When should I book my session?
Family: I typically book 1-2 months out. However, do not hesitate to contact me to see if I have your needed date available!
Maternity: Between 32 & 36 weeks. Each client is different, however the goal is to showcase your bump before too much discomfort sets in!
Newborns: Please book your newborn session before your baby is born. Newborn sessions are usually booked in the 2nd trimester. If your baby is already born, I may still have an opening available. Newborns are best photographed between 5-14 days old to give us the best sleepy/curly poses.
How do I book?
For regular sessions, a $150 retainer fee is required to book your date along with filling out an online contract. Your date is not booked until the retainer is paid. You will have 7 days to pay the retainer, and after 7 days your date will be released to the next client in line. For mini sessions, the full session fee is required to book your date. These are non refundable due to the nature of the sessions. I only offer a small amount of openings for my themed minis. The retainer fee is put toward your session price, and the remaining balance is due at the time of your session.
How does scheduling a newborn session work?
Upon receiving your retainer fee of $150, your due date will be put on my calendar. Once your baby is born, I ask that you email/text/call me as soon as possible to let me know your baby is here. Then we will book your exact session date that falls between 5-14 days old. If you wait to contact me, you may have to wait for a later session date. I can not stress how important it is to contact me as soon as possible when your baby is here to get the earliest session available.
Why do family portrait sessions take place in the evening?
The golden warm look you see in a lot of my photos comes from the ideal lighting conditions that take place about hour or two before sunset. If the sun sets at 6:00 pm, your session will generally take place at 5:00 pm to give you that beautiful glow that takes place during the “golden hour.” Some families ask if they can schedule a session at an earlier time, however, I would not recommend it. Harsh shadows tend to be present, and you will not get the beautiful golden look if you choose a different time of day. I do have morning spots available, however I reserve this time for newborns and baby sessions and studio sessions. All family sessions are scheduled during evening hours to ensure you get the most beautiful family portraits possible. I promise it will be worth it to shift around your schedule for a day to get those gorgeous photos!
How do I prepare for my session?
Both newborn and family portrait session clients will receive a detailed prep guide to help you plan and prepare before your session. It includes details on what to wear and what to bring! Newborn clients fill out a brief questionnaire to help me prepare and tailor your session just for you!
Do you travel for sessions?
I am happy to travel for a family portrait session, however, there is a travel fee of .75 per mile for distances over 25 miles from 77406. Please inquire for travel pricing if needed. Family portrait sessions take place at an outdoor location. I generally let the family decide on the location to create a unique portrait backdrop. However, if you do not know of a location, there are a couple of favorite spots I like to use that I can give you directions to.
When and how will I get my photos?
After your session has been paid in full, your photos will be hand edited and retouched. I take time to make sure each photo in your gallery is perfect! They will be ready for you to view in your private online gallery within 2-3 weeks. You will receive a notification email, and a link + password when they are ready to view.
From your gallery you will be able to download your high resolution files and print them with a print release at your convenience. Your photos are presented in a special online gallery where you can download them instantly with one click. No more waiting for a CD to be mailed to you! Clients love the simplicity of being able to download them easily from their gallery!
How much does a session cost?
All of my prices can be found HERE. Prices are subject to change at any time unless your session has been booked with a paid retainer fee.