When should I take my maternity and newborn photos?
Maternity sessions are best when you are 7-8 months pregnant. While newborn sessions usually occur in the first 7-10 days.
Most newborn sessions are reserved about a month or two before baby arrives and we keep the session date flexible based on when he/she decides to finally say hi.
Should you like to have a lifestyle newborn session the baby can be between birth to two months old.
Why do I need to have the baby photos done so soon?
Newborns are their least active and sleepiest in the first ten days. Today’s style of posed sleeping babies is adorable and a long lasting trend that show’s your baby at their smallest looking absolutely adorable and also Alicia’s favorite way to photograph babies!
Some new parents prefer to have a lifestyle newborn session and these can occur any time in the first two months. During these sessions we may get some sleepy baby photos but we aren’t focused on posing baby. This session is focused on not only your baby but also your interactions with him/her. Mom, dad, baby, and the nursery are all key elements in telling your baby’s story.
How do I prepare for my newborn portrait session?
If you are driving to our home studio please feed the baby just before you leave. Our goal is for baby to sleepy when they arrive.
What should I bring to the session?
- Extra milk/formula
- Baby lotion that isn’t oily
- Cute outfits are ok but babies often look best undressed
- Hats, headbands and any other accessories you may want to incorporate should be brought too. Military, sports items or most any items that show off who you and your family are.
Do you retouch my photos?
All of your photos will be retouched for color consistency and minor blemish removal.
When do I get to see my photos?
Your online gallery will be available for you to view your photos approximately 2-3 weeks after your session. Newborn sessions typically receive 40-80 photos to enjoy. We encourage you to share your online gallery with friends and family to view your complete photo session and buy any prints they may like.
Your price is all-inclusive, what does that mean?
Most studios charge a “sitting fee” and then nickel and dime you for every digital file. We don’t charge a sitting fee but instead keep things simple for you by offering one great price for your Spokane area senior photo session. The price includes the time and talent of the photographer AND your DVD will all the digital files.
Will I receive all of my photos on a DVD or I can download them? Can I make my own prints?
We are happy to offer you a digital download of your photos or a DVD. Yes, we include the print release too!
What is a boutique portrait studio?
As a boutique portrait studio we limit the number of clients we work with through the year to 50 portrait sessions and 12 weddings. We want to give each of our clients a wonderful experience and phenomenal customer service.
Do you have a minimum print order like other studios?
We do not have a minimum purchase requirement. We do offer professional quality print products: gorgeous canvas with a UV coating wrapped around a complete wood backed frame is available in addition to vibrant metal prints and beautiful professional prints.
Can I Instagram or Snapchat from our shoot?
We are glad you are excited about your shoot but our little subject often dictates how much time of cooperation we get and we don’t want to take away from the baby. Plus your camera could become a distraction, feel free to sit back on the couch and let us do the work! You deserve a break…maybe a nap!
Why do I need an album or prints, I have a tablet to see the pictures?
Digital photos are great to share online and view on your phone or tablet but a printed album will be shared for generations. Also there just seems to be some magic in opening a large album. We have researched albums for years and have held hundreds of albums to find our favorites. We offer custom albums made in the USA and premium albums made in Italy.
The entire family will enjoy large wall art for years and a quality art piece from us will retain the same elegance and beauty without the loss of quality an inferior product may have.
Of course you can purchase your prints from us. We only deliver archival quality prints and perfect color; your local photo printer doesn’t match our lab’s quality level because our photo color profiles are set to our lab’s calibration. Which means your prints from a different lab may not look exactly how you see the photos on your computer screen. Color accuracy is important since the photos you print will be hung on walls and sit on desks to share for years to come. We want you to enjoy your photos every moment and reflect back on the day you said, “I do”.
We offer a wide variety of printed products; these products include beautiful canvas gallery wraps, vibrant metal prints and elegant woodprints. We also offer small custom designed albums that are perfect to show off your favorite photos from your e-session. Our albums are custom designed by Erik and if properly cared for will look fantastic for 100 years. We want your children, grandchildren and great children to see who you were and professionally printed products is the best way to pass down those moments.
Do I get to choose which photos are color or black and white?
Photos that are delivered black and white cannot be changed to color unless we have included both. Please let us know prior to the wedding if you have an affinity for black and white photographs and would like to see more included or just a select few.
When is the payment due for my portrait session due?
The full payment of your portrait sessions is due the day of the session. We like to keep the finances simple. We know it can be a lot of work to gather the family, bundle the newborn or motivate the high school senior that it “won’t be that bad”. Let’s keep the money thing simple.
Can I have the RAW photos?
Short answer, no. A RAW image hasn’t been color corrected or reviewed for quality. We want you to look your best and we insist on only delivering the best representation of our talent. RAW images are also not always viewable or printable. The images must be processed with color profiles, sized for appropriate resolution for printing and formatted into a printable format (we format in JPG.) Lastly, photography is an art and the color edit we apply to our photos is part of our creative vision.
Who owns the copyright? Can I buy the copyright?
Erik & Alicia Elsasser own the copyright and it’s held under Erik and Alicia Photography, LLC. No you cannot buy the copyright but you do receive a print release that allows you to make print products and share your photos on social media. Commercial use is prohibited without express written permission and fair and appropriate compensation. We retain the copyright for the images and the right to use them for promotion and competition.
Erik and Alicia Photography, ©2017