1) When Is The Best Time to Schedule My Maternity Session & Will You Help Me Find a Location?
Best to time to schedule your session would be between 28-35 weeks. However, I do realize some woman tend to show alot early, while others later in the pregnancy. When you feel you have a noticeably round belly is when I’d recommend booking.
As for the locations, once booking has been confirmed, you’ll be emailed a list of locations in Dallas, and it’s immediate surrounding cities..Richardson/Plano/Rockwall..etc.
2) What Time Of Day Do You Schedule Maternity Sessions & Do You Offer Weekends Appointments?
Maternity sessions are always scheduled 1.5-2 hours before sundown. Lighting, is always more aesthetically pleasing with the soft afternoon golden glow. I do get asked alot about the heat in the summer months and I reassure you, it’s never an issue. I’m always conscious of making sure your gown, hair and pose is picture perfect and with that, if any sweat is visible, I always have clients dab it off. It’s actually quite the opposite during the hotter months; a little sweat always gives clients a beautiful shimmery glow in post processing. ♥
Because I also specialize in weddings full time, unfortunately portrait sessions are not scheduled on weekends. They must be booked during the week and the start time is anywhere between 6:30-7pm for the spring/summer months and 3:30-4pm for the fall/winter months.
3) Will You Help & Guide Me To Make Me Feel & Look My Best?
Yes, I most certainly will! ♥ Let’s be honest, most don’t have the opportunity to get professionally photographed on a continuous basis so it’s completely normal for clients to feel uneasy about the whole process. I don’t want you to worry. I come with enough experience to already envision the whole session before we even begin; posing, lighting, angles..etc.
4) Do You Offer Maternity Gowns?
Yes, I do! I have a wide selection of custom maternity gowns, clients are welcome to use free of charge. They’re made of stretchy, long and forgiving fabric, so they can fit anywhere from a size 2-14. I also offer a gown trade-in program if case you’d like to trade in your own gown! 🙂
Please note, virtual fittings are not allowed. Clients must do an in person fitting and consultations aren’t scheduled until booking has been confirmed with both the contract and retainer being received. Once booking has been confirmed, we’ll schedule a time for you to stop by. Maternity consultations usually last about 15-30 minutes and again, I’m located in Rowlett.
You can also, click on the link below for a few sample photos of current maternity gown options.
5) Do You Provide Props For Maternity Sessions?
I do not provide props for outdoor sessions. Props are only used for in studio newborn sessions. However, I’d recommend bringing a sonogram and (or) baby shoes to incorporate into your session.
6) Choosing Between In-Studio Maternity Sessions or Outdoor?
I’ve always believed that the pregnant woman is beautiful no matter where she is so, whatever backdrop you decide on you can’t go wrong! ♥
In-studio maternity portraits or on-location can both be amazing, different – yet equally amazing. Nothing will compare to the effects natural lighting has on outdoor portraits especially during golden hour, which is about 1.5 – 2 hours before sundown. It’s creates such soft, romantic, golden diffused lighting which is perfect if your wanting a more traditionalistic approach to your maternity photos.
Aesthetically, studio photos gives more of a high-end and lavish feel to your imagery than outdoor photos because of the controlled atmosphere, which is great for clients that are more comfortable indoors, than they are in the great outdoors. You’ll have more privacy making it great for shooting tasteful semi-nudes, nudes and not having to worry about prying eyes. Indoor portraits are also more flexible in scheduling because they can be scheduled at any time of the day and are great for high risk pregnancies because of the limiting of walking and also, for clients that have significant others that prefer to be limited on the photo aspect of this beautiful journey. These sessions solely focuses more on the task at hand, in such a way that artistically and yet tastefully, enhances the miraculous gift of growing a baby- yay-you! ♥
Either-way, it really comes down to your personal preference firstly, and secondly whether one or the other, can tell your story or emulate your character better than the other. Some women know automatically how they want to be portrayed in their maternity portraits but, if you’re on the fence about deciding, I’d be happy to schedule a consultation. I will take into consideration the style, vibe, and wardrobe choice you want for your session. After that, we will determine whether outdoor or studio for maternity photos is best!
The link below will give you a glimpse into a studio maternity session, a few of my specialty gowns that are only available for in-studio maternity sessions and also backdrop portfolio. Upon booking clients are emailed an informative maternity session prep guide of how to best prepare for the shoot and also a questionnaire that help us customize your very own in-door portrait experience.
7) What Is The Turnaround On The Files?
Turnaround on your digital files is two weeks from your scheduled session date. Once the said photos have been post processed, files will be added to your online viewing gallery. I will text you once the gallery has been emailed. From the gallery, you’ll be able to download your high resolution non-watermarked images to your computers. You will also receive a PDF of your print release/usage rights. You’re more than welcome to share the gallery with family and friends. Online gallery is also a e-commerce site so you and your love ones have the option to also purchase prints. Prints start at $15.00 and orders are shipped directly to the lab and arrive within 2 weeks of order date.
8) Can I Incorporate My Husband and (or) My Other Children Into My Maternity Session?
Yes of course! ♥
9) Do You Have Any Hair & Makeup Artist Recommendations?
Yes, I do and included a link to their website below. However, I am in no way personally affiliated with these artist and please note, upon hiring my said recommendation, you do so at your own risk and appointment must be set up with them directly. They do not come to the studio.
ROSB Beauty (Wylie, TX)
Hair & Makeup By Ann (Plano, TX)
10) Do You Offer Belly to Baby Combo Collection?
I do! When booking both your maternity and full newborn session, you will received $50 off the collection total for both sessions. Payment for each session is due once services have been rendered.
1) Where Are You Located?
Newborn sessions take place in my home studio, located at 4014 Dalton Dr. Rowlett, TX. The studio is a custom design private space away from the rest of my home which holds everything needed for your little bundle of joy! You’re not required to bring anything, unless you have something you would like to incorporate. The studio is stocked with all the necessary props, headbands, hats and outfits needed and it’s all included in your session.
You can also click on this link to get a look into the studio and a few behind the scenes snap shots of a newborn session.
2) What Safety Precautions Have You Incorporated Into Your Studio Business?
I’m vaccinated with the both COVID dosages and Tdap vaccine. I’m continuing to wear double face masks during all studio sessions and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Clients are required to wear a mask when entering my home but have the option of removing it when they arrive to the studio. Shoes must be taken off at the door.
I have begun the process of booking studio sessions full time, however on the contingency of, every other day. During that rest period, it will allow me to adequate time to thoroughly disinfect the entire studio; door handles, light switches, camera gear, floors, couches, seating chairs, walls, floor..etc and also run my air purifiers throughout the entire day to clean the air. Garments/props that are worn and not machine washable, are put on a 3 day rotation of no studio use after disinfection. Frequent hand washing breaks and the use of hand sanitizer is used throughout the whole session.
Please note, there is absolutely nothing more important to me than the health and safety of all my clients. Taking all the necessary steps to ensure the studio environment remains safe and clean for your studio session is my upmost priority so if there’s anything else I can do to help alleviate concerns, please don’t hesitate to let me know.
3) Do You Offer In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Sessions?
Yes, I do and it’s priced at $595 for a 1.5-2 hour session with a digital download 30-35 high resolution edited files with full print release/usage rights. Please note, a travel fee might be added to the collection if your location is more than 40 miles from 75089.
Feel free to click on the link below to view a sample newborn lifestyle session. Also, with lifestyle newborn sessions, no studio prop/posing is involved. The only studio items that are brought for in home newborn sessions are wraps, hats, outfits, headbands..etc.
4) Do You Photograph Twins & Do You Charge Extra?
I do and no, I don’t charge extra for twins! ♥ However, my studio policy is with twins I only booked the mini newborn session. Because of the delicate nature of producing and constructing beautiful images for just one newborn, I’d much rather sacrifice quantity over quality when working with two babies.
The mini newborn session for just one baby includes 10-12 digitals but with twins, it includes 12-15 digital files at no additional charge. However, parent/sibling photos are also not included in this collection but you’re welcome to add it to your collection for an additional $95. It will add an additional 7-10 more files.
Below you’ll find a link to a twin mini newborn session.
4) How Do I Book My Newborn Session Without Knowing When My Baby Will Arrive?
In order to schedule a definite date and time of your baby’s newborn session, I HIGHLY recommend you contact me once you have been admitted. Only then, will I keep a few days open within the next week or two to make room for your upcoming newborn session. Once you and your baby have been successfully discharged, please contact me again and from there a definite date and time is scheduled 7-10 days following your release.
Because I only take in a limited number of studio sessions each month and my weekly calendar stays consistently busy, I highly recommended to book your session in advance. Booking in advance will secure your session within the first two weeks from birth.
6) What’s The Time Frame To Get “Newborn” Photos Done?
When scheduling the session, the earlier the better. Babies younger than 14-16 days tend to not wake up as frequently and as easily, when getting them transitioned into a pose. A mere 48 hours in a newborns life is very crucial when prepping them for their session. I have witness many, many times after the 14-16 day mark, babies have discovered the art of stretching! Once that happens…they won’t let us curl them up in the cute little newborn poses, without a fight! 🙂
***Exception, will of course be made for premature and NICU babies***
7) What’s The Difference Between The Full & Mini Newborn Session?
The 3-4 hour newborn session will give you a total of 7-8 different set ups (including the macro photos; hands, feet, lips..etc) which totals up to 20-25 images, give or take. Collection also includes the family and (or) sibling photos. Family photos will only add an additional 7-10 more images. Family photos are complimentary with the collection and does not change the price if clients choose not to include them.
The mini newborn session only includes 10-12 digital files. Family photos are not included with this collection. You’re more than welcome to add the family photos for an additional $95.00. It’ll add an additional 7-10 images to you’re already existing 10-12 files. Mini newborn session, gives you the choice of 3-4 different poses/props of your choice. Each pose will give you 1-2 images (close-up & far away) totaling your 10-12 digital files.
Although each collection does have a time frame listed, sessions aren’t actually completed until said number of photos are captured. They might run a bit longer or shorter depending how well your baby stays asleep through the transition of each pose.
Once booking has been confirmed, you will be emailed a detailed and informative newborn session parent prep guide on how to prepare your baby for the session, what to expect and an abundant amount of other helpful information that’ll give you a good insight on the session. You will also be emailed a session questionnaire on your preferred color scheme, pose/props..etc.
The links below will show you a sample of the full and mini newborn session.
8) How Do We Decide On Which Props To Use, Color Palette..etc?
It’s actually very simple! ♥ Once booking has been confirmed, you will be emailed a newborn session prop questionnaire. The questionnaire will have an abundant of information that you will either select from multiple choice or fill in the blank. On the questionnaire, you’re welcome to list any said ideas you’d want for your baby’s session.
To give you a generalized idea on the process; every session will have the use of a bucket, basket/bowel, bed and the fabric foreground for the more neutral/propless photos. Once I have an idea on your preferred color sequence, (rich, soft, neutral)..the selection process for basket fillers, wraps, bonnets, hats, headbands, outfits are selected, there after.
You’re also more than welcome to switch out a few things, when you arrive, if you’re eyeing something a bit more favorable as well.
9) My Baby Has Already Been Born & Past The Time Frame To Get Newborn Photos…Am I Too Late?
Although, I highly recommend clients book their session in advance, I do have openings from time to time. However, please note after the 14-16 day mark, transitioning older babies from one pose to another, can become a bit difficult. It’s harder to achieve newborn type photos after this short window because they’re more sensitive to touch, become more alert with movement and are harder to curl up into those sweet fetal positions because of their increase in ligament strength.
You might disagree and feel as though your older infant is still very much in a newborn phase, which I couldn’t agree with you more. However with my expertise in photographing hundreds of newborns, I have witness for a majority, it’s a challenge. With that being said, I do however understand all babies are different. I have photographed older infants with great success. As long as you’re aware, newborn photos might or might not be possible to achieve. In such case your baby’s photos will be with your baby wrapped, open eyes.
With older infants, I’d recommend the mini newborn session.
10) Do You Offer Prints, Canvases & Albums As An Additional Purchase Option?
Yes, I do! ♥ The link below will show you our current albums designs. Newborn albums are available for purchase for $395 plus tax. Prints start at $8.99 for a 4×6 | $12.99 for 5×7 | $21.99 for 8×10 | $27.99 for a 11×14 and $36.99 for a 16×20.
1) How Do I Book My Session With You?
Once you’re ready to make it official, I will put together your contract and emailed it along with your PayPal invoice for the non-refundable retainer fee of $35. Retainer is applied to the total amount due and the remaining balance can be paid when services have been rendered. All collections are subjected to a 8.25% Texas State Sales Tax and payments can be made via PayPal or Zelle Quick Pay.
2) Who Has The Rights To The Images?
Lily Hayes Photography, retains the copyright to all the images, per USC Title 17 (US Copyright Law). So just a little insight as to what that means, as the photographer, I retain the right to show off your gorgeous images to my other potential clients so that can see my beautiful work. You have solely, purchased reproduction rights, not the actual design. With your full print release (usage rights), you have the right to print and share the images being provided to you by, Lily Hayes Photography.
3) Why Do You Only Deliver the Said Amount of Digitals & Not More, For The Listed Amount Of Time?
Newborn photography is not like your traditional types of sessions. There is a very delicate nature that is involved in working with little babies. It takes a great deal of time and care to soothe your precious little one—something that is very important and quite crucial in the process of creating works of art. Yes, you might have seen other photographers provide more images but I would rather take my time producing my said number of images of clean, crisp, sweet photos of my babies posed beautifully and comfortably and not 50 images where your baby doesn’t look comfortable at all.
The said number of files is always the range of every session. I don’t take more to purposely up-sell you. If anything, depending how well the session is going, I might take a few more and include them at no extra charge.
4) Are You Insured?
Yes, I am with both professional and liability insurance! ♥
5) Do I Have Permission To Print The Photos? Can I Use Them On My Social Media Platforms?
Yes, you do! All sessions include full print release/usage rights. However, I do ask that you please do NOT print your images from a low quality printer like Wal-Mart, Target, CVS, Shutterfly, etc. The quality of your images will not reflect how beautiful they really are! ♥
6) Will I Receive “HIGH” Resolution Photos?
A lot of photographers say they will give you the digital files, but that can be deceiving as some photographers only give a 8×10 resolution. So if you ever want to print an 11×14 print, you have to spend hundreds of dollars with the photographer for the rest of your life. That way prints and frames can ONLY be ordered by that photographer and no where else.
All of my collections include the high resolution edited files which can be printed up to a 30×40 or higher.
7) Do You Watermark Your Photos?
No, I do not. I don’t feel it’s necessary even though it’s an endless amount of free marketing…lol.
I’ve been very blessed to have worked with so many amazing clients and for the most part, word of mouth referrals accounts for a big chunk of my clientele.
8) Can I Have The Unedited Files?
Raw images are not usable images – at least to a client. Raw images need to be processed in order to create a final image. Part of my job is to process your images, perfect them and create a finished product. Asking your photographer for the RAW files, is like asking a cake vendor for an extra bag of flour, on the side. It’s only a partial ingredient in the overall product and means nothing on it’s own.
1) Where Do Cake Smash Sessions Take Place & What All Do You Provide In Your Collection?
Cake smash sessions take place in my home studio at 4014 Dalton Dr. Rowlett and the sessions typically last about an hour, give or take. Setup and props are already included in the collection price. However, client’s are responsible for the cake itself and the your baby’s outfits. For the cake, I usually recommend something simple and inexpensive from Tom Thumb, Albertsons, Target..etc.
The collection also includes complimentary 1st year photos and also family photos. We’ll begin with the family photos first and are only done on an all white foreground. Creative grouping are with family together, mom and baby and lastly, dad and baby. After the family photos, it’s the regular first year photos. I recommend parents use the same white foreground for the regular 1st year photos so it’ll give the gallery a consistent look. No outfit changes are allowed for the parents. You’re allowed to change your little one into another outfit for their solo photos but in my time photographing hundred of babies, most tend to get fussy when their messed with too much during the session so if you can keep the outfit changes to a minimum; family/solo photos and cake smash, the better for your baby’s mood.
2) Who Picks Out The Cake Smash Theme?
You do! ♥ If you already have one in mind, wonderful! If you need a bit of assistance, I will be more than happy to help once I get an idea of your preferred color scheme or theme. I also included a link below to sample cake smash set ups in case you need a bit of help, deciding.
***Please note, the price point is for a basic/minimal cake smash set up. If you choose not to use what is available by the studio, clients will be responsible for providing their own said props in addition to the basic cake smash setup/decor the studio will provide.
On Another Note:
I know this can be a very exciting and stressful time for you, especially with not knowing what to expect. However, I also want you to be comfortable and at ease knowing you’re in wonderful hands. Having me photograph this precious moments for you, means a lot to me so anything I can do to make it a smooth journey for you, please don’t hesitate to let me know. Thank you so much and hope I get the opportunity to work with you soon! ♥