I am always happy to answer your questions directly, but here are a few common curiosities that you may find helpful!
A Reservation Fee of $250 is due when you book your newborn or family session with me. This includes:
+ a pre-session consultation
+ access to my client wardrobe, props, and accessories
+ the time it takes to photograph your session
+ your design & ordering appointment
Digital Files and Artwork are not included in the Reservation Fee. My pricing structure is flexible and customizable. I also offer payment plans. You only buy what you love. My clients love that I am a one-stop-shop for their professional and high-quality photography needs.
Please get in touch with me for full pricing details.
Since I have a "Quality vs Quantity" mindset and only book a small number of sessions per month, I am capable of having your photographs ready for viewing with a week of your session.
I aim for perfection in-camera, so depending on the nature of your session, we may also be able to arrange same-day viewings where you can view your gallery as a selection of proofs, and pick the photos you want right away.
Products, once ordered, take between 2-3 weeks to arrive and will be hand-delivered to you by me, personally, right to your front door where you can make sure everything is to your liking and everything you expected it to be. I also offer an optional service to install your artwork on your walls, making sure that everything is absolutely perfect before I leave you to enjoy your perfect keepsakes.
While my most regularly booked sessions are Newborn Sessions, I also do Maternity Sessions (must be booked along with a Newborn Session), Family Sessions and Portrait Sessions.
Along with Newborn Sessions, I also offer a Baby's First Year Plan that includes: Roller Sessions (3-6mo), Sitter Sessions (7-10mo) and First Birthday Sessions (11-12mo).
My clients love the fact that I am there in-person to help in the product and image process. It's easy to feel overwhelmed and not knowing exactly what you want when left to your own defences - when you have a question like, "What is the difference between a canvas and a flushmount?" I am here to show you the difference between mounts. I make the process easier for you by offering gentle guidance and being your creative collaborator in designing your perfect package. For this reason, all ordering appointments are in-person and not online.
I highly recommend that you start looking to book your newborn session when you are in your second trimester. This guarantees that there will be a spot in my calendar for you. While I occasionally have last minute slots available, it's better to be safe than sorry.
Due dates act as tentative bookings and are secured into my calendar upon the payment of your Reservation Fee and a signed contract. Once your baby is born, you or a family member can let me know and we will officially schedule your newborn session.
There is a lot of debate between newborn photographers about when the best time to schedule your baby's newborn session. I personally prefer to have your baby in the studio after 8 days, but before 21 days. I usually aim to schedule your newborn's photos when they are 14 days old.
It becomes more of a challenge to photograph a sleepy baby after the third week. They begin to be woken up more easily and stay awake for longer periods of time. While this does open the door for adorable eye-contact photographs, it does put limitations to the poses that can be achieved and the patience baby will have while I pose them through their session.
However, that being said, I've successfully worked with babies as old as 10 weeks. I will not turn you away based on your baby's age and I'm confident in my ability to capture stunning portraits regardless of your baby's age, mood or temperament.
I recommend shooting your maternity session when you are about 30-34 weeks along in your pregnancy. This way you are still comfortable to move about during your session and have a gorgeous baby bump to show off. This also gives me time to deliver your photographs before your baby is born.
For Newborn Sessions, you don't need to bring anything other than yourselves, baby, and your diaper bag. If you have any special items you'd like to include in your session, you can bring them along. Crochet items and some baby outfits may not fit your newborn as nicely as we'd like; I have a large selection of props and outfits that are specifically made for newborns and will fit your baby perfectly. Rest assured, I have all things adorable and tasteful to style your newborn session without distracting us from the main subject: your baby!
With this in mind, I respectfully ask that you refrain from bringing any newborn costumes and props to your session. I value providing my clients with timeless portraits that can be cherished for generations. I do my best to avoid current trends and prefer to focus on photographing beautiful and authentic moments.
For family sessions, your wardrobe will be discussed at our pre-session consultation. I may bring along a few props, but I like to focus on the interactions of your family more than anything. The same goes for maternity sessions, although I do provide the gorgeous, flowing gowns for my mothers-to-be!
Portrait sessions in the studio that involve your little ones are completely provided for; all you have to bring are yourselves.
I will be in direct contact with you to ensure that you are fully prepared for your session, regardless of what session you've booked me for. You are in good hands.
All of my studio work (Newborn Sessions & Indoor Portrait Sessions) are shot at my in-home studio (located in Evanston NW, Calgary, Alberta).
Family and maternity sessions are shot at any location of your choice within Calgary & surrounding area. Mountain sessions will incur an additional travel fee (but it's totally worth it!)
Rest assured, I will guide and pose you so that you look your absolute best in your photos. I know the tricks of the trade, and I'm certainly the type to reach across and fix a stray hair or tweak a pose if need be. I've got your back, and you can trust that I will make sure you feel and look beautiful during your session!
I am so excited you've asked!
To book your session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my contact page. I can't wait to meet you and your family!