it’s $75 to book, What’s included with that?
The $75 is a retainer fee or a non refundable deposit to secure your date on my calendar. Typically, I book full a few months in advance so I encourage booking as soon as you decide you want to. Your $75 deposit will be applied to any photo package you decide to go with.
I’m new to all this, do you offer tips to help me prepare for my baby’s session?
It’s my job to help you prepare. Good preparation is what yields a great session so I will be sending you information and specific tips based on the newborn session you schedule. And I never expect parents to know how to “pose” when they get in front of my camera. I will direct you every step of the way, to capture you in the most flattering angle and make sure your baby is able to be seen.
How old will my baby be when you photograph him/her?
If your baby’s delivery is uneventful and he/she is discharged from the hospital in a healthy state, I recommend we schedule a studio session between 4-10 days old. They are still used to being curled up in your belly at this age and very flexible so it’s much easier and more comfortable for them to be “posed” or swaddled during the session. After about 12 days, they have a tendency to be less relaxed and enter a “gassy/fussy” stage…it’s not impossible to hold sessions after 12 days old but it does usually add an hour or two to our session time. In home sessions can be held anytime in the first 3-4 weeks, there isn’t really any “posing” and most photos will be of you holding your baby or he/she laying in her crib/on your bed.
Do you have an “actual” studio?
I do, it’s a 900 sq foot space located in a professional business center in downtown Niles. I offer head shots, newborn or children’s portraits, and senior portraits at my studio. I’m there by appointment only. Occasionally, you can catch me there while I’m working on projects but I encourage setting up a meeting by appointment to make sure you don’t miss me. Wednesday evenings I’m there for clients to pick up their prints. I also invite guests to make an appointment to tour or visit to plan your session.
What’s the typical process for a photo session?
Book your session by paying the minimum deposit of $75
Pre Planning or consultation so I can learn what’s most important regarding the photos you want captured and to ensure we are the same “creative” page.
Prior to your session Receive any additional styling advice or session tips from me—yes, it’s my job to make you look and feel your best so I’m here to help and/or your family be camera ready!
Schedule your actual session appointment once baby arrives.
Hold your photo session :)
Depending on what time allows, I typically load your photos on the spot for you to view your proofs and choose your favorite images to keep and order your photo package. OR We will meet in person 3-5 days for you to view your gallery.
I’ll retouch your final images and have finished products back in 2 weeks or less. Digital copies will be loaded in an online gallery for you to download plus you’ll receive a link to a mobile app.
Do you offer “digitals” ?
Yes, your photo package includes a select number of photos to keep (you choose the amount) and you will receive the digital copy of that image with future unlimited printing rights.
Do you offer “prints”?
Yes, you’ll receive a 5x7 print of any photo you add to your selected package. These 5x7 prints are created at my professional lab and are then mounted on a board to ensure superior quality and durability. You can also choose to order any additional prints through me at a discounted rate.
Do you offer “albums”?
I do!! and any album you order I personally design. An 8x8 Heirloom Album is included in the top photo package. A 10x10 Album is included in the Baby’s First Year Milestone collection. Individually purchased albums range from $300-$700 depending on the size and number of images you want to feature.
Can you help me decide how to display my photos?
I can, and I’d love to help you in this process. If you have an empty wall in your home or one you want to change up, I’d love for you to send me a photo of your wall and I can show you options, using your photos, of how to display your photos. You can order any wall gallery or individual framed print or canvas through me at a discounted price. My favorite part is helping clients ensure they have their images displayed beautifully to be enjoyed everyday!