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WHAT KINDS OF SESSIONS DO YOU OFFER?

I offer maternity, family, boudoir and engagement photography. Maternity sessions are for mom or mom & dad only. For your children to join you in the photos please book a family session. We will still get photos of just you and your growing belly but it will be more family focussed. I am currently not accepting extended family sessions. Throughout the year I offer mini family, baby and boudoir mini sessions, so keep an eye out on Facebook and Instagram.

 

HOW LONG ARE THE SESSIONS?

Family sessions are up to 1.5 hours and maternity sessions are up to 1 hour.

 

DO YOUR SESSIONS INCLUDE A PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ARTIST?

No, I can recommend a handful of amazing artists.

 

CAN I BRING A FRIEND OF GRANDPARENTS TO HELP?

For a family session you may have one additional person who is not being photographed to help with small children if needed.

 

WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY MATERNITY SESSION?

For a mama to be a good time to do your maternity photos when you are 30 – 36 weeks along. Your belly is full but you are still comfortable enough to pose and walk during our session. If you are expecting multiples 26 – 32 weeks to ensure you do not deliver before our session.

 

WHAT DO I WEAR FOR MY SESSION?

The key to great photos is that you are as comfortable as possible during your session. I always suggest neutral colours and prints to ensure they don’t distract from your photos. Always dress appropriately for the location you have chosen. I'm working on a full what to wear guide, check back soon!

 

For maternity sessions, form-fitting maxi dresses, maxi skirts and a top or long flowy dresses are always a client favourite. Jeans and a cute top and cardigan also look good to accentuate your growing belly. If you are not on the modest side long skirts with a bandeau, lingerie or nude if you’re really adventurous.

 

Partners or family members should wear coordinating outfits. A classic button-up and jeans or tan pants, add a nice sweater or vest, neutral shorts and a short sleeve button up are popular choices.

 

Make sure that the footwear you choose is comfortable as we will be walking and changing positions a lot during our session.

 

For some inspiration on where to wear please click here .

 

HOW MANY IMAGES DO I RECEIVE?

For most sessions, I typically deliver between 20-25 images.

 

WHAT PAYMENTS DO YOU ACCEPT, AND IS THERE A RETAINER?

There is a 25% retainer due at the time of booking to secure your session. I accept cash, e-transfers and PayPal.

 

IF I CANCEL CAN I HAVE MY RETAINER BACK?

If you cancel your session your retainer will not be refunded. I understand that life happens so if you need to reschedule please do so at least 48 hours before your session.

 

ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL FEES?

If the location you have chosen for photos requires a reservation, entrance fee or parking you are responsible for yourself and covering the entrance/parking for me.

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY DISCOUNTS?

Throughout the year I offer mini sessions on Instagram. If you are booking two sessions together you will receive 25% off of the session with the lower price.

 

WHAT RIGHTS DO I HAVE WITH THE DIGITAL IMAGES?

You will receive a print release for all of your photos. This gives you the right to reproduce the images for personal use, so you can use them for prints, social media (a tag is always appreciated), making prints etc. Contests and commercial use is not allowed if not previous written permission has been given.

 

CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANY LOCATIONS?

As a natural light photographer, indoors with good natural lighting or outdoors. My favourite spots to shoot in the Chilliwack area are The Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve, Cheam Wetlands, Chilliwack Lake, Cultus Lake, Vedder River and if you’re adventurous downtown Chilliwack has a lot of fun murals and brick walls.

 

DO YOU POSE ME FOR MY PHOTOS?

Every session is different. For family photos, I try to limit using too much as children tend to have short attention spans (see the question below). For maternity and engagement, I will guide you through poses during your session.

 

WHAT IF THE KIDS ARE NOT COOPERATING?

As a mother I understand that kids will be kids, they tend to have short attention spans and don’t like to be still for too long. That is why I try to avoid too much posing during your session and encourage fun playful sessions so I can capture your children genuinely enjoying themselves with you. I suggest packing easy finger snacks, water and a small toy or game to keep your children entertained while they are not being photographed.

 

WHAT IF ONE OF US IS LATE?

I always try to arrive at my sessions at least 10-15 minutes ahead of time so that if I run into traffic I don’t be late. I always suggest my clients do the same because I do not extend the session time past the original end time. Don’t worry though, I generally get everything I need in 20-30 minutes in most cases.

 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?

A sneak peek will be posted on social media within 72 hours of your session. Your final edited images will be delivered via an online password protected gallery for you to download within 14 days.

 

DO YOU OFFER ANY PRODUCTS?

I offer professional prints and enlargements, photo books, canvas enlargements, custom USBs and photo albums. If you are ordering products there is a minimum product order of $75.

 

DO YOU SELL GIFT CERTIFICATES?

I do! I offer gift vouchers to use towards any session. Please contact me for more information.

 

WHAT GEAR DO YOU USE?

I shoot with a Nikon D7500 and use a D7000 as my backup. I commonly use my 35mm 1.8, 50mm 1.8, Tamrom 90mm 2.8 and Tamron 28-75mm 2.8. I carry a flash with me but as a natural light photographer I try and avoid it instead, you may see me use my reflector to bounce light toward you.