What is your philosophy regarding photography?
I personally believe quality photography should not be a luxury. I remember searching for a photographer to take maternity pictures and was quoted rates I simply could not afford, if I also wanted to buy groceries. I decided to be the change I wanted to see in this field. My goal is to make capturing that special time in your life something that any family can attain for a reasonable cost. I thoroughly enjoy creating art with my wonderful clients as my subjects. I appreciate being chosen for special occasions and I want to provide the best product possible, while not breaking the bank. Your satisfaction, return business and recommendations are the best compensation I can receive.
What is you photography style?
My photographic style is very natural. While I have many props for newborns and babies, I do not have many for older children and adults. I am happy to provide for my clients any and all props for their use, although I generally like to center my work around my subjects and their unique beauty and personalities.
What type of camera/equipment do you use?
I am a proud owner of three Nikon D5s and one Nikon D4s. They are my babies! I have many lenses to facilitate a variety of options. A 35 mm f/.1.8 lens, 50 mm f/1.4 lens, 85 mm f/1.8 lens, 24-120 f/4 lens and a 70-200 f/2.8 lens. Additionally, I have Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop Light Room 5 for editing.
Do you offer workshops and/or in-person mentoring for other aspiring photographers?
I do offer Newborn Photographer Shadowing and Newborn Photography Learning with hands on. Please visit my calendar for pricing and availability: https://nlphotollc.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php
How do I reserve my session?
Please visit https://nlphotollc.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php to schedule all sessions, with the exception of events. Please send me a text at 305-298-4726 or a message via Facebook messenger to coordinate an event session. I will get back to you as soon as possible. I require a $10 non-refundable deposit at the time of booking. This includes one complimentary rescheduling. After that, if you cannot attend your session, you will forfeit the retainer. At that time, you may schedule a new session and pay a new deposit. I do expect notice, no later than the morning of your session. if you are not able to attend. I understand life happens. Babies get sick. There is nothing worse than taking pictures while feeling under the weather. That is not the moment I am wanting to freeze in time for you.
Do you offer any discounts?
My desire is to make professional photography affordable for most families. My rates are set to achieve this. However, I do have special packages for Rainbow Babies. Please contact me if you feel this applies to your family.
Do you have mini sessions?
Yes, I do offer seasonal mini sessions. Please watch https://www.facebook.com/NLPhotoLLC/, as well as check your email/text for what's coming up next!
Can I request certain shots I've seen?
By all means! Please share any ideas and our thoughts you would like to see during your photo shoot. My goal is to make you a satisfied customer. Within reason, I will recreate what your visions are to the best of my abilities.
What can I expect during my shoot?
You can expect that I will be more than ready to capture this special moment in your life! I have a bunch of props, poses and ideas, but I encourage you to have fun and be spontaneous. Some of the most memorable shots are unplanned. After the session, payment is due preferably in cash, cash app, & venmo, but credit/debit cards and checks are accepted.
What is your rescheduling/cancellation policy?
Life is full of the unexpected! As soon as you are aware of a conflict, please let me know and you are allowed to reschedule your session ONE time before losing your $10 non-refundable retainer fee. At a minimum, if by the morning of your session, you think there will be an issue, please let me know so I can plan the rest of my day accordingly. Additionally, I will do my best to find another day/time to accommodate your needs.
BEFORE THE SESSION
What should I/we wear?
My theory is that less is more. Start with a basic color pattern and then go from there, usually 2-3 colors. My best tip is to coordinate, not match. For example, have a person with a pattern containing all the colors, then pull individual colors for the rest of the group's clothing and/or accessories. Another way is to use a neutral/soft palette and add a few pops of bright colors. Avoid stripes, plaid and overly loud/busy patterns. Always remember that these pictures will last a lifetime, timeless style is best. Save your hip and trendy clothes for going out on the town! Classic is classic for a reason. Finally, wear comfortable clothing that you feel good in and the pictures will emanate those feelings!
To those expecting and those that already received your bundle of joy: Before you purchase clothing, please inquire with me about my maternity gowns, newborn wraps and baby clothing/accessories. I provide some of these items at no additional cost and/or a small rental fee for the duration of your session. I work closely with https://www.etsy.com/shop/twolittleangels1 and perhaps you don't need to spend extra money on anything!
What should/can I bring?
My job is to capture you and your family's essence. Want to dress up your newborn in your chosen profession? Let's do it! Does your family play music, bring your instruments. If your dog is part of the family, 4 legged babies are always welcomed! Whatever keepsake or special token makes you smile and you would like to include is welcomed.
Do you rent maternity gowns?
Yes, I have 16 different dresses available for a $10 rental fee.
Where will my pictures be taken?
In my home, I have a studio designed for up to 16 months. I have a variety of back drops, props and accessories to help you obtain whatever look you are thinking of. From a barn to a fanciful boutique. If you prefer outdoor sessions, the beautiful and picturesque scenes in most of my pictures is Larry and Penny Thompson Park. Located near Cutler Bay, it features lovely mangroves and quaint paths that make the perfect natural background. I lovingly refer to this as my park because I mainly shoot there. I am very acquainted with its amenities and I always love my results.
DAY OF SESSION
How can I prepare for the day of my session?
The best way to contribute to a successful session is being in a relaxed and stress-free state of mind! That said, if you are rushing and/or unprepared, this will affect your session. Lay out the clothes to be used the night before and get a good night's sleep. Be mindful of your children's schedules. Plan to get naps and snacks in before show time. This will assure that everyone will have a pleasant experience.
Should I arrive early?
Please aim to arrive on time. At most, 10-15 minutes early. Please note that in order to keep my prices low, I mostly schedule my sessions back to back. This especially pertains to mini sessions. Moreover, this means you need to be ready to start at your start time and go at your end time.
What happens if I am late?
If you do not arrive on time to your session, I cannot guarantee that your session will not be shortened. I often book clients back to back, depending on my schedule and demand. Moreover, I cannot give a late client extra time because it would potentially affect several clients' sessions.
What if we go over the time included in my package?
Schedule permitted, you can upgrade another 30 minutes for an additional $90.
When will I receive my photos?
Typical turn around time for the rest of your pictures is 15 calendar days. If you need them sooner, I offer a 5 day rush service for $25.
Do I get every image you shoot?
We take as many pictures as we can, dependent on your baby's/child's behavior within our allotted time. You will receive a hefty number of pictures above the 5-10 image norm amongst fellow photographers. This does not mean every single image will be print worthy. I simply feel my clients should be the ones choosing their favorite images, not myself with my preferences. All pictures taken will receive basic editing. If you require extensive or special editing, considered retouching, please send me a message to inquire about different pricing. Please see TECHNICAL FAQ for further information.
Do you offer prints or only digital copies?
I offer both digital and printed images. Digital images are included with the cost of your session. When you receive the link with your set of images, you may order prints at a better quality and price than that of typical retail stores. If you do choose a retail vendor, no need to call me to sign or write a release, I do not copyright my images. I can recommend a wonderful canvas printing company, www.canvasfab.com and give you my exclusive 50% discount code to use in their shop.
Do you back up our images?
Yes, back up is via hard drive and all pictures are saved for 30 days. I charge an $10 to resend your link if needed.
What is the difference between editing and retouching?
Basic editing includes correcting for lighting/exposure and color temperature, cropping and possibly adding 'signature Nicole' touches to the images. This can take from a few seconds to a few minutes per picture, depending on the desired effect. It may not seem like a lot of time, but I do several sessions per week. This adds up to many hours of work. All of which I account for when making my schedule.
Retouching includes blemish removal, teeth brightening, skin smoothing or even the removal of an undesired object. This can take up to 10 minutes per picture and is not something I account for when making my schedule. These services have a different fees, which are shared upon need.
What rights do you and do I have to the digital images?
You have the right to reprint images at your leisure. However, you may not profit from or publish your images without my consent. I do use various images I capture for advertising in Facebook and Instagram. If you do not wish me to do so, simply let me know in advance. This is not usually an issue since most people love to show off their cuties!
Up to what size can we print our digital images?
As large as you want.