What's your style?
Playful, tender, whimsical, nostalgic. Our goal is to artfully capture your real moments, to show the story of your children and family in photos you'll love forever.
What's your approach to photographing kids?
We must've all been scarred for life by bad photo studios in the '80s. As a result, we really gravitate toward natural expressions, not forced poses. Photos of your children running, jumping, playing, hugging, laughing. These are the photos we're after.
What's your approach to photographing families?
We want to show your family spending time together in an environment that means something to you. Cooking breakfast in your kitchen, watering plants in your backyard, playing together at your favorite park. Whatever your family loves to do together, that's what we want to capture.
What's your approach to maternity photos?
We love pretty light, flowy dresses, floral crowns and basically if-Anthropologie-had-a-maternity-line-we-would-shoot-the-catalog kind of looks. We also like the idea of including your partner/spouse/significant other in your maternity photos, if that's something you'd like. Here's even more of what inspires us.
What's your approach to newborn photos?
We love natural light, soft blankets, sleeping babies all wrapped up or tastefully baring it all. We adore close-ups of little ears, hair, fingers and toes. Also, we promise never to put your baby into an oversized teacup or summer squash.
My family isn't in Austin. Will you travel?
Absolutely. We charge the Texas standard rate of 55 cents a mile, and are happy to coordinate sessions outside of Austin. If you're nearby, (Round Rock, Leander, Georgetown, Buda) we'll meet you at no additional charge.
What time of day should we plan to shoot?
That all depends on what kind of session you'd like.
We shoot Good Morning family sessions in our clients' homes from 9-11 AM.
We shoot studio portrait sessions in our home any day between the hours of 9 and 4.
For outdoor sessions, we shoot 90 minutes prior to sunset.
For newborn sessions, we shoot in our clients' homes from 9-11, or 2-4 PM (to best utilize morning and afternoon window light).
Where should we shoot?
Most anywhere you like: our in-home studio, your home, a nearby park, an ice cream shop, etc. Let us know what you're picturing and we can recommend great places. We especially like to pick locations that are meaningful to you.
How long will the session last?
Most sessions last about an hour and a half. Newborn sessions will take at least two hours, due to feeding and settling.
Who will photograph my session?
Amy photographs all maternity, newborn, and baby sessions. Nathan, Amy or both of us photograph family and children sessions.
What should I bring?
Cute outfit options (we will have time for 1 or 2 outfits). Your little one's favorite toys and/or blankets, stuffed animal, snacks, pacifier if your child takes one.
What about props?
Our favorite props are things you'd actually put your child into, like a red wagon, vintage pram or even an old wash basin. (We happen to have these exact props, and others too, so let us know what you're envisioning.)
What should my child wear?
A wackier, more fun, more layered outfit than a regular day. We love hats, rainboots, mixed colors and patterns. Get some awesome ideas right here.
What if my child gets cranky?
When it comes to photos, the kid is the boss. But we can manage your child's mood in a few different ways. Plan to come to your photo session directly from home. If you run errands beforehand, your child's patience level will be depleted. (Hey, I feel the same way when I'm at Ikea or The Container Store for too long, so I totally understand.) Plan to feed your child a snack/meal 30 minutes to an hour before the session so he or she will feel happy, not hangry. Bringing additional emergency snacks and/or juice to the session is also a good idea.
Can we re-create this great photo I saw on Pinterest?
Sure. Send it to us, and I bet we can re-interpret it. Even better, let's come up with our own amazing concept and get it re-pinned a hundred times. We may or may not have a spreadsheet with a ridiculous number of photoshoot ideas and would love to chat with you about what you have in mind.
When should I book my child's newborn session?
As soon as you know your due date, let's book. We'll plan a tentative session one week following your due date. The ideal time to take newborn photos is within the first 10 days, but we like the one week mark even better. Your session fee holds the date.
When should we plan for my maternity session?
At the beginning of your third trimester. It's when your baby bump is the perfect size for photos.
How does payment work?
Your session fee of $150 + tax is due at the time of booking. We accept cash, personal check, and Visa, Mastercard or Discover. Two weeks before your session, we'll send you an automated reminder and link to your final invoice for $285 (the cost of your edited, hi-res digital image files) which is due ten days prior to your session. If it's more convenient, you may pay the total amount of $435 at time of booking.
Please note that Playdate Sessions and Birth Stories have different pricing. See our Sessions & Pricing page for details.
Yep. In the state of Texas, photography is considered a product, not a service, so we must collect sales tax at 8.25% with every session fee and product sale.
What is the timeline for receiving my photos?
Processing photos takes about 2 weeks. We'll send you a temporary, password-protected slideshow and gallery so you can preview your images and choose products from our online shop. The temporary slideshow will stay active for ten days.
Why do I pay at two separate times?
The first payment ($150) is for the session fee, and holds your date. The second payment reflects the edited, hi-res digital files we'll deliver via online gallery.
How many images will we get?
At least 40 final, edited images. About 2/3 will be in color, and about 1/3 will be in timeless black and white. All will be hi-res and downloadable via your online password-protected gallery.