually cranky or sick, it is better to go ahead and reschedule your session. If your child has a bump, scratch or bruise, we can easily digitally correct the blemish at no additional charge.  If your child has a black eye or anything else that changes their actual appearance, it is best to reschedule until after they have healed. The sitting fee is good as long as you rebook within 6 months from your original appointment time. If I get sick, I will reschedule your session at your earliest convenience.

How long will my session last?

Outdoor portrait sessions last approximately 30 min to an hour.  Newborn session sometimes can last an hour and a half.  These times vary depending on how many people are included in the photographs and the age of your children.  However, if needed, I will take extra time as your happiness is my ultimate goal.

Do you ever host mini-sessions?

No, I do not offer mini-sessions.  I have more fun taking the time to get to know your family and letting everyone relax.  No more worries that your baby will cry the entire time or that your toddler will have a temper tantrum.

Do you photograph events like baby showers and birthday parties?

Yes, I photograph baby showers and birthday parties!

What should I bring?

You don’t really need to bring anything other than perhaps specific props (ie. grandmas blanket) that you’d like to incorporate into your session. Maybe some water, snacks and bug spray if we’re going into some wooded areas for your shoot to avoid getting bitten by ticks and mosquitos.

What can I do to ensure my family session goes well?

• The most important thing you can do is to relax.  The children will be stressed if you are stressed (even newborns can sense stress).  Just have a fun time with the family and do silly things together!
• Avoid saying the word “cheese” it creates an unnatural smile.  I want to capture their natural smiles. Avoid standing behind me or standing off to the side and trying to get the kids to smile.
• Let me know what your children’s favorite things are – toys, tv shows, hobbies, etc.
• My goal is to capture you and your family at your most relax and natural state.

What can I do to ensure my newborn session goes well?

• Try to keep your baby awake for at least 45 minutes prior to your session and feed your baby about 30 minutes prior to your session so that he/she is very sleepy.  Give him/her a bath, arm and leg stretches, tickle their feet, even while they are sleeping to prevent them from getting too deep a sleep before we start.
• Have your nursery, master bedroom and areas you want to be photographed at home to be clean and uncluttered. Have all the cloths and props that you want to use during our session ready at arms length.

Can parents, grandparents and siblings be included in the newborn and maternity sessions?

Yes, please! I love to include the whole family! Just keep in mind it’ll take a 15-20 minutes longer.

What clothing should I wear?

Whatever you’d like to wear but if you need some help you’re welcome to jump over here.

How much does this cost?

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What payment methods do you accept?

I currently accept Cash, Check and PayPal payments.

How and when do I get to see my images?

I’ll provide you with an image gallery online so that you can view the images and choose your favorites approximately 2 weeks later.

How long will it take to get my order?

You will receive your final digital images after you select from your proofs in approximately 2 weeks.

How long will you keep my files?

Un-ordered images will be held for an additional 45 days after your session date.  After 45 days, un-ordered images will be discarded and all ordered images will be archived.