Q: What type of photographer are you?
A: I am a portrait photographer of newborns, babies, children, families and pregnancy photos. My style is whimsical, clean, with a bend towards organic and attention paid to detail. I love to photograph in my studio or a natural setting where I can create a stylized portrait of your child or family. I take the time to plan out details so that the very real loving connection is captured in your portraits.
Q: Do you have a studio? Where are you located?
A: I am conveniently located at 38 Andover St., Andover, MA 01810 in the North Shore of Boston. Boston clients shoot up 93 and I am able to serve all of the North Shore as well as Southern NH and everywhere in between!
Q: What does professional portraiture cost?
A: Cost of professional photography varies from photographer to photographer. No two photographers will be the same when it comes to past experience, training or inherent artistic ability and taste. Safely handling and soothing your newborn baby, dealing with a cranky toddler (or Dad in some cases!) is something that only experience and patience has taught me. I am not the same photographer today as I was 5, or even 3, years ago. Learning how to properly use that expensive camera and lighting setup takes time, and in my case, a year abroad in Paris. When you hire a photographer you are also hiring a business. The reputation and years operating a successful and trustworthy business all go in to the cost of your portraits.
Q: When I book a session with you, does that include the digital negatives?
A: Not automatically. A session fee is required to secure your due date (for newborn sessions), or specific time and date (for all other types of sessions). The session fee covers the session itself and all the preparation leading up to it. There is also a minimum product purchase. For this you are more than welcome to choose one of the digital collections.
Q: Where will the location of our session be?
A: Depending on the style of photos you are looking for and what’s convenient for you is what determines where we shoot. We can shoot at my studio in Andover, MA, I can travel to your home within 10 or so miles of Andover, MA, or I can recommend a beautiful setting.
Q: Will you come to my house to photograph my newborn?
I am a studio newborn portrait photographer. If you are contacting me because you like what you see in my newborn gallery, all of the photos have been taken at the studio. It’s important for me to be able to control the temperature (needs to be very warm!), the lighting and have easy access to all of my props, blankets and accessories. Besides, who wants to worry about a clean house right after you’ve had a baby? My studio is cozy and all the items necessary for baby are at the ready, complete with snacks for Mom and Dad.
If you’re looking more for lifestyle newborn photography in your home, please shoot me an email. If I’m able to accommodate, I will. If I’m not, I can recommend a few local photographers who are.
Q: Why does custom photography cost more?
Q: Do you have props?
A: Yes. Oh man, yes. Crabapple Photography’s studio is jam packed with tons of beautiful props. And my prop collection is growing! I might have a slight prop obsession. Contact me if you have a question about a specific prop you see in my galleries, or in your mind. I am over the moon excited to style your session together.
Q: What do I wear!?
A: Very common question! Once booked in, you will receive information on what to expect for your upcoming session including some advice on what to wear. Or feel free to check out any recent blog posts on what to wear. Long story short: feel comfortable and be yourself.
Q: Do you have any tips for newborn sessions?
A: So many! Having worked with hundreds of newborns and being the Mom of twin daughters myself, I’ve gained invaluable experience and knowledge. From prepping for the session to the session itself, there is nothing quite like a newborn portrait experience. Once booked in, all of this information is shared with you and I am available for any questions you may have.
Q: When should newborn sessions be taken? My baby is 4 weeks old. Is it too late?
A: The ideal time for the curled up, snuggly and sleeping portraits you see a lot in my gallery have been taken in the range of 6-16 days. There are also older newborns in there fast asleep as well. Don’t hesitate to check in with me to see what my schedule looks like. There is never a bad time to take portraits of your new baby.
Q: It’s the winter. I should wait until the summer to get portraits done, right?
A: Nope! I LOVE winter sessions in the snow. If that thought doesn’t appeal to you, or the style of session you’re looking for is more conducive to the studio or your home, that’s fine too.
Q: How soon should I book my session with you?
A: As soon as possible! Every season is different. Don’t hesitate to contact me to find out what my current schedule is looking like. I do book months in advance.
Q: What do I do if my baby or child is sick on the day of our session?
A: Please contact me immediately if you think your baby or child will not be feeling 100% on the day of the session. We can determine the best course of action from there. I do prefer the baby or child to be happy and healthy on the day of the shoot for the sake of the photos 🙂
Q: Do you photograph weddings? I swear I thought you did?
A: You are not losing your mind! Although I no longer photography weddings, I used to. Shooting weddings was an incredible experience, but photographing babies, children and families is where my heart is.
Q: You didn’t answer all of my questions. How do I contact you?
A: Contact me here and I will happily answer any questions you have.