frequently asked
questions
1Where are you located?
I live in downtown Boston, MA and I’m proud to call this city my home! My office is located at 51 Melcher Street, around the corner from South Station and right in the heart of Fort Point’s arts community.
2How would you describe your style?

I love authentic images that are filled with emotion. I love bright colors and warm sunshine. I seek out genuine moments that make me FEEL something.

Most photos are lightly posed, meaning I’ll help get you into place first and then encourage interaction and real expressions while we’re snapping away.

If you want to sum it up in a couple of words, my work is most often categorized as lifestyle photography.

3Do you use a flash?

No, I only use natural light. This allows me to work quickly and flexibly.

4How long will it take to receive our images?

Your proof gallery is posted 2 weeks after your session, and your finished image files are delivered 2 weeks after that (so the total turnaround time is 4 weeks).

5Where does the session take place? Do you have a studio?

Newborn and baby sessions almost always take place at home because it’s a comfortable and natural environment. Maternity sessions can also be photographed at home, or it’s nice to head outside and use Boston as your background! Weather permitting, baby sessions can also take place outside, but I recommend limiting outdoor sessions to the warmer months (May through September).

6Help!!! I'm not photogenic at all!

Believe it or not, pretty much EVERYONE tells me this before their session, and it never turns out to be true! I love coaching my clients through having their photos taken, and I have a lot of tricks up my sleeve to make you look fabulous! When you’re having a great time, you’ll look more beautiful than you thought was possible. I promise! 🙂

7What should we wear?

I’ve put together a complete session preparation guide for my clients that I send before every session. It includes information about clothes, hair/makeup, and other useful tips to help eliminate stress from your experience.

For a sneak peak of recommended color palettes, check out this page.

I also compile a Pinterest board each season with clothing and color inspiration.

You might also find this link to be helpful– it’s a wonderful guide to pairing complementary colors without being too matchy-matchy.

8What happens if we get rained out?

I keep a number of backup dates open each month in case of bad weather, and there is no fee to reschedule to a new date if it’s raining or overcast. Boston weather is notoriously unpredictable and changes very quickly, so I typically wait to call off a session until that morning (or the night before sunrise sessions). If you want to follow along with me, I find that the app Dark Sky has the most reliable forecast. Sunshine is a huge component of my style of photography, and it’s definitely worth waiting for a beautiful day!

9What if my baby is fussy?

Please don’t worry! It’s completely normal for baby to become fussy at least once during the session, and we can take as many breaks as we need. I have all the patience in the world, and I happen to think babies are cute no matter what mood they’re in! 🙂

10I saw these cute pictures on Pinterest. Can we do those?

I love Pinterest as much as the next girl! But Pinterest is best used as an initial source of inspiration, rather than a strict guideline for your photographer. If we’re focused on recreating someone else’s photos, that will leave us less time to create shots that showcase the unique aspects of your family.

If you do want to use Pinterest to help you plan your session, look at it as general inspiration — for instance, use it to figure out what style of photos you like, and then search for a photographer whose images match that style.

11What can I do to help the session go smoothly?

The BEST thing you can do is to let go and enjoy! I know it’s hard not to be stressed before your session, but babies pick up on anxiety really easily. We’ll have the best chance at getting gorgeous images if we let them happen naturally (with a little guidance from me, of course!) I want your pictures to be amazing and will do all the hard work for you! Your only job is to relax and have fun. 🙂

12Can I keep the images from my session private?

All clients sign an optional model release before the session. If you would prefer to keep your images private, you may indicate your request at that time. For clients who choose to decline the model release, I absolutely respect your decision and will keep your images under lock and key.

13Can other family members jump in the session?

Sessions are limited to immediate family members for the majority of the session. However, if grandma and grandpa are in town, they’re more than welcome to jump in a few of the shots! Same goes for fur babies!

14Can we do a home session even our home is tiny/dark/messy?

YES!!! I’ve worked in hundreds of clients’ homes, and I’ve never found one that didn’t work. There is always a beautiful little patch of light that’s perfect for photography! I’m used to photographing in a variety of homes, from South End basement apartments to 400-square-foot condos. If it’s home to your family, that’s all I need to work with! And PLEASE don’t worry about the mess — nothing fazes me! If needed, I’ll help you move furniture/clutter around as we go.

15OK, we're ready to book! What next?

I can’t wait to work with you! Please send me a message here, and we’ll come up with a game plan for your session. After that, you’ll be able to sign your contract and submit your session deposit online. 50% is due upon booking to reserve your date, and the remainder is due on the day of your session.

I also ask new clients to fill out a short questionnaire, which helps me get to know you and your hopes/goals for the session.

albums &
digital files
1Do you include the digital files?

All sessions include your choice of 15 full-resolution digital files with a print release, which allows you to reproduce images for personal use as many times as needed. I provide four versions of each photo, including color and black & white versions in both high- and low-resolution. (in human speak: high-resolution is for printing, and low-resolution is for use on the internet). Additional digital files may be added to your order if you’d like.

2Are the digital files edited/retouched?

Every proof in your gallery is color-corrected and edited 95% of the way. Any images that you order will be fully retouched at no additional charge. Common fixes included but are not limited to: flyaway hairs, skin smoothing and blemish removal, escaping bra straps, etc. There are few things that I’m NOT able to do in Photoshop, so just let me know if you have any special requests after reviewing your proofs!

3Do you provide black & white copies?

Every image is originally photographed in color, but I also provide custom black & white conversions of every image in your order.

4Do you deliver every image you shoot?

I generally shoot at least 10 times the amount of photos guaranteed for your session in order to make sure that we end up with great photos! For your final gallery of 50 images, I’ll shoot *at least* 500 frames and then narrow them down later. This way, you can be sure you don’t end up with blurry shots, or photos in which everyone’s eyes are closed! 😉

5Where should I print my images?

I recommend an excellent online-based consumer lab that offers professional-quality prints. After you upload your digital files, they mail the prints straight to your home. When you receive your session flash drive, you’ll find a PDF file with more detailed printing advice. I’ve had test prints made with nearly every consumer lab, so please ask if you have questions about the quality from a specific place.

do not recommend printing your images at Shutterfly, Target, Walmart, CVS, or Costco. These labs are not designed to handle printing professional photography.

6Do you offer holiday cards/birth announcements?

Although I offer a variety of other display products (such as canvases, framed prints, and custom albums), I do not offer custom cards. However, I use and highly recommend this company. You can use the digital files from your photo session to create stylish designs.

7How are your albums different from CVS, Shutterfly, etc?

The albums that I offer are made entirely by hand, and they are pretty much the best thing ever! I love them so much that I’ve had a dozen printed for my own family. Most photo books are printed on magazine-type paper, but these album pages are made of true photographic prints that are bound together by hand. I do all of the design work, so you don’t have to mess with software (although we can definitely incorporate your feedback!) My favorite part is that there’s no gap between the pages, so we can include beautiful full-spread images!

packages &
pricing
1What does a session cost?

Pricing is listed on this page.

2Do you photograph birthday parties/family reunions?

Unfortunately my schedule does not allow for birthday parties or extended families at this time.

3Is custom photography worth the investment?

I’m proud to provide an experience that my clients have told me is worth every penny! You can learn more about what it’s like to work with KLP on this page.

Here are a couple more articles that do a great job of explaining the value of working with a completely custom photography studio: here and here

4Do you offer a "baby's first year" package?

Yes I do! Please inquire for more details.

5I only need a few images. Do you offer mini-sessions?

I believe that photography should not be a rushed experience — I want you to truly enjoy our time together and leave with some amazing memories. The difference in expressions between the beginning and end of the session is truly remarkable. I find that when parents and babies have time to settle into the session and get used to the camera and me, we’re able to create more authentic portraits. For these reasons, I don’t offer mini-sessions.

However, I do offer special events from time to time, and the best way to find out about those is by signing up for KLP’s newsletter.

questions about
maternity photos
1When is the best time to have maternity photos taken?

I generally recommend booking between 30-34 weeks so that your bump is nice and full, but you still feel comfortable and not too tired.

2Can I include the rest of the family in my maternity session?

Yes, I love photographing family sessions that double as maternity photos! 🙂

3Do you provide hair/makeup?

While I don’t work directly with a hair/makeup artist, I’m happy to provide a list of recommendations upon request. Please be sure to allow plenty of extra time in case your appointment runs longer than expected.

questions about
newborn photos
1How do we schedule since we don't know when baby will arrive?

I pencil in the due date on my calendar, and then I ask parents to email or text me within 3 days of the baby’s birth so that we can schedule your actual session time. I only book a few newborns a month so that I can be really flexible with scheduling.

2How soon should I book my session?

Ideally, I recommend reaching out when you are 6-7 months pregnant so that we can book your due date and plan your session when you still have some time on your hands. However, if you’ve already had your baby, you’re not too late! I will always make time for newborns whenever possible — please reach out!

3What's the best age for newborn photos?

For those curly, sleepy newborn shots, I highly recommend scheduling between 5-14 days old. However, I know that life happens and this isn’t always possible! We can still create beautiful newborn images after 2 weeks; it just takes a little more time and flexibility.

4What time of day do newborn sessions take place?

Generally, I schedule newborn sessions for 10 a.m. on weekdays. If you know the light in your house is better at a different time of day, just let me know!

5How long do newborn sessions last?

Newborn sessions typically last about 3 hours. However, please don’t worry if we need to take a little more time than expected! Babies work on their own timeline, and we can take as much time as we need to create beautiful images for you.

6Do you bring your own outfits/props?

I have a large selection of wraps and blankets that I bring with me to the session. I also love using items that I find in my clients’ homes, since it makes your images personal and meaningful. If you have a favorite outfit or prop that you’d like to use, just let me know!

Here’s a sampling of my collection:

7What should the parents wear?

For newborn sessions, I recommend wearing light neutral colors (gray, beige, ivory, etc.) or pastels in order to keep the focus on the baby. Soft knitted fabrics create a cozy feel. Don’t worry about shoes — I’ll probably have you kick them off anyway. New mamas, one easy option is to wear a maternity cami with a cardigan layered on top. I recommend staying away from busy patterns and pure white (although off-white is fine).

8Can we stay with you while you take the photos?

Of course! You’re more than welcome to watch me work — in fact, I might even ask you for a hand.

9Do we need to do anything to prepare for the session?

I do have a few tips to help things go smoothly! I usually send these again the night before the session, so you don’t need to remember everything now.

1) Try as hard as you can to keep baby awake for an hour before the session so that he/she is nice and sleepy. I know this is close to impossible, so don’t worry if you can’t make it the whole way!

2) Feed baby about 20 minutes before the session so that there’s time to fall into deep sleep

3) Keep baby in just a diaper and a very loose swaddle so that we don’t need to wake him/her up for changes

4) About an hour before the session, turn up the temperature in your house to around 80-85. A good rule of thumb is that if you’re feeling warm, the baby will probably be comfy.

10Do you offer birth photography?

I don’t, but here is a local photographer who specializes in birth photography: Caryn Scanlan

11I'm worried that I'll look exhausted in the images.

I’m used to working with tired new parents, and I have lots of Photoshop tricks up my sleeve to eliminate dark circles. 🙂 Great lighting goes a long way, too!

3 mo - 1 year
baby photos
1Do you offer cake smash sessions?

We can definitely incorporate a cake smash at the end of your session! I recommend reaching out to Oakleaf Cakes — their work is amazing! If you don’t want to invest in a full custom cake, they also offer beautiful pink or blue rosette cakes.

2How long do baby sessions last?

In my experience, I find that babies usually give us about 45-60 minutes. I know that babies’ attention spans are limited, so I work really quickly to get our “must-have” shots right at the beginning of the session.

3Do you bring your own props?

Although I do have wraps/blankets, those are usually used only for newborn sessions. By the time baby is a bit older, I love to incorporate their own environment and favorite toys. If you have a special prop in mind, you’re more than welcome to bring it to the session, but I recommend limiting it to just one or two so that we can keep the focus on the baby and your relationship.

4Are outdoor sessions possible?

Although it’s possible to head outside, I generally recommend limiting outdoor sessions to the warmer months (May-September). Heading to a new environment is already a lot for a baby, so cold temperatures can sometimes mean a grumpy baby. If you have your heart set on outdoor photos, one possibility is to hold the session at your home and then step right outside for part of the session.

5Can we schedule around naptime?

The timing of outdoor sessions is limited to sunrise and sunset, which doesn’t always line up with baby’s nap time. If that’s the case, I recommend booking a home session so that our timing can be a lot more flexible!

6What milestones do you recommend for sessions?

After newborn photos, I love 3-4 months (first smiles), 6-7 months (sitting up unassisted), and 1 year (on their feet!).