What should we wear?
Solids, jeans, layers, and 3/4 sleeve shirts always look great and stay in style. You can coordinate if you like, but it’s not necessary for everyone to wear the same color or shirt. Long flowing dresses and fitted tops work great for maternity.
Newborns (7-10 days old):
I will have props and accessories to use during the session that include diaper covers, swaddling wraps, headbands, hats, and more. Let me know if you prefer colors or neutrals and what colors are in baby’s nursery and your home. It’s important that outfits and accessories don’t take the attention away from baby, are comfortable, and are a true newborn size. Solid, neutral tops for parents and siblings are recommended. For more information, visit the newborn session information page.
Where should we get our photos printed?
One of the best labs that the public can order from is Mpix, the public side of one of the best professional printing labs, Millers, which also owns MpixPro. They have great service, turnaround time, and most importantly, quality. It is important when having your photos printed to be careful of local chains that do not specialize in photography (large superstores, groceries, pharmacies) because the color and quality can vary so much from the original that you cannot be sure that you are getting the photo you are expecting.
Can you use Photoshop to make me younger/skinnier/etc?
For the most part, the only retouching that I do is to remove a small imperfection that is not a permanent part of your appearance such as a pimple or a scratch if it is necessary. Newborn sessions might require a little bit of redness or blemish removal since redness and breakouts are common for newborns. I try to keep skin and appearance looking natural and not overly smoothed/photoshopped. Extensive retouching can be sent to a professional editor for an additional cost at their rate by client request.
How long will it take to get our photos back?
Allow about 2-3 weeks for completion.
Where do you shoot?
Most sessions are done outdoors in Sugar Land and the surrounding areas. Newborn sessions are done in my home studio and/or outdoors on location (at least 80 degrees only).
One benefit of the Texas heat is that it is warm enough almost year round to shoot newborn sessions outside. If shooting indoors, I will have a heater running, so be sure to wear layers. Even though baby sleeps comfortably at home with the air conditioning on cold, he/she will be dressed, undressed, and posed in a new environment and sense that something exciting is going on and is likely to be off. One way to help baby sleep will be to keep the room warm (80-90 degrees). Baby just ended a 9 months stay in a 98.6 degree oven and will be more relaxed in a warm, cozy place.
How many outfits/locations can we use?
There is no limit on the number of outfits and locations. However, keep in mind that time for changing clothes and travel is part of the total session time.
What should we do to get ready?
Do whatever makes you feel like your best self. If you would like the information for a professional hair stylist and makeup artist, I can recommend someone talented I have worked with, and remember to remove chipped nail polish if you want any close up photos of your hands (expecting mom holding her belly, etc).
What kind of camera do you have?
I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II, a 24-70mm 2.8 lens, and a 50mm 1.4.
Who designed your website?
My website was designed by Jessica Stansbury at Southtown Creative, and my logo was designed by Becca Paro at Jumping Jax Designs.