Questions & Answers
You have questions and I have answers. Below you will find some of the frequently asked questions and answers I receive. Choose between Newborn Photography or Portrait Photography (including Maternity, Children and Family). Have a question not answered here? Get in touch. Click the contact tab at the top of the page.
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY SESSION?
You can book your session at any time, but I do recommend contacting me as soon as possible. Ideally it’s best to book your session during your second trimester. This will ensure that you have a space on my schedule. If you would like to chat more about a session, you can contact me by clicking here.
WHAT IF MY BABY COMES EARLY OR LATE?
Babies tend to have their own little schedules and we are at their mercy when it comes to their arrival. We will choose a tentative date for your session based on your due date. We can be flexible if your little one decides to come a little bit early or late. Once you are in labor, have Dad contact me so that we can choose a more definite date.
HOW SOON AFTER OUR BABY IS BORN SHOULD THE SESSION HAPPEN?
Newborns are best photographed within the first 2 weeks of life. Your baby will still be nice and sleepy and easier to pose in those sweet cuddly womb-like positions they are used to. If your baby has an extended stay in the hospital, or is born prematurely this can change the window. Please contact me for more details.
HOW LONG WILL OUR SESSION LAST?
Newborn sessions typically last 2-3 hours. This allows you little one plenty of time for feedings, diaper changes, and cuddles. I will be moving your baby through a variety of poses and his/her safety comes. So, I like to take extra time to make sure that your baby is comfortable and content during our session.
CAN WE TAKE SIBLING/FAMILY SHOTS?
Absolutely! Including your whole family in your newborn’s portraits is the perfect way to document this fleeting time in your lives.
DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING?
I will have everything that we need for your baby’s session so there is no need to pack anything extra.
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?
I will provide a complete guide to preparing for your session that will give you suggestions and ideas for what to dress your family in. I recommend simple neutral pieces.
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK OUR SESSION?
Portrait sessions (children, maternity, and family) are best scheduled 2-3 months in advance. I take a limited number of sessions each month so that I can focus all of my attention on your family and creating your perfect images. If you are interested in a session, please contact me as far in advance as possible to ensure you get a slot.
WHERE WILL OUR SESSION TAKE PLACE?
During our planning meeting I will get to know you and your family. We’ll talk about the things you like to do together, and what types of locations would best fit your style. Most of my family, maternity, and children’s sessions are photographed outdoors at parks, forest preserves or within a downtown setting.
WHAT IF MY KIDS DON'T WANT TO COOPERATE?
Don’t worry, I’ve got it covered Mom! The best thing you can do to help make this happen is to relax and let me handle it. I pride myself on taking the time to get to know your family, to play and have fun. During this time I’ll grab the fun candids but also convince your child that they like me enough to smile for those perfect shots! After years of doing this I think I’ve got it down to a science!
WHAT IF IT RAINS ON THE DAY OF OUR SESSION?
If we have rain on the day of your session, we will work together to coordinate a time to reschedule your portraits. If the weather is just cloudy, we will continue as planned. Cloudy days can be absolutely beautiful!!
WHAT IS THE CREATIVE FEE?
The creative fee is due at the time of your booking. This fee holds your date/time on my calendar and includes a pre-session planning meeting to design the details of your portrait session, the session itself, editing time, and an in-person ordering appointment. The creative fee does not include any products and/or digital negatives.
CAN I JUST GET THE DIGITAL FILES?
My studio specializes in wall art. I want to help you tell your family’s story and create beautiful pieces to display in your home. I do understand that we live in a digital world and it’s important for many to be able to share their images online, and be able to print them at a later time. For this reason, I do offer digital negatives as part of my collections in addition to your signature art piece. However, I want to encourage you to think of digital negatives as a backup of your images.
HOW LONG WILL WE WAIT BEFORE SEEING OUR IMAGES?
I know how hard it can be to wait to see your photos, so I will get to work right away editing and perfecting your images. I promise to make the wait a little less painful by give you a little peek. One or two days after our session I will post a sneak peek on my Facebook page for you to share with your family and friends. Then, about 2 weeks after your session we will get together for your big reveal and ordering session.