WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO SCHEDULE MATERNITY PHOTOS?
Best time is between 32-37 weeks but honestly, it varies. Some women show early on, while others show later in the pregnancy so it's hard to say, but the number above is a general reference. Once you feel like you have that nice round belly, then I would say, that's the best time for you.
DO YOU PROVIDE MATERNITY GOWNS AND PROPS?
Yes, I do! I have a beautiful collection of custom maternity gowns you're more than welcome to use free of charge. I also have a few floral crowns available for use as well. Once booking has been confirmed with both, the contract and the $35 non-refundable retainer being recieved, we'll set up a time during the week for you to stop by the studio. Consultations usually last about 20-30 minutes.
Unfortunately, I don't provide maternity props for outdoor sessions. Props are only used for newborn sessions. However, you're more than welcome to bring your own. I suggest bringing a sonogram photo, baby shoes or anything sentimental that you'd like to incorperate.
SHOULD I INVEST IN PROFESSIONAL HAIR AND MAKEUP?
Your growing a baby!! Yay, how exciting!! I know this is an eventful, yet a little stressful time in your life. Well, it was at least for me during my last few weeks..lol. Felt like a hippo, maternity clothes had reached there max capacity and not to meantion the swelling some of us experience! I know the feeling, I was there 3 times! Did I mention I have three boys?! :)
For that very reason, I usually try to recommend to clients invest in professional hair and makeup. It DOES make a difference in the photos but most importantly, it will also make you feel even more beautiful and confident!
However, if it's not in the budget, places like Ulta and MAC might be able to help, otherwise your going-out-on-a-hot-date makeup and hair is fine too! :)
HOW DO I BOOK WITHOUT KNOWING WHEN MY BABY WILL ARRIVE?
That's the easy part! I will tentatively schedule you in for your due date. That will guarantee you a placement for the month of. Once your baby has been born, text me and again once, you both have been successfully discharged. From there, I will send you a few dates 5-8 days following your release. From there, a definite date and time will be set.
After booking has been confirmed you will be emailed a very detailed newborn session prep guide. It provides tons of helpful insight on scheduling, what to expect from the session, what you can do to help prepare your baby and abundant amount of other information that'll help put you at ease on what to expect.
HOW SOON SHOULD I HAVE MY NEWBORN SESSION AFTER BIRTH?
Scheduling the session the earlier the better. Newborns much younger tend to do very well in the studio, oppose to a baby that is past 14-16 days old. They tend not to wake up as frequently and as easily, when getting them prepared and posed. A mere 48 hours in a newborns life is very crucial when prepping them for their session. I have witnessed many, many times after the 14 day mark, newborns 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! :)
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN CHAPTER 1 AND 2 AND WHAT IS SETUPS?
A set up is pretty much a scene. Each individual image you see on the site is "1 setup". For Chapter 1 only 1 foreground is used with the choice of 3 prop options; bucket, basket or bed. Chapter 1 however does not include family and (or) sibling photos with your newborn. You're more than welcome to add this option for an additional $85 and will add 7-10 more images. Creative family groupings, are mom and baby, dad and baby, then all of you guys together.
Chapter 2 gives you more of a varity of poses and foregrounds. This package gives each setup a different look. Each of the 4 set ups gives you multiple images; close up, far away, different angles..etc so in all you will recieve 20-25 newborn photos and the family photos will only add 7-10 more images.
Below are two links to each Chapter to give you an idea...
DO I HAVE TO BRING ANYTHING TO THE SESSION?
No, you don't unless you've personally bought something you would like to incorperate. The studio is stock with all the necessary props, outfits, hats, headbands..etc for your little bundle of joy.
Once booking is confirmed, I will also email you a session questionnaire that'll help me visually plan your baby's session. Questions, in regards to color scheme, specific props you'd like to use, what colors you don't like..etc. You're also more than welcome to change it up once you arrive as well! :)
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY NEWBORN SESSION?
Newborn sessions are typically 3 hours long, with the exception of the mini newborn session package. Because of the delicacy of handling a newborn when prepping and positioning them for a scene, I'd rather take my time producing said amount of outstanding said photographs than 50 okay ones where baby doesn't look comfortable at all. Not to mention the repeated, feedings, diaper changes and cuddles needed to put baby asleep we start. Babies cannot be awake during the session when positioning them in a prop. It poses a BIG safety concern and safety is my very top, and number one priority. Not to mention, they don't have good eye coordination yet so photos taking while awake, can yield some very unflattering looks and those are files I do not deliever under any circumstance.
Please note, the time alotted is a general estimate. I can usually get each chapter done with the time frame listed but please reassure, your session will not be rushed and will not be completed, until I get said amount of pictures I am expected to deliever.
MY BABY IS ALREADY BORN, AM I TOO LATE TO SCHEDULE A "NEWBORN" SESSION?
While I generally require sessions to be booked months in advance and within the first 14 days after birth, I do however have openings from time to time. I'd be happy to photograph your baby as long as you are aware and understand some photographs may not be achieved that work well with younger newborns.
WHAT IS THE TURN AROUND ON MY IMAGES?
Turn around for any studio session is 2 weeks from your session date. Once files are post processed, they will be added to your private online gallery. I will text you once it's been emailed and from the gallery, you'll be able to download your said high resolution, non watermarked, edited files straight to your computers. Once, downloaded, you will automatically get the PDF form for your print release.
You can also share that gallery with family and friends. You'll have the ability to purchase prints from the gallery itself, but not required since you have the files.
WHAT IS PROVIDED FOR A CAKE SMASH?
For health reasons, I do not provide the cake. I usually recommend clients to get an inexpensive one from your local Tom Thumb or Albertsons. They have such a wide variety of beautiful cakes! Parents are also responsible for bringing the cake.
I will provide backdrop, tissue decor and balloons.
HOW DO WE FIGURE OUT A THEME FOR THE CAKE SMASH?
To make it easier for us both, once booking has been confirmed with both the contract and the $35 retainer being recieved, I will email you a link to my backdrop vendor. There, you will have many beautiful options to choose from. If you're set on a theme, I will narrow potential backgrounds and will send them to you directly for you to choose.
Please note**I do not provide theme props other that what I listed above. I recommend parent's brings 4-5 small props to add to the set up to complete the look with the balloons and tissue decor.
WHERE DOES THE STUDIO SESSION'S TAKE PLACE?
Session's take place in my home studio in Rowlett, TX. It's a custom designed private studio away from any congregated area in my home. It's stocked with all the necessary props, headbands, hats and outfits needed so please rest assure, everything is provided for your session.
I know that scheduling any type of session can sometimes have your mind wondering about what all is involved, or the stresses on not knowing how all this will unfold. Please reassure, you will be well taken care of. I pride myself in not only producing beautiful images but also making sure, YOU are happy with your end result. You are what keeps my business afloat and couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity and would be an absolute honor to document this memorable time in your lives.
I invite you to please reach out to me anytime if you have any questions or concerns, you'd want me to address. If you would like to also see what other's clients have said about Lily Hayes Photography, I've included a link below to my Google Plus page for my reviews.
Thank you again and looking forward to hearing from you soon!