Frequently Asked Questions

MATERNITY

Schedule

Schedule whenever you feel best in front of the camera! Anytime between 26 and 36 weeks is recommended. Some women (like yours truly) show early and would rather be photographed sooner than later. Others want to capture the bump as close to delivery as possible. I prefer not to schedule sessions after 36 weeks, as babies do come early and you can miss the chance at the session.

Location

My petite sessions have select locations in the area. Have a special spot in mind? Book a Classic or Heirloom session and make it all your own.

Duration

30-60 minutes depending on package chosen (petite, classic, or heirloom)

Shot List

mum alone – up close + full length
mum + partner if applicable
family
siblings and belly if applicable
detail shots of belly
props if requested (2 max please)

What To Expect

Some women love being pregnant and feel it’s their most beautiful time of life. Others get a little self-conscious with their changing bodies. Having grown 2 human beings myself, I know how much an expecting woman appreciates flattering photos. When shooting, I will choose the best angles and direct you to the most appealing poses. The session will be relaxed and fun.
NEWBORN

Schedule

Schedule your session a week or two after your due date. If baby arrives early or late, you’re recovering from surgery, baby needs extra care at the hospital, or it’s just too exhausting to think of a photo shoot that soon, I’m happy to reschedule for a better time. Because my style is candid and natural, I don’t need to photograph newborns in a set period of time when they’re most sleepy and malleable. We shoot when you’re ready! If you’d like to wait until 3 or 4 weeks, that’s fine too.

Location

Sessions normally take place in the client’s home.

Duration

An hour and a half. More or less depending on how often baby stops for a feeding.

Shot List

individual portraits of baby
family portraits
baby with each parent
baby with sibling(s) if applicable
details of baby’s fingers and toes
detail shots of the nursery
nursing photos, upon request
grandparents with baby, upon request

What To Expect

I work through my shot list (above) in no particular order. For baby’s individual photos, I’ll use the crib, bed, or couch, and bring a stack of clean, fluffy blankets to switch out “backgrounds”. If you’d rather use your own blankets, that’s okay too. I have a portable heater to keep baby cozy and comfortable. If you’d like nursing photos, I’m happy to take those – it’s a beautiful bond between mama and child.

As parents, your job is to take care of baby as you would if I wasn’t there. I work around you, not the other way around. My job is to walk you through the shoot, direct you on how to pose, and keep track of the shot list. I want to make it as relaxing an experience as possible.

Grandparents are welcome to be part of the session – it’s beautiful to see the whole family in love with a baby! It can be overwhelming for new parents to have a room full of people during the entire session though. Once the grandparents have had their picture taken, it’s okay to excuse them for a walk or an errand so we can turn the focus back on your new family and baby.

FAMILY / KIDS

Schedule

Schedule anytime of the year you like! I prefer to shoot an hour after sunrise, or an hour before sunset for the prettiest light. If these times don’t work for your child’s schedule, email me and we can adjust our start for when they’re happiest. Fall is great if you want a current photo for the holiday card, or like the pretty colours. Winter is a great weather and pretty sunsets. Fall + Winter are my busiest seasons, so please book early.

Popular milestone baby sessions are 6 months and 1 year. Most babies don’t sit up until 7 months, so you’re welcome to do that time if you prefer a sitting up photo.

Location

On location at a park of your choice or in your home. You’re always welcome to shoot at home.

Duration

30 to 90 minutes depending on package chosen (petitie, classic, or heirloom)

Shot List

family portrait
family portrait with pet, if applicable
individual of each child
siblings together
siblings with each parent
lots of candids

What To Expect

Fun! I keep my sessions relaxed, but also pretty fast moving. I find if we take too much time, kids fall apart and adults get worn out. I’ll play games, sing songs, and use a few tricks learned over the years to bring out the most candid smiles and expressions. I usually get all the shots in the first half the shoot, so if kiddos melt halfway through, we got what we need. The second half the shoot is for variety and more candids.

 

 

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WHAT TO WEAR

Clothing choice is ultimately up to your personal style, though I recommend choosing 3 colours, and dressing within that palette. Coordinated but not matching is the goal. Trendy styles will date your photos quickly, but classic looks make for timeless images. Outfit changes are fine for all shoots except minis – they go too fast! See my Pinterest album for style ideas.

WHAT TO BRING

For sessions with kids, please bring snacks, blankets, or lovies that will make them feel at ease. A treat for the end of the session is a great incentive! For outdoor sessions, please bring a blanket to sit on. It’s nice to have a heavy one underneath and a pretty one on top when the ground is damp.

PROPSFor sessions with kids, please bring snacks, blankets, or lovies that will make them feel at ease. A treat for the end of the session is a great incentive! For outdoor sessions, please bring a blanket to sit on. It’s nice to have a heavy one underneath and a pretty one on top when the ground is damp.

 

 

PETS

Are welcome! Just bring a treat for dogs so I can get their attention, and a leash so we can tie them up for non-pet poses. 

CONFIRMATION

A week before your shoot you will receive an email confirmation of your appointment time. If you haven’t chosen a location yet, we can confirm this over email (as well as a meeting spot). You are welcome to email any last questions too.

WEATHER

If it’s looking like rain or have a sandstorm, I usually like to wait until the night before or morning of your session to make the call, as sometimes the sun comes out just in time or the weather gets better. The next best strategy is to choose a different start time on the same day. Reschedules are based on remaining availability on the calendar.

 

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