What should we wear?
Bright 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. For example, if one person is wearing a striped shirt with blue, green, red, and white, then the rest of the family can wear colors from that palette.
This is all about you! Bring fun outfits that show off your personality. Bright bold colors and solids look great on camera, but don’t be afraid to throw a little pattern in there if you like. Jeans are great for more posing options. If you have favorite accessories like hats, necklaces, scarves, belts, boots, or bracelets, make sure to bring them, or we can keep it simple if that’s more you. If you’re involved in any activities at school and want to be photographed wearing your gear or letter jacket, we’ll get those shots, too!
Newborns (7-10 days old):
Some ideas are baby’s birthday suit, cloth diapers, swaddling wraps, blankets, and other simple items as well as sentimental family items such as a great grandmother’s baby dress. Feel free to bring any accessories such as tutus, mini ties, and headbands or props like blankets, buckets and baskets that you would like to include, and I will have some available, too. Make sure outfits and accessories don’t take the attention away from baby, are not uncomfortable, and are a true newborn size.
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. 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. 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?
You will receive your CD of high resolution edited images in about 2-6 weeks. In rare instances, it may take longer.
Where do you shoot?
Most sessions are done outdoors in Sugar Land and the surrounding areas. Newborn shoots are done in my home studio, at your home (Sugar Land area only), or outdoors on location. Keep in mind that only limited props can be brought if shooting a newborn session at your home.
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. 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 (at least 80 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 (class ring, engament ring shots, expecting mom holding her belly, etc). Also, feel free to bring any special props or accessories that you would like to include.
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.