F R E Q U E N T L Y A S K E D Q U E S T I O N S
How long have you been doing this?
I’ve been a full-time professional photographer for 9 years. I originally attended UBC with the goal of becoming a pediatric neonatologist (ie. newborn doctor specialist), but ended up moving across the continent with my fiancé after graduation. I became a writer for a new york-based wedding company while planning our wedding, and began photographing to supplement my articles. My work was noticed by some prominent photographers, and with encouragement, grew from there.
I put as much effort into my photography education and business training (and almost as big as an investment ) as I would have for my previous postgraduate plans. Many years of blood, sweat, and tears, later, I became one of the most popular wedding photographers in the province and won the national editor’s choice award three years straight for my superior imagery and quality of service for my customers. I did family and baby portraiture as a sideline, but after losing a twin pregnancy due to adrenal fatigue from work stress in the middle of a 36-wedding year, I changed direction and opened up a full-time studio instead, on the urging of my doctor.
Almost a thousand sessions later, babies are my only focus and my love. I adore my work, and although I have a lot of fun with my clients, I am a consummate professional. Like weddings, newborn photography is time-sensitive and requires professional expertise. It’s such a short period – there is no chance for do-overs, and newborn safety is so very important. I enjoy providing an unmatched experience for my clients, and am honoured with their return with subsequent children. Start to finish, my goal is to make this easy, relaxing, and stress-free . 🙂
What’s your current availability?
We are now accepting maternity and newborn bookings for June 2017 onwards. As long as you’re 12 weeks, you can book! For most shoots, we recommend contacting the studio at least 2-3 months in advance of your desired session date, but we’re occasionally able to take last-minute sessions if our schedule allows it! Most mamas book in their second trimester, though many contact us the moment the stick turns positive! 🙂
Where is your studio located?
My studio is in the new part of Langley, near Costco – it’s an easy 20-30 minute drive from Vancouver along highway 1, 200 street exit. I am happy to serve clients from not only the Fraser Valley, but from Vancouver, North Vancouver, and all of the Lower Mainland as well. We have had clients come from other parts of the province, as well as from Washington!
Where is Langley?
Don’t worry! We’re close, and we provide what you need!
Over half of my clients live in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond, and Burnaby, and they’re always pleasantly surprised (and usually come back again!). It is very common for my “out of town” city clients to arrive up to 45 minutes early : “wow – that was so much faster and easier than we expected!”
Some people believe Langley to be a rural town, but it’s actually a rapidly growing suburb in Metro Vancouver full of working professional families. It’s quite close to Vancouver and is not the same distance away as Abbotsford, Mission or Maple Ridge (common misconception, but those are an additional 40-60 min away from us!). It takes about the same amount of time to drive across Vancouver to UBC as it does to drive to our studio! 🙂
Do you travel to client’s homes to do sessions? I’m a new mom. I’m worried I’ll forget the diapers or something!
My lighting, props, and backdrops are not portable, so all newborn and baby sessions take place in my cosy and relaxing studio. We provide the amenities of home and nursery so new parents can venture out in confidence and comfort, knowing that even if they forget something at home, we’ve got them covered!
It’s not uncommon for parents to watch me work with their newborn for a few minutes, then go take a nap in the nursing room or on the couch in the main studio. As a mother myself, I understand how it’s important to rest in the postpartum period, and I work to keep baby calm and peaceful so you can rest and relax knowing that baby is safe and in good hands!
Some things we provide: wifi, changing table, bath tub, private bathroom + towels, diapers, wipes, blankets, swaddles, burp cloths, nursing cushions, nursing chairs and footstools, couch, table and chairs and an assortment of toys for siblings, light reading material, water bottles, tea, light snacks, access to microwave and fridge (bottle storage), and more! And no…you don’t need to bring props, but you’re welcome to bring up to 4 sentimental baby items to incorporate (like a blanket, hat, etc).
Oh! That sounds really good, actually. I like naps. When is the best time to do maternity sessions?
The ideal time is between 26 and 34 weeks. Earlier than that, your bump may still be small, later than that, you may be more easily fatigued and prone to swelling.
When is the best time to do a newborn session?
I love creating beautiful portraits of teeny tiny, curly, sleepy newborns. This style is best captured in the first two weeks of life, before baby goes through a developmental growth spurt that makes them fussy, easily startled, uncurled, and subject to baby acne, colic, and flaky skin. We do provide gentle retouching for baby (skin tones, light and natural retouching to minimize flakiness, etc), but do ask that you request us to do any specific removals (like birth marks, stork bites, etc).
I don’t know when baby will come. How do we schedule his newborn session?
We’ll schedule your newborn session for about a week after your due date. Then, pretend we’re immediate family! If anything changes or you get a scheduled c-section date, let us know via email, phone, or even text message. We ask that clients contact us within 2 days of baby’s birth so that we can either confirm the session date or change it so that baby is 6-14 days old at the time of the session.
Oh – baby’s already here. Am I too late?
In the case of extended NICU stays or last minute bookings, I have created beautiful images for newborns up to 8 weeks old! Older newborns aren’t posed and are more likely to be awake and swaddled for their session – but I love to capture their open eyes and the beginnings of their relationship with their parents. Contact us and we’ll see if we can squeeze you in!
I’ve missed the newborn age, when is the next best age to photograph?
When baby is sitting steadily unsupported but not walking – this is usually between 5-9 months of age. Baby is smiley, giggly, and often deliciously chubby, but isn’t mobile yet.
How long does the session last?
It depends on the package you book. Newborn deluxe sessions are the longest at around 2-3 hours, with time for nursing and soothing baby built in to that time. Older baby (BEBE) sessions are short and sweet, we don’t try to test the patience of these little ones by pushing them too long. Outdoor sessions and maternity sessions are efficient, as we’re working with adults for the most part (and they’re good at listening!) We often book more than one session a day, so we ask that clients arrive on time/a little bit early, as we can’t extend sessions due to tardiness.
What does my package include?
Make sure to check out our pricing pages for the type of session you are interested in. All of our packages includes the time at the studio with me (Alexandra Hunt), professional editing of your images, access to our props and accessories, a personal printing release and printing guide, as well as digital files (full-size, full-resolution, in colour, black and white, and web-sized versions). Our packages vary on how many images you’ll get, what props or accessories you get to use, the length of your session, and whether the session includes parents, partners, or siblings. Digital files allow you to print your images where, when, and how you want, so your package does not include any prints or fine art products. However, if this is something you’re interested in, you are welcome to order them separately after your session.
What do I need to wear and what should I bring?
After booking your session, we will send you a pdf guide on what to expect and how to prepare for your session. Detailed information is provided to ensure that you get the very best from your photography session, including a comprehensive guide on ‘what to wear’.
We provide a VERY large assortment of accessories and props to choose from. You are welcome to bring a couple of sentimental items to incorporate into your session, but don’t stress – we have you covered! NEW – we even have an assortment of flattering postpartum wardrobe pieces for mama!
Do you offer a registry?
I only make bookings directly with the actual client, but friends or family are welcome to contact me to make donations toward your photography packages.
Do you offer mini sessions for holidays?
Yes! We offer select themed studio mini sessions throughout the year for older babies and young children. These sessions sell out almost immediately, so make sure to “like” our page on Facebook to be the first to see when spots open. https://www.facebook.com/AlexandraHuntPhotography
What if I need to reschedule?
I understand that unforeseen circumstances can arise, so if you must change your session date please contact me at your earliest opportunity (we ask for 72 hours notice), I cannot promise that a new date will be available in the time frame that you request. We turn away other inquiries when we book your session, so no-show clients are not eligible for refunds. Our retainer fee is always nonrefundable. If the photographer needs to reschedule, we will contact you to arrange a new date. For full terms and conditions, see the contract (at booking) or send me an email with additional questions.
When will our photos be ready to view?
Approximately 2 weeks after your photo session your images will be uploaded into a private on-line gallery for viewing and downloading.
When should I book my session?
We strongly recommend that you to book your session as early as possible to avoid missing out. I limit the amount of sessions per month to ensure the highest quality of service to each individual client, and to keep flexibility for my newborn clients. The best time to contact us for your newborn portraits is when you are still pregnant, preferably in the second trimester. As soon as you are twelve weeks, you are eligible for booking a maternity or newborn session.
How do I book a photo session?
You can either phone me on 604-839-1154 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact form and we’ll get started! We will discuss details of your session, select dates and I will then forward you an invoice for the retainer to hold your spot. A retainer of $150 and a signed online contract is required to book our full-length sessions. Mini sessions must be paid in full upfront. We accept credit cards online, or email interac transfers.
Have other questions? Feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to listen to your thoughts and help you figure out whether I am the right photographer for your needs. Head over to my reviews page to see what my clients are saying about their experience with me.
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