Frequently Asked Questions

General

Family

Senior

Newborn/Infant


General

Can I reschedule if it rains? What if I or, someone in my family, gets sick?

I do not charge a penalty for weather or illness-related rescheduling.  Please do not bring a sick child to your session!  On the other hand, do not reschedule if you or your child has acne, scratches or bruises.  I can edit those out later.  

I will suggest rescheduling outdoor sessions if the temperature will be less than 30 degrees or over 90 degrees, or if rain is imminent.  

Please understand that weekend sessions are usually completely booked months in advance so we may need to get crafty in rescheduling your session.  For instance, if you had been planning an evening session, I may need to switch you to a morning session to accommodate two sessions in one day.  

What retouching will be done to my photos?  

General editing: I will always edit away blemishes, bruises and scratches.  I may lessen the appearance of pock-marks, shaving scars and mild acne scars.  Skin will be smoothed a bit so that it looks naturally soft.  Extreme scarring may be smoothed, but not removed as it would dramatically alter the person's appearance.   Stray hairs are removed per request only.  Gray hairs are not removed and hair color cannot be applied to roots.  Minor wrinkles can be removed from clothing upon request.  Additional charges may apply for any requested enhancements.  

Is there an extra charge for adding more people into the photos?  

No. Whether it be three people or twenty, I provide the same number of retouched images (a minimum of 1/minute) regardless of how many people are at your session.

How long will it take for my photos to be edited?  

Typically, about 2 weeks.  If you need to see them sooner, please let me know when you schedule your session.

How do I see the photos after my session?  

I will prepare a gallery for your retouched images from which you can share and place your order.  For your convenience, your gallery will be live for 10 years.

Which lab(s) do you use to order your photography products?

I only use professional labs and companies whose products are produced for professional photographers to ensure your photos will be printed with the same care and quality by which I created them.  Color, contrast, saturation will be as authentic as they were created to be.  

Preparing for your session

What should I wear?  

Your clothing choice depends on what you're envisioning for your photos.  If you want relaxed photos, come in your favorite everyday outfit.  More formal?  Go for a new dress or coordinating outfits.  Whatever you choose, make sure it's something you love wearing!  When coordinating your outfits, I recommend not all wearing the same thing, but instead choosing coordinating colors and mixing it up.  Wondering what colors to choose?  Here are some ideas - 

  • Look around your house at where you would like to hang the photos, like your living room, and match the colors of your outfits to your decorations so that your photos will coordinate with your house.  
  • Black is the most flattering color if you feel you are overweight.  It hides a lot! 
  • Match your eye color.  You'd be surprised how much this can do for your eyes!
  • When in doubt, neutral colors and earth tones always photograph well.  
  • The color red is the most powerful color in photos.  If you wear red or red accessories, your eyes will be drawn to those things instead of faces and expressions.  However, I have done many beautiful holiday sessions with children and families wearing red, so this is not something to be overly-concerned about. 
  • Still want help?  Pinterest has unlimited options to inspire your wardrobe. 

Do you ever host mini sessions?

I occasionally offer mini-sessions once or twice a year, however, the new session structure allows for your own custom mini-session.


Family

What should I bring to my family session? 

  • Snacks for young children
  • Your child's lovey or favorite stuffed animals/toys (go with it... it is something you will want to remember later!)
  • If yours is an outdoor session, please use bug spray.  We may go into fields and areas that have ticks and mosquitos. 

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

  • The most important thing you can do is relax.  Children will be stressed if you are stressed (even newborns can sense stress).  We will have plenty of time to get great photos.  
  • Be prepared to be a goober.  I love it when parents bring out their inner silly to help their children smile and laugh. Don't be surprised to find that I am a total goober, too.   
  • Avoid the "cheese" word.  Saying "cheese" makes an unnatural smile.  I want to capture smiles that come from their core and radiate into their eyes.  We will get them.  
  • Let me know what your children's favorite things are - toys, tv shows, hobbies, etc.  I love to talk about these things with them during the session.
  • Remember that our goal is not to capture perfection, but instead, a perfect representation of who your children are at this point in time.  I want your photos to help you tell a story to your children years from now. 

 


Senior

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Newborn/Infant

Do you do provide specialized editing for me/my child?

Maternity: I may do a little bit of body-shaping to reduce the look of bloating, so that you look like yourself. 

On newborns, I will lessen the appearance of stork bites, clean up goopy eyes, and remove peeling skin on the face.  I do not edit away: 

  • Umbilical cords or scabs inside the belly button (please let me know before your session if you would like the belly button area hidden/covered), 
  • Mongolian spots
  • Hemangiomas
  • Birth defects (Please discuss with me any concerns before your session).
  • Peeling/flaking hands and feet (I may remove some, but not all, per my discretion.  Please massage Aquaphor /coconut oil on your baby prior to your session if this is a concern).

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.  
  • If the session is at your house, increase your thermostat to (at least) the mid- to high-70s about one hour prior to your session
  • Have a change of clothes ready. Naked babies usually mean someone gets a little surprise! Usually, it's me, but not always! 
  • If your baby takes a pacifier, please have one handy.
  • Dress your baby in clothes that do not need to go over his/her head.  Something that snaps or zips up the front is best.  Your baby will be nude or swaddled the entire session.

Can parents, grandparents and siblings be included in newborn photos?  

Yes!  In fact, these are my favorite photos, and the ones your baby will cherish the most when he/she gets older.  Think of how much you would love photos of your own parents holding you when you were brand new!  These photos only take 15-20 minutes, and we do them at the very beginning of the newborn session so you can relax the rest of the session.  

What precautions are taken to ensure my baby is safe? 

Thank you for asking!  This is a very important topic for me.  I have adopted the following safety precautions:

  • If I have any cold or flu symptoms, I will notify you prior to your session.  I will refund your session fee if I am unable to photograph your newborn within two weeks following your scheduled session.  At your request, I can refer another photographer for newborn photos and transfer the session fee to him/her if you do not wish to wait.  
  • I will not pose your infant in any glass or ceramic objects.  These objects are subject to shattering and grave injury. 
  • Baskets and other props will be weighted down inside with 10-20lb weights and/or be held steady with your hands, later to be edited out.  
  • Any time a baby is posed on a table, stool, or bench, an adult will be present within six inches from the baby and will later be edited out of the photo.  
  • I thoroughly clean and sanitize all props and soiled linens after each session. 
  • Though I take every precaution to keep your baby safe, the responsibility of your infant's safety is your own.  I encourage you to inform me if anything makes you uncomfortable during your session. No photo is worth your precious baby's health and life.  

Have more questions?  Please do not hesitate to contact me.  Thank you!