1. What time’s are best for scheduling a photo session?
I book all my outdoor sessions either early in the morning (about an hour after sunrise) or in the evening (about an hour to an hour and a half before sunset). The reason I do this is because the lighting is soft and we don’t have to worry about harsh shadows or washed out colors.
I schedule indoor photo sessions during the hours of 9am-1pm because that is when there is the most light inside your home but isn’t direct light causing harsh shadows.
2. Why do I only get 20-30 edited photos from my session?
You may hear me taking a lot of photos during our session but I carefully review every photo and pick the very best. I may look through 30 photos that are almost the same but I am looking for clarity, expression, color saturation, and composition. I then carefully edit the chosen images in Photoshop to bring out color/sharpen. I may darken certain aspects of a photo or decide to give it a more matte effect if I feel that it will enhance the photo and/or emotion. Creativity and talent in post-processing is just as important as creativity and talent in capturing the photographs.
3. When should newborn photos be taken?
It is important to have the newborn photo session when your child is 8-12 days old. The reason is because this is where we are able to get the beautiful sleeping poses and your newborn probably hasn’t developed cradle cap and baby acne yet. Newborns at this age are also more easily posed and less likely to have flailing limbs.
4. How long are newborn sessions?
Newborn sessions can last from 1 hour to three hours. I do not put a time limit on the session because newborns sleeping and eating schedule is very unpredictable.
5. Where are the photographs from our session printed?
I only use professional photo printing labs and every photo is printed on archival photo paper and lustre coated for texture and protection. Lustre Coating protects against fingerprints, UV exposure, and common over-spraying found in home and office environment. The rich, enhanced sheen of this professional finishing service shields your photographs from the elements without interfering with the image.
Accurate color, realistic saturation, excellent neutral flesh reproduction, greater intensity, and the highest level of quality are just a few of the reason why I use only the best professional photo printing labs in the industry.
6. Do you use props in your photo sessions?
I think a meaningful well thought out prop can help enhance a photograph but also feel that props can be unnecessary/distracting in photographs.