What to Expect

I provide both indoor studio portraits as well as outdoor natural light portraits.  I will also travel to your home if desired for a newborn session.  My photography consists of maternity, birth photography, newborn and children and children with special needs.   Equine and pet photography are also in my favorites.  I have a great deal of experience in seniors and families as well.  Along with each session, you will receive a consultation via phone or email (whichever you prefer) which enables me to find out about you, your family and your desires from your photo session with me.  We will discuss clothing,  locations and props you might want to use.  We will also discuss the colors in your home so that I may provide you with art for your walls.

WHAT TO EXPECT:  Session fees are due to reserve your session (see the menu labeled “Investment” for the pricing). Once the date is agreed upon, you will have 5 days to send payment to reserve your date. If paying for Baby Plan, the payment plan might vary. Your session will usually last about 1 hour but may vary depending on individual needs. I treat each and every client as an individual. Therefore, no 2 sessions are exactly alike. I have no set number of images. I take as many as the session allows honoring your ideas as well. Newborns and seniors will be longer. Photos will be ready to view about 2 weeks out. I take great care and time to edit each image to perfection before presenting them to you. You will have an online gallery available to you and any family or friends you chose to share it with for 7 days. All decisions need to take place during that time frame to avoid a $25.00 reposting fee. This process takes multiple steps to get your gallery ready and online.

NEWBORNS: It is best to schedule a newborn session within the first 2 weeks of birth. This is when the baby is still very comfortable in the fetal position and easy to “mold” into position for the cutest poses. This time frame is not mandatory by any means. This session will last longer (up to 3 hours) as to allow for diaper changes, feedings or just good ole’ cuddling time. After all, I need my baby fix! Parents are asked to bring long sleeved black shirts to help with posing. You might throw in an extra shirt to wear home in case of an unexpected accident. Don’t forget to bring along anything that is special like a blankie that grandmother made or knit hats, headbands, etc. If photos of family or sibling is desired, those will most likely take place first. Sometimes families will bring 2 cars to the location if siblings are involved so that they can leave after their photos and get back to being a kid. If you are more comfortable in your own home, I am happy to travel to you as I know, first hand, exactly what you are experiencing with a new child.  The fee will just be a tad more to cover time and travel.  Parents are always helfpful but I do my best to work with an assistant who is also a photographer and has knowledge and understanding about working with newborns and children. This also gives the parents a MUCH NEEDED little break. I have even had Dads take naps in my studio.

BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY:  I am honored to provide my services to families during the birth of a child. Whether at the hospital or in the comfort of your own home, I will be on call to document the events leading up to the entrance of your new child into the world and the bond that forms immediately between parents and child as well as a couple of hours afterwards. Child birth is such a emotional time and my approach is to provide a service to you that is tasteful and photojournastic as to make you feel as comfortable as possible about me being there. You will have beautiful black and white photos to help you relive that intamacy and emotion over and over again or a way for family and friends to experience the birth without actually being in the room. The hospital or place of your birth may or may not have policies or restrictions so please check with your OB or midwife or hospital staff before hiring a photographer.

FAMILIES:  There are no limits to the number of outfit changes. Please avoid wearing any heavy patterns or clothing with logos. Solid colors that compliment each other are best. A good example would be to have everyone wear browns, greens, tans, etc. One of my favorites is to use all black, long sleeve shirts, so that the focus is on the faces. This is great for outdoor portraits especially in the fall.  I have lots of clothing ideas posted on my pinterest page at:  PINTEREST