Frequently Asked Questions
I've got answers.
"Don't you want to remember what their
little personalities were? Instead of a 'say cheese'
kind of smile?"
1. Will you photoshop us?
I believe in promoting self love and body positivity, so I don’t alter the way you look other than skin blemishes or anything temporary that would not normally be there (bruise, scrape, acne etc unless you’d like me to keep it in the photos). If you’re especially self conscious about something, please let me know as I’ll be sure to be extra aware of that while I’m posing you.
2. Do we get the RAW images?
No. Giving you unedited photos is like giving you uncooked food for a beautiful meal. It's not finished art yet. And that's what you are paying for.
3. Can I print my images myself?
Yes. All my sessions included edited/retouched images via direct download. You also have the ability to order professional prints directly from your online gallery.
4. For Newborn sessions, when is the best time to photograph?
Newborn sessions are best done 5 days to 3 weeks after birth. For those tiny, wrapped baby sleepy pictures, I think there is a sweet spot of 6-9 days. For more animated, awake baby shots, 2+ weeks is best.
5. What do we wear? I love neutral colors for in-home sessions, like beige, black, tan, and grey. For outdoor sunset sessions, I love neutrals and earthy tones, like mustard yellow, burnt orange, blues, and greens.
My Favorite Shops--
Women: Lulu's, Vici, Free People, ASOS, Anthropologie, & Fillyboo
Children: Shop James, Joyfolie, Bailey's Blossoms, Dollcake Vintage, Zara, Rylee and Cru, Fin and Vince and H&M
Men: Zara, Nordstrom Rack, H&M, Buckle, Banana Republic
6. Do you offer payment plans?
Yes, I work with you and how you need the payment schedule to be.
7. What if we need to reschedule?
I am a very flexible person. I understand things come up, especially with kids, I have them! We will get you scheduled at my next available session I have!
8. How do you get those candid, natural smiles and expressions?
I talk to you. I prompt you. I ask you questions. If you have kids, we play games, we have prizes, we snuggle and tickle. Don't you want to remember what their little personalities are? Instead of a canned "say cheese" smile?
9. Is there a deposit?
It's half now to reserve your date on the calendar. The remainder is due on shoot date. I send reminders for your convenience. The exception is Themed Mini Sessions, which are due in full at time of booking.
10. How long until we get our pictures back?
While my contract states that I will have your gallery edited and ready within 2 weeks of our session, it's usually less than a week.
11. What if we change our mind?
At any time before the session, if you decide I am not the photographer for you, I will refund all monies exchanged and cancel the contract, except the non-refundable $75 deposit to hold your spot on my calendar.
12. Do you shoot weddings?
Yes! I take intimate weddings less than 50 guests at this time. Inquire please for specifics.
13. Are you LGBT-friendly?
14. Are you licensed and insured?
Yes. I carry a business license and business insurance.
YES! If you have a semi-well behaved dog, bring them to the session! Dogs make every photo better in my opinion.
If it's raining, we will reschedule. If the skies are overcast, that's actually the most flattering light, as the cloud act as huge reflectors. If you had your heart set on a visible sunset backdrop, we will reschedule. I'm very flexible and we will work it out! Personally, I get excited when I see rain in the forecast because more times than not, it doesn't rain, but adds interesting clouds and colors to the sky/shoot!
17. Who chooses the images?
I do. I curate a gallery for you that is diverse and gorgeous. It is also nice to not have to choose and judge yourself. And t0 receive additional images that you don't have to buy separately and that add to the story of the session and your family. If this isn't nice for you, and you prefer to choose your images, then you may want to book with a photographer that is not all-inclusive and sells digitals separately.
18. What's the difference between an All-Inclusive & Individual Sales Photographer?
All- inclusive means that you receive everything for the price of the session. Individual Sales means the photographer only charges for a "session fee" for their time, but to receive any images is extra money. I am an ALL-INCLUSIVE photographer.
19. Why are you All-Inclusive?
Because this is what I would want, and in fact, I only hire all-inclusive photographers for my own family. I feel that if we spend an hour together, you should get all the great photos from that hour. I don't want you to have to choose between them. They tell a story all-together and you should have them all!
20. I'm ready to book, what now?
Just head over to the contact page and fill out the info. I'll usually get back to you within a few hours. Let me know what type of session and when and we will get you scheduled. I then send you a number of items. I send you my Client Welcome Guide that has helpful tips on what to wear and what it is like to work with me, etc. I also send you my invoice and contract and a quick questionnaire, which I ask you to fill out as much as you like, but the more I know you, the better!! :)
21. What do you bring with you to newborn sessions? I bring a small collection of my favorite wraps, onesies, bonnets, hats, tie-backs & headbands. You are welcome to use any of these!