Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When should I schedule my maternity session?

A: I definitely recommend you schedule your session between 32 and 36 weeks. This will allow you to have a nice round belly while still being comfortable. 

Q: What should I wear to my maternity session?

A: This is all dependent on how you want to remember your session. I have a client closet of dresses if you're looking for a more elegant or boho look. However, I am perfectly happy to photograph you in jeans and a t-shirt if that's more your style.

Q: Do you require a deposit?

A: I do require a retainer to hold your session time so others cannot schedule during the time you'd like. I do also require a contract to be signed to hold the date. Once your retainer is paid and contract signed, you'll receive a text & email from me confirming your session. The retainer is considered as part of your session fees and is non-refundable. 

Q: When should I schedule my newborn session?

A: I recommend scheduling your newborn session when you are scheduling your maternity session. For the actual newborn session, I recommend scheduling for between 7 to 21 days after birth. 

Q: How can I schedule my newborn session if I don't know when they'll be born?

A: Great question! I do suggest scheduling between 7 and 21 days after birth, but also scheduling ahead of time to guarantee a session, as they are limited. While you're pregnant, I'll schedule your newborn in 7 to 21 days after their due date. If baby comes early or late, just let me know and I can give you some alternative dates. 

Q: What's a studio newborn session?

A: This session is the session where you'll see the cute posed naked images, wrapped images, and family images that are done in my home studio. This is a super long session, that can last anywhere between 1.5 to 4 hours. The hours it takes to complete is all dependent on how your baby is acting during the session. 

Q: What's a lifestyle newborn session?

A: This session is where I come to your home and photograph you and your family in a natural space with very natural posing. With this session, I'll mainly be in your baby's nursery capturing crib images, little details, and super sweet cuddles between you and your newborn.

Q: What is a first 24 session?

A: This is a newborn session where I will come to the hospital to photograph your newborn within the first 24 hours after birth.  I love doing these sessions because your newborn changes so much within the first few days after birth. I love being able to give momma's memories of their newborns littlest and sweetest details of their first hours. 

Q: Should I bring anything to my newborn's session?

A: I suggest bringing diapers, some formula, and a binky, just in case your baby gets a smidge cranky. For yourself, I'd suggest a snack, as they are lengthy sessions. If you are bringing your other children along, please bring something to entertain them, such as an iPad or small toy. Otherwise, you won't need to bring a thing with you, aside from yourself and your newborn. 

Q: How long does it take to get the images back?

A: I will have a rough edit done for you within 48 hours after your session. This type of edit is enough for you to know what the image looks like, however, it's not a complete edit. This will allow you to choose the images you'd like to keep as part of your package. Once you pick the images you'd like to keep, I then edit the images for you in full, then I will have the edited images for viewing within 2 weeks after choosing your images. 

Q: What if I don't like a dress that's in your client closet?

A: Let me know! Once you let me know you just don't care for any of the colors or dresses in my client closet, I'll send you to my vendors website to pick the dress you'd like to wear for your session. 

Q: What's a product credit?

A: Product credit is an amount that you'll have to spend on the products you'd like. The products can be either digital images or prints/products from the professional lab I use.

If any of these Q&A's don't help your specific questions, please send me an email at rusticarrowphotos@gmail.com and I'd love to talk and help you out.

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