I usually recommend maternity photos be taken between 28 and 34 weeks.
Absolutely. I am continually investing in new gowns. Right now I have over 80 gorgeous couture gowns in every color and style. Prior to your maternity session, we'll schedule a gown fitting and you can try on as many as you wish and pick the perfect gowns for your session. Most mommies choose 2-3 gowns for their photo shoot.
Primarily on location but I do offer more "intimate" maternity within your home and mini studio maternity sessions. For on location sessions, I will help you choose the perfect spot. In Charlotte we have beautiful gardens, fields, lake and cityscapes and we're a close drive to the mountains if you'd like something really special!
Yes, I will always offer to reschedule for rain and I will always try to reschedule if it is a very overcast day. I love to incorporate stunning sunlight (I shoot maternity sessions before sunset...always) so if you're not too far along in your pregnancy, I will recommend rescheduling if the day is gray.
Most clients book in their 2nd trimester and I offer a free studio milestone mini session when you do! It's a great way to get updated photos. You can always book at any time but spaces may be limited as you get closer to your due date. I tend to fill up quickly because I only photograph 2-3 newborns per week to allow everyone a custom, boutique experience.
When you book, I'll mark your due date on my calendar and ask you to reach out to me within the first two days after baby arrives to schedule the date and time of the session. I photograph newborns M-Th in the mornings (when babies are the sleepiest). I only book 2-3 newborns due within the same week and only 4 due within a two week period. This allows room for everyone on the schedule once babies make their arrival. If you end up with a scheduled delivery, we can set the appointment time before baby's arrival.
For studio newborn sessions, I always recommend photographing them within the first 18 days if possible. After 18 days, babies are more alert and have lost some of their womb flexibility for those curled up poses. For lifestyle newborn sessions, there is more flexibility but I still like to get the sessions in within the first 3-4 weeks to capture that newborn look.
Yes, I offer a 100% free mini milestone session that you can use when baby is sitting up. It comes with 5-10 digital images, sets and wardrobe. To qualify, book a newborn session before your 3rd trimester!
I have been photographing newborns since 2012. I have photographed hundreds of babies and have been trained specifically in newborn physiology and safe posing. I understand baby's cues and will ensure his safety and comfort throughout the session. I have mentored other photographers and have trained them in the art and safety of newborn posing. In addition, I have extensive training in lighting, photography and editing. All of my sessions are custom designed and I have a strong attention to detail. I have oodles of patience to ensure the photographs are artistic and beautiful. I am a member of Click Pro which is an exclusive organization of photographers whose membership is based on a juried review of the photographers portfolio using very strict standards.
I will consult with you prior to your session to understand more about your style and color preferences. I will give you the chance to share photos with me that you love and those that aren't your cup of tea. This will help me to design the perfect session just for you!
I will never photograph newborns sick. Period. I just do not take any chances. If in the event, I become sick near the day of your session, I will make every attempt to reschedule or refer you to a trusted colleague. I have a reciprocal agreement with a couple of photographers in the area to refer to one another when sick. If I refer, your deposit will be returned to you. That being said, I make every attempt to stay healthy. I am a faithful user of Juice Plus and elderberry and a bit of a germaphobe so I'm always washing. I ask that families reschedule in the event that a family member is sick too. This allows me to keep a safe studio environment. All props are sanitized between sessions. All soft goods laundered. Floors, bathrooms are surfaces cleaned daily.
No. My photography passion is in maternity, newborn and family photography. This is where I feel most creative.
Once or twice a year, I offer family mini sessions. Typically these take place in the spring and fall. My minis are $399. I also offer a mini maternity and a mini newborn session which you can find descriptions for under the pricing tab.
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