Monthly Archives: July 2012

Your Newborn Session….What to Expect?

Once again a “Congratulations” is in order! I know the excitement that comes with finally being able to meet your baby and also the late nights and exhaustion…it’s all par for the course once your baby has arrived. It can be a wonderful time and also a bit hazy. Newborn sessions are a fantastic way to document those first couple of weeks. In 2 months you won’t believe how big your baby is and it will feel like it was years ago that he or she was that teeny tiny. I am so excited to meet your newest addition and capture moments that you will cherish for a lifetime. Below are a few tips and answers to frequently asked questions…hope it helps and feel free to contact me if you have any others…Thank you!!

1. Q: When should I schedule my newborn session? A: Your newborn session should be scheduled to be done within the 1st couple of weeks after birth. The 1st few days is the perfect time really. If you do a maternity session with me you can let me know your due date and I can contact you around that time to check in and see how things are going etc. and to schedule a date for your session.

2. Q: What can I expect at our session? A: Newborn sessions are always done at your home. We will do bare baby photos, just in a diaper and also in any special outfit(s) that may have for your baby. Mommy and Daddy are usually included in some photos as well unless specified otherwise.

3. Q: How long will my session last? A: Newborn sessions are usually about 2 hours. These sessions are very relaxed as to allow time for breaks, feedings and outfit changes etc.

4. Q: After our session how long will it be until I receive my photos? A: You will have your images edited and up in your gallery within 4 weeks of our session. Your disk will be sent out at this time as well. After your prints are selected and ordered they will be in the mail and off to you within 3 weeks of the time you select them.

5. Q: Any other tips or suggestions to help me prepare for my session: A: Newborn sessions are some one of my favorites to do. A lot parents feel bad if their babies are fussy or not cooperating but I can assure you that being a mom myself I know that it’s really hard to predict children’s behavior and I am totally used to rolling with the punches 🙂 So just relax and let me  do all of the work. I will keep shooting and doing everything I can to make sure we have the photos we need until you tell me stop 😉

Your Maternity Session….What to Expect?

Hey there and congratulations on your upcoming arrival 🙂 I’m so excited that you’ve decided to document this beautiful time in your life. Whether this is your 1st baby or your 3rd, every pregnancy is different and amazing in its own special way and I can’t wait to capture this unique time. Below are some tips and information and answers to questions to help you better prepare for our session. Please feel free to email with any other questions you may have!

1. Q: At what stage in my pregnancy should I plan on scheduling my session? A: Your session should be done between your 6th and 8th months of pregnancy. Some women’s baby bumps don’t really start showing up fully until around month 7 but some woman start showing earlier (like I did) and you may have a wonderful and full bump at 6 months. The most important part is to ensure that you are still comfortable and feeling great!

2. Q: What can I expect at our session? A: Our session will begin at your home and we will do bare belly photos. Clothing is optional during this time. If you are comfortable in just panties then that is great. Most woman prefer to wear maybe panties and a beautiful scarf or shawl. Some do a mix of topless and minimal clothing. This is a great time to bring in any special pieces of clothing or comfortable intimate clothing that you have really loved through out your pregnancy. I can definitely give more advice if needed or even do a styling consultation. The 2nd part of the session will be done outdoors with your partner. These photos are a great way to capture this intimate time with your partner at your favorite outdoor location. A beach, park or field that you both love.

3. Q: How long will my session last? A: Maternity Sessions are usually between an hour and a half to 2 hours. This includes time for wardrobe changes and traveling to your location of choice.

4. Q: After our session how long will it be until I receive my photos? A: You will have your images edited and up in your gallery within 4 weeks of our session. Your disk will be sent out at this time as well. After your prints are selected and ordered they will be in the mail and off to you within 3 weeks of the time you select them.

5. Q: Any other tips or suggestions to help me prepare for my session: A: Get plenty of rest the night before, drink lots of water and make sure to eat, but I’m sure you already know all of this 🙂 Have fun with it because I know I will! Use this as an excuse to get your make up professionally done or by a great new outfit or cute new bra and panty set. My best tip to you and your partner is to just be you. My sessions are meant to be fun, relaxed and easy going so let’s spend a couple of hours together celebrating the amazing thing that you are doing…growing a baby ;). And if you need wardrobe ideas here is a link to a pinterest board created especially for expecting mothers.

Thanks and can’t wait to meet you!

The Importance of finding my style and why I’m not sure if I want to

“So how would categorize your style?” It’s a question I have gotten many, many times from potential clients looking to hire me for an event. And quite honestly, it’s a question I have been asking myself a lot this past year. This being my 2nd real wedding season or even 2nd real year of business, since before I was working a cushy 9-5 job that had all of the great perks like a regular paycheck, paid vacation and medical insurance :/ I have had to really look at myself, my business and the industry and ask myself a lot of really tough questions, I’ve had to be really honest with myself about my strengths and weaknesses and I’ve had to buck up and not let mistakes, pitfalls and setbacks bring me down. It has been really hard and sometimes exhausting, but I feel like I am on a really great path towards discovering the true core of who I am as a person and as a photographer. But I regress…back to the question of style. I don’t blame clients for asking this question and I don’t blame myself or other photographers’ for asking themselves this question. Knowing your “Style” and how you like to shoot is incredibly important in making sure that your work has a consistent look and feel. But for some reason, whenever I am asked that question, I kind of cringe inside. I know how I like my photos to look and I know what kind of work I am drawn to in other photographers’ work but I’m not necessarily sure if my style can be categorized into the usual styles, fine art, photojournalistic, traditional, edgy. Sometimes I’m all of those things, especially on a wedding day when I feel like my take on things should change with each changing event. Getting ready  photos are candid and bridal portraits are set up and posed. The ceremony is of course candid, bridal party photos are fun and a little posey but not too much etc. The more and more I think about my style and what it is I veer mostly towards categorizing myself as fine art, I have and always will love editorial work and I have spent my whole life looking at magazines and admiring photographs, so I think that subconsciously that shows up a lot in my work…but mostly I feel like my style is real. I feel like my unique gift is to shoot with a part of my soul that is never exposed until I have my camera in hand. I feel like it connects with my subjects souls and we are in sync and the images reveal something unsaid. So if finding my style means that I shoot the same kinds of photos with the same poses all of the time then I’m not sure if I want to…but if it means staying true to myself, revealing truth, beauty and love all the while using some beautiful natural light then I am all about finding my style and keeping it…..Happy searching and shooting!!