Questions to ask before choosing a maternity or newborn photographer

 

maternity portrait lying on floor draped in red silk

Houston is home to many talented photographers in the maternity and newborn specialty. So how do you know which photographer is the right fit for you? Each time anyone reaches out to me for information about a maternity or newborn session I always start with a consultation. There are many reasons for this, but the main one is that each and every photographer runs their business a little differently. From the photographer’s perspective this is an appealing aspect of our work. However, from the client’s perspective it can be quite confusing. So often clients don’t know what questions to ask, and not every photographer does a great job at preparing their clients. So, to make things a bit easier on you while you’re considering which photographer is the right fit for you, I’m going to list some really important questions to ask before you commit.

Session Fees

Do you charge a session fee? How much is it? Does it include print products or digital images? Is the session fee refundable if I change my mind?

My session fee is 200 for all sessions. It is non-refundable and does not include prints or digital images. The session fee is due at the time of booking to reserve your time on my calendar and to cover all the time, supplies, and talent needed to complete your session.

Wardrobe & Props

Does your studio provide wardrobe for sessions? Are props provided by the studio for sessions? How does the photographer choose which wardrobe and props to use for my session?

My studio has an extensive wardrobe and prop collection. These are available for all of my client sessions making things less stressful on them. Each of my sessions are customized to each of my clients. So, I choose props and wardrobe that fit the style and color preferences of my client to create unique images that are really special for them.

Maternity Sessions

How many looks are included in my session? Will hair and makeup be provided? I don’t know how to pose, will I have help?

When I’m planning a maternity session we’ve already discussed how you’d like to be photographed and what your style is like. I will pull gowns and fabrics based on that and use as many as possible in our session. I never limit the number of looks I shoot, but a typical maternity session with me consists of roughly 8-12 unique looks. My clients come with hair and makeup done based on my recommendations. You do not need to know how to pose! It is my job to capture your beautiful figure with the most flattering angles and light. I direct and demonstrate throughout the entire shoot!

Newborn Sessions

What kind of training have you had in order to handle my baby safely? Are you up to date on all recommended vaccinations? What type of cleaning products do you use to clean the studio? How do you keep my baby sleepy and comfortable throughout the session?

Your baby’s comfort and safety is my top priority during a newborn session! I treat each and every baby as if it were one of my own. I’ve had online and in person training on how to photograph a newborn beautifully and safely. And I’m always educating myself and staying up to date with the latest recommendations from leaders in this field as well as health care professionals. I am up to date on all recommended vaccinations and only use natural cleaners on surfaces as well as on fabrics that touch your baby’s skin. My newborn session workflow allows me to maximize my time while disturbing baby as little as possible throughout the session. I have a lot of patience with these sweet little ones and take direction from them about what they do or do not like. I take my time handling babies while still being efficient and use a spotter any time baby is in an upright prop. I often composite multiple images together to create beautiful art with your baby while still keeping them completely safe and comfortable.

Ordering

How do I order my images? What are my options for prints and digitals? How long will it take me to receive my order? Is my artwork ready to be displayed as soon as it’s picked up or will I need to do my own framing?

All of my ordering appointments are conducted in person so I can provide assistance in choosing the right products and sizes to fit your needs. I offer collections (most of my clients use these) that bundle my most popular products as well as an a la cart menu so you receive exactly what you need. If orders contain digital images and are paid in full you will take all of your fully retouched digital images home with you the day of your ordering appointment. No waiting to share your excitement with friends and family 😊 Any print products that are ordered will be ready for pickup in approximately four weeks. I can’t tell you how often I hear that clients have not printed or framed any of their images from a previous photographer that offered digital images only. I totally get it that life is hectic and it’s hard to find the time to finish your portraits. So to help with that, all of the artwork that leaves my studio is fully finished and ready to be displayed as soon as you take it home.

Mother photographed with newborn girl in red lace dress

I prepare my clients with exactly what they can expect from their sessions with me and any photographer you’re considering working with should be very upfront and transparent about their procedures and policies as well. Want more information on how to work with me? Get in touch through my contact form at the top of the page and I’ll schedule your design consultation to discuss just how beautiful your portrait experience will be!

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