Frequently Asked Questions
1. What should I expect during my session?
Milestone- Milestones are quick and easy. Usually your little one is fascinated by my giant light and all my props in 30 min we have a full session, no sweat.
Newborn- Newborn sessions tend to be longer and there is more sweat involved. But its usually very relaxed and we go with the flow of baby. If he doesn't want to be wrapped, we don't wrap. If he wants to nurse, he nurses. If he lets out a cry of aggravation we stop what we are doing right way and make him happy. I usually start out by wrapping baby to help calm them down and then we move on to bean bag poses with a cute outfit. With several different props in between. This is not a stressful time, so no stress allowed! Even babies who refuse to even blink have plenty of nice images in their galleries.
2. How to I prepare my baby for their session?
In a perfect situation baby will sleep through most of their session. If you live near me feed baby beforehand and dress him in something that can easily come off. Or if its hot enough just a diaper. But as soon as you get here you can top them of with milk so he is extra sleepy. I suggest a bath that morning and maybe a little more play time to wear him out.
If this is a milestone shoot bring baby nice and rested.
3. When do you do sessions?
All of my sessions are between 1-3pm. It could be a weekday or a weekend, weekends fill up faster but after your baby is born we have 2 weeks to find a good time to meet. My kids have rest time during that time, and at 3 they could come wandering in. We don't want this to happen! So please try to be here on time so we don't lose precious shooting time!
4. How and when do I pay?
You will pay the day of via check, cash, and as a last resort card.
5. Do I need to bring anything?
You do not need to bring anything. I have everything you need. Except maybe a pacifier and some diapers!
For toddlers bring whatever you want used in their session!
6. What if my baby wears cloth diapers?
I was a cloth diaper mama for many years and I remember a time in my life when the thought of a paper diaper on my precious child’s rear made me shiver. Those times are LONG gone but I understand that feeling! BUT that being said we need paper diapers for the session. Less bum chub the better. My little outfits can only fit so much! If you don't have any diapers let me know and I can get some beforehand.
7. I have some mementos that I would like to use during my session, are you ok with that?
Of course! Above all I want you to love your images, so if you have something in mind let me know! I would prefer to know in advance though so I can plan as well.
8. I have some specific ideas about how I want my photos to be, are you ok with that?
Yes! Just let me know in advance if possible. I usually plan my sessions the week before so if I know before your baby gets here that will help.
9. If I am in the picture what should I wear?
My personal preference is white/cream. But really its up to you
10. When I pay my session fee what do I get?
For your session fee you get a gallery of downloadable images. The amount will range as to how many I am able to get. But you will at LEAST get 20 images in the newborn only galleries. Its usually much more.
11. How long should I expect to wait for my gallery?
Ideally you will have a sneak peak the day of or the next day and your gallery done in a week. If that is not going to be the case I will let you know!
12. How do I get my digital images?
I have a handy dandy website that you can just put your email in and it sends you the downloads. You have to be on a PC though, its much too big for your phone.
13. What can I do with my digital images?
Outside of selling your images for profit you can do whatever you want to do. Plaster it on your wall, make a billboard in your front yard or make a blanket with it; whatever!
14. Can I share your sneak peaks?
Lets turn this into a statement: PLEASE share your images. Almost off of my business is from word of mouth so your sharing is my bread and butter!
15. If I want to buy a book or prints or canvases do you do that?
I do! I can do custom orders and you can order prints right from your gallery. I also have some discounted packages that you can choose from if you want.
16. Why don't you offer family sessions? Do you have a suggestion as to a family session photographer until you start to do them again?
I offer them if you bring a newborn! There are several reason I am currently not doing them: 1. Im pregnant, 2. Its SOOOO hot, and 3. I don't feel like Im as good at them as I want to be. But I have a very good friend that does amazing things with families outside, contact her, tell you I sent her! https://www.juteandlilies.com/
Also be on the look-out for Christmas Sessions, those are for familes!
17. Do you ever travel to a clients home for sessions?
This is case by case. The general answer is that I do not travel to your home. Mostly bc my lighting is too big to carry around and the quality isn't the same without it. But I have done them before, so just tell me your situation and we will see.
18. Do you do outside Maternity Sessions?
I may when its not 100 degrees! But for now Im referring them to my friend, come back to me for your newborn though! https://www.juteandlilies.com/
19. Do you do Events?
This is another case by case, I do do events. BUT its going to depend on where it is and when it is.
20. Would you do a special session not listed if I really REALLY needed you to?
As long as it doesn't go against my moral code I may be open to it! Feel free to make suggestions!
21. Tell me why I should hire you.
Because of my striking personality??? My goal is to offer adorable photography at affordable prices. I want people (like me!) to be able to have beautiful classic images of their babies so they can remember how squishy and sweet they were in the years to come. I am very down-to-earth, maybe a little too much. I aim to have your session to be relaxed (although hot!) and slightly fun. But I mostly want you to pick me because you adore my work.