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Frequently Asked Questions

General

How much should I expect to invest in portraits?

The session fees vary from $100 to $400, depending on the type of session selected. This fee reserves the photographer’s time for the session. Products, whether physical or digital, are purchased separately after the session. You may read more about options and typical investment on our products and pricing page or contact us for a full pricing guide.

How do you protect the health of my baby?

I make sure that I am completely up to date on all vaccinations. My most recent TDaP vaccination was May 2016, and I have a flu vaccination for the 2017-18 season. Additionally, if I am sick, even a small cold, I will reschedule your session to avoid any possibility of passing the illness to your precious newborn. All props, blankets, wraps and clothing are carefully cleaned after each session they are used.

How long will it take to get my images?

The proofs will be available within 2 weeks of the session, and can be reviewed at your viewing consultation. Once ordered, final images are available for download within 2-3 weeks and product delivery times will vary depending on the product ordered. We can expedite ordering for items such as birth announcements to ensure you can formally share your news as soon as possible.

Newborns

How do you protect the health of my baby?

I make sure that I am completely up to date on all vaccinations. My most recent TDaP vaccination was May 2016, and I have a flu vaccination for the 2017-18 season. Additionally, if I am sick, even a small cold, I will reschedule your session to avoid any possibility of passing the illness to your precious newborn. All props, blankets, wraps and clothing are carefully cleaned after each session they are used.

Will I be involved in the session?

Yes. In addition to making sure I get at least a couple photos of you with your child, I will ask for your assistance periodically to keep a hand on your baby, adjust a blanket or hand me an item.

What should we wear for the session?

The studio will be very warm (approximately 75-80 degrees) to ensure the comfort of the newborn, so you will want to select items that will be comfortable at that temperature. For photos, you may choose to be photographed skin-to-skin, or wear clothing in neutral tones. Avoid bright colors, logos and busy prints. Dress your baby in easy-to-remove clothing. If you will have older children at the session, little boys are often shirtless in photos, and I have a small selection of wrap tops for girls if you would prefer that to the items you have at home. I also have wraps, bandeaus and gowns for women. Above all, you and your children should be comfortable.

When should I book my session?

Booking as far in advance as possible is recommended to ensure availability surrounding your due date. Because of the time involved in the session and editing the images, I can only do a couple of sessions each week, and with the unpredictability of actual arrival dates, I have to limit my sessions to ensure I will be available in the two-week window following your newborn’s birth. That said, I occasionally have a week where none of the expected babies have arrived, so I may have last-minute availability. It never hurts to inquire! If you are less than 20 weeks pregnant, you can join our waiting list to be notified as soon as reservations for your month open.

When should my session take place?

We aim for the session to take place between 5 and 14 days after birth, and 6-9 days is often a sweet spot. In this time frame, babies are still sleeping deeply and retain maximum flexibility. They tend to stay in the position they’re placed, as long as they’re comfortable, and tolerate being moved while asleep. After this period, they gradually become more sensitive to movement, less likely to stay asleep when disturbed, and much more wiggly when awake. Towards the end of the second week, they start preparing for a growth spurt and start to eat more frequently, which can making a posed session take a little longer. Skin conditions such as peeling, cradle cap and baby acne become more common after the first couple of weeks. Early scheduling also allows a bit of wiggle room in case the session needs to be rescheduled for any reason. If you baby is already born, however, just send an inquiry as soon as possible and we’ll figure it out!

What do you touch up in photos?

My goal in touching up the photos of your baby is to present what you see when you look at your child. I will touch up their skin, removing temporary blemishes and peeling skin within reason. I do not remove longer-term skin markings such as freckles, moles, birthmarks, salmon patches, strawberries, etc. I smooth skin, remove distractions in the background, correct color, crop, and apply artistic touches such as vignetting, color cast or blurring. If there is a mark that you want removed, please let me know before the session begins, and I can try to pose the baby to minimize the visibility, and discuss option for editing. If it requires substantial additional edits, there may be a per-image editing charge.

Why do a studio session?

While an in-home session may seem more convenient, there are several factors that argue for a studio session. I know how hard it can feel to get out of the house with a newborn, but it’s well worth it! My studio is arranged for efficiency, allowing a more streamlined session. There is no need for you to arrange furniture to ensure open space, or worry about having windows bright enough in the right places for photography. I need about 100sf of space for the posing bag, backdrop and room for me to move around for different angles. Additionally, the air temperature needs to be about 80 degrees, which is challenging in a large home, and that temperature takes time to go down after the session. My studio has all my props and accessories; the selection I can bring to an in-home session is more limited. The time it takes to bring things in from my car, set up and tear down, adds time to the session as well. The studio is a comfortable oasis that takes you out of the hubbub of life with a newborn and gives you the opportunity to take a breath and relax.

If you feel you have a good space available and would still prefer an in-home session, please contact me. I will do in-home sessions for an additional fee.

Are these poses safe?

Yes. The health and safety of your baby is my primary concern. I will not do any pose I am not comfortable with. There are some poses and positions that I don’t feel comfortable with, either as a rule, or given the conditions, temperament or physique of a particular baby. All of my standard poses are comfortable for most babies. When I move an infant, I do so slowly and carefully, giving them an opportunity to let me know if they are not comfortable in that particular position. Certain props or poses require a spotter or support from a parent to be photographed safely, and I’ll ask for your assistance with those poses, and I weight the base of all tall props to ensure stability. If you have any questions or concerns about this, either before or during the session, please ask. I’m always happy to discuss or adjust at your preference in order to ensure you and your baby are comfortable.

My baby is in the NICU, can I still do a session?

Absolutely! We have a couple of options. If the NICU permits, we can discuss an on-site lifestyle session to photograph these precious early days of your child’s life. In these sessions, the baby is not posed formally and I work with the available light and conditions in the NICU. A lifestyle session typically lasts about 60-90 minutes. I am also happy to work in the studio with your baby after they have been released from the NICU, even if they are more than 14 days old at the time. Your baby may not be as flexible or sleepy as a newer infant, so the formal session may result in different poses than would be possible for a younger infant, but will still result in beautiful images of your baby.

What should I bring to the session?

Getting out of the house with a newborn is a daunting task, especially for brand new parents. For the session itself, all we need is you and your baby. If your baby uses a pacifier, please bring it, and a back-up if possible. You should also bring anything you need to be comfortable during the session – clothing for warm temperatures and toys for older children. I provide water, tea and coffee and snacks to keep you refreshed during the session. If your baby is drinking formula or bottled breast milk, be sure to bring enough for at least 5 hours to ensure you have enough for the session and travel time. I have a refrigerator that you can store bottles in while you are here. If you have older children who will be present, be sure to bring any special snacks and activities for them. I have a few toys in my studio, but the selection is limited. Most parents choose to have another adult take older siblings home after their part of the session, or across the street to the library or the park. Toddlers need at least one adult to mind them while another adult is available to assist with spotting, supporting or soothing the newborn if needed.

How long will it take to get my images?

The proofs will be available within 2 weeks of the session, and can be reviewed at your viewing consultation. Once ordered, final images are available for download within 2-3 weeks and product delivery times will vary depending on the product ordered. We can expedite ordering for items such as birth announcements to ensure you can formally share your news as soon as possible.

Babies

Will I be involved in the milestone session?

Yes! We rely heavily on the parent to help with keeping the milestone babies contained, especially once they start becoming mobile! The parent usually stands or sits to one side, when not actively supporting or spotting the baby, and we will ask you to reposition them from time to time, which helps the session go quickly.

How do you protect the health of my baby?

I make sure that I am completely up to date on all vaccinations. My most recent TDaP vaccination was May 2016, and I have a flu vaccination for the 2017-18 season. Additionally, if I am sick, even a small cold, I will reschedule your session to avoid any possibility of passing the illness to your precious newborn. All props, blankets, wraps and clothing are carefully cleaned after each session they are used.

What do you touch up in photos?

My goal in touching up the photos of your baby is to present what you see when you look at your child. I will touch up their skin, removing temporary blemishes and peeling skin within reason. I do not remove longer-term skin markings such as freckles, moles, birthmarks, salmon patches, strawberries, etc. I smooth skin, remove distractions in the background, correct color, crop, and apply artistic touches such as vignetting, color cast or blurring. If there is a mark that you want removed, please let me know before the session begins, and I can try to pose the baby to minimize the visibility, and discuss option for editing. If it requires substantial additional edits, there may be a per-image editing charge.

How long will it take to get my images?

The proofs will be available within 2 weeks of the session, and can be reviewed at your viewing consultation. Once ordered, final images are available for download within 2-3 weeks and product delivery times will vary depending on the product ordered. We can expedite ordering for items such as birth announcements to ensure you can formally share your news as soon as possible.

Maternity

What do you retouch in maternity images?

My goal in touching up the your images is to present your best pregnant self. I will touch up your skin, removing temporary blemishes and doing light smoothing. We can also do light slimming on request. I do not remove longer-term skin markings such as freckles, moles, birthmarks, salmon patches, strawberries, etc. I also do not remove stretch marks on the belly, but do typically soften them so they don’t jump out at the viewer. I smooth skin, remove distractions in the background, correct color, crop, and apply artistic touches such as vignetting, color cast or blurring. If there is a mark that you want removed, please let me know before the session begins so we can discuss options for minimizing it through posing and angles. I can also apply a little bit of slimming, both through posing techniques and during the retouching process if you prefer. If there is something that requires extensive editing, there may be a per-image fee for retouching that we can discuss at that time.

What should I wear for my maternity session?

This depends on the style you’re looking for. We have several gowns available, as well as fabric wraps, skirts and flowing tops. If this is the look you’re going for, then you don’t need to worry about a thing but your under clothing. If you’re going for a casual look, a tank top and leggings or jeans can be great as long as the jeans fasten under the belly, rather than having a panel over the belly. You can also get away with much brighter colors for maternity sessions, but we still recommend not wearing any patterns. The rest of your family should wear something similar in tone and style to what you wear. We’ll talk about all of these options in depth during the consultation.

When should my maternity session take place?

Generally somewhere between 32 and 36 weeks, depending on how you’re carrying. If you are carrying multiples, then earlier may be better. Ideally, we want to wait as long as possible for your belly to be nice and round, but not so long that you are getting too uncomfortable.

How long will it take to get my images?

The proofs will be available within 2 weeks of the session, and can be reviewed at your viewing consultation. Once ordered, final images are available for download within 2-3 weeks and product delivery times will vary depending on the product ordered. We can expedite ordering for items such as birth announcements to ensure you can formally share your news as soon as possible.