L auraCardan

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I'm so glad you found me and can't wait start planning your beautiful, session.

Whether you're planning a maternity, newborn, milestone, or family session I want your experience to be fun and relaxed while knowing what to expect each step of the way.

This guide will help you know
1. When to book and When sessions take place
2. What to expect before and after you schedule
3. What's provided for your session
4. Where  sessions take place and What type of session is best for your family
7. What ages are best for newborn and milestone sessions
8. what happens after your session
9.  Pricing and 1st year bundle details

  



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I suggest booking all sessions a minimum of 2-3 months in advance and as soon as possible if you know you'll need a session in the summer months or October through December.  

Maternity sessions are usually best between 25 and 32 weeks

Newborn sessions are scheduled, tentatively, around your due date and the time frame you would like for your session to take place.  



when to book and when sessions take place

1.  Before I schedule a session with a new client we will schedule a phone consultation to discuss your wants and needs and go over all of my session details.

2.  After our chat I will email you with a booking link.  You'll be able to sign your contract, pay your date reservation fee of $150 per session and fill out a session questionnaire that will help me learn more about your family and your wants/needs for your session. 

3.  After your session is booked you will receive wardrobe suggestions that will look great with my style and the location we have chosen for your session.   I will help you choose clothing items you already have, shop for you online or you may choose a clothing option from my client closet for women and girls.  You may book an appointment to come try on dresses before your session.

4.  2 weeks before your session you will receive a reminder to pay your final balance.  

5.  3 days before your session I will send session preparations tips along with directions to your session location.  

Before and After you schedule

All bookings
All sessions include access to my client closet for mom's and girls (up to 5t).  My closet also includes a small selection of outfits for babies.

Clients will be emailed a session prep guide full of wardrobe tips and other tips to help you have a great session.  I am also available to help you shop online or choose items you currently own.

Newborns
Neutral colored wraps and blankets, along with white diaper covers and onesies are provided for all newborn sessions.  I also have a Moses basket for use during your session.


WHAT i provide

WHERE
Sessions may take place at your home or other preferred indoor location, in my studio or outdoors in my favorite field in Vestavia.

WHEN
Outdoor sessions are scheduled 1 hour before sunset on weekday evenings.  Indoor sessions are scheduled at 10 am on weekday mornings.  Saturday morning sessions are available for newborn sessions for an additional fee of $100.  Please keep in mind, however, Saturday sessions cannot be guaranteed.

When deciding where you would like your session to take place lighting should be the biggest deciding factor.  If you love the light and bright look of my photos you may not want to schedule your session in an indoor location with poor lighting and dark colors.

Studio sessions take place in my all-white studio at my home in Vestavia.  Studio sessions are best for newborn and milestone sessions for small families.  It is a great option if you love the indoor, lifestyle look but don't want to shoot a session in your home.

In-home sessions are a great way to preserve memories in the place you make so many of them.  Please keep lighting in mind when choosing to do a session in your home.

My outdoor location is a beautiful, open field with gorgeous light that allows plenty of room to roam and not feel constricted.  I have found this is very important to help young children enjoy themselves.  Outdoor sessions are the best option for larger families or families with young children who want to roam and play.

When and where sessions take place and what type of session is best for you

I book sessions for babies of all ages.  However I have found the best time for a newborn session is between 1 and 3 weeks.  Babies in the first week or two are typically more sleepy and settle easily.  After 2 weeks they will have more periods of awake time.  Babies after 4 weeks are more likely to smile on cue and are usually awake the majority of your session.

The most popular ages for milestone sessions are around 6 month and 1 year.  I typically suggest waiting until baby is sitting and walking or at least standing on their own.  This may happen closer to 7 month and 13 months.  

what ages are best for newborn and milestone sessions

After your session I will select the best images from your session and edit each one to fine tune details and remove distractions like unwanted facial blemishes, stray hairs and clothing wrinkles that appeared during your session.

High-resolution, digital images will be delivered to you via online link within 2 weeks of your session.  You will be able to choose the images you would like to download according to what is included in your package and purchase additional images and prints for an additional fee.  (Please request a-la-carte pricing.)  Clients are allowed to print any downloaded images as they wish.

Before releasing your images for download you will have the opportunity to request additional edits or changes to your images.

AFTER YOUR SESSION

Current pricing may be found here.
First year bundles are available for babies and their families from maternity to 1st birthday.  
Bundle 2 sessions to receive $75 off.  Bundle 3 or more session and recieve $50 off each session.  Discount is taken off your final session.
A $150 reservation fee is due to reserve each session.

PRICING and 1ST YEAR BUNDLES

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