Maternity Portrait Frequently Asked Questions

When should I schedule my maternity session?

For most women, we recommend the session be between 32 and 36 weeks. We want to be sure the belly is really showing, but not wait until the very end when most women are uncomfortable. Many babies have surprised us as well and arrived before we could get the session in! The best bet is to contact the studio at 30 weeks and we can get you on the calendar!


What should I bring for my session?

We recommend a solid color button up shirt, yoga pants, a bandeau top or a strapless bra, your pre-pregnancy jeans, and any other outfit you feel confident in. We also recommend you bring any items that will have special meaning for the baby-- a teddy bear, blanket, toy, etc. If Dad will be in the images, we recommend he wear jeans or khaki pants and bring a long-sleeve solid black and long-sleeve solid white shirt.


How much is a maternity portrait session?

Maternity sessions are $250 and include the session on location or in the studio, enhanced retouching of all the final images and an in studio order session to make your purchase decisions.


How long does the session take?

Most sessions are right about an hour. Family maternity sessions may take a little longer, especially if we include the big brother or sister.


Who can be included in the session?

The session can be just mom, or you can choose to include Dad and any big brothers or sisters! When family is included, we will do images of mom alone, mom and dad, the whole family etc. We work to give you lots of variety in your images!


What if I have a blemish?

Small blemishes, bruises and scratches should not be cause for worry. We retouch all of your images before you ever see them and these minor imperfections are not a problem. With more significant issues such as large scratches, black eyes, etc. you should contact the studio immediately to consult about rescheduling the portrait session.


How much are prints?

Prints are sold individually-- gift prints are $39 each and wall portraits start at $89 for 11 x 14. Discounted packages are available at the order session starting at $250.


What do most clients purchase?

The maternity sessions include a small album, but many clients choose to upgrade to a larger album. Most maternity clients also select a mid-size wall portrait, which is perfect for a bedroom or a nursery. When you come to the studio for your order session, we will have our recommendations for what we think would be the best presentation of your images. Generally, clients choose to invest between $400 and $1,000 in prints and products from their maternity session. We accept both Visa and Mastercard and there are some no interest financing options available.


Can we purchase the digital images?

We do offer digital files for sale in two different ways. You can choose to purchase a single digital image for $125, or you may purchase all the digital images from a session for $900.


When do we see the images?

About two weeks after your portrait session, we have you come into the studio for your order session. At this session we show you all the final images and show you a variety of products including designed pieces, wall portraits, frames, canvases, storyboards, etc. It is best that anyone involved in making the purchase is present at this session, as many of the products are only available at this time and this session gives you the best pricing for all of our products.


How do we order?

The best time to order is at the order session-- this is the time when you will have the greatest selection of products and the best prices for prints and products. We will give you guidance and advice on products and help you compare and select your favorite images at this time. Once all your selections are made, the purchase can be completed with a Visa or Mastercard and your order is immediately submitted to the lab for printing.


How do we prepare for the order session?

Talk over with your spouse or other decision maker to decide what you are interested in, what products you like and what you would like your budget to be. If you are interested in wall portraits, it is recommended that you look around your home for possible placements and measure your walls. With measurements, we are able to ensure the proper size of your wall portrait. Also consider any gift prints you may need to order or any existing frames you would like to fill. Bringing a list of these items is the best way to ensure you order exactly what you need.


How long is the order session?

Order sessions generally last 1-1 1/2 hours. The length of the order session largely depends on how decisive you are and how quicky you can make your selections. If you are not able to reserve this amount of time for the order session, you should consider rescheduling the session so that you are not rushed in making your order.


What if my mom/grandma/third cousin wants to order?

Your entire gallery of images will be hosted online for 7 days for any friends and family to order. The online prices are slightly higher than the order session and only a few standard print sizes are available. If at all possible, you should ask these family members to come to the order session with you so they can make their orders at that time. To view images online, click proofs on the menu above and enter your private gallery passcode.


What if my question has not been answered here?

Please feel free to contact us by phone or email with any questions that you have. We are happy to help in any way that we can!

 
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