Here are some answers to my most frequent questions.....
~What should I wear is a common question I get. Here are some suggestions to help plan for your session.
I always suggest wearing fun colors so that they add a pop to your photos. Layers are always good, like a jacket so you could take it off to change up the outfit without actually changing. For families I think it's good to coordinate but not to be to "matchy matchy". I love adding assessories to the outfits, like hats, scarves, necklaces anything you could think of to add some fun personality to it. Pinterest has tons of ideas I would suggest going on there and taking a look.
~How long are your sessions? And do you have a studio?
I do have a home studio that I use many of my backdrops and larger prop items
Sessions are slotted for an hour but it varies depending on the age I'm photographing. Sometimes for smaller children it could take them a little time to warm up before I start photographing to ensure I'm getting their true personalities in the photos. For older children or couples it could be quicker. But I always say an hour to be safe.
Where do you suggest I print my pictures?
Well I would always say a professional lab is best. The paper and color is on a grander level. There is a difference in quality of a professional lab vs a photo kiosk. I do have a lab I use if you want to do printing with me. I also have tried Costco print lab and it's really affordable and the quality is great.
When will I receive my images?
I give a 2 week estimate but it could always be quicker. I first load your images to view and have you pick out your favorite 10 images and after that I will email your digital link of all of the images not just the 10 faves. You do get all your images in my packages. You will receive a gallery of 30-50 images.
If you would prefer a disk/flash drive mailed it's an additional $25.00
For sessions with at least 48 hour notice will be given a credit to be used within 6 months, Mini Session cancellations with 48 hour notice will be able to apply their session fee to another session within 6 months time period. If less than 48 hours you will loose your deposit if I can't fill your spot. Last minute emergency cancellations will be able to apply their session fee towards another session minus your deposit. Deposits for minis will be lost if cancelled last minute. Extreme emergencies will be taken into account case by case.
All images are fully edited but I will retouch skin for your top 10 favorites. If you would like to have more than 10 retouched there is a $25.00 editing fee.
All session deposits are non-refundable and can get applied toward another session within 6 months with notice. Less than 24 hour notice is not refundable.
All Sessions includes travel up to 20 miles from Montgomery. Anything over will get a travel fee added based on miles.
As well as if you choose a location with an entry fee that also gets added to your session.
Deposits never expire and can be used toward other sessions if a need to reschedule.
Locations I recommend (Some locations have a parking fee and permit required)
-Cantigny (parking and permit)
-Fabian park geneva
-Leroy Oaks St.Charles
-St.James Farm (permit)
-Jay Woods in Plano
-Peck Farm in Geneva
-Hammel woods in shorewood rte 59
-Adams park in Wheaton
-Evanston lighthouse beach
-Bliss woods-Sugar grove
-Lake Katherine Palos Heights (permit)
-Volkening Heritage Farm schaumburg
-Silver springs Yorkville
-Herrick lake wheaton
-Blackberry farm Aurora
-Schaumburg City hall
-Hudson Park Oswego
-Eaton forest perserve in Plainfield 135 &59
-Jerico Park Montgomery
-Churchill Woods in Glen Ellyn
-Fullerburg Woods in Oakbrook
-Tampier Lake Palos Park
-Fountain in Carol Stream
-Botanical Gardens in Glencoe
-Downtown Chicago (beach, navy pier, mill.park, Planetarium, Wrigley building, Bean, Buckingham fountain)
-Pumpkin Farms in the fall
-Palos Forest Perserve
-Farmstead preserve Naperville