My studio is centrally located in-between Seattle & Olympia in Puyallup, WA. I have a beautiful 650 square foot space complete with backgrounds and props for client use. I also have the ability to shoot with studio & natural light. There is also an outdoor shooting area in the alley and a park within walking distance. The possibilities for your session are endless.
Q & A
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY SESSION?
I accept 5 newborns a month as I photograph other sessions, and I am a mom to 3 kids as well as a wife to my amazing husband of 11 years. It’s best to book early to ensure you are able to get a slot. For newborns I recommend booking during the second or early in the third trimester. Sessions are scheduled for 14-21 days after your due date and once baby arrives and you contact me, we’ll schedule the actual session date/time (usually when baby is between 14-21 days old). For cake smashes I suggest at least 2 months in advance to allow time to customize the session, while family sessions are best to be schedule several months ahead of time especially during busy season. Please do not let this deter you from contacting me about a potential session, I do usually have space in my calendar for a last minute booking.
WHERE DO SESSIONS TAKE PLACE?
Most sessions take place in my Puyallup, WA studio. I prefer to keep child sessions at the studio whenever possible so we can utilize all of my fun backgrounds, props and accessories. For newborn sessions, I have everything ready and comfortable so you simply get to sit back and relax. Family portrait sessions and older children (3 yrs and older) are typically shot on-location of your choice within 15 mi of 98372, location suggestions are also available if requested.
WHEN DO SESSIONS TAKE PLACE?
Newborn sessions are photographed in the morning at 10am. Cake smashes and child portrait sessions are photographed at either 10am or 1pm. Outdoor sessions are photographed during “golden hour” spring-summer which is sunset hours. I also have the ability to do sessions during the week at only 10am.
WHAT IF MY CHILD IS SICK?
Please reschedule if your child or anyone that is attending the session isn’t feeling like him/herself. Sick kids and photo sessions just don’t mix. We want to make sure we capture your child’s REAL personality. Because of COVID, sessions will HAVE to be rescheduled if anyone in your house is showing symptoms related to COVID.
DO YOU PROVIDE THE PROPS/ACCESSORIES?
YES! For my newborn sessions, most of the cute props, headbands, rompers and other items you see in my portfolio are available at the studio for you to use during your session. I am always adding to my collection so there is never a shortage of cute new things to choose from. If you are looking for something in particular contact me to see if I have it already, or if it’s something I might be willing to add to my prop collection for your session. For cake smashes, parents provide all outfits. To help make cake smash session less stressful & more fun, I also provide the cake (any allergy issues must be disclosed), décor, and props. Clients are more than welcome to bring their own personal props to incorporate into the cake smash setup.
WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE FOR MY SESSION?
All newborn & cake smash sessions will include a very detailed prep guide that is emailed 1 week before the session. Other sessions I highly suggest scheduling sessions around nap-time to ensure little ones are well rested for being photographed. For cake smashes, parents can bring 1-3 outfits depending on the session that is scheduled and diaper wipes for cleanup. I do have a bathroom with baby soap for cleanup if needed. To help little ones warm up before the pictures begin I recommend bringing; their favorite toy, book or blanket, along with snacks and a bottle (if needed) just in case the child gets hungry.
HOW DO I SEE MY IMAGES?
All sessions (except Newborn Sessions) include digital images delivered via an online gallery. There are no additional fees to get the files and no ordering process required. Approximately 3 weeks after a session two emails will be sent; a link to an online password protected proofing gallery. Galleries expire after 2 weeks, once expired there is a $25 fee to reinstate galleries for image selections. Once you’ve made your selection the high resolution digital files will be emailed to you to download along with a print release. Newborn Session flash drives are mailed or can be picked up by appointment. These files will allow you to print your pictures wherever you wish, the portrait agreement will list the most preferred locations to ensure high quality prints. Proofing galleries are NOT edited images and heavily watermarked. The final selections clients choose will not be watermarked and will be fully edited just like the images from my portfolio.
**Turnaround times may vary during peek season, we will note the turn around time in the paperwork during the booking or at the time of the session.