What types of sessions do you offer?
I photograph newborns (my favorite!), babies, children, families, and maternity sessions. I do not typically photograph weddings except for the occasional small ceremony or elopement.
Where do you photograph sessions?
Newborns are photographed at my downtown studio, which has controlled temperature and lighting to make these sessions ideal and comfortable for newborn babies. All other sessions are photographed at your choice of locations, including my studio, your home, or any location in the Tallahassee area. Locations more than 20 miles from zip code 32303 are subject to a travel fee. I do recommend photographing non-sitting babies at the studio or your home and once babies are sitting up, they can be photographed at outdoor locations with beautiful results.
How can I reserve a session?
When you decide to book your session, I will send you a contract to sign online and an invoice for the session fee. Once your session fee is paid and your contract is signed, your session is reserved!
When should I book my session?
You can schedule sessions at any time but I recommend scheduling during the 2nd trimester for newborn sessions to ensure availability. I try to leave room in my schedule for last minute newborn bookings, but this isn’t always possible and I hate to turn people away because I’m booked. For maternity sessions, I recommend scheduling between 30-34 weeks for best results. Baby, child, and family sessions can be scheduled for any time of the year, but please note that fall is my busiest time for outdoor sessions due to so many families wanting holiday cards and updated family photos. For this reason, outdoor sessions in the fall book up very quickly.
What appointment times are available for scheduling?
Newborn sessions are usually scheduled in the mornings, usually around 9:30 am. Studio portrait sessions or sessions at your home can be scheduled for any appointment time between 9 am and 5 pm. For outdoor sessions on location, I highly recommend scheduling 1-2 hours before sunset to take advantage of the beautiful golden light at this time of day.
How long will my session last?
Newborn sessions generally last 2-3 hours, which gives us plenty of time for posed photos, a few quick family photos, and plenty of time for snuggling, feeding, and changing the baby between setups. All other portrait sessions generally last one hour.
What happens during the session?
When we meet at my studio or the session location, I like to take a few minutes getting to know your family and answering any questions you may have before we begin the session. I find this is especially important for family sessions, as a large camera can be intimidating to small children and I like being able to put them at ease before we start. Family sessions are very relaxed and lots of fun, and I focus on getting not only portraits but also capturing interaction between family members. Sessions will vary depending on the age of the subjects and the location, but we will do several setups at the studio and visit several places within a location to ensure variety in your images.
What happens after the session?
Once your session is complete, I go through the photos one by one and cull out the absolute best photos from your session. I only show the best of the best, so you won’t see any photos with blinking eyes or awkward expressions. Once I choose the best photos from your session, I go through and individually process each photo with all the attention to detail that your photos deserve. I will have the photos processed and ready for you within 2 weeks. Once your photos have been processed and are ready, I upload the photos to a private gallery for one week of your choice. This allows you to choose the package and add ons you are interested in ordering and also allows out of town family members and friends to enjoy the photos from your session. Select images from the session will also be shared on my Facebook business page. Clients are welcome to share these photos on their own wall or use them as profile photos.
When will I receive my products?
If you add on any prints or specialty products after your session, the turnaround time will vary by product. Prints take approximately one week to arrive. My albums and frames are hand-crafted and custom designed, and due to this, they have a 4-6 week turnaround time. I will let you know as soon as the order is in so pickup can be arranged as quickly as possible. I know it’s hard to wait when you’re excited about your order!
What is your payment policy?
I accept cash, checks, and credit cards. No products will be delivered until payment has been made in full.
Do you offer any discounts?
Military families and law enforcement families receive a 15% discount on their session fee and products. I also offer discounted mini sessions twice a year, in the spring and just before the Christmas holidays. Please sign up for my mailing list if you are interested in hearing about these specials.