frequently asked questions
1. DO YOU TRAVEL?
Yes! I love a good adventure and am available for anywhere in the United States! Shoot me your ideas and let’s start dreaming! I also love to do sessions when I have travel already planned, sign up for my email list if you want to know where I might be. Find out more about travel here.
2. WHAT DO YOU SPECIALIZE IN?
I specialize in Family, Maternity, and Lifestyle newborn session. I also do births, fresh 48's, seniors, extended families, and anniversaries.
3. WHY DOES IT MATTER WHERE I PRINT MY IMAGES?
4. WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?
Ohhh I’ve got you covered!! Once you are booked with me I will send you my client style guide and access to style and select. In the meantime you can read a style guide preview here and browse my client closet anytime.
5. WHAT IS YOUR TURNAROUND TIME?
28 business days.
6. WILL YOU MAKE ME LOOK SKINNY (AKA PHOTOSHOP ME?)
No. Real and raw is my jam and your beautiful just the way you are!
I WILL help you position yourself in flattering ways and remove temporary blemishes like zits/bruises.
7. HOW DOES PAYMENT WORK?
A 25% retainer is due upon booking to reserve your date. 50% is due one week before your session, the remaining 25% just after your session. The retainer is non-refundable.
8. How do we book a session with you?
The best and easiest way is to go to my pricing page and click BOOK NOW under the type of session you wish to book,
That will take you directly to my availability where you can select a date, sign the contract, and pay the retainer.
If you have any questions or are looking for something specific/specialized, please visit the contact me page and fill out the form. I'll be in touch within 24 hours.
9. How far in advance should I book?
I recommend booking your session as soon as possible. I only take 12 sessions a month and they can fill up fast, especially in March & October.
Where possible, I recommend booking at least 6 weeks in advance to allow plenty of time to plan, shop, and prepare your family for the session.
I do not book sessions less than 2 weeks in advance, it just isn't enough time to do it right.
10. Can we bring along the family dog?
YES!!!! Being a dog-mom myself, I know it just wouldn't feel like a complete family picture without them there. But there are a few rules.
1. Your chosen location must allow it & it must be safe (heat can be dangerous!).
2. Your dog can be off leash and still under control. It's hard to have fun and move around if you're tangled up in a leash.
3. You must consider their "wardrobe" (collar) as carefully as any other member of the family. I recommend brown leather.
11. WHAT DO WE DO IF THE WEATHER DOES NOT COOPERATE?
We roll with it! or we can reschedule, I have to say though the days we rolled with it, the skies were EPIC!
12. Do you have a studio?
Kind of. While I don't own my own studio there are several great ones around the valley that I rent periodically upon client request.
13. What if my kids don't want to cooperate?
Don't worry about it. Really! I'm not just saying that.
In my 10+ years of taking family pictures, I've never once had a child so uncooperative I couldn't get more than a few good pictures.
And remember, this isn't your standard pose and smile session. We're going to run and play and explore and dance, most kids are on board for that.
My advice to you is to let go of your idea of "perfect" family pictures. Take that pressure off your kids. Come ready to roll with the chaos and just have fun.
14. What if we need to reschedule?
One reschedule is permitted in case of emergency, illness, weather, or other unforeseen circumstances.
If you or any member of your party are experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, nausea & vomiting, diarrhea, congestion/runny nose (not caused by seasonal allergies), please reschedule your session.
Please don't reschedule for minor skin injuries, clouds, or light wind.
If you need to reschedule, your retainer is transferable if notice is given at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled session. The reschedule must be within the same calendar year and is subject to availability.
Additional rescheduling requested within 1 week of the session date will result in a rescheduling fee of $50/occurrence.
15. DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS OR MINI SESSIONS?
No discounts because that wouldn't be fair to those who pay full price.
No mini sessions because they're too rushed to get real, raw connection. I may offer motherhood mini's in the spring however... sign up for my email list to be the first to know.
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