What if my child is sick on the day of the session?
We understand that kids get sick. If you are unable to make your session, we will reschedule your time, but sessions fees are not refundable.
An indoor/outdoor session at Joanie's home studio in Westfield, New Jersey costs $300 (We accept Visa and Mastercard). Prints are priced separately. Photos will be taken in the studio and outside at various green spaces in Westfield. Joanie will not end the session until she knows she has beautiful images. A one family session usually lasts 1 1/2 to 2 hours although there is no clock running. Multi-family sessions take longer and cost more - please call/email for details. We take "breaks" have snacks, sing, play with Zoe (Joanie's dog) whatever it takes to make everyone happy. And if your kids are afraid of dogs, Zoe will go on a trip for the day. An indoor/outdoor session at your home, or the location of your choice costs $400. Call for details. Environmental family images at your home are wonderful. If you have many people to shoot, have older family members that don't travel, or if you have tons of dogs and kids, this might be the option you consider. If you choose to have your shoot at home, we will ask lots of questions about your environment (and a few pics from your phone) to see where the light falls during different times of day.
What is a Giclee print?
Giclees are created on the finest quality, acid-free, papers with archival inks. Giclees are what you see in museums and galleries when you are looking at contemporary photographic images. This type of print will last for generations. The color and luminosity are breathtaking, especially ones that are on a large scale. These prints are not plastic coated like the normal prints you might see from a typical professional lab. To see them in person, contact us at the studio and we will set up an appointment for you to stop by. We offer traditional lab prints, Lucite mounts, and fine art canvases as well.
When can I see my images from our session?
Images are shown to you in your home approximately three weeks after your session date. This way you can see how they will look on your walls and what sizes are best. Orders are placed on the day of viewing the images and will be ready for you approximately three weeks from that date. Do you sell Gift Certificates? Yes, we make beautiful gift certificates and each one is custom made, specifically for you in any denomination. Just email us the perfect wording. We can help with that too, as the gift of portraiture can be quite romantic.
How do we go about booking a session?
Contact us so we can find a date that works for your family. Usually, Joanie is booked four weeks in advance, and fits newborn sessions in. Important note: weekends are highly sought after. If you want a weekend sitting, they should be booked about four months out. Call for availability.
What types of clothes should we dress our kid(s) in? Milton Glaser said "just enough is more." Your images are about the individual, not what they wear. Don't get us wrong, we really do love adorable hats, and funky clothes, so bring them. Don't be embarrassed to roll in a suitcase because we won't be embarrassed to use our veto power. Joanie knows what clothing will accent and not overwhelm a portrait. No tights on babies please! We love their chub-chub legs and toes. Once you book with us, we go into detail on what you have and what will be best for you to bring. Maternity, Newborn, and Baby's First Year Sessions Please call to so we can discuss your due date and availability. If you are pregnant we cannot stress enough for you to call so we can pencil in your due date. We only schedule a few jobs a week and need to save time for newborns, so I only commit to a few per month. Siblings and Grandparents are welcome.
Maternity session plus Newborn session is $500 - two sessions Maternity/Newborn or Newborn/sitting or standing Babies first year is $750 for three sessions Maternity/Newborn/Sitting up or Newborn/Sitting up/Standing. Every child is different, so please contact us to discuss what will work best for you. Images are ordered after each session. We create beautiful leather albums with images from your baby's first session, as well as custom designed birth announcements that highlight your newborn's beautiful photo. With either option, we make your life easy when you are sleep deprived. You may purchase a small file of your baby's image for his or her birth announcement. Holiday cards - as well as Birth announcements We will provide a digital file to a vendor from our list.