Frequently Asked Questions

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO DO MATERNITY PHOTOS?
Best time is between 32-37 weeks but honeslty 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. I recommend once you book your maternity session with "LHP", schedule some free time to stop by the studio in Rowlett TX to look through our faboulous inventory. Please note, I do not schedule maternity gowns consulatations until clients have booked. You do have the option of taking the gown with you so you can already come dress to your session but I do charge an additional $105 fee that must be paid on the spot, via cash or another PayPal invoice. The $105 fee will be applied to the total amount due once the gown is returned.

Unfortunately, I don't provide props for outdoor sessions. Props are only incorperated into the studio newborn sessions but you're more than welcome to bring your own! I suggest bringing a sonogram photo, baby shoes to start with. 

WHY 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 suggest all moms to be that are scheduling a maternity shoot to 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! :)

NOT USING YOUR MATERNITY GOWNS; WHAT DO I WEAR?
I recommend wearing what you are comfortable with but these are my suggestions, I give other clients.

  • Long, flowy or form-fitting dress, solid in color (e.g. tube dress or a summer maxi dress)

  • Simple white or black top or t-shirt (for significant other/husband)

  • Coordinating outfits (for significant other/husband and/or children)

  • Any favorite accessories, jewelries, etc. (highly recommend this one!)

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO SCHEDULE MY NEWBORN SESSION?
I strongly urge clients to book your custom newborn photography session before your baby is born. Booking your session beforehand gives my clients the added benefit of knowing they will be scheduled within 14 days of your baby being born, no exceptions. My weekly calendar is booked solid every week and not pre-booking your newborn session beforehand unfortunately will not guarantee you a placement for the month since I only take a limited amount of newborns each month.

Newborn sessions are also schuduled Tuesday-Thursday. Weekends are not available for studio sessions. 

HOW DO I BOOK A SESSION WITHOUT KNOWING MY SESSION DATE? 
This is the easy part! We will schedule you in for your due date. Again that guarantees a placement for that month. Once your baby has made his/her debut, and you both have been successfully discharged, please contact me right away. A definite session date and time will be scheduled 7-10 days following your release.

**Once you book your newborn session, I will email you a detailed "newborn session prep guide" that provides alot of helpful insight on schuduling, what to expect from the session, what you can do to help prepare your baby and tons of other information about your custom newborn photography session.

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 21 days old. They tend not to wake up as frequently and as easily, when getting them posed for the scene. 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 16 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! :)

CAN I INCORPORATE SIBLING AND FAMILY PHOTOS WITH MY BABY?
You most certainly can! We actually encourage our clients to at least get a few portraits with their new addition to the family. Please note, if your session collection does not include family photos, you can incorporate these shots by adding an additional $125 to your collection (if the family photos aren't included with the package). 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY NEWBORN SESSION? 
Newborn sessions are typically 3 hours long, with the exception of our 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 20-25 outstanding 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 before placing in a prop. 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. 

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 and from the gallery you will be able to download your edited files straight to your computers. Once, downloaded, you will automatically get the PDF form for your print release.

WHAT IS ALL INCLUDED IN A CAKE SMASH SESSION?
The price for the cake smash session is for the session/set up only and cannot be combined with any other event. I will provide backdrop, banner, tissue decor and balloons and they only thing you will be responsible for bringing, is the cake and your babies cake smash outfit.

I'M WANTING A CERTAIN THEME FOR THE CAKE SMASH!? 
Unfortunately, I do not provide themed cake smash sessions. I only do color coordination but if you have a theme, that's great! You will just be responsible for bringing said props to help complete the decor; stuffed animals, toys..etc aside from the decor I already set up.

WHEN BOOKING BOTH A SITTER AND CAKE SMASH, IS THERE ONLY ONE BOOKING FEE?
YES! There is only one booking fee when scheduling both sessions. When booking, just let us know that you want to have both a cake smash and the sitter session at time of booking. 

WHERE DO THE SESSION'S TAKE PLACE?
Sessions take place in my home studio in Rowlett, TX. It's a custom designed private studio which holds everything needed for your bundle of joy! You're not required to bring anything, unless you have something you have personally bought or a family heirloom that you would like to incorporate. The studio is stocked with all the necessary props, headbands, hats and outfits needed. You can also take a brief tour of our studio by clicking on this link A Look Into Our Studio.

We know that scheduling a newborn session can sometimes have your mind wondering about what all is involved so invite you to reach out to us for any questions or concerns, you'd like us to address!

I've also created some helpful videos to see why we are one of the Best Dallas/Fort Worth Newborn Photography Studios! Hope you enjoy them!

Thank you again and looking forward to hearing from you soon! 

Warmly, 

Lily Hayes

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