SO WHAT HAPPENS AT THE PRE-SESSION CONSULTATION?
This is where all the fun begins! We get to sit back, relax and talk about what I can do to create the ideal session for you. When you book a portrait session, I want to know everything about you, your kids, your family, your house, your style – EVERYTHING! We will talk about clothes, and I would love to see images of your home so we can talk about certain wall spaces and plan for something that fits you. When your session day arrives, we’ll have a plan so everything goes smoothly–which means LESS stress for you.
WHEN DO I GET TO SEE THE IMAGES?
You will get to see your images on-screen in a slideshow set to music during your in-home Viewing & Ordering Appointment two weeks after your session. As part of your session, I will help you with all of your final decisions on images and products that I have custom designed just for you. And remember those snapshots of your home you sent me? I can show you what your images will look like right on YOUR wall! This is one of the best parts – so please feel free to include as many people as you would like during this appointment. But don’t worry if family lives out of town, a gallery of your purchased images can be posted online for them to view following the ordering appointment.
WHAT KIND OF INVESTMENT DO MOST FAMILIES MAKE?
Clients who book a portrait session can expect to invest anywhere from $800 to $1500 on their sessions.
WHEN DO I GET TO BRING EVERYTHING HOME?
Quality takes time, so please allow up to 4 weeks from your order date for completion of your order.
Custom designed albums and orders with framing may take longer. But it’s worth the wait!
WHEN SHOULD I CALL TO SCHEDULE MY NEWBORN SESSION?
Before your baby is born! It is so important to plan ahead. Capturing your newborn within the first two weeks of life while they are still sleepy and curled up, can make all the difference in your newborn portraits. Since we never really know when your little one will arrive I will put you on the calendar to hold a spot for you. When your baby is born we will move your appointment accordingly.
IS ONE WEEK TOO EARLY FOR MY SESSION?
Absolutely not! Newborn babies photograph best between 5-10 days old. At this point they are still very sleepy and like to curl up as if they were still in the womb. It may take up to four hours for a newborn session as I leave plenty of time for feedings, diaper changes and breaks for mommy and baby. I can’t wait to meet your new little one.
WHAT SHOULD BABY WEAR?
Newborns photograph best without any clothes at all. I also love to photograph newborns swaddled in blankets with lots of texture and snuggled up tight in buckets and baskets, so if you have a special blanket or two, feel free to provide them. I have an extensive supply of newborn hats, bows and headbands that coordinate beautifully with the blankets and props that I will use to stylize your images. You are welcome to provide any hats or props that you would like to have the baby photographed in. I encourage clients to bring special, personal items which make the session and images especially meaningful.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY NEWBORN SESSION?
I recommend that you bring baby to the session well rested and plan to feed baby as soon as I arrive. Sleepy babies photograph perfectly, so I will ask you to undress and swaddle baby before the feeding so as to not disturb them by undressing them after the feeding. We will take several breaks for feeding baby during the session to ensure that baby is happy and has a full tummy. I ask that you not be too concerned with scheduled feedings during the session and that you feed baby on demand or when they get a bit fussy to ensure their comfort and a smooth session.
CAN I BE PHOTOGRAPHED WITH MY BABY?
Most certainly – I wouldn’t have it any other way! I love to capture the emotion of those special first days with your new little one and believe that there is no greater image than a new mommy or daddy cuddling with and admiring their newborn child. Skin on skin images are a unique way to capture the purity of these relationships, but I also ask parents to wear a long sleeved neutral colored shirt so that they may serve as a backdrop for baby for some of the images.