What to Expect?
Maternity & Newborn Session Info
Congratulations! You’re either expecting or have recently added a beautiful life into your family. Either way you’re probably excited, nervous, tired, thrilled, anxious, happy, and probably hungry! The nights are long and the days short, and the ability to stop and impress these memories into your head are rare. As you sort through the new details of your life, my job is to capture those moments otherwise gone. So to help you sort through this process, here’s a few frequently asked questions about your maternity or newborn session.
1) What does the creative session fee cover?
The session fee covers the cost of the portrait session plus any items (prints or digitals) included the package you chose. This includes time for the session, the use of props, any travel fees if applicable, time spent editing the photos in post production and any final preparations needed to get your images print ready.
2) What happens after the photography session?
After we complete your session I will then cull and edit all acceptable images. This process takes approximately two weeks. When I have completed the final edits I upload low-resolution watermarked images into an online gallery. This will be the time to view your images and choose which digitals and prints you’d like to take home. This is the fun part! Please note: these are not the full sized images and will not be available to download until you choose your images. Consequently, any attempt to save or screenshot these images is prohibited and can result in additional fees as a purchased image.
3) Do I get a disc with the digital images?
After choosing which images you want to keep, all other images are then deleted from the gallery. I archive them in my own storage for five years. Additional digital images may be purchased separately for $45 each. The images are uploaded to an online gallery that is password protected and available online for 10 years. These images are the high resolution images and are available to download from the gallery. A print release is provided upon delivery of images.
4) What is the print credit?
The print credit is a certain amount based on which package you purchase. That credit is given in the online gallery to order prints for your house. I firmly believe that prints are more valuable than the digitals. They will be keepsakes for generations. Albums are my favorite heirlooms and I would love to walk you through that process as it is not available through the online gallery. My albums are heirloom quality printed on thick boards and archival ink. For more information on archival prints see this post. You also have the option to use your print credit to purchase a digital birth announcement.
5) Can I order my images at a later time?
Due to the large size of your high resolution images I cannot store unused or non-purchased images after the ordering session. I do keep all purchased digital images archived on a back up system for 5 years. Therefore, if you choose to purchase any more portraits at a later time there is an archival fee of $150.
6) What should I wear?
For maternity sessions I suggest anything that hugs your belly! A long dress usually gives a beautiful flow to photos, or any shirt designed for expecting mothers can be added to cute jeans and boots. What I don’t recommend are any regular shirts or dresses that hide your belly. This usually results in an unflattering square-ish shape instead of flaunting your beautiful curves!
A newborn session is typically photographed with a variety of items, or unclothed completely. I provide all props, wraps and other accessories. If you have any special clothing (hats, knitted outfits, head bands, blankets, booties, etc.) you would like photographed please bring it to the session. I am happy to make any accommodations.
7) Can I add my pets into the newborn session?
I have no problem adding and photographing your fur babies in the session. For liability reasons you must sign a waiver on the contract. The safety of your children is more important than a cute photo. Please know your pet and his/her limits around children, and how they might behave in a different environment.
8) When is a good time to do the maternity or newborn session?
The best time frame for a maternity session is anywhere from 30-36 weeks. On average this is the time where your belly is big enough to be the center of attention but not so huge that you’re uncomfortable or putting yourself at risk. Of course I will shoot outside this time frame based on how you’re feeling and what you think is best.
For newborns the ideal time for those beautiful, sleepy photos is from 6-17 days old. Your babies were given a beautiful flexibility and after this time frame your newborn’s bones begin to fuse and harden and it makes for more difficult posing. This does not mean that after 17 days old they don’t pose or sleep, and I can work with whatever age the baby is at. Just know that we might not be able to get your baby into every pose possible. If you’re baby is born premature these same images can be captured at a later age (2-6 weeks depending on how premature they were).
9) When can I expect my print order?
Digitals are delivered after payment and completion of the online gallery choosing session. Your custom portrait order is placed immediately after payment and can take up to 3 weeks. Typically I am able to deliver your order within 2 weeks. All orders shipped to me as I like to inspect the items for any damage and to check the quality. I personally deliver your order to your front door and have you open and inspect your custom art work. It feels like Christmas!
Furthermore, I am fully vaccinated, updated flu shot, CPR certified, licensed and insured, as well as taught and trained by professionals to care for the comfort and safety of your baby.