Frequently

ASKED QUESTIONS

I offer several session options to create the perfect photographic art that is specially designed for your space. This can include a wall portrait, an heirloom album and digital images that you would like to preserve for generations. The session fee formally books your portrait appointment and covers the pre-session consultation, your portrait session, extensive post-session processing and preparation of your images, a private look and choose appointment, and finally, deliver of your artwork. It does not include any prints or products. Clients may purchase products via “Create A Collection” or A La Carte.

Newborns

Newborns are truly my favorite subjects to photograph and my passion for capturing the newness of life shows in the way that I comfort, soothe, and carefully pose them. After their sessions, many of my families are convinced that I am “a baby whisperer.”  Newborns stay new for such a short time. I love to capture all of the special details of your fresh little one before they begin to change. As Glastonbury’s premier newborn photographer, I am renown for my innovative portrait and photo processing techniques and my ability to create photographs that convey a deep gentleness and love.

 

WHEN SHOULD I CALL TO SCHEDULE MY NEWBORN SESSION?


If possible, it’s best to contact me before your baby is born. It is so important to plan ahead. Capturing your newborn within the first two weeks of life while they are still sleepy and curled up, can make all the difference in your newborn portraits. My schedule fills up about four weeks in advance so please call to schedule your newborn appointment before your baby is born. Since we never really know when your little one will arrive, I will pencil you on my calendar to hold a spot for you. When your baby is born, I will move your appointment accordingly.

However, if your baby came early or if your baby is already born, don’t panic! I always do my best to squeeze newborns into my schedule and older babies take beautiful portraits too.

 

IS ONE-WEEK-OLD TOO EARLY FOR MY SESSION?

No, it’s actually the perfect time. Newborn babies photograph best between 6-10 days old. At this point, they are still very sleepy and like to curl up as if they were still in the womb.

 

WHAT SHOULD BABY WEAR? 


Newborns photograph best without any clothes at all. I also love to photograph newborns swaddled in blankets with lots of texture and snuggled up tight, so if you have a special blanket or two, I’m happy to incorporate them into your session.  I have an extensive supply of newborn hats, bows, and headbands that coordinate beautifully with my blankets and props that I use to stylize your images. You are welcome to include any of your own hats or props that you would like to have the baby photographed in. I encourage my families to suggest special, personal items which make the session and images especially meaningful.

 

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY NEWBORN SESSION?

I like to do newborn sessions in the morning, beginning at 10 am, because babies tend to do best then. To get the best results from your session, you just need to do a few things. First, try to keep your little one awake or at least semi-awake for an hour before you drive to my studio. Don't worry if you can't keep him awake because a little sleep is no big deal.  As long as you don’t set your baby up to completely conk out, like snuggled up in a swing, then she will remain sleepy enough to be content during our session. Next, have your baby’s tummy full right before you buckle him in his carseat. A sleepy baby with a full tummy is so content that it makes it much easier to get you great images. Finally, right before you feed your baby, undress him, give him a bath and  a good massage with coconut oil. I know this sounds weird! But after being in a water sac for so long, babies tend to look almost dried out and can be extremely flaky. The coconut oil will make your baby’s skin super soft and will soak right in, taking care of that dried-out, flaky look. Then put her in a sleeper outfit that can be undone easily and does not slip over her head.

 

CAN I CIRCUMCISE MY BABY BOY BEFORE THE SESSION?


Yes, but this needs to be done no less than 4 days before your session so that your son has time to heal. Otherwise, please wait until after your session. I will be tightly swaddling your boy naked in scarves and delicate fabrics. The fabrics are soft; however, a fresh circumcision is very fragile and often uncomfortable for a newborn. When I wrap and unwrap, along with changing his position or pose, the circumcision can become irritated even further which leads to a VERY unhappy baby who is not able to be photographed.

 

CAN MY FAMILY BE PHOTOGRAPHED WITH MY BABY?


Absolutely! Family images with a newborn are some the most cherished photographs, so I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love to capture the emotion of those special first days with your new little one and believe that there is no greater photograph than a new mommy or daddy cuddling with and admiring their newborn child. Skin on skin images are a unique way to capture the purity of these relationships, but many parents prefer to wear neutral colored shirts in these images.

 

GENERAL QUESTIONS

 

SO WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE PRE-SESSION CONSULTATION?


This is where the excitement starts! We get to sit back, relax and talk about what I can do to create the ideal session for you. When you book a photography session, I want to know everything about you, your kids, your family, your house, your style – EVERYTHING! We will talk about clothes, and I would love to see images of your home so we can talk about certain wall spaces and plan for something that fits you.  When your session day arrives, I’ll have a plan so everything goes smoothly–which means LESS stress for you.

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A NEWBORN AND FAMILY SESSION AND A NEWBORN ONLY SESSION?


These two sessions offer different options depending on what your budget is, how customized you want your session to be, and who you would like photographed during your session. Please see my Sessions and Price page for session pricing information.

NEWBORN AND FAMILY SESSION is a fully customized session for the entire family with intricate attention to detail regarding the design and planning of your session. This session offers 20-30 images for you to review and purchase from. Families may also choose to add on albums and wall art with “Create Your Own Collection.”

NEWBORN ONLY SESSION is a shorter, but still complete session of baby only.  This session offers 12-15 images for you to review and purchase from. Families may also choose to add on albums and wall art with “Create Your Own Collection.”  This session is perfect for clients who are on a strict budget.

 

WHEN DO I GET TO SEE THE IMAGES? 


Within 20 days of your session, we will schedule a Look and Choose appointment to show you your images in a video slideshow created just for you. You will also get to see your images in proof form so that you can lay them out, compare them and group them into your favorites. I will help you with all of your final decisions on images and products that I have custom designed just for you. I even have a program that can show you exactly what your images will look like right on YOUR wall!

 

WHAT IF I ONLY WANT A FEW SMALL PRINTS?


My business is designed to provide every family with remarkable customer service, creativity that is unique to your session and most importantly, an extraordinary experience. I spend an extensive amount of time on your session from photography to post processing, and then provide you with the highest quality images to choose from. If you want gift prints only, I recommend you book my Newborn Only session and invest in smaller digital files so you can print the files how you’d like up to 8 x 10 in size.

 

WHAT KIND OF INVESTMENT DO MOST FAMILIES MAKE?


Most of my families who choose my Newborn and Family Session invest anywhere from $600 to $1100 on their sessions. However, everyone’s needs are different – some spend a little more and some spend less. Clients who select Newborn Only Session typically invest under $500.

 

WHY CAN IT BE SO EXPENSIVE?


Quality, custom photography by a specially-trained newborn portrait artist is not for everyone and takes an enormous amount of time and creative commitment. I am priced in order to truly pamper my families. For example, when you go shopping you have the choice of discount stores, department stores or boutiques. I provide my families the “boutique” of photography with gorgeous images, fine art products, and remarkable service.

 

WHEN DO I GET TO BRING EVERYTHING HOME?


Once ordered, your artwork will be delivered to your home and installed within 2-3 weeks. Purchased digital images will be available for download within 48 hours of your purchase.

 

DESIGNING FOR YOUR HOME

 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE BOOK A SESSION WITH YOU?

The portrait process for each session has four important parts. The Pre-Session Consultation, your Session, your Look and Choose Appointment and your Artwork Delivery and Installation.

THE PRE-SESSION CONSULTATION

First, what have a chat over the phone so you can hear what I’m all about! I focus on creating an amazing experience, and I pride myself on exceptional customer service and a commitment to each family’s relationship and the creation of unique art for your home. During your complimentary consultation, we get to know each other. We’ll discuss your goals and personal style so that I can create a session for you that compliments YOU. Great portraits begin with a great relationship. Tell me about your home and your vision and I’ll add in my creativity and expertise to make that vision happen.

SESSIONS IN STUDIO & ON-LOCATION

Newborn photography sessions take place in my studio, located at 74 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury, CT. Family sessions can be photographed either in studio, your home or in a desirable, picturesque location. The session fee includes my time and talent along with backdrops, props, and personalized service. I take up to three hours for a newborn session, leaving plenty of time for feedings, diaper changes, and breaks for mommy and baby. Other types of portrait sessions last between 60-90 minutes.

THE LOOK AND CHOOSE APPOINTMENT


This is one of the best parts! This appointment is the time when you get to see all the beautiful images I’ve created for you. Your images are presented to you in a custom video slideshow. Then you have the chance to look through actual 5x7 proofs of each image. I’ll help you sort through the images and make final decisions on what will look best with your décor. I’ll show you actual size and pair images together for a stunning album or wall gallery. We can add textures and design elements, or just let the portraits shine on their own. Specializing in wall series and heirloom albums, some of the products I offer are one-of-a-kind. All of them are sure to get you excited about what lies ahead!

ARTWORK DELIVER AND INSTALLATION

After your artwork arrives, I will inspect it to make sure it is perfect. Then I’ll deliver it to your home. If you have ordered artwork for your walls, I will even hang it for you so that you can begin enjoying it immediately.

 

Still have questions and want to chat? Email me at Amber@OneBigHappyPhoto.com so we can set up a quick 15-minute phone call. Oh, I have a sweet Southern accent so you may feel like you've just watch Steel Magnolias at the end of our conversation.

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