F.A.Q’s

Have a question? Most people do!! What do I wear for my photo shoot? When is the best time to have a session? The list goes on so we’ve prepared this list of questions, chances are you’ll find the answer to your questions here BUT just in case you don’t please do not hesitate to contact me!!!

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Why choose custom photography?

Because that’s exactly what it is, custom, your session will be tailored to your specific needs, likes and wants. Every baby is different, every family is different and so your photography session should be too!

Why is custom photography more expensive then going to portrait studios like Walmart or Sears?

With custom photography your session is personalized you get more attention during your photo shoot and your images get more attention too. Because a custom portrait photographer dedicates extra time and attention to each of their clients, you end up with more variety and personalization in your images.

Where will my session be held?

That depends on the type of session we are doing, due to prop and equipment requirements all newborn sessions are held in my studio in West Citadel NW, Calgary.

Baby, birthday and maternity sessions can be held in studio or on location.

Family, couple and extended family sessions are held on location.

Some examples of locations would be a park, a back yard, an urban setting, etc... Ask me for suggestions, I have tons :)

Do you only photograph babies?

I work with people and children of all ages. My clients range from expectant Mama’s to newborns & babies to children, families and couples.

When is the best time to take maternity photos?

Maternity photos can be done at anytime, you want to be comfortable and feel beautiful. Around weeks 30-34 a pregnant women starts to develop a really predominant and beautiful pregnant shape and it is right before things start to get “uncomfortable”. This is the time I usually when I recommend having your maternity photos taken.

When is the best time to take photos of my baby?

Newborn photography should be done within the first 2 weeks after the birth; at this time babies are very flexible and they are still in the “sleepy” stage so they are likely to be easier to pose and keep sleeping during the session. I like to photograph newborns between days 7-14, waiting until day 7 gives Mommy, Daddy & baby time to bond and adjust before the session. With that said I know not everyone has the opportunity to photograph their baby this early, don’t fret this is the recommended timeframe however we can still get great shots of your newborn at any stage – I’ve had successful sessions with babies up to 6 weeks of age (please note that not all posing/ props are available to newborns older then 2 weeks).

After the newborn stage the next best times to photograph your baby are between 6-8 months - once baby can sit up without support but before they are crawling and their first birthday.

Once your little one has passed their first year I recommend photographing your family annually. For this keep an eye out for my back to back family mini sessions! These are 20 minute sessions offered 3 times a year at a discounted rate - summer park sessions in July, fall park sessions in Sept/ Oct & Christmas studio sessions in Nov.

What should my children wear?

For Newborns - photographs are taken nude; this best shows off the details of your tiny new addition to the family. Photos taken in the buff also keep your photos looking timeless. Regular clothes tend to look bulky on newborns and can make the photos look dated in a couple years. I do however have some cute newborn prop clothes (little pants for both and diaper covers for girls), these are made specifically for newborn photography in tiny newborn sizes.

For babies - they are fun to photograph in their diaper, showing off their cute little rolls and cubby parts. It’s also fun to do their photos in cute little outfits like a tutu or dress for a girl or a shirt/ pant combo or onesie for a boy. Cake smashes should be done in the nude or a diaper only.

For children - Solid colors always look the best on camera. Crazy designs, big prints, plaids and big logos can be distracting and take attention away from the subject.

I would suggest choosing solid colors in shades like blue, green, cream, pink, purple, grey or black as these tend to look flattering for all skin types.

What should I wear?

This is a very common question, I encourage you to be yourself and wear something that suits your personality and the emotions you want to portray in your photographs.

Solid colors always look the best on camera. Crazy designs, big prints, plaids and big logos can be distracting and take attention away from the subject.

I would suggest choosing solid colors in shades like blue, green, cream, pink, purple, grey or black as these tend to look flattering for all skin types.

When dressing your family for your session think coordinated versus "matchy, matchy"

Maternity

How many times in your life will your body go through this amazing transformation?!?  This is a time to be celebrated, a time to feel beautiful and maybe even a little “sexy”! To help with what to wear I will send you a list of wardrobe suggestions!!

Family

If we are doing some family shots its important to create a cohesive look to your images, to do this I recommend picking a color pallet that has 1 shade and 1 or 2 colors and then everyone chooses their outfits from. For example Blues & Blacks or Purples, Whites & Greys, ect… If everyone wears various shades of the chosen pallet, this will give the images a dynamic look without being “matchy, matchy”.

Children should be dressed in solid colors, no big prints or patterns as this can be distracting and take attention away from the natural beauty of the children.  Pinks, blues, purples or greens are very flattering and will usually coordinate with my backgrounds.  Please ensure that the colors are light and soft or dark and rich, no extremely bright colors.

Shoes

Clean and dry shoes are permitted in the studio.  If you want to create a classic look to your images I suggest bringing a pair of clean shoes that match your attire and show your personality.  If you would like to create a relaxed, fun look I suggest going barefoot. Or if you would like to create a casual look I suggest wearing clean; all black socks (no holes).

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How will I receive my portraits?

After our session you will have access to a private viewing gallery with the best images from our session where you will be able to view and selection your fave images. The images in the gallery will be unedited, once you select your faves I will fully edit them for you. Once they are ready I will send them to you by email for you to download and save.

How many images will I get?

That depends on the package you choose, my packages are for 10, 15 or 20 of the best images from our session.

Do you offer prints as well as digital files?

Yes. If you are interested in prints or wall art (such as standouts or canvases), or if you have any other questions feel free to send me an email RIKKI@RIKKIMAEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM