+ WHAT KIND OF PHOTOGRAPHER ARE YOU?
A common descriptor used for my work has been JOYFUL. I must admit, it's a big priority for me to showcase the emotional connections and range in your family. I like to combine both traditional and lifestyle newborn and family techniques to curate candid portraits, emitting that 'realness'. Imagine your family as fine art, as you will get a gallery full of images that you can display in your home as pieces of art or archive in a custom album to be treasured for generations. You're investing in your family's history; these images from your session will tell a story- an important chapter of your life.
+ WHERE WILL MY SESSION BE HELD?
I primarily use natural light on-location. I love how diverse Chicago is- there's amazing spots all around town: urban to earthy, rustic textures. Together we will choose the perfect location for your session. Newborn lifestyle sessions are typically held in your home sweet home.
+ WHEN ARE NEWBORN SESSIONS DONE?
Every family has different preferences. I like to do newborn sessions within the first 4 weeks of life, but I ALWAYS prioritize mama + baby's well-being first.
+ WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LIFESTYLE SESSION AND A TRADITIONAL PORTRAIT SESSION?
Lifestyle sessions are done using items in your home (couch, bed, nursery). Lifestyle sessions focus on organic family connections. I do limited posing- I help 'guide' you guys into good lighting scenarios, and help you guys interact in a way where it's most flattering in a photograph. Newborn lifestyle sessions are often 'baby-led'. So no cheesy, posey-posey stuff. Typically 60-90 minutes.
Traditional portrait sessions usually are more structured, posed, and in my humble opinion, rigid. And this is why refer to my shooting style as 'lifestyle.' I really try to make my clients feel super comfortable and relaxed. Because believe me, it will show in your photos! :)
+ BUT WHAT DO I WEAR?!
You JUST had a baby and you aren't feeling your best? So this is the PERFECT excuse to pamper yourself. Schedule yourself a mani/pedi, get your hair + make-up done (I have fabulous recs!!), and/or book yourself a massage. The more relaxed and the better you feel about yourself, the more comfortable you will be for your session. And it will definitely resonate in your images. This is truly an exciting time in your life, and I want to capture all of that- so be sure to take care of yourself first!
I find that most moms like to wear neutrals or a black top for newborn sessions. Camisoles and knit tops work great because of the skin on skin with you holding the baby. These tend to be classic, timeless images.
At the end of the day, these will be cherished memories, and you want to look fabulous in them- especially when you hang that gorgeous canvas on your wall! As far as outfits and clothing- keep it simple. Make sure you're comfortable and your wardrobe style reflects who you are. Do you wear a lot of jewelry? Do you like scarves? You can create a color concept by picking 3 colors and adding texture to your outfit by layering with scarves, jewelry, bow tie, cardigans, etc. Color can be fantastic. And patterns can be fun. It's okay to mix and match a bit- have fun with it, and just be you!
Still need more help? Check out this helpful post I wrote up on the blog. Or feel free to ask me to help you edit your family wardrobe choices.
+ WILL I GET MY DIGITAL FILES AFTER THE SHOOT?
YES! And they are beautifully edited too. :)
Photographs grow in value over time and become family treasures. I know the importance of archiving and saving digital images. I offer three simple package options where you can select one that best fits your family's needs. Each package includes a combination of digitals + tangible fine art prints. You also have the option to buy additional prints and one-of-a-kind framed products.
+ WHEN AND WHERE CAN I ORDER ADDITIONAL PRINTS AND PRODUCTS?
Within four to eight weeks of your shoot, you will receive a link to a private online gallery where you will have a few weeks to order additional products.
+ HOW DO YOU CHOOSE WHAT IMAGES END UP IN MY GALLERY?
I look at each and every image I take at your session and hand select the cream of the crop. I select a minimum of 40 images, but there are usually many more than that.
+ HOW FAR OUT DO YOU BOOK?
I typically book out 4-8 weeks in advance. If you are interested in newborn portraits, please inquire while you are still preggo. Already delivered? No problem, I try to leave openings in my schedule for newborn sessions. Fresh48 hospital sessions are taken on a extremely limited basis because of the narrow window of time that I must be there. My stance is quality over quantity, and I have to make sure I don't take on too much!
+ DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH ANY WEDDINGS?
Unfortunately, not anymore. I really want to focus on my favorites (newborn, child, and families) really, really well. With that said, I will occasionally entertain a request for an intimate elopement or ceremony. Same goes for engagement photos, but I really encourage those clients to ask their wedding photographer to have that opportunity to get better acquainted! ;)
+ HOW MUCH DOES THIS ALL COST?
Full JGP session pricing begins at $750. You can visit my portfolio pages for a preview of my work. A $250 session fee is due when booking to secure your session date and does not include any products- either print or digital. Digital & print packages are purchased after your session.
+ DO YOU EVER DO 'MINI' OR SMALLER SESSIONS WITH ONLY 10 OR SO IMAGES?
I do! I call them 'Simple Sessions', and they're done in my studio. These are abbreviated 20 minute lifestyle sessions. Send me a note, and I'll promptly send you more booking details.
+ DO YOU USE AFFILIATE LINKS?
Yes, in addition to other affiliates, specifically I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Please note that I will never post a link to a product I do not personally recommend. If you click on an affiliate link and then proceed to purchase something from that affiliated website, I receive a small commission. This helps me continue to provide high quality, free content. Please send me an email if you have any questions.
+ WHAT IS YOUR RESCHEDULING POLICY?
Life happens. I have two kids and our calendars quickly fill up - which means that I understand, appreciate and accept the unexpected. If something unavoidable arises, we will find a time in the very near future that works for both parties. Please remember that session fees are non-refundable. If the unavoidable issue is weather, all efforts will be made to re-schedule your session as soon as possible.
+ HOW DO I BOOK A SESSION WITH YOU?
I am so glad you asked! :) You can e-mail me directly at email@example.com, or via the contact button below.
Note: I take on a limited amount of clients each month to ensure an exceptional quality of service and products. If you would like to book a time sensitive session (i.e. newborn, maternity, and other life milestones), please contact me as soon as possible. If you already had your little one, contact me ASAP and I will do my best to fit you in my schedule right away! Oh, and please be sure to add 'firstname.lastname@example.org' to your list of contacts or check your spam/promotional folder so that you don't miss an email, just in case! ❤︎