FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR SESSIONS
What is on location, natural light photography?
It's a custom photography experience, different from the process and photos through major chains. You select the location and there are no "posed" shots. Children and families are free to explore, relax, and have fun while their photos are taken. Many clients tell me I "captured their child's personality" and I think that's because I let children be themselves! I use only natural light because it's more flattering and produces much more "natural" results. Unlike photo chains, photos are also retouched to remove blemishes or imperfections. Best of all no waiting in long lines!
There are lots of "photographers" out there. What sets you apart?
Anyone can pick up a "good camera" and take pictures. What sets me apart is my experience in BOTH taking photos and processing them. Photography is an art and each photo a work of art. Compare portfolios when choosing a photographer! Are their images dark or out of focus? Are skin tones correct (should look bright and clean with no color casts)?
When should I book my session?
Please contact me once you have a date for a session. For family holiday photos, I suggest September to mid-November for photos. That is also my busiest time of year so the farther in advance you book, the better I can accommodate you.
What is the best time to have maternity photos?
Between 25-32 weeks is ideal.
What is the best time for newborn photos?
The best time for newborn photos is 14 days or younger. Babies are most cooperative and sleepy during the first days the of life, for this reason I ONLY accept newborns under 2 weeks. Newborn sessions typically take at least 2 hours.
Where are sessions located?
Sessions take place at local parks, gardens or outdoor locations 15 miles of West Chester. I specialize in natural-light photography, so any area with good light and foliage works. Get creative!
What about studio photography?
I offer studio photography for babies and first birthday , any age children and Families of 5 or less.
What time are sessions?
Sessions take place early evening and usually take about an hour. Please arrive to your session promptly as good photos are dependent on available light. Weekends work best!
What should we wear?
Newborn: nude is best, cute hats/headbands, knitted blankets are great.
TAOPAN for a unique maternity look. Don't be afraid to wear clothing that is not maternity! Ultrasound photos, small baby keepsakes and baby shoes make good props.
Families/Children: jeans, dresses, tutus, avoid all white or black, look for coordinating colors, mix it up with accessories like scarves, fun shoes, statement jewelry, coats and hats. Pick a clothing style (casual, dressy casual or formal) and stick to it for the whole group. If you would like to bring a change of clothes, you are welcome to!
Engagement: same as above, but be sure to bring the ring!
With all sessions, I recommend avoiding wearing sneakers. Sandals, dress shoes, heels and even flip flops are a better option.
When will I receive my images?
You will receive a private online gallery of images from your session on my website within three-four weeks. You can access your proof gallery my clicking on the "client access" tab and signing in with your password. You can order digital images, prints, canvases, and photo products directly from my website until your proof gallery expires. You can also share your gallery with family and friends. Galleries are hosted online for 30 days. There is a $20 re-activation fee if you do not place your order within the 30 day period.
How many images will I receive?
You can expect at least 20-40 edited, digital images from your session. To uphold the integrity of my work, I do NOT release unedited images or permit clients to alter images in any way after the session.
How can I order prints?
I offer high quality prints on 100 year archival quality paper. The color is rich and highly accurate. Prints can be ordered directly from your online proofing gallery by adding to cart. Print color accuracy is NOT guaranteed through other photo labs.
Do you offer print products such as holiday cards, albums, canvases, etc?
Yes, holiday/baby announcement cards and canvases are available to add to cart through your proofing gallery. Albums are custom made and reasonably priced. Please contact me if you would like an album designed.
Can I make my own prints?
Yes, if you purchase digital images from your online gallery or a USB, you have the "rights" to make prints and share online. I highly recommend ordering prints through my website or another professional photo lab for correct coloring.
How can I pay?
I accept cash, check or Paypal if using paypal. Add 4% for paypal fees.