Frequently Asked Questions

How long after my session will it be until I can view my pictures?
If you have signed off on the model release, I will put up a Facebook sneak peek soon after your session. I try to blog sessions before your gallery is available for viewing, but this isn’t always possible. Your full gallery will be online within 3 weeks from your session date, usually sooner unless it is a busy season.

We are very private and/or have very high profile jobs. What happens if we don’t want our photos online?
I have a detailed model release that you will be sent upon booking a session with me. You are free to opt out of releasing photos on the internet through this form. In doing so, you also opt out of having sneak peeks before your gallery is available for viewing, however.

Will we take our pictures in a studio?
No. I am an on-location photographer, which means that we meet at a location in the Austin area to capture your pictures. I also am a natural light photographer, meaning that I do not use studio lights to light my subject. Because of this, I only schedule outdoor sessions in the hours just after sunrise and just before sunset to make sure to capture that beautiful light. I try to avoid shooting from around 10 am to 3 pm because the light at these times creates harsh shadows on faces and isn’t usually very flattering. Newborn or other  indoor sessions may be scheduled during these times if my schedule allows.

What happens if it rains/is extremely windy?
I do wish I could control the weather! 🙂 Unfortunately, I haven’t figured that one out quite yet. In the event of inclement weather, we will have to reschedule your session for another date. I try my best to fit you in as soon as possible, but it can take a few weeks to get another session on the books. If your home gets nice lighting even when it’s cloudy outside, we may have the option to move your session indoors to your home instead of rescheduling.

What happens if someone in my family is sick?
I would never want to photograph anyone who wasn’t feeling their best. If you or a family member is feeling ill before the session, please contact me as soon as possible to notify me. We can reschedule your session for another date when everyone is feeling 100%. Since my schedule is usually booked fully, it may take a few weeks before the rescheduled session takes place.

What happens if my child doesn’t cooperate during the session? Will we get a “re-do?”I try my hardest to make your session more like a fun play-date than a boring photo shoot…unfortunately, though, little ones don’t always think photo shoots are as fun as the adults do! We will take frequent breaks during your session to give your child snacks or just to give him or her a break from the camera. Re-shoots are offered on a case-by-case basis after I’ve had time to go through the images captured at your session.

How do I schedule a newborn session when I don’t know when my baby will be born?
We’ll pencil in your due date on my calendar so I know to reserve some time in the weeks before and after for your newborn session. Then, when you have your baby, just give me a call and we’ll set up a date and time for me to come. Newborn sessions need to take place within your baby’s first 10 days of life, preferably between 5 and 10 days old.

I had a baby three weeks ago. Will you take newborn pictures for me?
Unfortunately, the ‘golden period’ for newborns is in their first two weeks of life. After that, it’s very unpredictable if we can get them to sleep or not and the session can get quite stressful for everyone involved. Because of this, I do not photograph newborns older than two weeks old unless there have been extenuating circumstances like a NICU stay. Instead, I recommend waiting until the 3-4 month period where your child is smiling and interacting with you. Those first gummy smiles are priceless!

What happens if my baby doesn’t sleep during the newborn session?
It is VERY rare that I cannot get a newborn to sleep for at least a little while at newborn sessions. Over the years, I’ve developed techniques of soothing babies and getting them into a deep sleep and there have only been a few that have been able to evade sleep during their sessions. If we’re having trouble getting your little one to sleep, please don’t panic. We will still get lots of great pictures of your newborn swaddled in different fabrics, using different hats/headbands as props, in the baby’s nursery and then lots of beautiful lifestyle-type images of your growing family. As long as we get baby photographed within his first two weeks of life and make sure his belly is full, there is usually not much trouble at all getting at least a few sweet, sleeping images!

What should we wear to our session? What types of clothing should I wear?
In general, it’s best to coordinate clothing, but not to pick anything too matchy-matchy. I love bold prints and patterns, but I ask that you stay away from writing and large slogans on clothing. Although it’s a classic look, I suggest avoiding wearing all white in your photos since it tends to wash people out. If you need any guidance with choosing what to wear, give me a call or send me an email. I’d be more than happy to help you find some styles that will work for your family or even take a look at pictures of what you’ve picked out to give suggestions.

When should we do my maternity photos?
Maternity photos are usually done in your third trimester, between 30-36 weeks. They can really be done at any time, but doing them in this time frame allows your belly to really “pop,” and hopefully you’re not too uncomfortable yet!

How far in advance should I schedule my session?
My schedule fills up 3-4 months in advance, so I recommend contacting me at least that far in advance to ensure availability for your desired date. Please do not wait to schedule your newborn session until after your baby is born or very close to your due date; my schedule for newborns fills up quickly! I recommend scheduling early in your second trimester.

Do you do weddings or events?
At this time, I do not offer wedding coverage or long-event coverage. I do have a list of photographers that I can recommend for this type of work that have a similar style to mine that I’m more than happy to give you if you contact me.