Frequently Asked Questions

"These pictures are so gorgeous. I've struggled finding a good photographer and I'm so happy I've met you!" 

-Alexandra

General Questions 

Q: WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED? 

A: I live in and serve clients mostly in the San Diego, California area. However, I have traveled for clients before, and am open to any locale you'd like to be photographed in! 

Q: WHAT IS LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY? 

A: Lifestyle photography is where documentary photography and traditional posed photography intersect. 

Lifestyle photography captures emotions and interactions that happen organically within a family (documentary), 

while the photographer remains in control and sets the stage for those interactions 

so they can be captured while she is present (traditional posed photography).

Q: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? 

A: Rich, vivid, and meaningful are some of the words I would use to describe my style. My goal is to create photographs that evoke emotion in the viewer - photographs you feel, not just see. 

If you are looking for a very traditional feel to your photos,- a lightness, everyone smiling at the camera -

I'm probably not the photographer for you. 

Q: YOU'RE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN MANY OF THE OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS I LOOKED AT. 

AYes, and I'm totally worth it. 

I do offer a payment plan if you love my style and feel I'm the perfect photographer for you.

Q: DO YOU GIVE A MILITARY DISCOUNT? 

A; I'm proud to offer a 20% reduction to all active military with ID. 

Q: WHAT DOES YOUR BOOKING PROCESS LOOK LIKE? 

A: To book, email me at michelle@lovemichellephotography.comor through my contact form here.

Within 24 hours, I'll respond and get few details about what you're looking for: session type, location, date, etc. 

I'll email you a client agreement form to sign, and send you an invoice. Once you've signed the agreement and paid the $150 retainer fee, you are booked! 

I'll be in touch with you a bit during the time leading up to the session, to assist with clothing choices

and answer any questions you might have. 

That's it!

Q: YOUR SESSION FEE INCLUDES "UNLIMITED STYLING GUIDANCE." WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? 

A: "Unlimited styling guidance" means I provide as much help as you need putting together outfits for a session. 

So ask away - email as many questions, ask for as many opinions, as you need. I'm here for all the clothing pictures

and shopping links you want to send! I've even gone shopping with clients, and bought clothing for them! Helping clients with clothing is actually one of the funnest parts of my job. 

Q: WHEN DO SESSIONS TAKE PLACE? 

A: Outdoor sessions happen during the hour before sunset. Indoor, late morning to midday. 

Outdoor sessions are typically scheduled for weekends, since everyone tends to be more relaxed, and that makes for better pictures. Working all day and then fighting traffic is not the formula for a great session! 

Q: WILL MY PHOTOS BE EDITED? 

A: Yes. Every photo in your gallery will have been carefully edited, by hand. In fact, clients never see unedited photos. 

Q: HOW LONG WILL I TAKE TO GET MY PICTURES? 

A: I tell clients to expect 2-3 weeks from your session until your proofing gallery is ready for you to choose your favorites

(or to download them all if you choose the Keepsake package). 

Once you choose your favorites, within 24 hours or so I'll have your final edits ready for you to download. 

Q: CAN I ORDER PRINTS THROUGH YOU? 

A: Yes! I use a professionals-only photo lab, with gorgeous prints and products available for ordering directly through your gallery. 

My lab's work is exceptional, with stunning fine art prints that I personally examine before sending your way. You can also order calendars and professional albums. 

That being said, your session fee includes a print release, so you may use the printer of your choice. 

Q: DO YOU OFFER AN ALBUM? 

A: Yes! My Keepsake Session package includes an album. If you booked the Petite Session package, you can upgrade to add all the pictures from the session, as well as the album, for an additional $400. 

Maternity and Newborn Questions

Q: SHOULD I HAVE MATERNITY PHOTOS TAKEN? 

A: Don't be like me​ - have professional maternity photos taken. Click here to see 4 reasons you might regret it if you don't. 

Q: GREAT, I'LL DO IT! WHEN IS THE BEST TIME? 

A: Between 30-36 weeks gestation is the best time. Far enough along for the nice big bump, not so far along that you're very uncomfortable or have a hard time moving around. That's said, I've photographed as early as 24 weeks, and as late as 40 weeks (the baby was born the next day!). 

Q: I'D LIKE TO BOOK BOTH A MATERNITY AND A NEWBORN SESSION WITH YOU. DO YOU OFFER A COMBO PACKAGE? 

A: I do. A maternity and newborn session booked together is reduced by 20% over the cost of booking each separately. 

Q; HOW DOES SCHEDULING A NEWBORN SESSION WORK? DUE DATES AREN'T RELIABLE, AND I DON'T KNOW HOW LONG   I'LL BE IN THE HOSPITAL. 

A: No worries. When you book the session, I pencil in the time around your due date. Once the baby is born, just let me know and we'll schedule a session from there. 

Q: WHEN IS THE BEST TIME FOR A NEWBORN SESSION? 

A: Unlike with the more posed style of newborn photography, a newborn lifestyle session can be done weeks after birth! I've done babies as old as 6 weeks. It really just depends on how much sleeping you would like them to do during the session, as fresher newborns tend to sleep more. But there are no rules here. 

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