Frequently asked questions

Family Sessions

  1. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LIGHTLY EDITED GALLERY (LIFESTYLE) AND FULL RETOUCHING?
  2. WHY DO YOU CHARGE WHAT YOU CHARGE?
  3. DO I GET TO CHOOSE WHICH IMAGES I KEEP?
  4. DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH WEDDINGS?
  5. CAN I HAVE THE DIGITALS ONLY WITHOUT PRINTS?
  6. WHAT WILL THE EXPERIENCE BE LIKE?
  7. WHAT TO WEAR FOR A FAMILY SESSION?
  8. DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS TO OUR LOCAL HEROES?
  9. HOW TO PREPARE FOR A BEACH PHOTOSHOOT AND WHAT TO EXPECT
  10. WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?
  11. HOW WILL MY PHOTOS BE USED?
  12. MY CHILD WON’T STAY STILL, WILL THAT BE A PROBLEM?

General questions

  1. WHY DO YOU CHARGE WHAT YOU CHARGE?
  2. DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH WEDDINGS?
  3. CAN I HAVE THE DIGITALS ONLY WITHOUT PRINTS?
  4. DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS TO OUR LOCAL HEROES?
  5. WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED WITH MY SESSION?
  6. WHAT DOES FULL RETOUCHING COVER?
  7. WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?
  8. HOW WILL MY PHOTOS BE USED?
  9. MY CHILD WON’T STAY STILL, WILL THAT BE A PROBLEM?
  10. WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE THE PHOTOS?

Included with each session

  1. WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED WITH MY SESSION?
  2. WHAT IS THE BELLY TO BABY DISCOUNT?

Maternity sessions

  1. WHY DO YOU CHARGE WHAT YOU CHARGE?
  2. DO I GET TO CHOOSE WHICH IMAGES I KEEP?
  3. CAN I HAVE THE DIGITALS ONLY WITHOUT PRINTS?
  4. WHAT WILL THE EXPERIENCE BE LIKE?
  5. DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS TO OUR LOCAL HEROES?
  6. WHAT IS THE BELLY TO BABY DISCOUNT?
  7. WHAT DOES FULL RETOUCHING COVER?
  8. WHAT TO WEAR FOR MY MATERNITY SESSION?
  9. WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY PREGNANCY SESSION?
  10. HOW TO PREPARE FOR A BEACH PHOTOSHOOT AND WHAT TO EXPECT
  11. WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?
  12. HOW WILL MY PHOTOS BE USED?
  13. MY CHILD WON’T STAY STILL, WILL THAT BE A PROBLEM?

Newborn Sessions

  1. WHY DO YOU CHARGE WHAT YOU CHARGE?
  2. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MINIS AND FULL NEWBORN SESSIONS?
  3. HOW DO I SCHEDULE A NEWBORN SESSION?
  4. DO I GET TO CHOOSE WHICH IMAGES I KEEP?
  5. CAN I HAVE THE DIGITALS ONLY WITHOUT PRINTS?
  6. WHAT WILL THE EXPERIENCE BE LIKE?
  7. HOW DO YOU HANDLE NEWBORN SAFETY?
  8. WHAT DO CUSTOM NEWBORN SESSIONS CONSIST OF?
  9. DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS TO OUR LOCAL HEROES?
  10. WHAT IS THE BELLY TO BABY DISCOUNT?
  11. WHAT DOES FULL RETOUCHING COVER?
  12. WHAT TO EXPECT AND HOW TO PREPARE FOR MY STUDIO NEWBORN SESSION?
  13. WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?
  14. HOW WILL MY PHOTOS BE USED?
  15. PAYMENT PLANS FOR NEWBORN COLLECTIONS

Personal branding

  1. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LIGHTLY EDITED GALLERY (LIFESTYLE) AND FULL RETOUCHING?
  2. WHY DO YOU CHARGE WHAT YOU CHARGE?
  3. DO I GET TO CHOOSE WHICH IMAGES I KEEP?
  4. DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS TO OUR LOCAL HEROES?
  5. WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED WITH MY SESSION?
  6. WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?
  7. HOW WILL MY PHOTOS BE USED?

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LIGHTLY EDITED GALLERY (LIFESTYLE) AND FULL RETOUCHING?

Full retouching covers any kind of skin imperfections, double chins, sliming, fat rolls, sky enhancement, flyaway hairs, tattoo removal, wrinkles, composites, and so forth. Think of it as if your photos were getting ready for a high-end magazine publication.

Light edits, on the other hand, while they still cover skin imperfections, they do NOT include sliming, no photoshopped skies, no tattoo removals, and no other time-consuming photoshop processes or composites. However, I will still edit your images to a consistent style and enhance features and light manipulation.

Lifestyle sessions are perfect for a lightly edited gallery, my aim is to capture your family on its most authentic moments without the need for full retouching.

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WHY DO YOU CHARGE WHAT YOU CHARGE?

The work that goes into each image goes far beyond just the picture-taking session, making it hard to charge what would be “reasonable” for the time you actually see me at the photo session. The time that I spend on each client from the beginning to end can vary between 5 hours for family mini-sessions, all the way to 20 hours for full newborn sessions.

A BREAKDOWN OF MY SERVICES:

Designing your session. From the moment you decide to work with me, I will scope the location(s) if necessary, asses where the sun will be located on a given day and time, come up with a plan in the event of bad weather, purchasing of props and materials if needed, advise you on clothing and styling, sometimes building or crafting something to personalize your session, etc.

Photoshoot with me and my assistant. On the day of the photoshoot, we will prepare to meet with you for the duration of the photoshoot. Depending on the type of session you want, sometimes we arrive well ahead of time to prepare.

Culling your images. After the photoshoot, I will narrow the photos taken into a proof gallery.

In some of these photos, I will use Photoshop to swap faces, smiles, and expressions to create the perfect portrait from a few different shots with everyone looking their best, thus giving you a narrow gallery that won’t be overwhelming to choose from, but will also include all the best moments and smiles from the whole session.

Depending on the kind of package or session you got, I would normally narrow the final selection down to 20-50 images for you to select from.

Full retouching. It does not apply to lifestyle family sessions. Once you select and submit your final selection, I will fully retouch each of your chosen photos, which can take anywhere between 5-40 minutes per image.

Printing your products. After you receive your fully retouched gallery, I will print the products included with your selected collection. The printing labs that I use are professional labs with very high standards and all products are guaranteed.

Assembling of your products. For newborn and complete collections, I custom design a photo album or assemble your box of prints (depending on your choice). This is included as part of your complete and newborn packages, and I personally print, matt, and package the products to be mailed to your home.

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DO I GET TO CHOOSE WHICH IMAGES I KEEP?

For the most part yes! With the exception of family lifestyle sessions, you will be able to select which images I get to fully retouch for you to keep.

Maternity Minis– you will be able to select the images you want me to fully edit from a proof gallery of up to 15 lightly edited and watermarked images.

Essentials collections – you will have the opportunity to select the images you wish to keep from a gallery of 20-25 lightly edited and watermarked images.

Family lifestyle sessions will be edited but will not be fully retouched. When I send your gallery with the 35 photos, these will be your final, downloadable images.

Complete collections will be delivered to you all lightly edited and those images are yours to download and keep. You will also receive instructions on how to select the images that you want me to fully retouch as part of your selected package.

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DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH WEDDINGS?

Yes, I do!

While it is not my main focus, I do occasionally take clients that are very attracted to my style.

My assistant and I will be honored to be there for elopements and intimate wedding ceremonies with very small groups of people.

If you think you want me to be your photographer on your big day, please get in touch with me ASAP and I will put together the perfect package for you.

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CAN I HAVE THE DIGITALS ONLY WITHOUT PRINTS?

Due to popular demand, I’ve created a family lifestyle photography collection and a personal branding collection that deliver only digitals.

For the rest of my packages, you will get the digital file for EVERY print you get, and every digital you get will come with something very pretty. This way your images won’t get lost in a computer or forgotten, you will have a way to display them at your home, and I will take care of the hassle of finding the right labs to print your products.

When your package includes full retouching and if you really do not want the prints, you don’t have to have them, but the cost is the same. The load of my work is on the editing process and everything I do “behind the scenes” before and after your photoshoot.

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WHAT WILL THE EXPERIENCE BE LIKE?

All you have to do is wear something beautiful and come have fun with us.

We are not afraid of energetic little kids, this is what we do! I will guide you every step of the way to make the best of our time together.

To get the images your family deserves, the process is broken into 4 steps:

  1. Consultation to customize your images. You and your family are unique, this consultation is necessary for me to get to know you and your needs. We will talk about your expectations, taste, clothing and style, location, etc.
  2. In-studio or outdoors photo-shoot. The length will be determined at the consultation.
  3. After the session, I will fully retouch your images, create your products, and put them together for you to see them for the first time.
  4. Ordering appointment. You buy only the images you love. This will be the first time you’ll see your final photos, they will be edited and printed for you to take home.

While the in-person appointment is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged for you to be able to see the final image in print. Printed images are a better way for you to judge which ones you want to keep.

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WHAT TO WEAR FOR A FAMILY SESSION?

To create timeless images that focus on the subjects and emotions, I strongly suggest wearing colors that compliment each other and avoid harsh patterns and logos(including plaid and striped shirts).

Select something color and weather appropriate if the season is what inspired you to get a family portrait. Otherwise, I suggest earthy and neutral colors such as light and dark gray, white, rose, pale pink, light blue, earthy brown, beige, etc.

Beach sessions are better if you are not wearing shoes, so if your session will take place at the beach keep this in mind.

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DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS TO OUR LOCAL HEROES?

OF COURSE!!!

I am so grateful to anyone that serves our community. For that reason, I offer 10% off Premium & All-inclusive family/maternity portrait collections and any Newborn Collections to:

  • Military families
  • Police officers
  • Nurses
  • Teachers
  • Firefighters

* Proper ID should be provided.

Discount does not apply to minis.

If you are a local hero and you need a headshot, please get in touch with me to discuss your options.

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HOW TO PREPARE FOR A BEACH PHOTOSHOOT AND WHAT TO EXPECT

Expect to get barefoot, a bit sandy, dip your feet in the water, and to have LOTS of fun!
Here are some important recommendations to help  you get the most of your session:

  1. Kids always do a lot better when well fed and rested so make sure to plan accordingly (bringing a snack for the little ones is always a good idea).
  2. Even on warm days, it can get a little chilly by the end of the session, so make sure to bring warm layers.
  3. A change of clothes for everyone.  I always encourage families to get barefoot and play on the water’s edge. It is a good idea to bring an extra pair of pants for mommy and daddy and an extra set of clothes for the kids.
  4. Bring a towel.  Even if you don’t get wet, beach photos are a lot better if you are barefoot, a towel to clean sandy feet before getting back in the car is ideal.
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WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?

About a week after your photoshoot, an online proof gallery will be shared with you via email. The images in this gallery will all be watermarked with a “not for public use” legend on it.  From this gallery, you’ll be able to select the photos you want to keep as part of your package.

Once you submit your selection as per the instructions, it takes one to two weeks (depending on how busy I am) for you to receive your finished photos.

Make sure to book your session at least one month in advance if you need any printed materials by a certain date (especially during holiday season).

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HOW WILL MY PHOTOS BE USED?

I am proud of my work and I like to occasionally post photos from my clients on my Facebook page or website portfolio. As per my photographer contract, I may use your images to promote my business. Breastfeeding and naked photos will never be used. Besides that, I do not share or sell your photos to anyone.

Back to Index

MY CHILD WON’T STAY STILL, WILL THAT BE A PROBLEM?

It is extremely rare for a child to stay still for a session, I don’t want them to! I like to portray who they are and get those genuine giggles. However a well rested and well fed baby/child does a lot better in front of the camera.

Back to Index

WHY DO YOU CHARGE WHAT YOU CHARGE?

The work that goes into each image goes far beyond just the picture-taking session, making it hard to charge what would be “reasonable” for the time you actually see me at the photo session. The time that I spend on each client from the beginning to end can vary between 5 hours for family mini-sessions, all the way to 20 hours for full newborn sessions.

A BREAKDOWN OF MY SERVICES:

Designing your session. From the moment you decide to work with me, I will scope the location(s) if necessary, asses where the sun will be located on a given day and time, come up with a plan in the event of bad weather, purchasing of props and materials if needed, advise you on clothing and styling, sometimes building or crafting something to personalize your session, etc.

Photoshoot with me and my assistant. On the day of the photoshoot, we will prepare to meet with you for the duration of the photoshoot. Depending on the type of session you want, sometimes we arrive well ahead of time to prepare.

Culling your images. After the photoshoot, I will narrow the photos taken into a proof gallery.

In some of these photos, I will use Photoshop to swap faces, smiles, and expressions to create the perfect portrait from a few different shots with everyone looking their best, thus giving you a narrow gallery that won’t be overwhelming to choose from, but will also include all the best moments and smiles from the whole session.

Depending on the kind of package or session you got, I would normally narrow the final selection down to 20-50 images for you to select from.

Full retouching. It does not apply to lifestyle family sessions. Once you select and submit your final selection, I will fully retouch each of your chosen photos, which can take anywhere between 5-40 minutes per image.

Printing your products. After you receive your fully retouched gallery, I will print the products included with your selected collection. The printing labs that I use are professional labs with very high standards and all products are guaranteed.

Assembling of your products. For newborn and complete collections, I custom design a photo album or assemble your box of prints (depending on your choice). This is included as part of your complete and newborn packages, and I personally print, matt, and package the products to be mailed to your home.

Back to Index

DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH WEDDINGS?

Yes, I do!

While it is not my main focus, I do occasionally take clients that are very attracted to my style.

My assistant and I will be honored to be there for elopements and intimate wedding ceremonies with very small groups of people.

If you think you want me to be your photographer on your big day, please get in touch with me ASAP and I will put together the perfect package for you.

Back to Index

CAN I HAVE THE DIGITALS ONLY WITHOUT PRINTS?

Due to popular demand, I’ve created a family lifestyle photography collection and a personal branding collection that deliver only digitals.

For the rest of my packages, you will get the digital file for EVERY print you get, and every digital you get will come with something very pretty. This way your images won’t get lost in a computer or forgotten, you will have a way to display them at your home, and I will take care of the hassle of finding the right labs to print your products.

When your package includes full retouching and if you really do not want the prints, you don’t have to have them, but the cost is the same. The load of my work is on the editing process and everything I do “behind the scenes” before and after your photoshoot.

Back to Index

DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS TO OUR LOCAL HEROES?

OF COURSE!!!

I am so grateful to anyone that serves our community. For that reason, I offer 10% off Premium & All-inclusive family/maternity portrait collections and any Newborn Collections to:

  • Military families
  • Police officers
  • Nurses
  • Teachers
  • Firefighters

* Proper ID should be provided.

Discount does not apply to minis.

If you are a local hero and you need a headshot, please get in touch with me to discuss your options.

Back to Index

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED WITH MY SESSION?

  • Most of my work as a photographer lays on editing, for that reason Raw and unedited images are never shared with clients.
  • Cakes and decorations for cake smashes.
  • Clothing for adults.
Back to Index

WHAT DOES FULL RETOUCHING COVER?

While I use my expertise to take the best images possible straight out of my camera, editing is still one of the most defining parts of my style as a photographer.

Fully retouched images are the finished products that represent the full quality of my work and cover the following:

  • Skin imperfections (acne, some wrinkles, uneven skin tones, discolorations, jaundice, rashes, etc.)
  • People and cars in the background (your photos will look as if you were completely alone at the beach with your family)
  • Removal of distracting objects or marks on a background, backdrop, wall,  lighting equipment
  • Back, arm, and side fat rolls
  • Double chins
  • Flyaway hairs
  • Enhanced sky and sunset colors
  • Teeth whitening
  • Extend and smooth backgrounds for newborn or studio-style sessions
  • Feature enhancements (brightening and sharpening of faces and eyes)
  • Color and ambiance editing to suit my style
Back to Index

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?

About a week after your photoshoot, an online proof gallery will be shared with you via email. The images in this gallery will all be watermarked with a “not for public use” legend on it.  From this gallery, you’ll be able to select the photos you want to keep as part of your package.

Once you submit your selection as per the instructions, it takes one to two weeks (depending on how busy I am) for you to receive your finished photos.

Make sure to book your session at least one month in advance if you need any printed materials by a certain date (especially during holiday season).

Back to Index

HOW WILL MY PHOTOS BE USED?

I am proud of my work and I like to occasionally post photos from my clients on my Facebook page or website portfolio. As per my photographer contract, I may use your images to promote my business. Breastfeeding and naked photos will never be used. Besides that, I do not share or sell your photos to anyone.

Back to Index

MY CHILD WON’T STAY STILL, WILL THAT BE A PROBLEM?

It is extremely rare for a child to stay still for a session, I don’t want them to! I like to portray who they are and get those genuine giggles. However a well rested and well fed baby/child does a lot better in front of the camera.

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WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE THE PHOTOS?

I am sorry you are not happy with the outcome of your session. If you feel like you didn’t get what you were expecting please contact me ASAP and we can re-schedule a session. Unfortunately, due to the time that it takes to process images I would be unable to issue a refund, but I am happy to discuss options with you.

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WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED WITH MY SESSION?

  • Most of my work as a photographer lays on editing, for that reason Raw and unedited images are never shared with clients.
  • Cakes and decorations for cake smashes.
  • Clothing for adults.
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WHAT IS THE BELLY TO BABY DISCOUNT?

The belly to baby bundle offers you a 15% discount on your newborn session when booking a maternity and a newborn session with me.

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WHY DO YOU CHARGE WHAT YOU CHARGE?

The work that goes into each image goes far beyond just the picture-taking session, making it hard to charge what would be “reasonable” for the time you actually see me at the photo session. The time that I spend on each client from the beginning to end can vary between 5 hours for family mini-sessions, all the way to 20 hours for full newborn sessions.

A BREAKDOWN OF MY SERVICES:

Designing your session. From the moment you decide to work with me, I will scope the location(s) if necessary, asses where the sun will be located on a given day and time, come up with a plan in the event of bad weather, purchasing of props and materials if needed, advise you on clothing and styling, sometimes building or crafting something to personalize your session, etc.

Photoshoot with me and my assistant. On the day of the photoshoot, we will prepare to meet with you for the duration of the photoshoot. Depending on the type of session you want, sometimes we arrive well ahead of time to prepare.

Culling your images. After the photoshoot, I will narrow the photos taken into a proof gallery.

In some of these photos, I will use Photoshop to swap faces, smiles, and expressions to create the perfect portrait from a few different shots with everyone looking their best, thus giving you a narrow gallery that won’t be overwhelming to choose from, but will also include all the best moments and smiles from the whole session.

Depending on the kind of package or session you got, I would normally narrow the final selection down to 20-50 images for you to select from.

Full retouching. It does not apply to lifestyle family sessions. Once you select and submit your final selection, I will fully retouch each of your chosen photos, which can take anywhere between 5-40 minutes per image.

Printing your products. After you receive your fully retouched gallery, I will print the products included with your selected collection. The printing labs that I use are professional labs with very high standards and all products are guaranteed.

Assembling of your products. For newborn and complete collections, I custom design a photo album or assemble your box of prints (depending on your choice). This is included as part of your complete and newborn packages, and I personally print, matt, and package the products to be mailed to your home.

Back to Index

DO I GET TO CHOOSE WHICH IMAGES I KEEP?

For the most part yes! With the exception of family lifestyle sessions, you will be able to select which images I get to fully retouch for you to keep.

Maternity Minis– you will be able to select the images you want me to fully edit from a proof gallery of up to 15 lightly edited and watermarked images.

Essentials collections – you will have the opportunity to select the images you wish to keep from a gallery of 20-25 lightly edited and watermarked images.

Family lifestyle sessions will be edited but will not be fully retouched. When I send your gallery with the 35 photos, these will be your final, downloadable images.

Complete collections will be delivered to you all lightly edited and those images are yours to download and keep. You will also receive instructions on how to select the images that you want me to fully retouch as part of your selected package.

Back to Index

CAN I HAVE THE DIGITALS ONLY WITHOUT PRINTS?

Due to popular demand, I’ve created a family lifestyle photography collection and a personal branding collection that deliver only digitals.

For the rest of my packages, you will get the digital file for EVERY print you get, and every digital you get will come with something very pretty. This way your images won’t get lost in a computer or forgotten, you will have a way to display them at your home, and I will take care of the hassle of finding the right labs to print your products.

When your package includes full retouching and if you really do not want the prints, you don’t have to have them, but the cost is the same. The load of my work is on the editing process and everything I do “behind the scenes” before and after your photoshoot.

Back to Index

WHAT WILL THE EXPERIENCE BE LIKE?

Your pregnant body is a miracle, your baby will never be as close to your heart.

I understand this is one of the most important moments in your life and I want to freeze it in time for you.

To make sure you get the images you’ve dreamed of, the process is broken down as follows:

  1. Consultation to customize your images. You are unique, you deserve to have your images designed just for you. This consultation will help me know you. We will talk about your expectations, taste, location, clothing, and style.
  2. In-studio or outdoors photo-shoot. The length will be determined at the consultation.
  3. After the session, I will put together an in-person or an online gallery for you to see the images for the first time.
  4. Once your images are fully retouched, you will receive your included prints and any additional products you might order in the mail.

While the in-person appointment is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged for you to be able to see the final image in print. Printed images are a better way for you to judge which ones you want to keep.

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DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS TO OUR LOCAL HEROES?

OF COURSE!!!

I am so grateful to anyone that serves our community. For that reason, I offer 10% off Premium & All-inclusive family/maternity portrait collections and any Newborn Collections to:

  • Military families
  • Police officers
  • Nurses
  • Teachers
  • Firefighters

* Proper ID should be provided.

Discount does not apply to minis.

If you are a local hero and you need a headshot, please get in touch with me to discuss your options.

Back to Index

WHAT IS THE BELLY TO BABY DISCOUNT?

The belly to baby bundle offers you a 15% discount on your newborn session when booking a maternity and a newborn session with me.

Back to Index

WHAT DOES FULL RETOUCHING COVER?

While I use my expertise to take the best images possible straight out of my camera, editing is still one of the most defining parts of my style as a photographer.

Fully retouched images are the finished products that represent the full quality of my work and cover the following:

  • Skin imperfections (acne, some wrinkles, uneven skin tones, discolorations, jaundice, rashes, etc.)
  • People and cars in the background (your photos will look as if you were completely alone at the beach with your family)
  • Removal of distracting objects or marks on a background, backdrop, wall,  lighting equipment
  • Back, arm, and side fat rolls
  • Double chins
  • Flyaway hairs
  • Enhanced sky and sunset colors
  • Teeth whitening
  • Extend and smooth backgrounds for newborn or studio-style sessions
  • Feature enhancements (brightening and sharpening of faces and eyes)
  • Color and ambiance editing to suit my style
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WHAT TO WEAR FOR MY MATERNITY SESSION?

Dress comfortably! I want you to feel and look like yourself, if something doesn’t feel good, you’ll probably reflect that on the pictures.

MATERNITY

While I encourage pregnant women to avoid harsh colors and patterns, some soft floral patterns and one bright color option might be a good idea ONLY if that’s the kind of thing you like. However, I strongly suggest avoiding stripes and plaid fabrics. Knit tops and lacey textures are very welcome! Just make sure that the color choices for you and your partner are complimentary.

If you are going to wear a maternity gown, I suggest that you bring a change of clothes for a more “normal” look of yourself. Wearing a bathing suit underneath can help you change outfits easily.

Other very flattering clothing items are:

  • Tight-fitting clothes that will show your curvy and beautiful pregnant body.
  • A maxi skirt with a short top always looks amazing and simple.
  • Tight-fitting dress with some flare at the bottom.
  • Unzipped old jeans. Believe it or not, your pre-pregnancy jeans can be a great way to display your belly in a very sexy way (if you are into that sort of thing).
  • Man-sized button up shirts. Bring your partner’s favorite cami or a button up sweater to take some belly revealing photos.
  • Change it up by bringing a cardigan or one change of clothes if they come on easily.

Of course, if you can’t make up your mind from several options, feel free to shoot me a text, call, or email to ask.

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WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY PREGNANCY SESSION?

It is always a good idea to get in touch with me as soon as you know you are pregnant to discuss your options for the exact timing and my availability.

Normally I schedule women between 20 and 38 weeks depending on each client’s preference: how big do you want your belly to look? how comfortable are you feeling? etc.

However, I do encourage all expectant parents to get their point and shoot cameras out and take amazing pictures since day 1 (or when you just found out), until the moment they give birth, here are some tips to help.

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HOW TO PREPARE FOR A BEACH PHOTOSHOOT AND WHAT TO EXPECT

Expect to get barefoot, a bit sandy, dip your feet in the water, and to have LOTS of fun!
Here are some important recommendations to help  you get the most of your session:

  1. Kids always do a lot better when well fed and rested so make sure to plan accordingly (bringing a snack for the little ones is always a good idea).
  2. Even on warm days, it can get a little chilly by the end of the session, so make sure to bring warm layers.
  3. A change of clothes for everyone.  I always encourage families to get barefoot and play on the water’s edge. It is a good idea to bring an extra pair of pants for mommy and daddy and an extra set of clothes for the kids.
  4. Bring a towel.  Even if you don’t get wet, beach photos are a lot better if you are barefoot, a towel to clean sandy feet before getting back in the car is ideal.
Back to Index

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?

About a week after your photoshoot, an online proof gallery will be shared with you via email. The images in this gallery will all be watermarked with a “not for public use” legend on it.  From this gallery, you’ll be able to select the photos you want to keep as part of your package.

Once you submit your selection as per the instructions, it takes one to two weeks (depending on how busy I am) for you to receive your finished photos.

Make sure to book your session at least one month in advance if you need any printed materials by a certain date (especially during holiday season).

Back to Index

HOW WILL MY PHOTOS BE USED?

I am proud of my work and I like to occasionally post photos from my clients on my Facebook page or website portfolio. As per my photographer contract, I may use your images to promote my business. Breastfeeding and naked photos will never be used. Besides that, I do not share or sell your photos to anyone.

Back to Index

MY CHILD WON’T STAY STILL, WILL THAT BE A PROBLEM?

It is extremely rare for a child to stay still for a session, I don’t want them to! I like to portray who they are and get those genuine giggles. However a well rested and well fed baby/child does a lot better in front of the camera.

Back to Index

WHY DO YOU CHARGE WHAT YOU CHARGE?

The work that goes into each image goes far beyond just the picture-taking session, making it hard to charge what would be “reasonable” for the time you actually see me at the photo session. The time that I spend on each client from the beginning to end can vary between 5 hours for family mini-sessions, all the way to 20 hours for full newborn sessions.

A BREAKDOWN OF MY SERVICES:

Designing your session. From the moment you decide to work with me, I will scope the location(s) if necessary, asses where the sun will be located on a given day and time, come up with a plan in the event of bad weather, purchasing of props and materials if needed, advise you on clothing and styling, sometimes building or crafting something to personalize your session, etc.

Photoshoot with me and my assistant. On the day of the photoshoot, we will prepare to meet with you for the duration of the photoshoot. Depending on the type of session you want, sometimes we arrive well ahead of time to prepare.

Culling your images. After the photoshoot, I will narrow the photos taken into a proof gallery.

In some of these photos, I will use Photoshop to swap faces, smiles, and expressions to create the perfect portrait from a few different shots with everyone looking their best, thus giving you a narrow gallery that won’t be overwhelming to choose from, but will also include all the best moments and smiles from the whole session.

Depending on the kind of package or session you got, I would normally narrow the final selection down to 20-50 images for you to select from.

Full retouching. It does not apply to lifestyle family sessions. Once you select and submit your final selection, I will fully retouch each of your chosen photos, which can take anywhere between 5-40 minutes per image.

Printing your products. After you receive your fully retouched gallery, I will print the products included with your selected collection. The printing labs that I use are professional labs with very high standards and all products are guaranteed.

Assembling of your products. For newborn and complete collections, I custom design a photo album or assemble your box of prints (depending on your choice). This is included as part of your complete and newborn packages, and I personally print, matt, and package the products to be mailed to your home.

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MINIS AND FULL NEWBORN SESSIONS?

The main differences lay on the time allocated for the photoshoot to be completed and the number of poses that can be achieved.

Mini sessions can last up to 90 minutes and I will gently pose your baby into a newborn nest AND/OR with you and your partner. She will remain diapered for the duration of the session and I will not attempt to pose her on her belly or sideways.

The shots that can be achieved during a mini newborn session are baby in nest, closeups, and with parents.

Full sessions allow enough time to achieve a variety of poses including family members (parents and siblings) lifestyle shots, the use of props, etc.

Please keep in mind that newborns are very temperamental, we can bribe them with treats and they can’t communicate their needs, so we need to allow enough time for soothing and feeding in between shots to achieve a gallery of more images.

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HOW DO I SCHEDULE A NEWBORN SESSION?

  1. Get in touch with me
  2. If you decide to book, I will keep my schedule with at least 2 spaces free a week before and every week after your due date until the baby is born.
  3. Once your baby is earthside, let me know so I can provide you with my immediate availability.
  4. Come meet me at my studio, I will have everything needed from props to drinks, and snacks.
  5. You will receive your images between 1-2 weeks after the session.
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DO I GET TO CHOOSE WHICH IMAGES I KEEP?

For the most part yes! With the exception of family lifestyle sessions, you will be able to select which images I get to fully retouch for you to keep.

Maternity Minis– you will be able to select the images you want me to fully edit from a proof gallery of up to 15 lightly edited and watermarked images.

Essentials collections – you will have the opportunity to select the images you wish to keep from a gallery of 20-25 lightly edited and watermarked images.

Family lifestyle sessions will be edited but will not be fully retouched. When I send your gallery with the 35 photos, these will be your final, downloadable images.

Complete collections will be delivered to you all lightly edited and those images are yours to download and keep. You will also receive instructions on how to select the images that you want me to fully retouch as part of your selected package.

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CAN I HAVE THE DIGITALS ONLY WITHOUT PRINTS?

Due to popular demand, I’ve created a family lifestyle photography collection and a personal branding collection that deliver only digitals.

For the rest of my packages, you will get the digital file for EVERY print you get, and every digital you get will come with something very pretty. This way your images won’t get lost in a computer or forgotten, you will have a way to display them at your home, and I will take care of the hassle of finding the right labs to print your products.

When your package includes full retouching and if you really do not want the prints, you don’t have to have them, but the cost is the same. The load of my work is on the editing process and everything I do “behind the scenes” before and after your photoshoot.

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WHAT WILL THE EXPERIENCE BE LIKE?

She will ALWAYS be your baby, but will never look the same.

After the first two weeks of life, babies begin to experience a big growth spurt. As the days go by, their faces begin to fill up and their newborn expression little by little disappears, they begin to be more aware and fussy, and their joints begin to harden making them less flexible.

We can’t keep them little, but we can help you freeze this moment in time so they can see their own journey as they grow.

To ensure that you get the images you’ve dreamed of, our process is broken into 5 parts:

  1. Consultation to customize your images. You are unique, this consultation is necessary for me to get to know you and your needs. We will talk about your expectations, clothing and style, newborn safety, etc.
  2. In-studio photo-shoot. Babies are very sensitive and need a lot of patience. The session will last between 3-4 hours.
  3. After you go home, I will create a proof gallery for you to select the images that you want me to fully retouch.
  4. Once I receive your selection, I will proceed to fully edit your images to perfection.
  5. After you receive your online final gallery, I will assemble your included products or prints.
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HOW DO YOU HANDLE NEWBORN SAFETY?

A lot goes into creating the kind of newborn images that you see on my website. Most of the effort goes into making sure your baby is happy and safe. Currently, there is no formal education or license required to handle newborns for photography purposes, while this is baffling, it is true.

CERTAIN POSES CAN BE DANGEROUS IF NOT DONE WITH SAFETY PRECAUTIONS IN MIND.

Newborns are developing little individuals that can’t hold themselves up and whose muscles and ligaments aren’t fully formed. Because of this, it is extremely dangerous for an untrained person to handle your newborn, putting aside the fact that without the right conditions or equipment, your favorite newborn images would be near impossible to achieve.

For the reasons stated above, safety is paramount to my business. No matter what you’ve seen on Pinterest or Instagram, your baby is a unique individual and I will treat him/her with kindness and respect.  I won’t force your little one into any poses just to meet photo expectations. However, I will do everything I can to learn about your newborn photo dreams so I can whisper all my wisdom into his/her ears and make them happen.  Either way, I promise you that the photos you’ll get will be all that you would ever want and need.

Posing

If you have any specific requests regarding poses, make sure to discuss them with me ahead of time.  We need to be on the same page as far as newborn safety.

Please communicate with me

It is very important that you let me know of any questions or comments that you have before or during the session.  I might be the expert but you are the parent, if something makes you uncomfortable please say so, I won’t be offended! This way I can ease away any concerns, explain what’s happening, and make sure everyone is happy with the flow of the session.

Keeping it germ-free

For every session, my assistant and I make sure to wash our hands and disinfect our clothing with natural non-toxic antibacterial spray.

I thoroughly clean my camera equipment before our appointment.

All blankets, fabrics, and hats are washed after every photo shoot with plant-based baby friendly detergent and stored away.

If I suspect that there is a bug going around my home, I will not hesitate to reschedule. It is never worth the risk!

I also ask that if there is a sickness going on in your family to please notify me, due to the nature of my work it is important to keep ourselves as healthy as possible.

Every baby is different

Remember, every newborn is a unique individual, therefore I can’t predict what will happen in every session. If the baby is uncomfortable or gets overwhelmed by a certain pose or situation, I will move on to the next shot and revisit if time allows.

Whether you decide to work with me or not, I encourage you to please put your baby’s safety above anything else! For that reason, I’ve put together a few tips to help you find the right photographer for your style and budget, you can find it through this link. 

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WHAT DO CUSTOM NEWBORN SESSIONS CONSIST OF?

My customized newborn sessions are designed to capture the most adorable tiny features of your baby with a variety of props and/or blankets.

In order to perfectly match your unique family needs, we will have a consultation to determine a shot-list and selection of props to be used.

I will welcome you in my home studio in Carmel-by-the-sea or I can bring everything to you for an additional fee upon request.

During this session,  I will gently handle your baby into sweet poses.

COST

The total cost depends on the number of images you want to purchase.

DURATION

  • 3-4 hour photo shoot at my home studio in Carmel, CA.

IMAGE DELIVERY

• After the photo shoot, I will put together a proof gallery with up to 25 lightly edited images for you to select your favorites.

• Once you make your selection, I will fully retouch them to perfection.

• After you receceive your final edited gallery, I will touch base regarding the prints included with your package.

Whether you decide to work with me or not, I encourage you to put your baby’s safety above anything else!  For that reason, I’ve put together a few tips to help you find the right photographer for your style and budget (even if it is not me!), you can find it through this link. 

NEWBORN PRICING GUIDE HERE

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DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS TO OUR LOCAL HEROES?

OF COURSE!!!

I am so grateful to anyone that serves our community. For that reason, I offer 10% off Premium & All-inclusive family/maternity portrait collections and any Newborn Collections to:

  • Military families
  • Police officers
  • Nurses
  • Teachers
  • Firefighters

* Proper ID should be provided.

Discount does not apply to minis.

If you are a local hero and you need a headshot, please get in touch with me to discuss your options.

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WHAT IS THE BELLY TO BABY DISCOUNT?

The belly to baby bundle offers you a 15% discount on your newborn session when booking a maternity and a newborn session with me.

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WHAT DOES FULL RETOUCHING COVER?

While I use my expertise to take the best images possible straight out of my camera, editing is still one of the most defining parts of my style as a photographer.

Fully retouched images are the finished products that represent the full quality of my work and cover the following:

  • Skin imperfections (acne, some wrinkles, uneven skin tones, discolorations, jaundice, rashes, etc.)
  • People and cars in the background (your photos will look as if you were completely alone at the beach with your family)
  • Removal of distracting objects or marks on a background, backdrop, wall,  lighting equipment
  • Back, arm, and side fat rolls
  • Double chins
  • Flyaway hairs
  • Enhanced sky and sunset colors
  • Teeth whitening
  • Extend and smooth backgrounds for newborn or studio-style sessions
  • Feature enhancements (brightening and sharpening of faces and eyes)
  • Color and ambiance editing to suit my style
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WHAT TO EXPECT AND HOW TO PREPARE FOR MY STUDIO NEWBORN SESSION?

Taking pictures of a newborn is a slow and patience-testing process, please make sure to carefully read and follow the recommendations described in this article: Newborn session: what to expect and how to prepare?

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WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?

About a week after your photoshoot, an online proof gallery will be shared with you via email. The images in this gallery will all be watermarked with a “not for public use” legend on it.  From this gallery, you’ll be able to select the photos you want to keep as part of your package.

Once you submit your selection as per the instructions, it takes one to two weeks (depending on how busy I am) for you to receive your finished photos.

Make sure to book your session at least one month in advance if you need any printed materials by a certain date (especially during holiday season).

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HOW WILL MY PHOTOS BE USED?

I am proud of my work and I like to occasionally post photos from my clients on my Facebook page or website portfolio. As per my photographer contract, I may use your images to promote my business. Breastfeeding and naked photos will never be used. Besides that, I do not share or sell your photos to anyone.

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PAYMENT PLANS FOR NEWBORN COLLECTIONS

Payment plans are available for newborn sessions booked with at least 3 months before the due date.

The total cost of the newborn session can be divided into 3 or more monthly payments before the baby is born.

Please contact me in order to inquire about a payment plan for you.

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LIGHTLY EDITED GALLERY (LIFESTYLE) AND FULL RETOUCHING?

Full retouching covers any kind of skin imperfections, double chins, sliming, fat rolls, sky enhancement, flyaway hairs, tattoo removal, wrinkles, composites, and so forth. Think of it as if your photos were getting ready for a high-end magazine publication.

Light edits, on the other hand, while they still cover skin imperfections, they do NOT include sliming, no photoshopped skies, no tattoo removals, and no other time-consuming photoshop processes or composites. However, I will still edit your images to a consistent style and enhance features and light manipulation.

Lifestyle sessions are perfect for a lightly edited gallery, my aim is to capture your family on its most authentic moments without the need for full retouching.

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WHY DO YOU CHARGE WHAT YOU CHARGE?

The work that goes into each image goes far beyond just the picture-taking session, making it hard to charge what would be “reasonable” for the time you actually see me at the photo session. The time that I spend on each client from the beginning to end can vary between 5 hours for family mini-sessions, all the way to 20 hours for full newborn sessions.

A BREAKDOWN OF MY SERVICES:

Designing your session. From the moment you decide to work with me, I will scope the location(s) if necessary, asses where the sun will be located on a given day and time, come up with a plan in the event of bad weather, purchasing of props and materials if needed, advise you on clothing and styling, sometimes building or crafting something to personalize your session, etc.

Photoshoot with me and my assistant. On the day of the photoshoot, we will prepare to meet with you for the duration of the photoshoot. Depending on the type of session you want, sometimes we arrive well ahead of time to prepare.

Culling your images. After the photoshoot, I will narrow the photos taken into a proof gallery.

In some of these photos, I will use Photoshop to swap faces, smiles, and expressions to create the perfect portrait from a few different shots with everyone looking their best, thus giving you a narrow gallery that won’t be overwhelming to choose from, but will also include all the best moments and smiles from the whole session.

Depending on the kind of package or session you got, I would normally narrow the final selection down to 20-50 images for you to select from.

Full retouching. It does not apply to lifestyle family sessions. Once you select and submit your final selection, I will fully retouch each of your chosen photos, which can take anywhere between 5-40 minutes per image.

Printing your products. After you receive your fully retouched gallery, I will print the products included with your selected collection. The printing labs that I use are professional labs with very high standards and all products are guaranteed.

Assembling of your products. For newborn and complete collections, I custom design a photo album or assemble your box of prints (depending on your choice). This is included as part of your complete and newborn packages, and I personally print, matt, and package the products to be mailed to your home.

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DO I GET TO CHOOSE WHICH IMAGES I KEEP?

For the most part yes! With the exception of family lifestyle sessions, you will be able to select which images I get to fully retouch for you to keep.

Maternity Minis– you will be able to select the images you want me to fully edit from a proof gallery of up to 15 lightly edited and watermarked images.

Essentials collections – you will have the opportunity to select the images you wish to keep from a gallery of 20-25 lightly edited and watermarked images.

Family lifestyle sessions will be edited but will not be fully retouched. When I send your gallery with the 35 photos, these will be your final, downloadable images.

Complete collections will be delivered to you all lightly edited and those images are yours to download and keep. You will also receive instructions on how to select the images that you want me to fully retouch as part of your selected package.

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DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS TO OUR LOCAL HEROES?

OF COURSE!!!

I am so grateful to anyone that serves our community. For that reason, I offer 10% off Premium & All-inclusive family/maternity portrait collections and any Newborn Collections to:

  • Military families
  • Police officers
  • Nurses
  • Teachers
  • Firefighters

* Proper ID should be provided.

Discount does not apply to minis.

If you are a local hero and you need a headshot, please get in touch with me to discuss your options.

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WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED WITH MY SESSION?

  • Most of my work as a photographer lays on editing, for that reason Raw and unedited images are never shared with clients.
  • Cakes and decorations for cake smashes.
  • Clothing for adults.
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WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?

About a week after your photoshoot, an online proof gallery will be shared with you via email. The images in this gallery will all be watermarked with a “not for public use” legend on it.  From this gallery, you’ll be able to select the photos you want to keep as part of your package.

Once you submit your selection as per the instructions, it takes one to two weeks (depending on how busy I am) for you to receive your finished photos.

Make sure to book your session at least one month in advance if you need any printed materials by a certain date (especially during holiday season).

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HOW WILL MY PHOTOS BE USED?

I am proud of my work and I like to occasionally post photos from my clients on my Facebook page or website portfolio. As per my photographer contract, I may use your images to promote my business. Breastfeeding and naked photos will never be used. Besides that, I do not share or sell your photos to anyone.

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