— Include fully edited digital high-resolution JPEG images.
— Include my travel time up to 20 minutes.
— Must be booked at least two weeks in advance (excluding mini sessions).
See FAQs for additional details.
April-November only on set dates & times
Immediate family only
$25 non-refundable deposit due at booking
See important note in FAQ about scheduling
Family Portrait Session
Up to 40 minutes
Your choice location
Flexible dates & times
Consultation and location guide available
Up to 15 minutes
Outside only, anywhere on your property
Newborn | Full Session
Up to 90 minutes
Scheduled 2 weeks after birth
Use of my newborn swaddles, textured blankets, baskets, and other props
Newborn | Half Session
Up to 45 minutes
Scheduled 2 weeks-3 months after birth
Emphasis on lifestyle images
Use of my newborn swaddles
Custom Portrait Session
Can be booked in half-hour increments
Lifestyle (perfect for entrepreneurs, life coaches, musicians, etc.)
Weddings (max. 3 hours)
*NEW* Boudoir (50% discounted rate for bookings through September 2021)
What is included with each session?
A. All sessions include fully edited digital high-resolution JPEG images. I do not sell prints, so all images are yours to keep, share, print, and frame! During your session, I will take a variety of posed portraits and candids. Sessions also include my travel time up to 20 minutes. A small travel fee may be added for locations that exceed my travel radius. Sessions must be booked at least two weeks in advance. A $25 fee will be added to your session if you book a date with less than two weeks notice (excluding mini sessions).
How do I sign up for a mini session?
A. Mini sessions are my most popular sessions!! I host them about once or twice a month, and when I post sign up forms each season, spots are typically full within an hour or two. So you'll want to be ready! To sign up for a mini session, you need to be on my mailing list. (You can use my website's contact form to join my mailing list.) At the start of each season, I send an email with the available dates and times along with specific instructions on when and how to sign up. Generally speaking, I start booking spring mini sessions on March 1, summer mini sessions on June 1, fall mini sessions on September 1, and Christmas minis on Nov 1.
How do I schedule a newborn session?
A. Contact me four or more weeks before your due date. Since labor can be unpredictable, I will pencil in a date for your session, but we’ll wait to set an exact date and time until after your baby is born. I generally try to schedule newborn sessions when your baby is 7-14 days old, but I’m flexible!
What is the difference between a newborn full session and a newborn half session?
A. During a full session, I will take a variety of both posed and lifestyle family pictures as well as 1-2 close up styled sets of just the baby. For the styled sets, I bring a tastefully curated collection of swaddles, textured blankets, baskets, and other props to use. We can also use personal or sentimental items you provide. With a half session, there will be more of an emphasis on lifestyle images. I’ll still take a handful of posed images, and I’ll bring swaddles to wrap your baby in, but I won’t bring textured blankets or baskets to do any staged set ups. Instead, I’ll focus on candids and take close ups of the baby in your arms or lying on a bed. Depending on the temperament of your baby, and whether or not you have other kids, there may not be time to change outfits or swaddles or incorporate sentimental items with a half session. So when you contact me with your due date, we can discuss what kind of images you want to have, and I can make a recommendation for which session to book. With both sessions, I will always take the time to carefully edit each image preserving the delicate details of newborn skin while cleaning up temporary blemishes like scratches or baby acne.
Do you require a deposit?
A. I only require a deposit for mini sessions. Those deposits are generally non-refundable. If you need to cancel, and I can find another family to take your spot, I’ll give you credit towards your next session or a full refund.
When is the best time of day to schedule an outdoor session?
A. One hour before sunset generally offers the most flattering light, unless it’s an overcast day, then anytime is fine. That said, consider when your kids will be at their best and schedule accordingly. For porch sessions, whenever the best parts of your yard get the most shade is the ideal time to start.
Where should we do our photos?
A. I choose the locations for mini sessions. And newborn sessions are done in the comfort of your own home. For all other sessions, I have a long list of potential locations for your photoshoot. My location guide will be provided to you upon booking, but we are not limited to my recommendations! We can go anywhere. Just remember, my sessions include travel time up to 20 minutes, so if you choose a location on the outskirts of town, I may charge a travel fee.
What happens if it rains during our scheduled session?
A. If it’s going to rain during your session, we will reschedule. I always watch the hourly forecast and will encourage you to wait until the last possible minute to make this decision with me as the weather in Cincinnati is horribly unpredictable. Overcast skies or mist would not constitute bad weather, so I would not typically reschedule unless actual rain is expected.
What should we wear?
A. Great question! What you wear depends on your own personal style and the location. If you want to dress up, I’ll suggest locations that have paths so you’re not trekking through a forest in high heels. Lots of families go dressy casual, and that is my personal sweet spot. Before your session, I’ll provide you with some tips and inspiration, but here are some basic guidelines: avoid noisy patterns and neon colors, avoid fabrics that easily wrinkle, and if you have a child in a dress, make sure you cover her underwear or diaper.
What should we bring?
A. You should always bring a neutral colored blanket in case you want any pictures sitting in the grass. If you have a 0-3 year old, I would also be prepared with things like wipes, bibs, snacks, and water.
Do you touch up our photos?
A. I do my best to remove temporary blemishes like pimples, scratches, and bruises, but I will not distort your appearance in any way or alter clothing. I do not generally brush out wrinkles, fix hair, or whiten teeth unless I feel it is absolutely necessary. Things to consider: Try to choose clothes that do not wrinkle easily. If you have a pet that sheds, use a lint roller before your session or choose a shirt color that will hide the hair. Use hair clips, headbands, or hair product if your child's hair is frequently in his or her face. Remove chipped nail polish, faded temporary tattoos, etc.
When will our photos be ready?
A. Galleries will be sent via email within 2 weeks of your session unless otherwise noted. You can expect a longer wait time in October and November as those are my busiest months.
Where do you recommend we print our photos?
A. I personally use www.Mpix.com. Their print quality and product availability is excellent, and they're pretty affordable.