Frequently asked questions about have your children's portraits taken:
Inside or out?
I recommend inside until your baby is standing up, because studio lighting is much more flattering to baby skin and babies need to be totally comfortable.
Once children are standing, it is your choice:
Inside for more artistic, formal shots, great close ups, and more controlled, flattering lighting.
Outside for a more natural setting and poses, and more relaxed children.
Can we do both inside and out in the same session?
Please choose one or the other. Very few children have the endurance to do both.
Will you travel to other locations?
Call me and we can discuss your ideas.
What if it rains and we've planned on outside photos?
We will reschedule.
What should I do if my child is not feeling well on the day of our shoot?
Call me and reschedule. There is no reason to try to take photos of a sick child.
What if there is a scratch on my child's face?
Small scratches and bruises will be touched up. If there is swelling or excessive bruising, especially around the eye or mouth, please call to reschedule.
Do I have to be in some of the photos with my baby?
Yes, so use this as an excuse to get your nails done and touch up the highlights. Your hands will be an important part of a few of the photos.
What's the best age for baby portraits?
If you want to capture the “curled up” stage, schedule a session during the first two weeks. If you want to capture their early smiles, 8-12 weeks is a great time. Many parents like to have portraits taken again when they are sitting up by themselves, and again when they are standing.
What times should I avoid?
Don't schedule the days following shots, family celebrations, or travel. I've found that children are more likely to be tired on those days. Pick the time of day your baby has usually been the happiest for your session.
What to wear?
Maternity: Oversized white or off-white maternity top or dad's work shirt with black maternity pants. I have wraps.
Newborns and babies: A diaper, diaper cover if you have one, and a pastel receiving blanket. Mom and Dad in solid black, gray, or off white turtlenecks, long sleeved t-shirts, ribbed or textured solid colored sweaters. And bring the outfit or blanket grandma sent. That's really important.
Toddlers, children: solid colored polos, turtlenecks or sweaters with jeans or khaki pants or shorts, plain sun dresses.
They don't need to match, but should coordinate, such as parents in dark blue and kids in light blue polos. It's fun to put the youngest is something a little brighter or patterned, so they don't blend into the person holding them.
In cooler weather, it looks nice to have dark sweaters over light shirts or visa versa. The contrast around the neck draws attention to the face.
All this being said, I understand completely if your three year old really, really wants photos in his Halloween costume. In fact one of my favorite portraits is of a 4 year old girl in a pile of leaves, wearing her pink tutu with a bright green ninja turtle Band-Aid on her knee.
Seniors: You name it, I've photographed a senior in it. I do recommend at least one outfit in conservative attire for grandma and college applications, such as a solid, long sleeved, v neck knit top for the ladies and a shirt and tie (and even a jacket) for the guys. Feel free to bring props, and sports uniforms I've done photos with a prized car, favorite pet, musical instruments, 20 trophies, etc. Just ask and we'll figure out a way to make it work.
Can you remove tattoos?
Please remove any tattoos or marks that can be removed. There are great products out that can help disguise a permanent tattoo enough to make the touch up possible.