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Here you can find the most common questions and my answers. If you should have further questions, please contact me.

DO YOU OFFER ANY DISCOUNTS?
Yes! I am proud to offer a PERMANENT discount of 15% discount to all military and law enforcement members and their family.

DO YOU HAVE A STUDIO?
No, I am a location based photographer. My passion is outdoor lighting with beautiful shades and various light casts. Newborn sessions are done in their home.

DO YOU OFFER A REFERRAL PROGRAM?
Absolutely!!! For all clients who book with me off the referral of a past client, THE CURRENT CLIENT and THE NEW CLIENT will receive a $25 credit to be used towards their full, regular priced session.

Newborn:
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO HAVE MY NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHED?
I prefer to see newborns between 5-12 days after birth. If you are breastfeeding your newborn, its best to wait until baby is at least 7 days old, as the milk supply may not be in full swing yet and baby could be less settled. If you are bottle feeding your newborn with formula, 5 days old is just fine.
If there were any complications, this date can be later and isn’t set in stone. A good rule of thumb is that your baby weighs at least 7 pounds at the time of our session. I have photographed newborns that were 6 weeks old, it can be done!

I HAVE A BOY AND AM PLANNING ON HAVING HIM CIRCUMCISED, WILL THIS INTERFERE WITH OUR NEWBORN PICTURES?
Should you choose to have your boy circumcised, I prefer to schedule his newborn session either before, or up to 6 days after. When I arrive I will ask you how he is healing, if need be we can put a slave on his diaper area and leave a diaper on him so he is comfortable with various poses and wraps. If he is not healing well, I keep this in mind and don’t do certain poses that may cause him irritation.

IF I AM A NURSING MOTHER, ARE THERE CERTAIN FOODS I SHOULD AVOID LEADING UP TO OUR SESSION?
Yes, but it’s your choice! Your baby can react differently to different foods and can have complications during our session. Here is a list of good and not so good foods to eat starting two days before our scheduled session. Following this guideline will help ensure that baby is comfortable and can sleep peacefully.
This list is a helpful guide of common foods to avoid while nursing. These foods typically affect babies under six weeks. As they get older, introduce foods one at a time to see how they are affected. Every baby is different, so be sure to consult with your Pediatrician. Citrus Acidic foods/drinks such as: Craberries, Pineapple, Grapefruit, Oranges, Lemons, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Peanuts, Pizza, Spaghetti, Chili, Tacos/Mexican Food/Spicy Salsa. Gassy Veggies such as: Asparagus, Onions, Cucumbers/Pickles, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage.

WHAT SHOULD I DO THE DAY OF OUR SESSION?
Give baby a bath and have some quiet play time and put baby in clothing that will be easily removable for the session. Use natural baby oils or lotions to smooth babies skin after bath. Avoid having baby wear anything that can make impressions on the skin, and preferably something that doesn’t have to go over their head. Schedule our session to happen during feeding time if possible and around his or her typical nap time, I prefer clients to wait until I arrive to begin the feeding and nap process.  Have a pacifier handy, even if they aren’t taking one yet. This can be helpful with any startles.

CAN I USE SOMETHING SPECIAL, LIKE AN HEIRLOOM OR PROP, TO INCLUDE IN THE SESSION?
Yes! I encourage my clients to have handy a little something to incorporate in the session to make it more “them”. Whether your a huge sports buff, or a military member, I will do my best to include this in the photos.

CAN I REQUEST CERTAIN POSES OR SHOTS I’VE SEEN ON PINTEREST OR OTHER PHOTOGRAPHY SITES?
Yes, you can. I will make every attempt to get you what you want in terms of poses. However keep in mind I will never copy someone else’s work. We will use what you have seen as inspiration for our own art.

WHERE DOES THE SESSION TAKE PLACE?
Newborn sessions take place in your home. I bring all of my props with me and use the best natural light from your windows, I also bring a flash to ensure we have beautiful lighting.

CAN SIBLINGS AND PARENTS BE IN A FEW SHOTS?
Yes! I recommend and encourage immediate family to be included in these sessions.  It’s best to have anyone wanting to be in the pictures arrive during or before the session.

ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD HAVE READY?
A soothing pacifier to help keep baby asleep. Keep your home warmer than usual so baby will stay warm between changes and wraps.

 

Maternity:
I AM PREGNANT, WHEN SHOULD I SCHEDULE MY MATERNITY PICTURES?
I prefer to photograph mothers when they are between 28-32 weeks along in their pregnancy. However, if you are expecting multiples or feel you could go into premature labor we can schedule earlier. When you have a nice round “baby” belly, contact me!

DO YOU HAVE ANY CLOTHING SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY?
Yes! I have several maternity gowns that are specifically for expecting woman. I purchase my gowns from Ana Brandt, owner of TAoPan in California. Some images of these gowns are located here, so you can have an idea of what I can bring.

I HAVE SOME COMPLICATIONS AND AM ON BED REST, CAN I STILL GET MATERNITY PICTURES DONE?
Yes and no. During pregnancy, women are more fragile and delicate than any other time in their lives. You’re building a human! If your doctor has warned you against any strenuous activities, we can still do a maternity session but we will take extra care to make sure that you don’t get to strained. There is always the option of doing a lifestyle session in the comfort of your own home. Contact me and we will discuss your situation and find the best solution for you!

PREPARING FOR THE SESSION:
– Make sure you eat and drink lots of water before the session! We will be walking and moving and getting up and down if you are able and you will need the energy.
– Make sure anyone with you (husband, partner, children) has eaten as well
– Keep true to yourself! If you are a jeans and tee shirt type, wear that! I will always offer my maternity gowns, but if that’s not your style, don’t worry about it!

 


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