How far in advance should we book our session?
The earlier the better, as our calendar fills quickly. Our calendar opens for the next season 3 months in advance (i.e. we begin booking fall sessions on July 1st.) We especially recommend getting in touch well in advance if you are interested in our portrait series, as we book a limited number per year.
How do newborn sessions work?
Because the newborn period is one fleeting stage of many in the first year, we recommend (but do not require) that newborn sessions are booked as part of our portrait series. Be sure to reach out well before your due date to ensure availability (especially if you would like a maternity session, which is ideally done between 32-36 weeks!). Because our style of newborn portraiture is natural and relaxed, there is no need for baby to be photographed within the first few days. Anytime in the first 3 weeks is ideal and allows us to (typically) achieve both sleepy shots and eye contact shots. Since there is no way to predict exactly when baby will arrive or how mom/baby will be feeling and adjusting, we simply note your due date in our calendar and schedule the exact date and time once you get settled in at home. Newborn sessions are photographed on weekdays (M W F).
When are sessions scheduled?
Our signature sessions are photographed by Ashley, and are scheduled on a mutually convenient date (Sa., M, W, F). Mini sessions & refresher sessions are held on specific dates throughout the year.
Why should we consider a portrait series? What if we don't want to commit yet, as a new client?
Our membership program allows us develop relationships with you and your children that are so important. We understand that when you are looking for a photographer, you want to be sure that you love their style, experience and feel that you and your family connect with them... we couldn't agree more. You are always welcome to book a single session to start, and if you love working with us, we're happy to prorate the portrait series for you.
Where do sessions take place?
Our classic sessions take place at home or at a mutually agreed upon location. At home sessions are Ashley's specialty, and where we can create stunning, personal images. No need to have a showcase home or a park-like backyard. Ashley has worked in hundreds of homes over the years, and has never met one that doesn't photograph well. If you wish to shoot elsewhere, Ashley is happy to provide you with her recommended locations based on your style and vision. Above all, the most important element is selecting a location with beautiful lighting and that is overall conducive to a great session. Ashley's second favorite locations are downtown type spots that are rich with architecture and interesting elements! Our mini & refresher sessions are held at our handpicked locations throughout the Capital District.
What if it rains?
If our session is scheduled outdoors, we will keep a close eye on the forecast and reschedule if the weather isn't favorable (high winds, rain or heavy overcast). Sunlight is an important element in our light and bright style, and we ask that you trust our judgement when it comes to whether or not the conditions are favorable for shooting. We often wait to make the call in the morning, since our Northeast forecasts change so rapidly. There is no charge for rescheduling due to weather.
What about illness?
Under the weather kids are not photo ready, for a variety of reasons. Trust us when we say (in our lengthy experience) that when one or more small family members are not feeling well, we almost always need to reshoot. There is no charge for rescheduling due to illness, and we kindly ask that you be sure to do so.
What if my children are uncooperative, or we are otherwise unsuccessful? I find it impossible to get good photos of them!
That is why we are here! It is a rare occasion that we aren't able to get fantastic images of your child, regardless of their temperment. We strives to create images that capture all of the facets of their personalities... not just the smiles! If for some reason we aren't able to capture everything we need to, we will schedule a follow up session. No worries... it happens, and is part and parcel when working with young children. If we weren't flexible, we'd be in the wrong industry!
What do we expect/bring/wear/etc.?
Upon booking your session, you will receive a link to our client guide with all of the information you will need. We'll also chat before your session to give any suggestions and answer any questions you may have.
Do you travel?
Ashley happily travels for her classic sessions. Locations beyond 45 miles of our home base will incur a nominal travel fee.
How long does it take to receive our images?
Our typical turnaround time is 2 weeks, sometimes a bit longer during our busy season (September-November), though this is always communicated in advance. Your images are carefully culled to the best of the best, then lightly edited in our clean, classic style. Bruises, scratches, newborn acne, etc. are removed and all images are perfectly processed and ready to print. Your images will be added to your personal, password protected client site, which you can then share, instantly download, and order prints & products, if you so choose.
Do your sessions include digital images? What about prints & products?
Yes. Every session includes the high resolution digital images. We believe that retaining the digital version of your images for printing & archival purposes is very important. We also know that life is busy, and often times digital images end up setting dormant on your computer. For that reason, we also offer beautiful wall prints and products for purchase. A stunning "year in the life" coffee table book is also offered with our portrait series.