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What to Expect at Your Session | Engagement, Maternity & Newborn

What to Expect at Your Session | Engagement, Maternity & Newborn

Engagement Sessions

Engagement photos may be one of my favorite things about being a wedding photographer (besides the actual wedding, of course). They provide me with an opportunity to get to know you and your fiancé. When we have this time together,  you will nautrally become more comfortable with me, comfortable enough to let your guard down in front of the camera so that I can capture natural expressions and reactions of you and your fiancé.


  • You want to wear something that reflects who you are and what you love.
  • If you love purple or mint, like me, it’s your trademark color – wear that.
  • I personally love cowboy boots and would wear them for my shoot.
  • Some clients love toms shoes. Those are fun details that make the pictures about you.

Dress on the same Scale

  • If he’s wearing a suit, a bohemian dress might not be the best option for you.
  • If you are a fashionista, help your love find an outfit that matches your level of fabulousness.
  • 1 Outfit change is always welcome – so it is suggested to have one outfit that’s casual and fun, and one that’s a bit dressier.

Dress Up with comfort in mind

  • Opt for something that you feel free to move and shake in.
  • Avoid clothing that is too tight.
  • Jersey material, while comfortable, is a cruel creator of undesirable curves showing.
  • Think about the time of year and location when picking your outfits.

Wear Color, it is beautiful!

  • I love rich colors, and dark colors are always slimming.
  • Something with a little pop (like a statement necklace) always photographs well, but if you’re most “in-love with” shirt is white or off white – don’t be afraid to wear it.
  • It’s all about you!

Compliment  each other (color)

  • If you both want to wear blue, or red, or green, try wearing varying hues or shades.
  • Avoid being too matchy

Splurge on Sass

  • There’s nothing quite like a brand new dress to bring out the fun of a photograph. 
  • And, if you’re all dolled up… it’s a perfect excuse for a post-session date night.

Be Yourself 🙂

  • Smile, laugh and flirt. You’re getting married! It’s a joyous occasion.
  • Show your true colors. My job is to capture you both totally in love and totally excited for the big day.

You can see some of my engagement photos: here 

 Newborn Sessions

   During Your Session

  • Once you arrive I will give you time in my studio to feed and sooth your baby.  Once she/he is happy and sleepy please let me know so I can join you.
  • I start my sessions by taking some portraits of your baby on a beanbag.  I am looking for some great body shots and capturing some of baby’s bits and pieces like her hands and feet.
  • After that we will move on to some relationship poses.  I will get my pictures with Mom, Dad and Siblings at this time.
  • Once we have these more important poses under our belt,  I will move on to photographing your newborn in the props that I have chosen
  • Before you leave, I will ask you to sign a model release.  This allows me to use your images to promote my business without compensation.

   After Your Session

  • I go through all of the images from your session and select the very best images.  I usually narrow them down to 20-40 images.
  • Once I have the final selections I go through each individual picture.  I correct any blemishes, rashes, etc….  Tiny details like baby acne or hairs on shirts.
  • When your images are ready for viewing, within 2-4 weeks, I will send you an email and we will confirm your ordering session date and time.
  • We will meet at my studio for a preview/ordering session where you will see all of the images for the very first time. At the ordering sesison, you will have an opportunity to purchase any products you would like at a discounted rate. Once I receive the minimum product purchase fee (due at this time), you will receive access to your online gallery that you can go home and share with family and friends. You will have an additional 2 weeks to make purchases from the online gallery before the gallery link expires.
  • If you purchase digital files, I will provide you with a print release so that you can print your images at the lab of your choice without any hassle. You will need to have it with you when you place your order and / or when you pick it up.  The release does not give you full copyrights to your images.  It simply allows for printing and using your images in products you might want to purchase.
  • I have processed your pictures and I think they are perfect as they are.  If you forget to tell your lab to not “auto-correct” (often times it is a box on the order form that is automatically selected), then they will add saturation and contrast to your images.  They will not resemble the images I have provided for you on your USB.  Be careful when choosing a lab. Mpix online is my lab of choice. 

Maternity Sessions
I love when expecting mothers decide to have their photos taken. I think that it is a beautiful time that should be documented and cherished. We can schedule the maternity session to be in your home, where I can create the illusion of a studio, we can go outdoors or you are welcome to come to my home studio in Lavallette, NJ. About a month before your due date is the best time to have your maternity session so your belly is nice and shapely, without you feeling uncomfortable.

When choosing an outfit for your maternity photo session, look for clothes that will accentuate your belly. While you may find baby doll dresses and loose clothing to be more comfortable and flattering, when you look back, you will appreciate the pictures of your exposed curvy belly! (I promise!) 

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