Family Photography: Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

  • May we bring props to our session?

Props can add interest and personality to your photos. If you would like to include props, please let me know ahead of time so I can plan accordingly. I can provide some of my own props depending on my inventory, or you can bring some of your own.


  • How long do sessions last?

Session time varies depending on the package you select. Mini sessions are approx. 15-30 minutes while regular sessions span average about an hour.


  • Will you suggest a location for the session?

I’d loved to share some of my favorite places! I have many lovely options my clients love to use, but don’t feel like you are limited to my suggestions. Also, please keep in mind that when kids are involved, it’s best to stick to one setting, such as a park, trail, or playground. Pick a place where they are comfortable being themselves. I like to scout out locations ahead of time to make sure the lighting will work for us during the time of year we are shooting, so if you have a special place in mind, just let me know ahead of time.


  • How can we best prepare for the session?

Get yourself and your family excited about the session. Whether you go all out on a styled shoot or purchase new outfits for everyone. It’s great when you can involve the entire family.


  • When is payment due?

50% of the total cost is due at booking and the balance is due on the day of the photography session.


  • I see a lot of ideas on Pinterest, can we suggest ideas for photos?

I have a variety of samples on my website and blog for inspiration. During the pre-consultation I will discuss your vision and my experience. If there is an image from Pinterest that you love, feel free to bring it in and we can talk about how to make the pose or look a reality for you. Feel free to visit my Pinterest boards for more inspiration:

Visit Paula’s profile on Pinterest.


  • Is there a time that is better than others for outdoor photo sessions?

The best time for an outdoor photo session is either early in the morning or right around sunset. I’ve found that the best light is usually 15-20 minutes before sunset and 15-20 minutes after. You can visit to get an accurate time for sunset on your scheduled photo session day and then back up approx. 1 hour to 1.5 hours from that time for start time. You want to make sure to factor in extra time just in case you happen to be running late, want to change outfits during the session, etc…


  • How much does a session cost?

See current pricing options HERE.


  • What is included in a session?

All sessions cover my travel expenses to the location, and include my services during the shoot and basic editing of the images. A set number of images are provided upon completion based on the duration of session. For example, with an hour session you will usually receive 20-25 retouched 5×7-size digital images on USB with printing release, plus some combination of pro lab-quality prints or gallery wraps, depending on the package or type of session. Full-res digital files are also available for purchase.


  • What type of payment do you accept?

I accept checks, paypal and all major credit cards.


  • How long after the session until I see my photos?

Turnaround for your photo preview gallery is approx. 1 week. I will usually post a few sneak peak images to social media within 24-48 hours of photographing the session, so make sure you are connected! The final edits take approx. 1 additional week, and then it takes up to 1 week for the lab to get back your prints and products. So total turnaround time is usually about 3 weeks.


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