THE ANSWERS YOU NEED
WHAT IS THE BOOKING PROCESS?
The booking process is quite simple, I will email you my contract and session guide (differs between my packages).
I require the contract and a deposit to be completed before I can book in your date, once that is done I will email you a booking confirmation and we are good to go!
I cannot hold dates and times without the contract and deposit completed.
HOW FAR ALONG SHOULD I BE TO DO MATERNITY PHOTOS?
I usually recommend to book in your second trimester to plan to have the session done in your third. Typically around 34-37 weeks is ideal so your belly is really popping!
It is also very dependent on how you feeling too, if you are having an uncomfortable pregnancy or having twins you can come in for the session earlier or near the 34 week time frame.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BOOK MY NEWBORN SESSION?
It is ideal to book your session during your third trimester. I cannot guarantee space will be available within a good time frame by waiting until your baby is born.
We simply book the session date approx. 10 days after your due date to make sure you have a spot secured. We all know babies can be unpredictable so if your baby is early or late I can switch dates around as long as my schedule allows me to do so. The Gold and Silver sessions allow more flexibility.
If your baby is already born, it is not too late! I will happily take babies up to 2 months old (Gold or Silver package would be recommended), however if you wanted the sleepy posed newborn images it is best to book between 5-16 days of baby's birth.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BOOK MY BABY'S CAKE SMASH?
I always recommend that if you were wanting to display your baby's cake smash images for his/her Birthday to come for the session at least 2 weeks prior. This gives me enough time to send you the proofs and enough time for you to decide on your favorite images.
If you did not need the images by a certain date you can simply come anytime you like!
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO PREPARE FOR MY SESSION?
Weather is it a newborn session, milestone session or even a cake smash I always send all my clients a session guide when you book your session.
This guide has been tweaked and worked on for years to try and make my clients life easier and to make myself as transparent as possible in what will happen during the session. I mention many times in my contract and emails to please read the guide, this is to only help to make your child's session a success!
I understand that booking a session is an investment so I really want all my clients to get the most out of their session with me which is why I made guides specifically for each and every session I offer.
CAN I STILL GET PHOTOS DONE IF MY BABY IS OVER 2 MONTHS OLD?
You certainly can, however your baby is no longer a newborn and in that case I highly recommend just a mini milestone session for babies between 3 months and 1 year.
Babies around 3 months cannot sit up yet and they are still mastering tummy time, I am a little more limited in what we can do in those sessions, but they can still turn out great and it is a beautiful memory for your family if you were not able to make it for newborn photos.
Babies that are able to sit unsupported are always so much fun to have in the studio - it is a very fun age with lots of laughs and giggles. The options are wider with this age due to the fact they can sit up without any support.
Check out my "Babies & Tot's" section in my portfolio for some examples.
MY BABY IS NOW OVER 1 YEAR, CAN I STILL GET PHOTOS DONE WITH YOU?
I have many many little toddler clients. I tend to book children over the age of 1 year as a Mini Milestone session as they tend to loose interest very quickly. I like to say "short and sweet" works best at that age as usually the first 15 minutes is when I get the best shots!
I have done many 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th year Birthday sessions and they can be a lot of fun!
Check out my "Babies & Tot's" section in my portfolio for some examples.
CAN I ALSO HAVE FAMILY PHOTOS DONE DURING MY CHILD'S SESSION?
Most of my newborn sessions include family/siblings except for the Silver session. My Maternity and Outdoor sessions also include family/siblings.
As for the sessions which do NOT include family/siblings you may add an extra sitting fee of $50 plus HST (does not apply to the Silver Newborn session). We will then take extra time in the beginning of the session for family/sibling photos.
WHAT ARE THE PAYMENT OPTIONS?
I accept EMT (electronic money transfer) payments for the deposit and for the balance of the session. The balance needs to be paid the day of the session via EMT. I will not be working on your child's gallery until the balance is paid in full which can prolong the delivery date of your proofs.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE SESSION?
Once we concluded the session I go through all the images and filter through all the "best of" from the session. Those images will then be your "proofs".
My turn around time for sending you the proofs is approx. 1-2 weeks depending on how busy my week is. I will then send you the proofs via an online gallery with a password, you simply log in and view all your images online from the comfort of your own home.
Once you have selected your "favorites" I request that you send them to me and in turn I do the final touch up's and editing that is required. I then send the final edits back to you for you to download to your PC.
I only send digital files, there are no prints included with any of my packages. If you required prints I can send you a print price list and I will be happy to place an order for you from one of the best quality printers in the GTA.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR SESSIONS?
Everything you see in my portfolio is included in my sessions (except the cake and helium balloons).
In terms of newborn sessions all my headbands, hats, outfits, props, furs, blankets etc. are all included in any of my newborn sessions.
In regards to cake smash sessions and mini milestone sessions, everything you see in my portfolio is included except for items I noted that the clients provided. I do not provide the cake for cake smashes due to allergies and sensitivities, I also do not provide the helium balloons if you desired having them in the set up.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY "SET'S"?
A set is a set-up for the session, for example baby posed in a bucket would be considered a set, baby nude on the beanbag is also considered a set. As for cake smashes baby taking his/her portraits is a set and baby smashing his/her cake is a different set.
In all my newborn sessions I have 1-3 set's included depending on the package which means you may pick up to 3 different props, color themes etc. to use during the session.
In regards to cake smashes and mini sessions there are approx. 2 sets with those sessions - you can pick 2 different backdrops with your sessions for portraits or for your child's cake smash.
WHAT IF I WANTED TO BUY MORE THAN ONE SESSION TO CAPTURE MY BABY'S MILESTONES?
You can certainly contact me for this, I have many clients that purchase Baby Plans with me which can be made up of a few sessions such as newborn, mini milestone and a cake smash sessions so families can capture these amazing milestones within a year.
Customizing a Baby Plan that suits you and your budget does also have it's perks as I do offer a discount upon purchase.
Please note - the full payment of the Baby Plan is due upfront after the first session within the Baby Plan.
DO YOU OFFER GIFT CERTIFICATES?
Yes I do!
Please get in touch with me if you are interested in gifting someone my services.
Since choosing a photographer can be very personal and everyone's preferences are different I always ask to make sure the receiver of the gift does like my style/portfolio prior to making such a purchase.