Here is a list of commonly asked questions. I strongly recommend you read through these before booking your session with me.

How far in advance should I book my session?
   Depending on the time of year you may need to book at least a month out.


How long will my session last?
   A Portrait Session normally lasts about an hour. A Mini Session is apx. 30 minutes. If you are   considering a Newborn Session then set aside at least 3 hours for this. We like to leave lots of time for   nursing, calming, and diaper changing! :D


Where will my session be?
   Portrait Sessions are normaly outside. However, I love getting creative and have had great success in my clients homes or at your favorite spot! Newborn Sessions are almost always in my home studio but chat with me if you would prefer a different option.


How many people can be included in the photos?
For a Portrait Session you may have 5 people or it's $25 for each additional person you would like photographed. 
For a Newborn Session you may only have baby. If you would like to add family/sibling shots to your Newborn Session it's an additional $89


Can I request specific photos to be taken (e.g. grandchildren/grandparents, solo of kids.)
ASOLUTELY! It is my pleasure to do this for you.
That is why there is a limit on the number of people that can be in your photo session without an additional cost because creating these special shots takes time and care.


Can our pets be a part of our photos?
They sure can! Bring those fur babies along with you. They count as a person in your photo session so if you are already at 5 people then add an additional $25 for your four legged family members.


What do we need to bring?
YOU!
Ok, there is more then that but mostly just you and those you would like to have in the session with you. If you are doing a Portrait Session you may bring complete changes of clothing, heirlooms that are special to you, or anything else we discuss in our pre-session consultation(s).
A Newborn Session requires a bit more packing. Obviously don't forget baby! :D Then you will be responsible for all of baby's necessities for the duration of the session. I provide some of the items that Mama and Baby may need but not everything. I also provide a simple selection of props and wraps for baby during the session. If you would like a certain wrap or prop please feel free to discuss that with me during your pre-session consultation(s).


I know what kind of look I want, but I’m not sure what locations to go to in order to achieve it. Can you suggest options?
Of course! I love helping my clients in this way. I have a few tried and true locations that
I love to shoot at. 


What should we do to prepare for the session?
Here are the things I strongly recommend that will make your session investment even more special:
1. Chat with me about what you are wanting your final Portraits to look and feel like.
2. Put time and effort into your outfits. Just wearing the same thing you always wear makes
it harder to feel special.
​3. Look over all the emails, forms, and documents I send you so that you are well informed for your session
If you take your session investment seriously it will reflect in your final
Portraiture quality and experience.

 
What comes with the packages?
The pricing you see on my website includes your SESSION FEE ONLY. Listed are also additional session fee charges and options. (e.g. additional costs for more people to be included in your session)
The exceptions to this are the Mini Session Investments that include 5 digital files and 1 8x10 gift print.


If it rains, do you have a studio to shoot at?
I will will sometimes move a session to my home studio area if you are a small group but I cannot fit more then 3 people there. Most of the time when it rains I encourage my clients to reschedule with me. I want you to really get your money's worth out of your investment and great weather is a HUGE player in your final Portait quality.


Will these images be posted online or any social networks?
YES! I love blogging and posting about my amazing clients.
 

Will we have the option to use props?
My favorite sessions to use prop with are Newborn Sessions and Graduate Sessions. If you have something that you would like to incorperate into your session discuss this with me during your pre-session consultation(s).


How do we go about securing our session?
There is a $100 retainer fee to hold the date we have selected for your session. This fee goes towards your final session fee and in most cases is non-refundable.


When is the best time of year to schedule my session?
Since we live in the lovely state of California we can almost shoot any time of year. Some times of the year are more popular then others. The two most popular months of the year are October-December for Christmas card pictures and March-May for Graduate Portraits.


What time of day is best for a portrait session?
There are two times of day that work great for your Portrait Session. Starting your session in the morning before 8am or starting your session an hour before the sun goes down in the evening.


What happens if you’re sick or are unable to shoot the session on the scheduled day? 
We will reschedule for another date or I will refund you completely.


How will we know how to pose?
You don't have to worry about a thing! Just be yourself and I will give you direction as I see fit. I want to capture you being you so silly or imperfect in most cases is exactly what I'm looking for.


How many outfit changes can we have?
Most sessions last about an hour. You may bring as many outfits as you would like to change into in an hour. However, I do suggest that if you have lots of little ones that you keep the outfit changing to a minium so that we can focus on getting great shots while they are still in good form.


What if my children act up on the day of the shoot and we can’t get any good photos?
Oh, Mama! Don't you even worry about it! Everybody's children act up at some point and I do not want you stressing out about that. I will run around like a crazy lady to get them to smile. Say silly things and make noises you have never heard before to get them to look at me. Or I will just chase after them. I am prepared for all of these things. If however we feel like we have not gotten anything (which has nver actually happened, btw) we will reschedule your session. 

 
I really don’t like “X” about me. Can we shoot around it?
First of all, You are perfect just the way you are and I feel priviledged to photograph you. Second, yes we can work around areas that cause you concern. Please let me know about these areas during our
pre-session consultation(s)


How long have you been shooting portrait sessions?
I have loved photography all my life. I have been a professional photographer since June of 2011.


Can this session be done at multiple locations?
Absolutely. Most sessions last about an hour so whatever we can fit into that time frame is alright with me. I want to focus on you and the imagery so I would advise not having to many locations in mind as that will take away from the photography when we have to move from place to place.


I prefer black and white images. Will you edit them in color and black and white? 
If an image is a good fit for the Black and White option then YES I will have a Black and White option in your viewing gallery. 


Is there an extra fee for creative edits?
Normally I stick within the edit style of my brand.


How many photos do you typically take during the session?
I shoot alot! Especially when I am photographing children. The average range is between 350-450 images. Then I cull them down and post process only the best to curate an amazing photographic experience for you. You can expect approximately 100 images to select from in your viewing gallery.


How many photos will I receive?
That is entirely up to you and the amount you would like to invest in your portraits. The average customer chooses to spend anyware from $400 to $1200+ on thier custom portrait and digital files packages.


Do you offer professional retouching (e.g. zit removal)?
I always provide this service to the images that you select and purchase from your viewing gallery.


How long does it take to get the photos back? 
The average amount of time it takes to post process your images is between 1 and 2 weeks after your session date. During the busy seasons (oct-dec) and (mar-may) it can take a week longer depending on the amount of client sessions ahead of yours.


What should I/we wear?
I prefer a light and nuetral color pallet. Matchy match is not that photographicaly appealing so try to put things together that "go" verses match. I am more then happy to help you with this so if you aren't confident in this area just let me know and I will help you.


What products do you offer?
I offer many products but the most popular are
Digital Files
Photographic Portrait Prints
Canvas Prints


Do you have any samples of your portrait sessions?
The best place to to see my work is either here on my website or on my instagram feed. Click the links below to head to one of those areas now...
PORTFOLIO
INSTAGRAM
Can the products you offer be customized?
Yes, I can customize any portrait that you have purchased from your viewing gallery.


What if I don’t like my portraits?
What happens in this instance is a case by case senario. Your happiness is my highest priority so I'm confident that we would be able to work things out.


If we end up needing more time on the day of the session, can it be added on then?
Of course! The only thing working against us is lighting.


Do you bring an assistant with you?
​In most cases I bring an assistant with me during your session. They make your life and mine
so much easier!


How much do portrait sessions end up costing?
The session itself only costs the session fee. After that it all depends on your budget and what you would like to invest in your portraits. Depending on your budget I can set up a payment plan if necessary.


What days are you available to shoot portrait sessions?
​I am available any day but Sunday. The easiest day for me to schedule sessions is Saturday. 


Can I order more prints/products later?
Yes, you may purchase products from your gallery for a limited time. I give a 15% discount to any order placed during your selection and viewing appointment.


Why do I need to have a selection and purchasing session to order the prints/products?
I have found that the personal assistance I provide my clients is so helpful. Sometimes ordering online can be daunting and I want to make sure you have a great experience. So I do all the ordering for you during your session so you can be confident that things will be correct.


Why is your logo on all the photos? Will the logo be on the prints?
My logo is on all the images for the security of my business and livelihood. Once you purchase your images, prints and so forth my logo will be removed.


What type of payments do you accept?
I accept most major credit and debit cards. I also provide a payment plan option for your convenience.