When to Schedule Your Photo Session?
I get a lot of calls for last minute sessions, and while I LOVE to try to squeeze everyone in…there are times when I am quite literally booked up and have to turn folks away. Those are very sad days for me. I love meeting new clients, and being your photographer for whatever special event you need, but I am only one person with a sometimes busy schedule. So, I thought perhaps everyone would like a little info on “when” would be a good time to schedule your photo sessions.
One of the best life lessons I ever got was from my college marching band instructor (yes, I was in the marching band). He would always tell us “If you are early, you are on time. If you are on time, you are late. If you are late, you are left.” That is the best advice I can give to you as well. The earlier, the better when it comes to scheduling your photo sessions.
Maternity: For my personal taste (and every photographer is different), Maternity Sessions should be photographed while you are between 32-36 weeks of pregnancy…much earlier if you are expecting multiples. Best time to book is no later than 25 weeks. This will allow you enough time to get the dates that you want, get the clothes you want, and schedule your Planning Consultation.
Birth: I go on-call for birth clients starting at 36-37 weeks (earlier if you are expecting multiples), and full payment for Birth Photography is due by 37 weeks. So....the best time to book would be no later than 28 weeks into your pregnancy. This will allow you enough time to set up a payment plan, as well as give us enough time to get to know each other. My ultimate recommendation for scheduling your child's birth is as soon as possible. I'm not saying you have to tell me before you tell your husband. Ha! But around 14 weeks into your pregnancy is ideal for booking a birth. With that all said though...I am more than happy to take you on even if you are already in labor. Just give me a call!
Newborn: Sessions for newborns really depend on the baby. I usually suggest between 5-10 days old, when baby is sleepiest and most pliable. However, while I do understand that things come up and a newborn session can be done as late as 3-4 weeks of age, we do recommend getting your wee one in within 2 weeks of birth. Obviously, if your baby is in the NICU, we can schedule a session for when they are ready.
Family & Children: Best time to book is about 4-6 weeks in advance. This will give you enough time to prepare clothes for the session, and to have your planning consultation to discuss your expectations. Also, keep in mind that our amazing family sessions are all done outdoors (weather permitting) and during the golden hour of sunset.
I hope this helps give you a general understanding on when is the ideal time to book your session. Of course, I do understand last minute changes. Stuff always happens! Life can be crazy at times, so please feel free to call me, even if it is last minute. I will always try to get you scheduled.
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