Frequently Asked Questions
About Family Portrait Photography
While we may be best known for our outstanding boudoir photography and our fantastic fine art photography, many of our clients return to have their family photos done as well. They are amazed at how good we can make them look in their glamour photography sessions and wonder if we can do the same for their family portraits. Well... of course we can! Who wouldn't look fantastic after having one of Oleanna's famous makeover? Who wouldn't look younger after being in our signature ultra-soft lighting? Who wouldn't look more fit and trim after having Frederick pose them in his special way?
Our prices for family photography is the same as for all our photography. We do not compete with the "Walk-in-and grin" type of discount studios because the quality that we offer, complete with the makeover and print retouching, simply cannot be obtained from "dollar store" studios.
Family photos become one of your most treasured possessions. In most cases they will hang on walls for decades and become valuable family heirlooms to the subsequent generations. This too important to trust to just anyone. Bring your family to us and the smiles will last long after the prints have been delivered!
Because our rates are for our time and not for the type of session, many clients will combine different genres in one session. So if you are doing some glamour portraiture and would like to add some family portraits to the mix as well, we can split the time so you can also have your family involved in the shoot as well.
Pets are also family!
How can we forget our wonderful little friends who have become so much a part of our families? We love animals of all kinds (we have even shot with pet snakes!) and so we would welcome you to bring your furry loved ones to our studio to include them with your memories. If your pets do not travel well, we also are happy to shoot at the location of your choice. A location shoot can be virtually anywhere and we have the facilities to create a virtual studio wherever the need arises. Whether it is natural light outdoors, available lighting indoors, or bringing our studio lights to the location, any situation can be handled with the same professional photographic results that you would expect from a traditional studio.
About Prenatal Photography
There is only one chance to record this special memory!
The window of opportunity is tight... only a few short weeks before the big day when you are at your glowing best! Throughout the life of your child, you will be taking hundreds of photos but the prenatal images are literally a once in a lifetime opportunity to create tasteful photo art that will become one of your most treasured possessions. Whether you choose a series of images, professionally printed and retouched for a keepsake album, or a fine art wall print or canvas for your home, these images will bring back the memories and magic of this special time in your life.
We encourage other family members to become involved with the prenatal photo session. Certainly the fathers should be included but it is also great to have some of the other family members involved as well. It doesn't matter if you are an expectant single mother or if you already have many other children, a prenatal photo is really, just another kind of family portrait.
Ask us about our Emerging Life Session
While many families understand the value of a prenatal shoot, we also recognize that bringing a new life into the world is a process that should be followed closely. We can offer a special package that will include the prenatal photos, photos at the hospital (delivery room or post-op) and a studio portrait session with the family and the newborn family member a few weeks after the delivery. We would also recommend a follow up shoot close to the one year birthday so that you can create an album that really celebrates the emergence of this new life into the world.
Call us well in advance of the date you are expecting delivery. Last minute bookings may be a disappointment if we are unable to fit you in because of a busy schedule. Don't plan to have the prenatal photos done too close to the predicted time as life is known to throw us curves as this time is only your doctor's best estimate. early surprises happen all the time. Also, as the date gets closer, the mother may not be feeling as perky as she was before. The last few weeks of the pregnancy doesn't show that much change and so there is no benefit from a photographic perspective to leave it too late.
Don't sweat the small stuff!
Remember that every print we produce is retouched to perfection so don't worry about any stretch marks or skin discoloration in the final images. While some people prefer to leave any of these normal issues in the image as they believe that the photo should be an accurate record of this time, others are not so pleased and would like to have the images retouched. Everyone is different both in approach and also in how their bodies react. You don't need to worry about this as we can discuss what you would prefer when you do your viewing of the photo shoot images.
Professional hair and makeup available
Things can get hectic during those final weeks and so it is highly recommended that you take advantage of our in house hair and makeup salon. Oleanna is an amazing hair stylist and makeup artist and can make any women look like a supermodel. Don't stress yourself. Let us take care of everything. Just relax, be assured that your images are going to be fantastic, and enjoy the day.
Call us when you are sure you are pregnant
Plan ahead and take care of this detail early. A small deposit will guarantee that your photo session time will be available when you need it. As a home based business, we can be reached at 403*280*8693 days, evenings and weekends.