Frequently Asked Questions
When should I book my session?
Portraits: I typically book 3-4 months out. However, contact me to see if I have your needed date available.
Maternity: Since I tend to book portrait sessions 3-4 months in advance, this goes for maternity sessions as well. I like to photograph moms-to-be between 30-36 weeks. Please contact me well in advance so we can schedule your maternity session within that window.
Newborns: Please book your newborn session before your baby is born. Newborn sessions are usually booked in the 2nd trimester. If your baby is already born, please contact me because I may have an opening available. Newborns are best photographed between 5-14 days old to give us the best sleepy/curly poses.
What is the best way to contact you?
Email is definitely the best way to get in touch with me. Just click on the “contact” tab, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am quick to respond to emails, and you will get a response to your questions ASAP. Evenings and weekends are reserved for my family, so I do not answer calls outside of those hours. Email is always the quickest and easiest way to contact me with questions. Please avoid using Facebook messenger as I do not always receive these messages.
Why do outdoor family portrait sessions take place in the evening?
The golden warm look you see in a lot of my photos comes from the ideal lighting conditions that take place about hour or two before sunset. If the sun sets at 8:00pm, your session will generally take place at 6:30 to give you that beautiful glow that takes place during the “golden hour.” Some families ask if they can schedule a session at an earlier time, however, I would not recommend it. Harsh shadows tend to be present, and you will not get the beautiful golden look if you choose a different time of day. I do have 10am spots available, however I reserve this time for newborns and baby sessions. All family sessions are scheduled during evening hours to ensure you get the most beautiful family portraits possible. I promise it will be worth it to shift around your schedule for a day to get those gorgeous photos!
What are your business hours?
My contact hours are Monday – Thursday 9am to 5pm
I schedule all sessions Monday – Thursday, and I am closed Friday – Sunday
*sessions may be scheduled later in the evenings, but my office contact hours are 9am-5pm.
Why don’t you schedule family portrait sessions on the weekends?
Time with my family is extremely precious to me. All sessions are scheduled during the week days (M-Th), so I can devote my time to my loved ones on the weekends. I know this may be tricky to work around with schedules, but my family time is my top priority. Thank you for understanding!
How do I prepare for my session?
Both newborn and family portrait session clients will receive a detailed prep guide to help you plan and prepare before your session. It includes details on what to wear and what to bring! I will also send you a link to fill out a brief questionnaire to help me prepare and tailor your session just for you!
Do you travel for sessions?
If sessions are booked far enough in advance where I can plan ahead, am happy to travel for a family portrait session. However, there is a travel fee of .75 per mile for distances over 30 miles from 31632. Please inquire for travel pricing if needed. Mini sessions are not available for travel. Family portrait sessions take place at an outdoor location. I have a favorite location for sessions, but I also love letting the family decide on the location to create a unique portrait backdrop. If you do not know of a location, I would be happy to give you directions to my favorite spot!
At this time I do not travel for newborn sessions unless there is a serious medical issue that will not allow baby to leave his/her home. All newborn sessions take place in my studio in Valdosta, GA.
Where is your studio located?
1337 Baytree Road Suite L
You can find me in between the Balloons and More Party Store, and Masatos Restaurant.
I am at my studio by appointment only. Please do not send any payments to the studio since I will not be there to receive them unless you have an appointment.
Do you have all the props for my newborn session?
I do! I have tons of hats, hair accessories, cute little pants, wraps, baskets, and other props for your session. I try to make it to where you don’t have to bring anything but your baby and milk! I have all you will need for your session, unless you would like to bring in something special.
How does scheduling a newborn session work?
When you book your newborn session, select a date that is closest to your approximate due date. This will not be your actual session date, you are just reserving your space around that time. Once your baby is born, I ask that you email/text/call me as soon as possible to let me know your baby is here. Then we will book your exact session date that falls between 5-14 days old. If you wait several days to contact me after your baby arrives, you may have to wait for a later session date. I can not stress how important it is to contact me as soon as possible when your baby is here to get the earliest session available.
What types of payment methods do you accept?
I accept check, cash, money orders, and credit card payments securely through Paypal.
Can we bring grandparents, aunts/uncles /cousins to the session?
For Newborn Sessions: My studio is very small, and due to the limited space and warmth in the studio (80 degrees for baby’s comfort) I ask that you limit additional guests at the session. Any photographs outside of immediate family are as time allows, and there is an additional fee of $50 per photo.
For Family Sessions: For larger groups with extended family members (such as grandparents) please ask for a quote. Separate family groups (aunts, uncles, cousins) will need to pay a separate session fee.
May we take pictures at our session?
Absolutely no videos or professional DSLR’s are permitted during any session. However, I do not mind phone snapshots during your newborn session to document this special time!
Can we copy poses and photos I saw on Pinterest?
I enjoy parents input, but please keep in mind that the photos you see on my website or Facebook are a representation of my particular work style, and most of your session will tend to reflect that soft organic look. I will be happy to incorporate any props you bring, but ask that you keep them to a minimum, and limit them to sentimental items. However, there are some poses I do not feel are safe for your baby, and those poses I will not do. Your baby’s safety and comfort are my number one priority.
How do I book?
A $200 retainer fee is required to book your date along with filling out an online contract. Your date is not booked until the retainer is paid. You will have 7 days to pay the retainer, and after 7 days your date will be released to the next client in line.
The $200 retainer is put toward your total session price, and the remaining balance is due at the time of your session. Your retainer is non-refundable; however if you need to cancel, you may use that retainer towards another session at a later time.
When and how will I get my photos?
After your session has been paid in full, your photos will be hand edited and retouched. I take time to make sure each photo in your gallery is perfect! They will be ready for you to view in your private online gallery within 3 weeks. You will receive a notification email, and a link + password when they are ready to view.
From your gallery you will be able to download your high resolution files and print them with a print release at your convenience. Your photos are presented in a special online gallery where you can download them instantly with one click. No more waiting for a CD to be mailed to you! Clients love the simplicity of being able to download them easily from their gallery!
Your notification email will contain instructions on how to download your files, (it is quick and easy!) and it will have a suggestion as to where you can have them printed on your own. If you prefer to purchase prints from me, a variety of sizes of fine art prints and canvases are available for purchase in your gallery.
Can I order prints or canvases through you?
Absolutely! In your gallery you will be able to purchase high end gallery wrap canvases, and archival quality prints in a variety of sizes for your home!
How much does a session cost?
I offer a variety of sessions including Baby’s First Year Packages, Full Newborn & Newborn Mini sessions, Maternity & Newborn Combinations, Toddler Mini Sessions, Cake Smash sessions, as well as Child & Family portrait sessions.
I have multiple packages, and prices ranging from $250 – $2,300 to fit all of your portrait needs.
Please contact me for access to a full list of prices and details on what’s included.
If you have any other questions, please contact me by using the “contact” tab, or leave a comment below if you don’t see your question here, so I can add it to this page. Thanks so much! – Meredith