What can I expect from a session with Lambs and Ivy Photography?
First and foremost….FUN! I absolutely love what I do, and I want you to have just as much fun during your session as I know I’m going to have! Once you have booked a session I will discuss the details with you. Choosing a place for your photo session to occur is a very important aspect of the session. It is completely up to you, as I want the photos to reflect your family’s unique personalities. When choosing a location, there are many factors to take into consideration - among a few factors are those of lighting, permissions, and accessibility as well as whether or not the location will support the type of session you desire. We can meet in your living room, your backyard, a park your kids like to go to, the market, the country, my studio…you name it! I want you to choose a setting that is “you”. Sessions typically last a couple hours and are never rushed. I like to spend time building a relationship with you and your family in order to get your child or children to relax and be their true self (and get used to the goofy lady behind the lens!).
Tell me a bit about newborn sessions.
If you’re looking for sleepy, curled up newborn photos, I recommend a session within your baby’s first 10 days of life. The younger your baby is, the easier it is to keep them asleep through all the repositioning. It’s a good idea to book your newborn session while you are still pregnant. I have a limited number of sessions that I hold each month so you want to be sure you have a (tentative) date reserved – no worries, I know our sweet bundles never come when we expect, so changes to your session date can and will be made if necessary! Newborn sessions usually last at least two hours, sometimes more. Newborns are on their own schedule and there needs to be plenty of time for feeding, diaper changes, etc. If you have older siblings that you would like to include in the session, that’s great….just be sure to have another caregiver nearby to help entertain them. Have a drink and snacks close by!
How about children’s sessions?
The best age to photograph babies is whenever they reach a milestone (usually 6-8 months). This is the age where they are sitting on their own but not yet crawling and able to get away from me. The next age that is very popular is one year olds. These guys know how to keep me on my toes and they generally don’t sit still for too long, but they’re so much fun! First birthday CAKE SMASH sessions are so much fun. After the first birthday, there really isn’t a bad time to photograph your child. If the mood strikes you, give me a call and we’ll capture the first missing tooth, a new haircut, birthday parties, the last summer before heading to Kindergarten…anything momentous and special that you want to remember forever.
What should we wear?
I recommend clothing with texture, but no logos or busy designs. Choose clothing that reflects not only your child’s personality, but also something that will compliment the location for the shoot. For newborns, their birthday suit is always what I recommend! Hats, jewelry, scarves, special toys, etc help to make a photograph more interesting and personal. Allow your child to just be themselves – if they’re old enough, let them pick out an outfit on their own and capture their unique style! When choosing outfits for family photos, try to avoid too many colors and patterns. I like to stay away from the “everyone in jeans and a white t-shirt look” and recommend complimentary colors and textures but nothing to “matchy”. I am always available to discuss clothing options at any time and you’re always welcome to ask for my opinion. Here are the main things to keep in mind:
- Go for color and variety! Try to avoid everyone wearing the same color (i.e. white shirts/jeans). Anything works in moderation! Find clothes that define you and reflect your character.
- Avoid clothes that advertise a brand on them (such as shirts that say Nike or Gap, etc).
- Be careful about wearing anything too tight, too short, or too low... These won't allow good flexibility for poses.
- Accessorize and Layer! Don’t be afraid to bring a scarf, jacket, hat, sunglasses, bag, etc. to add variety.
Should I bring anything to my session?
I am a HUGE fan of props because they create unique, fun, and entertaining photos to look at. Props do not have to be included in every photo, but do provide some great variation in a few of your photos from any session. Props are also great with small children because it not only gives them something to entertain them while we shoot their photos, but props add some extra cuteness to children's portraits too! Feel free to run with any ideas that pop into your mind and we can totally incorporate them into your session!
When do I pay for my session?
Your session fee is due within 5 days after booking. Any print orders must be paid in full once your order has been placed. Please allow approximately 6 weeks for delivery of products.
When do I get to see my proofs?
A ‘sneak peek’ will usually be posted within 48 hours of your session. Your full on-line gallery will be available approximately two weeks after your session. Galleries are password protected, but you are always more than welcome to share your password with family and friends!
I’m ready to order. Now what?
All orders can be placed either by email or in person. Payment is due at the time of your order and can be paid by cheque, cash or email money transfer (sorry, credit card payment is not yet available…I’m working on that next!).
Why does custom photography cost more than a local portrait studio?
The cost of my custom photography services is a direct reflection of the time and devotion I pour into your photographs. In case you're wondering what amount of time goes into a custom portrait session, I’ve compiled a small list of the efforts I put forth on your behalf...
- Plan session with client either via phone, email or in person.
- Session gear prep (charge batteries, format SD cards, etc.)
- Pack gear (camera, tripod, backdrops, backdrop stands, props, etc.)
- Travel Time to the session location
- With client, on location, photographing
- Travel Time from the session location
- Uploading photos from camera
- Choosing the best photos to present to you
- Editing time (post processing)
- Upload to your private online gallery
- Packaging time including having prints and other products made and miscellaneous paperwork.
As you can see, this is easily 15+ hours that I put into each session. Along with the time, there are costs incurred such as website hosting, packaging, domain hosting, software, and equipment such as a computer, camera, batteries, SD cards, lenses, etc. I want to let you know that as a professional photographer, I strive to offer a level of professionalism and give you a sense of getting your money's worth. Yes, a custom photographer is more expensive. My clients often save up to be able to afford an annual session because photographic memories are an investment that they think is worth the cost.
If you have any questions that haven’t been answered above, please feel free to contact me.