Frequently Asked Questions


Newborn Photography

Q: When should I book my newborn session?

A: Most mamas and daddies book around the 6 month mark in their pregnancy. Typically, I'd write you in the book (in pencil) on your due date, then once baby arrives, we'll choose the actual session date when baby is between 5 and 12 days old (for an in-studio posed or in-home lifestyle session) or before baby comes home from the birthing center/hospital (for a Fresh 48 session).


Q: What are the different types of newborn photo sessions?

A: Learn more about that, and see sample galleries, here.


Q: Where is your studio?

A: My studio is located on the first floor of my home in Sioux Falls, SD.


Q: Wait, I thought you were in Marine City!

A. I moved to Sioux Falls in June 2022, but I do travel back to Marine City for sessions several times a year.


Q: Do I need to bring props or blankets or outfits to my newborn session?

A: I have so, so many darling props and wraps, basically everything we'll need for your session except the baby! Have a special theme or color scheme you'd like to include? Let me know, so we can create a session that's unique to you and your sweet new babe.


Q: What if my baby doesn't sleep for their session?

A: It's totally okay! If baby is awake but calm, we'll proceed with the session and capture those bright eyes and silly expressions. If baby is awake but unsettled, we may reschedule.


Q: How do you keep my baby safe during their newborn session?

A: Safety is my first priority during your baby's first photo session. I take all Covid and other illnesses seriously, am fully vaccinated, and will wear a mask during the session; I'm also happy to take an at-home Covid test prior to your session. I'm also experienced in wrapping and handling brand-new babies, and I don't ever try poses that are dangerous, no matter how cute they might be.


Q: Where can I find out what's included in a newborn session, and how much it costs?

A: Investment information is right here.


Q: Can I include my other children in my newborn photos?

A: Yes! If your family is large, though, we will need to either move the session outdoors or to another (paid) studio space.


Q: How do I book a session or ask another question?

A: Contact me here! I can't wait to hear from you!


Milestone Photography

Q: For which first-year milestones should I book a session?

A: I recommend either a newborn, 6 month, and one year/cake smash session, or a newborn, sitter (around 8 months) and one year/cake smash session.


Q: Do I need to bring outfits and props to my milestone session?

A: I have all the props and outfits covered! If there's a special theme or color scheme you'd like to include, let me know, so we can create a session that's unique to your baby.


Q: Where can I find out what's included in a milestone session, and how much it costs?

A: Investment information is right here.


Q: Can I include my other children in my baby's milestone photos?

A: Generally, it's my philosophy that these few milestone session should focus on the baby, but I do like to include a few shots of siblings and families during the newborn session (when possible) and if we're shooting outdoors rather than in-studio, during the one year/cake smash session, too.


Q: Tell me about your cake smash sessions!

A: Where do I begin? Cake smashes are so much fun! Typically, we'd do a non-cake setup first, then the cake setup without the cake, then turn baby loose on the cake. My sets are very simple so your baby can be the star of the show. Also, we don't have to stick to cake — we can include baby's favorite food instead! Think donuts, blueberries, Cheerios... you name it!


Q: How do I book a session or ask another question?

A: Contact me here! I can't wait to hear from you!


Senior Photography

Q: When should I book my senior session?

A: It's literally never too early to book a senior session! Most seniors book the spring before their senior year, to ensure they get the date and location they want.


Q: Do you have a senior guide?

A: Yes! It's here.


Q: Where can I find out what's included in a senior session, and how much it costs?

A: Investment information is right here. Scroll down a bit for the section that covers seniors.


Q: Can I include my other children and my family in senior photos?

A: I know it's wishy-washy, but sometimes. This is one of the few photo sessions in someone's lifetime that is supposed to be about them, so I like to focus solely on them — but occasionally, it's okay to include a sibling, pet, or best friend. So I guess my answer is, it depends.


Q: How do I book a session or ask another question?

A: Contact me here! I can't wait to hear from you!


General Questions

Q: Where's my gallery?

A: To check your place in my current editing queue, click here.


Q: When did you become a photographer?

A: I first started in the industry in 2001, and began photographing people in 2008; my first posed newborn session was in 2012.


Q: Are you on social media?

A: Yes! My Instagram is here and my Facebook is here.


Q: Can I have the RAW photos from my session?

A: No.


Q: Do you do other photography besides newborn, first year, and seniors?

A: For my existing clients, yes. For new clients, it depends on the session — I don't ever do weddings, and boudoir, head shots, extended families, and real estate aren't my forte. I can recommend other photographers for those sessions though!


Q: Do you travel for sessions?

A: HECK YES!


Q: What's at the top of your photography bucket list?

A: I'm dying to shoot a senior in couture at the Bonneville Salt Flats.