Child Photography {In Studio}

Studio Photography FAQs

What age of child do you photograph?

I photograph kids starting as soon as they can sit up on their own.  Waiting until this milestone allows for more posing options for your gallery.  I no longer photograph newborns.

How much retouching is included?

My photography style is considered a clean natural look. My goal is to enhance what is already there in a natural way. Basic retouching is included in your digital purchase. Basic retouching includes natural smoothing out of skin color and removing minor blemishes. The images in your online gallery will have the standard retouching performed already. Removal of wrinkled clothing and lint are not included in standard retouching. If you would like more extensive editing, this can be performed for an additional fee.

Do you offer smash cake sessions?

Yes! Cake smash sessions are booked as the premium package. Parents can bring their own cake (I can refer you to a cake decorator, too). Parents may also bring decorations for their theme if they choose. Otherwise, I have simple props like stools, rocking chair, furs, etc.  I believe less is more when it comes to props – we want your child to be the focus, not the props.

Where and when does the studio session take place?

Studio sessions takes place in my home studio (2153 N 3rd St, Washougal, WA), located just 15 minutes east of the I-205/Hwy 14 interchange.

Sessions are available Monday – Friday between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

How much time do I have to view my photo gallery?

Within 2 weeks of your photo session, your online gallery will be available for viewing your images and placing your order. You will place your order online in the comfort of your home. If you prefer to order with me in person, we can schedule an appointment. You will have 2 weeks to place your order. Your gallery will automatically expire and go offline at that time. A $25 fee is charged to reactivate your gallery.

When will I receive my digital images or prints?

Digital image purchases are available via download typically within two business days of purchase. Prints are shipped directly to your home and usually arrive within two weeks of purchase.

Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes! You can order them here.

I want the digital files. So why would I buy prints from you when I can do that myself?

The prints you order from me are professional prints and will last a lifetime. The colors of your prints will be true to life. I use a professional photo lab; they are not printed from my office printer.

All my products are printed on high quality paper, which means your photography will look beautiful and have a standard archival value of 100+ years. Prints made at places like Costco, Snapfish, Walgreens, and Walmart will not have the same quality or longevity as a professional lab, and the colors of their prints may not match the colors you see on your screen. Their printers and photo paper are just not of the same caliber.

You just invested in professional photography and you want your tangible product to be high quality. It’s great to have your digital photos for making announcements/greeting cards and for posting on social media, but computers crash, hard drives fail, flash drives get lost.

Don’t let your beautiful photos sit on a computer. Prints are forever! These are the prints that you will hand down to your children and your grandchildren someday.

Go ahead and get the digital files, but I recommend getting some prints that you can keep forever.

How should I prepare and what should I wear?

Your session should be fun and relaxed, so try your best to foster an upbeat attitude about the photo session with young children to reduce anxiety. During this session, the normal family rules may not apply. Don’t worry about them smiling for every shot. Capturing their spirit on camera means we will get a variety of facial expressions and they are all wonderful! Let them be themselves.  Let them be kids!

Kids are happier when they are well rested and have a fully belly. Bring some snacks and drinks with you to keep hunger at bay during your session. Choose snacks that don’t stain clothing.

Consider bringing a favorite toy, or even a new toy, to keep their interest during the shoot.

Avoid clothing with large logos and busy patterns that will distract away from the child. Solid colors typically work best. Try to avoid children’s themed clothing, such as the latest superhero, as the focus should be on your child and not the character.

Studio Pricing

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Price for 1 minute





30 minute studio photo session

12 retouched digital images

Wardrobe changes allowed

Option to buy professional prints






60 minute studio photo session

25 retouched digital images

Wardrobe changes allowed

20% off professional prints