Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do to ensure my family session is a success?
Think of your family photo session as an opportunity to have some fun quality time with your family.  The most important thing you can do is relax and have fun.  I never rush children and have found that providing a little extra time for them to warm up to the camera can make all the difference.  Be prepared to act a little goofy to make your children laugh.  These make for the most natural and genuine smiles.  To make the most of your session please make sure your child is not hungry or tired when the session begins.

What should I bring to my session?
Feel free to bring snacks for your children and a favorite toy or stuffed animal if you think that would help them be more relaxed.  If we are shooting outside I also suggest bug spray to ensure everyone is comfortable and safe.  If you prefer a stylized session I’m happy to help coordinate ideas or suggest some props you may bring along.

What should I wear?
Once you book your session I will provide custom what to wear guides along with a document that will help you prepare you for your session.

When is the best time of day to schedule my family portrait session?
I always suggest early evening for portrait sessions as the light is very soft and beautiful.  It will also provide the most flexibility in terms of location.  I will suggest a location to best accommodate the lighting during that time of day.

What is the difference between a typical vs. lifestyle newborn session?
Typical newborn sessions are done on a beanbag with blankets as backdrop.  A lot of the babies posed in sleeping positions on my website are examples of ‘typical’ newborn photography.  These sessions will be held in my home studio where I may best control the environment.  You will have full access to all my props, hats, and headbands.  I will have both natural and studio lighting (if necessary) to provide optimal results.  Lifestyle newborn sessions will take place in your home. I will still photograph your baby sleeping, but will not bring a beanbag, backdrop, or lighting for our portraits. We will use your bed, couch, and other unique items you have to pose your newborn.  We will most likely be moving some furniture around so it is helpful to have dad on hand.  I will bring a small collection of blankets and headbands/hats but will look for items in your home to make your portraits more personal.  I will focus more on mom and dad holding the baby and will take sibling and family shots as well.  The nursery as a good location for some personal photos but we can venture outside if the weather permits for some variety.

If I purchase digital images will I have usage rights to print on my own?
Yes.  When purchasing digital images you will have the rights to print in any size at the lab of your choosing.  The copyright will still remain with the photographer.  I will provide instructions for printing and will suggest a consumer lab that will provide nice results.

Do you accept credit cards?
I accept all major credit cards, personal checks, cash, and Paypal. I also offer payment plans if requested. VA Sales Tax (6%) will be added to all orders and any shipping costs will be covered at my expense.

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