baby's first year FAQs - Hope Walls

How long will my session take?

Sessions may take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes or more - a maternity session will probably take less time than a newborn session - so it's best to leave at least an hour for every session, just in case.


Where will our session take place?

With the exception of the newborn session, which ideally takes place in your home, I shoot on location and have a number of suggestions for both free and paid indoor and outdoor locations including commercial studios. Most outdoor locations are free; indoor rates vary from location to location and range from $25/hour to over $400/hour.


What should we wear?

Each session will require different clothing and props, depending on what we are shooting.  Newborns tend to spend most of the session partially or completely naked and a first-year cake smash will require a change of clothes, so we will have to figure out what everyone is going to wear before each session.


What should we bring?

I usually advise bringing one object (a special teddy bear or other keepsake) that gets used at each session in Baby's first year.  Otherwise, like what to wear, this should be determined by which session we are shooting.  Please note that if you wish to include a cake for your child's first birthday photos, you are responsible for purchasing this - I am happy to refer you to my most trusted and talented professional cakemakers who will work closely with you to design the perfect confection for the occasion.


What's included with my session fee?

My travel time to and from the session location, your camera time, and basic post-processing (image clarity, colour corrections, removal of blemishes, etc.) before highlights from your session are featured on the pictureLOVE blog. Advanced edits such as removal of braces are charged at a fee of $50/image. Please note that image retouching is limited to things that are "temporary" - I will get rid of bruises and pimples but you get to keep your scars and dimples. ;)


How many pictures will I get?

Generally, a session yields 10-25 images which are provided in both colour and black and white (20 - 50 images total). This number varies greatly with the mood and cooperativeness of the subject(s). My goal is to capture the following "posed" images at your session, in this order, where applicable: large group photo siblings individual pictures of each child (or pet) parents together individual pictures of parents (extended family sessions will have this same series for each group, with pictures of the youngest children being completed first as they tend to be "done" first.)


How long before I get my photos?

I ask for 8-10 weeks for delivery of images, though on average the wait for teasers on the blog is less than 2 weeks.


Can I have the files?

Yes! You will receive your watermarked webshare images in a private Google gallery, and the high-resolution files via electronic file transfer. USBs or CD/DVDs are provided on request for a nominal fee.


Can I share my pictures on the internet?

Yes! I love it when you share the blog post from your session, @ me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, and use these hashtags: #pictureLOVEtm #HopeWalls #YEGphotographer. You may also share individual watermarked images from your Google album online anywhere you like provided you DO NOT crop the watermark off. Again, I'm all over the @ and #!!!


Where should I get prints made?

You are welcome to get prints made anywhere you like however for best results I suggest using Technicare or the following:

Paper prints up to 11x14 - McBain, Costco, London Drugs

Mounted prints and canvases, prints larger than 12 x 12 - Vivid Print

I provide design for other specialty products including magnetic photo books, albums, calendars, and other keepsakes at a rate of $50/hr + costs and shipping using a variety of professional printers including WHCC, Finao, and Smugmug.

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