How long will my session last?
Depending on which session option you choose, real life, sunset, or newborn session will last between 45 minutes and 2 hours give or take. Typically, sunset sessions run 45 minutes to an hour and real life and newborn sessions run between one and two hours. That is really all we need in order to accurately capture your connection, emotions, and phase of life now.
When will I see my photos?
Following your session and once full payment has been received, images will be presented to you in a password protected, watermarked online gallery two weeks afterward. I am usually extremely excited to get editing after we have such a fun session, so it's my goal to return them as soon as possible.
Once your gallery is complete, the images will be uploaded to Pixieset and I will email you a link to view your gallery. Once payment has been completed and you have confirmed your investment option with any additional images you'd like to include, I will email you a zip file to download your images straight onto your computer or mobile devise. It’s important to note that the photos viewed before choosing your package will have my logo on them. Once you have chosen your favorites, the logo will be removed. Feel free to share the images you purchase!
How many photos do I get?
Depending on which investment option you choose, you will receive between 25 (see Sounds So Sweet)- an entire gallery of over 80 images (see Get out of the Grey) presented in an online gallery for you to download. Additional images and package upgrades are also available for purchase. See Investments page for details.
What should I bring to my shoot?
For outdoor sessions: A nice blanket. If there are any special symbolic accessories that you'd like to incorporate into a family or maternity session, (i.e.: favorite sports team paraphernalia, the ultrasound photo) feel free to bring along.
For Real Life and Newborn sessions: Feel free to tidy up, yet not too much as you want to reflect your house in this phase of life. Have a few activities you enjoy doing at home at the ready (i.e.: toy train set, baking favorite cookies, favorite books, a fun playlist). Open up shades and curtains to enhance natural light in your home.
What should I wear?
You don't need to be super matchy matchy, yet somewhat coordinated outfits in mostly neutral tones work great. Adding a pop or two of bold colors enhance your style. If the weather is misty, please feel free to add raincoats, boots, & an umbrella. All of my clients currently receive access to a free online styling tool upon booking! See @style_and_select on IG for more info.
When is payment required?
Retainer of 50% is required to secure your date. Remainder is due on the day of the session.
What happens if we have to cancel or the weather is bad?
The decision to reschedule due to weather will be based on the location, the severity of the weather, and the age of the children involved.
Please reschedule if anyone shows any symptoms of sickness. I will do the same for you.
Will my photos be on social media?
I love sharing the images I create. Sharing helps my small business a TON. And if for any reason, your family would rather opt out, please let me know and your wish is my command!
What if my children are not cooperating?
Children can be so unpredictable. I find moments like these all a part of the process. It is actually in many of these moments that we can see our true connections, love, and emotions shine through. Do what you might usually do and embrace the beauty of the situation. Maybe we let a squirmy child jump it out or run around with a quick game of tag. Maybe you spend time feeding or shushing and rocking your newborn. It's all a part of the story and beauty in this phase of life and deserves to be documented too.
Do you travel outside of West Seattle?
Yes! I travel to any Seattle and Burien neighborhood. I am more than happy to travel further within King County, for a $50 travel fee.
When should I book my session?
If you need a weekend, I am typically booked 1-2 months in advance, so get in touch ASAP for availability. If a weekday works for you, usually 2-4 weeks in advance is great. I occasionally get cancellations or reschedules, so it's always worth checking!
When should I book my newborn session?
If you are hoping to capture your sweet babe when they are brand new, book as soon as you can. I typically schedule for two weeks after your due date, realizing babe may come earlier or you may want a few days later. My weekdays are flexible to reschedule as we know more. My sessions are very go with the flow and don't require a super sleepy baby, so if you are just feeling up for photos at 4-6 weeks, we can still capture that special newborn love.
Where can we do the session?
I absolutely love capturing families in places that are special to them. If you are looking for a gorgeous sunset location, then I'd be happy to chat about potential King County locations.
What days/times do you do sessions?
I am all about balancing my family life with client work. I therefore, do sessions every other weekend. Outdoor sessions typically begin an hour before sunset, unless you are doing a Real Life session which can occur on a Saturday or Sunday earlier in the day. Newborn sessions and in home Real Life sessions occur between the hours of 10am and 2pm for optimal light.
Can my pet participate?
Absolutely! Whether your pet joins for a few key photos at the beginning or the end, or you would like them to be present during the whole session is really up to you. Pets are family!
If you have a pet and don't feel like bringing them for photos, that's ok too!
Can I have a discount?
My return clients who have done a full session with me, receive a $50 discount for a future full session. If my sessions aren't within your current budget, keep an eye out for one of my mini sessions.
Do you photograph extended families?
Absolutely! Cousins, grandparents, Aunts and Uncles are some of the most special relationships. Many families gift a session to a loved one for special occasions. I require pre-purchase of the Get Out of the Grey package, which includes all 70+ images for these sessions.