general : FAQ

How far in advance should I book?

I typically book about 6-8 weeks out, sometimes further during the busy fall season.  I recommend scheduling newborn sessions during your second trimester, to guarantee availability around your due date. 

Do you take sessions on the weekends?

With three young children and a husband that travels, weekends are mostly devoted to my family. I do schedule a limited number of family sessions on the weekend each year to accommodate clients that cannot make weekdays work. Those sessions book up 3-4 months in advance and are subject to a higher creative fee.

What is included in the Session?

The session fee includes the pre-consultation, session time, 35-50 retouched imaged in an online gallery that is downloadable. Additional heirloom products available upon request. 

How soon after the session will I see my images?

Gallery delivery takes 2-3 weeks after your session and is active for 5 days. Please place your images on a cloud service.

How many images are included in the gallery?

Depending on the session, galleries range from 35-50 edited images. I only give you the best of the best. Nobody needs to see my missed focus or eyes half open! Images that convert well to B&W will be done so at the discretion of the photographer. Black and white conversions can be  made upon request.


I am a full-service photography studio that sells heirloom albums, fine art prints, custom framed pieces and canvases all available upon request. If you have an open wall you would like to fill, I am happy to schedule a design consultation.

What if it rains or my child is sick?

If we have an outdoor session scheduled and it rains, I am happy to reschedule our session with my next availability. The same goes for sick children. If possible, I ask for 24 hour notice so that I can check my waiting list. 

What type of payment do you accept?

I accept venmo, quickpay, cash, check and all major credit cards. Please note that all products are subject to Cook County sales tax and standard shipping.

 newborn : FAQ

Where do Newborn Sessions take place and what should I expect?

Newborn sessions take place in the comfort of your home, usually last 1-2 hours and take place between 2-3 weeks after delivery but scheduling can vary. I love sessions in the home because it allows for the personality of the client to come through in the pictures. We set up in the rooms with the best light. ideally the master bedroom, nursery and living room. The session captures the beautiful intimacy of bringing a new baby home with family imagery as well as solo images of the baby.

What time of the day to you schedule these sessions?

All newborn sessions are scheduled on the weekdays, usually around mid-morning or early afternoon. If there is a sibling, we will schedule around naptime to ensure a happy child. 

What should we wear?

I suggest wearing light, neutral clothing to ensure that the focus of the session remains on the baby. Avoid large patterns, prints and logos. A complimentary palate of 2-3 colors usually works well.  View my most recent blog post to view photo suggestions and get more details.

maternity : FAQ

Do you offer maternity sessions?

Yes! Maternity sessions are offered only to my newborn clients, as an add-on. They are 30 minutes, offered on weekdays only and include a gallery of 10 images. Clients can select 10 images to download. Please inquiry for the full investment information. 

How many outfit changes can I have?

The time allows for two outfit changes.

Does the session include immediate family members?

Yes, all immediate family members can be included. The emphasis will be on the expecting mother unless otherwise noted. 

family : FAQ

Do you offer mini sessions?

I believe that every client deserves the best experience, which is why I do not offer family mini sessions. I don’t feel the best product can be achieved in a twenty minute window, especially with young unpredictable children. I run promotions throughout the year at the studio that will sometimes include specialized mini sessions. I also offer milestone mini sessions for babies and children only, which allow for updated imagery when a full family session is not desired. 

What should we wear?

If outdoors, I suggest dressing in vibrant colors with different textures. It is nice to complement the season, so more pastels in the spring, strong bold colors in the summer and jewel tones in the fall months. Feel free to include some pattern, especially on children. A color palate of 3-4 colors usually photographs best and adds variety to the viewer.  View my most recent blog post to view photo suggestions and get more details.

Where are your favorite/least favorite places to shoot?

I avoid shooting on the Lincoln Park boardwalk on the weekends. It can be crowded with tons of families and photographers, and it is very difficult to connect when your children are distracted. Some of the parks now require a permit, so please inquire about that. The permit fee ranges from $35-$70 and is required at least two weeks in advance. I’m happy to take care of registration, and add the cost onto your creative fee.

Favorite places include the sidewalks in Chicago (true story!), Montrose bird sanctuary, Caldwell lily pond (weekdays only, permit required), North pond, North Ave beach (weeknights only at golden hour), Winnimac park, Montrose beach, beach in Rogers Park, North Shore beaches, Forest preserve in the North Shore, Linne Woods, Harms Woods, The Grove, etc.  View my most recent blog post to view photos and get more details.


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