Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much is a session and what is included?

Session fees vary depending on the type of session and time involved. For a list of my current packages please see:

All sessions include a pre-session consultation, the session time (in studio or on location), and your choice of online gallery or in person selection appointment. Digital packages and printed products are purchased separately. This allows you to choose exactly the right number of digital images or the perfect heirloom keepsakes for you!

2. What should I wear/bring?

This question very much depends on the type of session and the location. For most sessions this is best discussed one on one so we can factor in outfits for everyone involved (if there is more than one person) and take into account the location and style of the shoot. It's always good to bring a couple of outfit choices and, depending on the type of session, we may be able to incorporate more than one. Some sessions, like maternity and newborn, you don't need to bring anything particular as I have studio gowns and newborn outfits for use in your session.

For newborn sessions, parents often want to include special mementos like the baby blanket grandma knitted or a special outfit or plush toy. Please bring anything you would like to incorporate to your preconsultation and I will always do my best to use these special items. For these sessions, it's also important to bring diapering supplies, feeding supplies, burp cloths, and a change of clothes for baby and you.

3. I'd like to get some enlargement prints, and album, or wall art from the session for my home. Can you work in specific colours to match my decor? Can I order artwork from the session through you?

Yes. If you plan to create artwork for your home or nursery and would like me to incorporate specific colours, please let me know as soon as possible so I can ensure I have the correct colours ready for your session. We will discuss ideas for the session at the preconsultation to ensure the final images are everything you want to display proudly in your home.

As a photographer I have access to professional printing labs that are reserved for professional photographers only. These labs guarantee their colour and produce very high quality prints, and unique, high-quality albums and products. I am so thrilled to offer this service to my clients!

4. Where will the session take place?

This again depends on the type of session. Newborn sessions are currently available only in studio. This ensures I can have everything I need close at hand, and that I can have the studio prepared when you arrive. For maternity, portrait, and fresh 48 as well as any other sessions, I am able to offer in studio or at outdoor locations in the Ottawa area. If you would like to schedule a session outside of Ottawa, it can be accomodated but might be subject to a travel fee.

5. How long will the session last?

All sessions include a maximum time allotment. If I have a good selection of images in a shorter duration, the session might be finished sooner than originally planned. For most sessions I allow one hour. For newborn sessions I always allow for 3-4 hours to ensure there is adequate time for feeding and changing and to keep everyone relaxed.

6. When will I get to see the finished images?

My standard turnaround time for finished images is 2-3 weeks for normal sessions. However, during busy seasons (especially fall through Christmas), turnaround times can be longer. At the time of your session, I will alert you if I anticipate turnaround time to be longer than normal. If you need some or all of your images rushed for a specific date, please let me know and we can discuss the feasibility depending on my current work load. Once your gallery is fully edited I will be in touch to schedule your selection appointment or to set up your online gallery!

7. How do you decide what images to include in my gallery?

When your session is complete, I will go through all the images and remove any that are not worth editing. This can include removing images that are out of focus, improperly exposed, or have closed eyes or funny facial expressions.

I will fully edit the remaining images, and when they are complete I will contact you. For portrait and maternity sessions I generally have 15-25 of the best images for you to make your selections from. For newborn sessions I generally have 25-30 images.

8. How can I figure out what type of artwork will work best in my home?

If you know you would like to purchase artwork for your home I recommend an in-person preconsultation session. I will have a selection of studio samples to showcase the different types of artwork I offer. This way you will be able to decide what you like the look and feel of. As we discuss the spaces where you would like to hang artwork, I will be able to make recommendations of sizes and styles.

10. What if down the road I want more prints or products? Can I come back to you and place an additional order?

Definitely! I regularly get requests (especially around the holidays) for an additional order. This is never an issue, however there is at least a 2-3 week turnaround from the lab so please make sure if you are ordering gifts that you leave adequate time for them to arrive.

11. I see you post images from your sessions. What if I'm not comfortable with my images being shared?

I have several clients who have requested their images not be shared online. As much as I always want to share my best work, I absolutely respect requests for privacy. Likewise, if you are not comfortable with certain images being shared or would like the opportunity to view your gallery before granting permission, this is not an issue at all. Simply let me know before your session and we will work out the specifics.

12. Once you've posted my images on Facebook is it OK for me to tag myself so my friends and family can see them?

Absolutely! I'm more than happy to have you tag yourself in any images I have posted from your session. You are also welcome to share images or albums I have posted. However please share them directly from my page instead of saving and reposting them. Facebook compresses images so if you save and repost them, they will lose quality. Of course, once you receive your watermarked images you are more than welcome to post those directly to your Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Instagram, etc. I also suggest using the social media images for email to family and friends not on social media.

Hopefully this helps answer any questions you might have! If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me so I can reply directly and add the common ones to my FAQ.