Newborn & Infant Session

FAQ

When should I schedule my session?

Newborn sessions are best if photographed within the first 12 days of life. If you know you want to book a session, we should get something in the books before you deliver, especially if we are doing a hospital session. If timing changes, you become my top priority and we will change course accordingly. Obviously, it's never "too late" to schedule newborn/infant photos. Just keep in mind that the "sleepy" photos tend to be much easier to capture the earlier we shoot. Awake photos are beautiful too, so don't let that detail get in your way!

What if we're all not feeling up to it so soon?

I know that this is a very trying time, with little sleep and lots of healing playing a large part in how you're feeling. The plan is for these sessions to be very relaxing and low stress. I want to photograph you and your baby as you are and the session will flow with the baby and everyone's needs. If you have props we'll do our best to use them however we do not want them to run our session; that can become stressful, especially if baby just wants to be held, cuddled, and fed. As time goes on, your baby may become more and more awake and those sleepy photos may become less feasible. While I do recommend shooting as close to your delivery date as possible, again, photos of the baby awake are just as important! You'll want to remember every detail of him/her, believe me :) They're just much more observant after 12 days old and they tend to wake up more easily so to be on the safe side, don't have your heart set on "sleepy bundled baby" photos after that point. We will take whatever mood the baby's in and make the best of it.

What do you suggest for clothing?

For the baby, I suggest keeping clothing minimal and colors neutral. We want to focus on that new soft skin and your baby's adorable features. Bold prints and patterns tend to steal the light. When I arrive, have your baby dressed in something comfortable, solid, and preferably easily removable. Your baby is likely to fall asleep (but doesn't always, especially if over 2 weeks old) so we want to be able to slip off it off without waking. If you'd like to focus on skin-only photos, that's great too; no need for planning outfits and personally, those are my favorite. For the parents, I also suggest keeping prints and colors neutral and simple. If I were you, I'd also have a couple of outfits lined up in case of spit ups or accidents.

Is there anything else we should prepare before you come?

Have any comforts available including bottles, nursing covers, pacifiers, neutral knit blankets, swaddles, etc. Extra changes of clothes should be lined up in case of accidents. If we're shooting in your home, we'll likely be mostly in your bedroom, the baby's room, the living room, and even the kitchen, however I'll be looking mostly for the best natural/available light. Please keep these areas free of clutter so that we don't have to think about it during our session. Simple, clean backgrounds are best.

Will you be posing us throughout the session?

Yes, and no. I will let you know where to stand for the best lighting, step back to make my camera adjustments, and see what you do naturally. If you're doing something I love, I'll just start shooting! If I can tweak you in a way that will improve the picture, I'll direct you accordingly. What I really want is to capture your emotions and the love you have for one another, so once you're in place just look at each other, look at me, play with your baby's finger, kiss your wife's cheek, do whatever strikes you in that moment. I want the experience of the session to be just as memorable as the photographs. Have some fun, show your people how much you love them, and maybe even take this as an opportunity to earn some brownie points with your partner ;)

What if my baby cries the entire time and we don't get any photos?

If this happens right off the bat, I can either come back an hour later to give you some time to get re-situated or we can reschedule the session for a different date within a week at no additional cost. If your home is further than 10 miles from my studio, our second session will be at the studio.

Maternity Session

FAQ

When should I book my maternity session?

You can book your session anytime during your pregnancy. Some do early on, especially if they want to use their session as a reveal. Many book their session between 7-8 months pregnant; at this point, your belly is big, you feel a stronger connection to your ninja-kicking baby, and you still have enough energy to move comfortably. If you wait too long, you could become too uncomfortable or face the possibility of unforeseen bedrest. If we're shooting outside, we'll plan to start about an hour before sunset if possible.

How many outfits can I bring?

We'll likely shoot for about 1-1.5 hours, so 1-2 outfits is standard. That being said, your outfits should be comfortable and show off that belly. If we are going to be shooting on-location there may not be a bathroom so try to keep changes simple, no mirror required. I don't recommend heels, as your balance is off while being pregnant. If you'd like to wear heels in your photos, bring flats or sneakers for walking between shots.

What if I don't know to pose?

I am going to put you in the best light, step back to make my camera adjustments, and see what you do naturally. If I can tweak your position to improve the photo, you bet I will! But if you're doing something that looks great, don't be surprised if I just keep shooting. I want your personality to shine, so we'll work together to make sure that happens :)

Do we shoot in your studio, or somewhere else?

That is completely your preference! My studio is always available for straight forward portrait sessions, and your house is also a great option. I also have a ton of great outdoor areas I use too, depending on the season. We can talk about our choices and come up with the best location together.

Should I have my hair and makeup done?

Hair and makeup is totally optional, but is also a great idea. I have a great makeup artist I work with often and I highly recommend her; I'd be happy to provide her information upon request. If you decide to do your own makeup and hair, just be sure that it's you.

Should I bring anything with me to my session?

You're welcome to bring anything that shows off your personality and interests. Love to BMX? Bring that bike. Play violin? Bring it! Let's have some fun with this session.

Day in the Life Session

FAQ

What is a Day in the Life Session?

This session is so special because it literally is all about you and your family. I come to you, wherever your most favorite place is (most times it's home!) and I photograph you guys as you are. We'll have a few activities planned to keep everyone engaged-- nothing crazy-- normal things like meal prep and mealtime, book reading, playing with blocks, swinging on the swing set, picnics in the backyard, jumping on the bed. Whatever you'd normally be doing at that time of the day. There's a good chance, especially if you have small children, you're going to forget all about the routine you had and the silly, regular things your little ones always did during those routines that made your heart swell. This session is designed to preserve those tiny moments for you to cherish, always. You can read here why Day in the Life sessions are the best sessions, and you can see a couple examples from my blog here and above.

Do we shoot in my home or can we go somewhere outdoors?

That is completely your preference! Your house is a great option because home is where the heart is, as they say. However there are also other places you may be fond of; your beach/lake/summer house, your family's favorite park and maybe even the walk to it, camping in the woods (or backyard!), at the beach... the list goes on. Where do make your favorite memories together? Let's go there!

Should I have my hair and makeup done?

Hair and makeup is totally optional, but could help you look like your best self. You'll have to consider our location and activities. If we're doing a pancake breakfast there's a good chance a full face of makeup may look out of place. If we're going to Central Park though, or doing a stylish family city stroll, I have a great makeup artist I work with often and I highly recommend her. I'd be happy to provide her information upon request. If you decide to do your own makeup and hair, just be sure that it's you.

When should I book my Day in the Life session?

I would say the best time to book is about 2 weeks before you want to shoot. That gives us time to plan and collaborate so we can make the most of your session. That being said, all you really need to do to prepare is make sure your family members are available at our set time, clean up a bit at home if were shooting in your home, and that's really about it! Just imagine your home looking like its best self, and you and your family looking like your best selves at home. If that's your children in their super hero jammies running around with their toothbrushes while you sip your coffee, hair in a topknot wearing cozy LLBean slippers ... that's what we want!

If we go somewhere else, what should we bring?

That depends largely on the location and what activities you enjoy when you go there. If it's the park, bring a wagon for your children, a blanket to sit on, maybe a picnic basket, books, bubbles... If it's your lake house, bring lake house things and don't forget to check the weather to dress accordingly. We want to keep the members of your family engaged, so bring some activities everyone can do together and let's have some fun!

Will we be posed?

I am going to put you in the best light I can and step back and watch the magic happen. If I can tweak your position to improve the photo, you bet I will! But if you're doing something that looks great, don't be surprised if I just keep shooting. I want your personality to shine and I want to watch your family's interactions. Day in the Life sessions are candid and the love is in the details, so we'll work together to make sure that happens in the most candid kind of way :)

What can I expect out of a Day in the Life Session?

This session is about 3 hours long and we will be shooting through different activities. For families with small children, that would include hopefully a mealtime and nap time prep. Because of the nature of this session, you will come away with a downloadable gallery of around 100-200 images and a slideshow you'll enjoy for years to come. After our session, you'll come to the studio for a viewing session with snacks and refreshments, and this is when you'll watch your slideshow for the first time and do a run through of your gallery. You'll also make any additional orders here; you're welcome to order prints, a custom designed album, and I also offer wall enlargements. I'll be here to guide you through the entire process from beginning to end!

High School Senior Session

FAQ

When should I book my senior session?

Most seniors book their session during the summer before senior year however you can have your portrait taken anytime during your senior year. Gotta love the fall foliage! If we're shooting outside, we'll plan to start about an hour before sunset if possible.

How many outfits can I bring?

We'll likely shoot for about 1-1.5 hours, so 1-3 outfits is standard. That being said, your outfits should match your personality. If we are going to be shooting on-location there may not be a bathroom so try to keep changes simple, no mirror required.

What if I don't know to pose?

I am going to put you in the best light, step back to make my camera adjustments, and see what you do naturally. If I can tweak your position to improve the photo, you bet I will! But if you're doing something that looks great, don't be surprised if I just keep shooting. I want your personality to shine, so we'll work together to make sure that happens :)

Do we shoot in your studio, or somewhere else?

That is completely your preference! My studio is always available for straight forward portrait sessions, and I also have a ton of great outdoor areas here too. But if you like to hike, let's go to a trail! If you love the beach, we should totally do the beach. If you are focusing on baseball, let's head for the field; don't forget your bat and glove! This session is all about you and your interests.

Should I have my hair and makeup done?

Hair and makeup is totally optional, but is also a great idea. I have a great makeup artist I work with often and I highly recommend her; I'd be happy to provide her information upon request. If you decide to do your own makeup and hair, just be sure that it's you.

Should I bring anything with me to my session?

You're welcome to bring anything that shows off your personality and interests. Love to BMX? Bring that bike. Play violin? Bring it! Let's have some fun with this session.

Professional Headshot Session

FAQ

Why should I book my headshot session?

New career on the horizon? 
New career already under your belt?
Is your current headshot outdated? 
Are you using a non-professional photo as your headshot? 
Maybe you're going for a different style? 
You don't feel like your current headshot is quite "you" anymore? 
Maybe you just want to have a few different options for different opportunities? 
There are many reasons to update your professional headshot, and there are many different parts of you that make you "you".

How many outfits can I bring?

We'll likely shoot for about an hour, so 1-3 outfits is standard. That being said, your outfit(s) should match your personality and your career, fit you well, and accentuate your best features.

What if I don't know to pose?

I am going to put you in the best light, step back to make my camera adjustments, and see what you do naturally. If I can tweak your position to improve the photo or your look, you bet I will! But if you're doing something that looks great don't be surprised if I just keep shooting. 

I want your personality to shine, so we'll work together to make sure that happens.

Do we shoot in your studio, or somewhere else?

That is completely your preference! My studio is always available for straight forward portrait sessions, and I also have a ton of great outdoor areas here too. But if you're a professional fisherman, let's head to the water! If you're a real estate agent, let's shoot at one of your properties. This session is all about you, your career, and your interests.

Should I have my hair and makeup done?

Ladies, hair and makeup is totally optional, but is also a great idea. I have a great makeup artist I work with often and I highly recommend her; I'd be happy to provide her information upon request. If you decide to do your own makeup and hair, just be sure that it's you and keep in mind that makeup photographs about 40% lighter than it looks in person. 

But if you're a guy, then for sure

Should I bring anything with me to my session?

You're welcome to bring anything that shows off your personality and interests. Love to BMX? Bring that bike. Play violin? Bring it! Let's have some fun with this session.