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What is your photography style?
I am a lifestyle photographer which means that I focus on the connections and love in your relationships. It tells the beautiful story of your life right now. The best way to describe my style is to say that it is a polished version of real life. More styled and more direction than documentary photography, less formal and staged than traditional portraits where everyone is looking at the camera in every shot.
What is your pricing?
Photography is a priceless gift to yourself, your family, and your children. It is an investment that you will NEVER regret. I am an all-inclusive photographer, meaning that you get all of the digitals with a print release along with a print credit to spend on products if you would like. My session fees are very simple and easy because you have enough to worry about right now! You can find all pricing information HERE.
How and when should I pay?
I accept cash, personal check, and credit card. You will be asked to pay a deposit upon booking and then the remainder of your balance will be due at the time of your session. All of this will be detailed for you in your custom quote when you decide you are ready to book your session.
Do you have a studio?
No, not yet! I have plans to build a studio in my basement, but for now I am an on-location photographer ONLY. Lifestyle newborn sessions and in-home family/maternity sessions are held in the comfort of your home. Outdoor sessions are held at some of my favorite parks in the area. I do take special requests for locations into consideration, but any fees associated with locations that are not on my preferred list will be billed on your invoice.
Are you sure my home can be a good location?
Don't worry! Great photography is more about love and connection...and most importantly LIGHT! I am very experienced at going into homes and finding great spots that will emphasize the focus on your family. You should know that I do often ask if it is ok to move a few pieces of furniture to find the perfect light!
Can we include our dogs in our session?
Yes! I have been so lucky to be the dog-mom to two big furbabies myself (we lost them recently and we miss them terribly!) and I understand how important they are to your family. I recommend including them at the beginning of a session and having treats and an attention-grabbing toy handy. If we will be outdoors, please do not forget waste bags. Please keep an open mind about the type of images we will achieve when we include dogs. Sometimes we luck out and they behave great, sometimes we just have to embrace the chaos. Either way, it’s your real, true life and it will be beautiful.
When will we receive our images?
I feel self-conscious. Should I take maternity photos?
It's natural to feel a little self-conscious about your changing shape. I've been there! (Still there actually!) Let me reassure you that you will look beautiful in your images. I will pose you in a way that is flattering and will leave you feeling proud and confident. Maternity photography is such a wonderful gift to give your child! One day, they will be old enough to ask you, "Mommy, what was it like when I was in your tummy?" and you will be able to show them the love and excitement you felt during your pregnancy.
When should I schedule my maternity session?
Maternity sessions are typically scheduled between 30-34 weeks. However, I’ve done them all the way up until late in the third trimester so don’t worry if you are past this point when booking. We may adjust this range if you are having twins though!
Where do maternity sessions take place?
Great question! They can take place outdoors OR in your home! A lot of clients choose the great outdoors as their setting, but indoor sessions are growing in popularity and I am ALL FOR IT! It’s such a lovely way to showcase how you are preparing for baby in the place you feel the most comfortable. We can always go someplace else that has meaning for you as well (I’ve done a maternity session on a BOAT before!!), so feel free to let me know of any ideas you have when filling out your questionnaire. I love getting creative with location!
What is your newborn photography style?
This will sound like a repeat from above, but wanted to make sure that you know exactly what type of service I offer for my tiniest clients. I am a lifestyle newborn photographer which means that I focus on the connections and love surrounding the arrival of your sweet new baby. It tells the story of this momentous occasion in your life. The best way to describe my style is to say that it is a polished version of real life using baby-led posing. More styled and more direction than documentary photography, less formal and staged than traditional portraits where everyone is looking at the camera in every shot. If you have a moment, please check out this post I wrote about "6 Reasons to Choose Lifestyle Newborn Photography".
What is baby-led posing?
Baby-led posing means that I only put babies in positions that they might naturally be in in ‘real life’. I won’t put their head on their hands and composite the shots together later or put them into positions that they don’t like. Some babies hate being on their backs, some babies hate being on their stomachs. I’ll try lots of things and do lots of soothing, but if your baby doesn’t like something I will let he or she lead the way. I want to document their little personality right away from the very beginning!
Do you use props?
Not really! I typically only incorporate props that have special meaning or significance to the family. Some examples from prior sessions have been handmade quilts/blankets, antique cradles or rocking horses that have been handed down, etc. You won’t usually find me using baskets, bowls, etc. in our sessions but I do know some lovely photographers that use them beautifully. If that is more your style, I can refer you to one of them!