Q: Where should we get our pictures taken?
A: This is up to you of course. It really depends on what look you're going for. Are you wanting outdoor family photos at the park? Are you dreaming of sunset silhouette pictures at the Salt Flats? Do you want cozy and simple indoor-home looking photos? I will take your pictures on-location or in the comfort of your own home. I can also do some sessions in my own home. If you need specific suggestions on where to do your session at, I would be happy to help you!
Q: What about on-location photography fees?
A: Please be aware that some places charge a photography fee (i.e. Red Butte Gardens, Wheeler Historic Farm..). You will be responsible for paying this fee and for any scheduling/advanced booking if required.
Q: How far along should I be for maternity pictures?
A: Typically, the best time is around 7 or 8 months along. This way you are showing enough for the pictures but you're not about ready to go into labor.
Q: What should I wear to my maternity session?
A: Although this does depend on your body type, it's generally safe to wear something fitted. Sometimes very loose or flowy tops/dresses can make you look larger and can distract from your beautiful baby bump. Keeping it simple is good. However, if simple is TOTALLY NOT your style, try to find something more "you" that is still flattering and that you feel comfortable in. Just keep in mind, my goal is to make you look your best - so for example, if you don't like the way your arms look, don't wear a strapless dress.
Q: What is the best age to do a newborn session?
A: The earlier the better! Typically the ideal timing would be within the first week of their life, with the first few days being the best. Newborns start to become more and more alert as the days go by. With that being said, if you missed that early window, no worries - I have done several newborns at 3-4 weeks old and it still works out.
Q: What should I do to prepare for my newborn session?
A: If possible, try to keep your baby awake for a little while before the session. This way they will likely be more sleepy during the session (and therefore more cooperative). If shooting outside of your home, it's important to arrive at the scene early enough to feed your baby right before the session starts. We want to make sure they are not one bit hungry when we start shooting. If we are doing the session at your home, ensure that you feed your little one right before our scheduled time. Also, it's a good idea to change them into their first outfit (including their birthday suit) before you start feeding them, in case they fall asleep (which is usually the case). That way they are ready to go!
Q: What if my baby cries during the session?
A: If your baby cries, well, then he or she is completely normal. Most babies tend to go through a cycle of uneasiness to being content and so on. In between these cycles, I will use my baby whisperer skills to calm your baby down and put them at ease. Occasionally some babies need a complete reset. If this is the case, it might help to give them a bottle/feed them a little and then move on again. If your baby likes having a pacifier, be sure to have it on hand! The best thing you can do before and during your newborn session is to stay calm! Babies pick up on emotions - including stress. There is no need to stress! Now, if it's absolutely just not your baby's day, and you're not happy with what we got, it's possible to set up a re-shoot. No stress.