COUPLES. MATERNITY. NEWBORN. FAMILY
moments that matter are worth capturing
timeless . precious . forever
Engagement sessions are so much fun for those who are newly engaged or looking to grab a few photos before their wedding to share on their save the dates or at the wedding reception! Most of my wedding packages include engagement sessions but if you are looking to book one without a wedding collection I have a few options for you!
Families! I typically book family sessions throughout the year but MAINLY people book sessions during the holidays, which is wonderful but also a mistake. As parents, we rarely get to be in photos, and grandparents don't ever get in any photos. Schedule a family session once a year, not necessarily for Christmas or the Fall or anything like that, but if you want to you can, but its great to have at least ONE family photos from every year to look back on the growth your family is making.
I absolutely LOVE maternity sessions and I encourage ALL moms to do one for each of your babies because you are only pregnant for 9 months and its such a monumental time in your life! My first pregnancy I didn't do a maternity session and I whole heartedly regret it, but for my last two pregnancies I have photos to remember my belly bump!
Birth stories, fresh 48, newborn and baby photography is one of my favorite to do because of how much fun it is to capture these amazing experiences for families! I have FIVE kids too and I love capturing all of those moments. You have lots of different options to capture the first moments of your story and I've outlined just a few of them below! Most clients book a newborn and a 1 year session so they have those two monumental moments captured professionally!
VIEW A SAMPLE LIFESTYLE OR IN-STUDIO LIFESTYLE SESSION
All my packages include all of your edited images, the number presented is just the typical amount you are expected to receive and a minimum. You will not have to purchase any additional images following your session. They are ALL included :)
The amount of images is based on the temperament of the baby and parental involvement; meaning if parents are also included in the images there will obviously be more photos delivered. I don't pick and choose the images you receive, whatever images turn out, I send to you and they are yours to keep. You will not have to purchase any additional images after the session. If you'd like to buy an album or canvas, those are obviously additional costs but you are welcome to print wherever you'd like with the personal use print release included with your session. Then I like things very simple and believe there is an art to it.
If you'd like more of the posed look I can absolutely refer you to an amazing posed newborn photographer!
Newborn sessions include travel up to 25 miles from 21030 or a $50 travel fee applies for areas further than 25 miles and under 50 miles.
One Hour of Session Time
Includes photos with siblings + parents
In studio is still "lifestyle based" with *very* minimal posing
In Studio or On Location
35-50 Edited Images
Online Gallery with Digital Download of All Edited Images
Personal Use Release to Edited Images
15-20 Minutes of Session Time
2 Outfit Changes
Optional Cake Smash Included
15-30 Edited Images
Online Gallery with Digital Download of All Edited Images
Personal Use Release to your Edited Images
WHAT TO EXPECT
read my *all about* Lifestyle Newborn blog post here!
01. What's your style?
Lifestyle, minimal posing, clean backdrops, baby/family focused. I really believe in capturing the entire family for newborn photos, not just the baby. So I ask that both of my parents come to the session ready for portraits as well. Please wear a white or neutral colored shirt (gray or beige) for the session so we can keep the focus on your faces and baby. I do a combination of LIGHT posing and lifestyle approach. We will start the session with the family and then end with a few posed photos of baby on a clean white backdrop, these are not the 'typical' newborn photos you see online. Baby is always clothed, wearing a white onesie with minimal movement of them so they can be as natural as possible. I ask that families bring a white onesie for the baby for photos but I have a few neutral wraps for swaddling as well as diaper covers for posing as well you can use.
02. What can I expect if I do a studio session?
My studio is on the third floor (stairs) only in Cockeysville Maryland at 12 Galloway Avenue Suite 3D Cockeysville MD 21030. You'll arrive and be welcomed with coffee and snacks if you'd like as the session can take up to 2 hours due to baby temperament and feedings! Before arriving I ask that you feed the baby prior to coming in so they are all full and content but you will most likely be feeding them throughout the session to keep them happy! If siblings are present we will do photos with siblings first (because attention spans are real for kids) and then with the entire family followed by with the parents. I have a few neutral walls I use as backdrops with natural lighting. I try to use as much natural lighting as possible so you won't see a "typical" photography studio vibe when you walk in (its like a living room). Then after those I'll have you both settle the baby and then I'll take baby, you can grab a coffee and some snacks and relax for a bit and I'll pose your baby in natural looking poses on a flat white backdrop (its a large pillow with white sheets over it). If you have a specific outfit you want them to wear please let me know! But to keep to my style it should be neutral in color and minimal with "extras".
03. What can I expect if I do an at home session?
Same as above but I don't bring my backdrop with me, I keep everything very lifestyle and true to what you have in your home. We'll do photos of the nursery decor, baby in the crib, in your living space as well as a few on your bed in your bedroom. Those are the three main places I try to work with. I ask families to have clutter picked up and keep all the window fixtures open to allow for plenty of natural lighting. I have lighting I can bring but prefer natural lighting. These sessions are typically only 1 hour in length, once I feel like I've gotten the appropriate amount of images to capture your newborn session the session is over.
04. Do I have to buy photos after the session?
Not from me. I operate on a "shoot and share" philosophy rather than IPS (in person sales). I prefer to deliver all the usable images from the sessions to my clients rather than having them choose which ones they'd like. All images are edited and retouched however extensive retouching ( heavy blemishes, any background clutter, or liquifying) are available for an additional fee per photo based on time to retouch those specific photos. I offer albums and canvases you can purchase separately but you can also print anywhere else with your personal use print release. If you'd like to order prints you can do those through the online gallery you will receive!
05. How do I receive the photos?
Digital download in an online gallery. This is also great because you can share this gallery with your family and friends and they are also able to download all or any single photo from the session for free! It's all included! If they'd like to purchase prints they can do so right on the gallery site from my favorite printing company!
06. How do I pay?
You will pay a non-refundable retainer of $50 to hold your session date and time. From there you will pay the remaining balance on the day of your session in the form of cash, check or credit card.
BALTIMORE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY
So, I'm all about family, I mean obviously I have 5 kids, two dogs, and spend the bulk of all my time, like 99% of it, with my family. I know how difficult it is to try to wrangle and get the kids and husband and parents and everyone together to try to get a decent photo, not to mention getting SOMEONE, ANYONE to take a photo of MOM! For the love of god, take photos of the mom please!
Anyway, moving on, I love family photography because its my time to help make the parents at ease, let them know that I get it, I know how difficult it is to get everyone together to capture those memories that are SO important and go by SO fast! I try to capture at least two family portraits a year, one in the spring and one in the fall because everyone is ALWAYS changing and I feel like I'm constantly missing it because of how busy my life is. So being able to get all dressed up and head to someplace special as a family to capture those moments is truly amazing.
And I love all the chaotic mess that is family photography :)
What to expect
01. Pick out your location for the session, I have a blog made for engagement sessions but you can still look through it to see if there are backdrops that match your family session goals too! Check it out HERE
02. Schedule it! I have weekend availability in the mornings but typically weeknights are the best for me to schedule. The best time of day has got to be sunset, so about 1 hour prior to sunset is the best time, other than that I would reccomend about 2 hours after sunrise. Obviously if none of those work we can make due with the times you have available!
03. In order to book, you pay a $50 deposit which is transferable to a new date if we have to reschedule for whatever reason. You'll email me and then I'll send you the invoice for deposit and a contract which outlines what is specifically included and such.
04. Come to the session, have some fun! I always ask that you wait to bribe your children until the session has started, if they think ahead of time that they are getting a treat they will only be thinking about that treat and it could overwhelm them, lol. I have 5 kids so I know how this is. If they act up or whatever then you can bribe them!!
05. Expect to receive your edited photos in a personal online gallery with free unlimited downloads (NOT WATERMARKED) within 10-15 days after your session. You'll have a full online gallery that you can share with family and friends.
BALTIMORE MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY
I've been pregnant three times, and only three times and even though it was rough for me the last time I enjoyed every moment of it. For my first pregnancy I didn't do maternity photos and wow... do I regret it. I did maternity photos for my second and last pregnancy and I cherish those memories so much because it does by so quickly!! I highly recommend doing them which is why I offer an affordable maternity sessions for mommas so they can preserve and cherish these moments!
Some photographers call this 'maternity boudoir' but not all of these photos need to be sexy/revealing in nature which is associate with the term 'boudoir'. These are some of my favorite sessions, all done in studio or in your own home.
45 MINUTE SESSION
UP TO TWO OUTFITS
IN STUDIO 12 GALLOWAY AVENUE SUITE 3D
OUTDOOR PHOTOS AVAILABLE TOO
ONLINE GALLERY WITH PERSONAL USE RELEASE
MINIMUM OF 30 EDITED HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES
FULL PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY
capture your moments
Congratulations on your engagement and deciding on your forever with each other! How amazing is that?! Seriously! It's difficult to find someone to help you with your taxes so imagine how difficult it is to find someone to live your life with! But you did it!
Now, you want to document and share with the world how super stoked you both are with an engagement shoot! You have SO many options on how to create your perfect memories from your engagement together with something on location, at your home for a lifestyle shoot, or even in studio options! My recommendation is to pick a location that is special to you both, something genuine and authentic to create a killer vibe for your photos! I've had some couples go to their favorite bar for their sessions or even a downtown coffee house! You don't have to pick a huge field in the middle of an epic sunset to make it special. Take a date night out together or head to some fun locations that you think would be perfect! If it's within my travel range or you're willing to pay a small fee for locations outside of the 30 miles radius I'm so down to capture it for you!
What to expect
my favorite locations:
JERUSALEM MILL VILLAGE tall grass fields, old mill, historic
CROMWELL VALLEY PARK* spacious grounds with fields and woods
CYLBURN ARBORETUM* historic mansion with lush gardens and trees
UNION MILLS IN WESTMINSTER fields and gardens with old barn
LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR waterfront with pine trees and woodsy feel
PRETTYBOY RESERVOIR waterfront with pine trees and mountainous feel
NORTH POINT STATE PARK beach vibe with sand and tree cover
SHERWOOD GARDENS lush gardens, perfect for spring
ROCK STATE PARK mountainous woodsy feel with hills
THE LIRODENDRION MANSION estate property with wisteria
HEMLOCK GORGE woodsy trails, stream river, requires 10 minute hike
DOWNTOWN FELLS POINT urban feel, waterfront with cobblestones
FEDERAL HILL urban feel, alleyways, overlooking the city
RAWLINGS CONSERVATORY* indoor greenhouse with lush foliage and jungle
OREGON RIDGE PARK outdoor park with woodsy feel, trees
*some locations require a fee and/or a permit
visit my blog to view some of my favorite locations around Baltimore for engagement sessions!
Suggestions, tips and settings for your on location portrait session. Including outfit suggestions and locations in the Baltimore area.
The Best Time of Day
Golden hour is the BEST time of day to do your photos.
Which is 1 hour after sunrise or 2 hours before sunset!
If you can't do one of those, just PLEASE don't schedule a time for during the middle of the day. Noon is the worst typically in the summer because it creates harsh light and bags under your eyes.
what to wear?!
these are some of my favorite neutrals for sessions
I prefer neutral colors, so that you can keep the background in check, but if you want hella vibrant colors, go with it for sure! Meaning, don't just pick what everyone else is wearing or what you "think" you should wear. Try to let me know before hand what you are wearing and I can help you choose!
Think about the weather, if its hot out, don't wear a sweater obviously. Try to stay within your season when choosing your outfit styles!
Keep your outfits simple or go all out, whatever you do just be you!