Frequently Asked Questions
I don't have a Maternity dress to wear in my session.
No worries at all! I have a collection of beautiful dresses that you are welcome to wear during your session. The collection of available dresses will be sent to you in your confirmation email, after you book your session.
When do newborn sessions take place?
Newborn sessions are scheduled between 5-20 days. This is done for several reasons. Newborns this young are more likely to “curl up” and remain sleepy for the duration of the session. They are much more tolerant of being posed and moved around than a 3 or 4 week old. Almost all of the “sleepy newborn” shots you see here on the website were done with newborns 20 days old or younger. If your baby is older than 20 days old, don’t worry, we can still capture beautiful photos!
How do I book a session when I’m not sure when baby will be born?
Once you pay your session fee, your tentative session is secured on my calendar. We will make tentative plans about 5-20 days after your due date. If your baby arrives on any day besides your due date, let me know as soon as possible (ideally within the first couple of days and absolutely before baby is 7 days) and we will move your session date to fit into that 5-20 day window, if necessary. If you do not contact me within that first week, I cannot guarantee availability before the 2 week mark, so please contact me sooner. I always try to leave availability for my newborns, but I do have other sessions scheduled in advance.
How do I prepare for my newborn session?
Once I receive your session fee, you will be guided to my newborn session questionnaire to fill out. This questionnaire will help me plan the details of your session. I will also send you detailed instructions on how to prepare newborn and family for the session. It is important to follow these instructions as closely as possible in order for the session to run smoothly.
How long does a session last?
My Maternity, or child sessions can last about 1-2 hours. Newborn sessions often run long due to the nature and frequent nurturing of the infant, expect a minimum of 2 hours for full sessions. I do not rush the session, I let baby take as many breaks as needed. Baby’s comfort and safety is my number one priority.
Where is my session going to take place?
Newborn sessions take place in my studio, where we have access to all of my custom props and beautiful studio lighting. Maternity and Children sessions can take place at a location of your choice or in studio. All outdoor sessions must be within 30 minutes of Gig Harbor. Novemeber-April all sessions are done in studio due to the unpredictable winter weather. All outdoor sessions open back up on April 1st.
When is my session fee due?
All sessions have a non-refundable session fee of $150 and it is required at the time of booking to secure your session. If it is not paid within 24 hrs, your spot will be released.
Once your session date is set up, you will receive a confirmation email. This email will give you all the details of your session. There will also be a guide to your session. This will help you prepare for the big day. Along with this confirmation email, you will receive an invoice for your session fee. This is due within 24hrs of booking your session.
How Do I Book My Session?
You will be contacted shortly via email to set up your session date!