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What to Expect

Once you fill out the session agreement and pay the non-refundable retainer, your session date is secured on my calendar. You can easily complete your session agreement form by clicking on the tab above labeled session agreement. Once you have completed this form AND made your payment of either the non-refundable retainer fee of $100 OR you entire session fee, your portrait session is reserved on my calendar. If previous to this we haven't discussed either by email, phone or in person on your portrait session, please make sure you send me a message so I can get on that and we can chat about your session! The consultation can take place in person, via email or phone, whichever is most convenient for you and your family. The goal of the consultation is to answer all of the questions you may have and discuss what products you are most interested in purchasing.  

All sessions include a private online gallery with high resolution edited images that will be completed within 3-5 weeks of your session date, usually sooner!! Galleries & product orders can be expedited, if requested, for an additional fee. I offer three session options. Two are digital session options - If you already know that you will want all of your edited high resolution digital image files to keep, archive and print from, then the digital session option will meet your needs, but know that I also provide professional archival quality prints or other fine products such as lay flat albums and gallery canvas wraps. If you do purchase the digital only sessions - you will receive a discount towards additional products you purchase during your ordering period, which is 14 days after your gallery has been delivered to you. The third option is a session only fee - where you only pay for the session and after viewing your edited images in your own private online gallery, you then choose what images or products you would like to purchase. The session only option does not include any products - prints, digitals or otherwise. My product menu for items such as high quality professional archival prints starts at just $10. Please visit my investment guide for further details.

Please note: If I have not received payment AND a signed contract or completed agreement form, your session is not reserved on my calendar. If you have not received your invoice, agreement or contract (via echosign) please let me know. 

Family Sessions:

 
Please choose a time when you and your child(ren) is at his or her most comfortable. Usually it is best, if you are early risers - to schedule the session a few hours before their nap or a couple of hours after they've taken one. Please feel free to bring snacks like cheerios and or small finger foods like carrots or celery sticks. Snacks that aren't going to leave colored hands when held or crumble and get smeared all over their clothes (and yours!) but you know - if that happens, that's totally ok too! I will have wipes, but I am sure you would be packing a bag with all these sort of essentials!
 
Because my photography style is one that focuses on a more candid, *non-posed and the non-traditional stuff, it is important to let your child just be themselves and be free and do what they do best. Yes, sometimes that may mean we will have to chase them around! But that is ok! It isn't at all necessary to direct them or ask them to smile or look here or there since this can typically have them feel more awkward, shy or tense. However, I do understand that some clients would like a traditional posed family shot and we will get those shots closer to the end of our session when everyone, especially the kids, have become more comfortable with me and my camera.
 
As a mother myself, I understand that kids can have their own agendas, so just relax and enjoy your family time together while I document this time for you. The most natural moments are the ones that make the best images because they really capture who you and your family are.
 
Half session is for up to 45 minutes and full session is up to 1.5 hours . Family sessions are for immediate family only {if you are a family of four or six, there is no added charges, so as long as this is your immediate family - parents & children), each additional member is $25 each. Children only sessions are for up to 4 children only, each additional child is $25.
 
{*Please note that I of course will still take the more formal & traditional poses, especially in extended family situations and will aim to get all the groupings you care for. Please have a list ready with names, relationships and ages of children - thank you!}

Maternity Sessions: 

 
Maternity Sessions are usually done anytime after 32 weeks (but this is not a hard & fast rule!). This on location session focuses on your beauty and glow as a mother to be in your environment, whether it is at your own home or out and about. Professional makeup, hair and wardrobe styling can be included for an additional fee of $150 {or $75 for the half session}. Please inquire prior to booking, if my makeup artist is available on your date.

If you would like some images showing off your beautiful belly, please try not to wear elastic type pants or skirts for at least two hours before our session as they tend to leave marks. The same thing goes with some jewelry.

Half session is for up to 45 minutes and full session is up to 1.5 hours and can include your partner as well. This session is to capture you and this significant time in your life. 

 

 

Lifestyle Newborn & Baby Sessions: 

 
Newborn & Baby sessions can be done as early as 5 days and as late as 3 months old (or even 6 months! Again, I am not one for rules and since I much prefer a lifestyle session - any age is good. I capture your newborn as they are - sweetly wrapped up and loved or discovering new abilities like sitting up or crawling). But, if you want the more sleepy shots of baby all wrapped up like a burrito then it is best to schedule a session when baby is between 5 and 10 days new. After 10 days old they are more alert and aware of their surroundings - which still make for some great images :)
 
Newborn sessions are done at the comfort of your own home and can last up to 2.5 hours so please prepare for that. This is so that there is ample time for breaks, feeding and changing that is necessary to keep baby comfortable. Some family shots can also be taken during this time but won't be the focus of the session. If you would like to add the entire family to this session and or have more images with the siblings - please add $25 per child. Please feel free to prepare items to be used during our session, such as family heirloom items and or loved baby items.