Q&A

Commonly asked Questions & Answers

 

When to book a Newborn Session?

Book early while you are still expecting.  We can not guarantee a spot if you contact us after the baby is born.  We reserve a limited number of newborn sessions a week to accommodate babies that arrive earlier or later than expected within our preferred newborn window.  We reserve a date estimated off your expected due date and will adjust accordingly as soon as baby arrives!

 

Why is the best time to photograph a newborn within 2 weeks of age (ideally between 5-9 days new!)?

Babies are sleepiest and less aware at this age.  Once they move beyond week 2 their sensory skills are developing and they are now aware and alert.  They become very sensitive to sound, movement and light.  They also settle into their poses and stay in their poses a little longer within this time frame.  Babies beyond the ideal newborn window can still be captured beautifully, however we can assume an additional hour of shooting time to accomplish the same amount of images and some poses may just not be a possibility depending on babies response (such as the head in hands -aka- Froggy Pose).

 

When to book a Maternity Session?

All mommies will carry their babies differently. We have found most moms-to-be feel their most comfortable and confident around the 30-34 week mark.

 

What to wear to a Maternity Session?

A solid color flowing dress, one that is not too tight and has a little movement and texture…a beautiful float like fabric like chiffon photographs beautifully!  If you want that city chic look with a tighter fitting outfit, plan for a maternity session earlier rather than later.  I love bright and bold or light and pastel colors, I see a lot of women grab that go-to black or dark maxi, however the dark colors don’t photograph as beautifully as the bold or pastels.  A bold color will photograph brilliantly up at Red Rock or in a desert landscape, while a light color will photograph better at a park scene.  For studio Maternity we can go either direction.

 

What to wear for Family Portraits?

To capture that truly timeless look neutrals with a pop of color are the way to go!  You want outfits that are not going to draw attention away from your precious family.  I encourage my families to wear colors and fabrics that are natural, however we still want your chosen look to compliment your families style.  Not too many patterns, but not all solids either.  A great way to break up the “all one color” look is to mix up the fabrics, have some layering and of course accessories!

 

How long does it take to complete my edited images? 

Edited images will be available for viewing in an online password protected gallery within approximately 3 weeks of your session.  Your gallery will be available for viewing for 2 weeks once it has been published and your have been notified via e-mail.  A $25 fee may apply to have your images uploaded again for another 48 hours.

 

Can I purchase all of the images taken during the session? 

I do not sell or provide RAW files or unedited images as part of my services.  Many photographers view their work as art and providing anything less than our own standards is considered an unfinished piece.  My company and my name are associated with all images released by me.  I spend anywhere between 5-15 hours editing each session (correcting skin tones, blemishes, enhancing and adjusting lighting until the original image has come to life with the vision I had in mind when pushing that shutter button.)  I focus on quality not quantity.  I convert the images from camera RAW to high resolutions printable formats and configure the file and document sizes.  I will not display images on my website or social media pages that are unedited.

 

Safety and Sanitizing? 

Your families health and safety is always priority.  All of my props are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized following EVERY session.  I will not place your baby or child in a situation that either myself or you do not feel completely comfortable.  With newborns and babies I ask mom or dad to be within arms reach as needed.