How do I book you for a family or portrait session?
The first step is to fill out my inquiry form. If we find it’s a solid match, a 50% non-refundable retainer & signed agreement is required to reserve your spot.

If you’re booking a newborn session, we’ll set your date for your due date, and we’ll adjust the actual session date once your little one arrives. You can give me a heads up when you feel ready for me to come into your home. Rest up, mama. Don’t rush it.

What’s included in our session?
All my knowledge and guidance is number one. Along with that is your online gallery with 100-200 photos high-resolution images, personal printing rights, delivery in 4-6 weeks, ability to order prints through a digital gallery, and cloud storage for up to 6 months.

How many images will I receive?
At minimum, you can expect about 100-200 high-resolution images.

When & how will I receive my gallery?
Galleries take about 4-6 weeks for me to edit & send your way.

All your files will be sent to you in an online gallery for immediate download. You’ll receive personal printing rights to all your images, so feel free to print through the gallery website or take them wherever you heart desires. Note: Your gallery is available for download for [1 calendar year), and it’s your responsibility to download to your computer or phone. 

How much is it to work with you?
Family sessions start at $450 and newborn sessions are $550. Session prices may increase depending on location and travel time from Akron area.

If I pay in cash, can I get a discount?

How long do these sessions usually last?
Family and portrait sessions usually last about 60 minutes. However, if we run into a few speed bumps, meltdowns or hiccups we can always have a little wiggle room. 

When it comes to newborn sessions, the truth is, babies totally run the show. Period. So, while I can say sessions usually run about 60-90 minutes, there’s always room to allocate more time for blowouts, nursing, fussy moments, lots of cuddles, or whatever else you need. We don’t rush this time. Feel free to turn on music, white noise, or the TV — whatever ambiance they’d usually have to soothe them.

Our home isn’t really Pinterest-y. Where will we take pictures?
Hear me out: Your home has people who live in it. It should look lived in. Please take the pressure off to strive for perfection. If you feel the need to tidy, that’s fine. Make it as cozy as you like. I’m passing zero judgment. 

And if you’d prefer, we can visit a studio space in the Akron or Cleveland area. This will be an additional fee, and I will assist you in finding a space.

Are there any types of sessions you don’t take on?
At this point in my career, I don’t take on any styled infant or family shoots that are themed or have props. I will happily pass along information for photographers in the area who specialize in this.

Can I bring my dog to a session?
Yes, you may, but I kindly ask that you do not bring any pets with reactivity issues. This means if they take a long time to warm up to strangers, have lashed out in the past, are easily distracted, or will take up a lot of our energy. I absolutely love doggos (I have two of my own), but I find they really deter from the energy of a session if the dog isn’t used to being in public. Please use your best judgment. I cannot be in charge of wrangling a dog for photos on top of making sure you’re comfortable. 

Can my pets or other children join my newborn session?
Duh. They’re part of your family. However, if your dogs are not great with new people I politely ask that you keep them outside or in a separate space. I’ve had a bad encounter with a dog and I won’t have another. Ya girl is not a fan of big, scary (protective) dogs.

When are your mini sessions?
I’ll be releasing all my seasonal mini session dates through my newsletter. Sign up here to get on the list.

Should we be prepared for outfit changes?
No. For family sessions please only bring one outfit per person to wear during our time together.

For newborn sessions, I recommend two outfits max. Changing a baby makes them angry, so let’s not overdo it. And honestly, a sweet little babe in a diaper is just as cute. Same with a swaddle. And neutral tones are usually your best bet for colors. 

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