After the session - I love to share a sneak peek from your session on my Facebook page within a day or two. Even if you don’t have a Facebook account you can still view my page online. If you do not want your images shared online just let me know and I won’t. It will take up to two weeks to get your finished online gallery. From this gallery you will be able to download the images to your computer. I suggest you back up those files to a second location like an external hard drive or a cloud-based storage. You will also have a link to the gallery that you can share with friends and family. Professional grade prints and canvases can be purchased directly from the gallery or you can take your digital files to a printer of your choice. My recommendation is Mpix.com online or Precision Camera on Anderson Lane. If you print from another vendor I can not guarantee that the quality and colors of the images will be accurate.
Don’t stop there! Now is the time to sign up for my Grow With Me package if you haven’t already. Let’s document those first milestones throughout the year - tummy time, sitting up, and of course, an epic one year old cakesmash!
How long will the session last? I don’t really put a time limit on the session. It could be anywhere from 2.5 - 4 hours. If the baby is a super sound sleeper, has a full belly, and we are doing a full lifestyle session we can possibly get done in 2.5 hours. Doing the posed portion adds time to the session because I need to set up and break down extra equipment plus we normally need to take a break or two to feed, clean up, and/or snuggle, so the average time is around 3-3.5 hours. If the baby is super fussy it could take up to 4 hours to get all of the images I need. If we hit the 4 hour mark and I haven’t gotten enough images I will ask that we reschedule for another time. This has only happened twice in the last four years and those babies had serious gas and reflux issues.
Do I need to clean my house? No! You have so much going on there is no need to stress about cleaning your home before I come over. I’ve seen it all! :D If you are doing a lifestyle session you may want to straighten up a bit. A big one is your bedside tables if we will be shooting on the master bed. But any straightening up that really needs to be done for the photos can be done right then and there….just scooting some stuff around so they aren’t in the shot. But please, don’t stress about cleaning up!
Can we do an in-home session if we live in an apartment? Yes, for sure. Lifestyle photos may be a little more restricted but posed photos are no problem at all. I don’t need much room at all to set up. And if the lighting isn’t ideal for lifestyle photos I can always supplement with studio lighting.
What if I don’t want my baby to use a pacifier? If you are adamant against using a pacifier we won’t use one. If your doctor has advised against it or if your baby has a serious latching issue or is tongue-tied, I totally understand. However, if you just don’t want your baby to use one regularly I still highly suggest you bring one. Sometimes this is the only thing that saves a session and allows us to get the photos we want. I’m not a doctor (duh) but I’ve talked to enough pediatricians and nurses and read enough articles to confidently say that using one only during the session will not cause nipple confusion or cause them to become dependent on it. When transitioning the baby from one pose to another, if they aren’t sound asleep they will likely want to suck just to soothe. This could be only 10-15 seconds long and then I pop it back out. Even if we use the pacifier for a few minutes while I rock him/her back to sleep, it won’t have any long-term effects. But, no worries, if you still don’t want to use one we won’t.