Donna Young Photography | Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Newborn Sessions:

When should I book my newborn session?


I recommend booking your session as soon as possible. In order to ensure my clients receive the best images and service, I offer a limited amount of newborn sessions each month. It's not uncommon to reserve your session 6 months before baby is due. If however you made a late decision to have newborn photos taken, please don't hesitate to contact me regarding availability. 

How do I reserve a newborn photo session date when I am unsure when our baby will arrive?


Because I take a limited amount of newborn reservations each month, I am be flexible to adjust to your little ones arrival. Please notify me as soon as possible after the birth of your baby so we can schedule the session. Typically, I photograph newborns when they are approximately one week old (and before 14 days old). This is adjusted if your baby comes early.  

Do you provide props for newborn sessions?


Absolutely. I have a large collection of neutral and gender specific props, backdrops, wraps, hats, headbands, etc that are available. If there are any personal, sentimental items that you’d like to incorporate into your session, I’d be happy to photograph them. Please let me know in advance if you would you are bringing personal “props”.

Will you come to my home to photograph my newborn?


I understand new Moms and Dads are sometimes hesitant to leave the house soon after their little one arrives, however I only photograph newborns in my studio in order to create optimal conditions (temperature, lighting) and have access to items such as posers, props, etc. to ensure we create beautiful images. I have a comfortable sitting are in my studio with a couch (napping is a frequent occurrence), refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker. I also have a bathroom in the studio for client convenience.

How long do newborn sessions last?


3+ hours. I don't rush newborn sessions! At this point in their life, babies are calling the shots. I allow ample time for feeding, burping, changing, wrapping, posing, and photographing your little one. Only one newborn session is booked per day so I can devote the time needed to capture your sweet little one while they are sleepy and squishy. 

Do you charge extra for newborn twins?


No. Twins are photographed in the same session (both separately and together) and there is no additional charge. 

Can parents and siblings be photographed with newborns?


Absolutely. I love photographing newborns with family members including siblings! I do ask that small children only be in the studio when they are being photographed. 

Maternity, Child, and Family Sessions: 

Do you provide gowns for maternity sessions? 

Absolutely! I have a selection of gowns in various colors and styles that are complimentary for use during my maternity sessions. I encourage Moms-to-be select a casual outfit for photographs and take advantage of being photographed in one of my beautiful gowns. To facilitate outfit changes on location, I have a pop-up changing tent available! 

Can you suggest locations for sessions or do we need to find our own? 

Part of my service is helping you select the location that will reflect your families personal style in photographs. I have lots of great locations suggestions and part of the initial consultation includes discussing location options.  

Will you travel for sessions? 

Yes! I love to travel to unique and beautiful locations to capture the perfect images. If the location is more than 60 miles outside of Denver, there may be an additional fee. 

What's included in your first birthday session? 

First birthday "cake smash" sessions always include before portraits, photographs of the cake set up and of course the smashing, as well as bathtub clean-up photos. I find capturing all these shots ensures I capture beautiful images of your little one's milestone birthday even if they aren't big fans of icing. I provide a custom set-up for these "Smash and Splash" sessions that can be based on your child's birthday party theme or general color scheme. And I coordinate all three types of photo setups to ensure you have cohesive looks perfect for displaying in wall art or albums. I do not provide the cake due to dietary considerations but would be happy to recommend bakeries for the perfect cake. 

Selecting and Purchasing Artwork:

Does the session fee include any images?


No. The session fee includes a personalized consultation, customized session, hand editing of proofs, and reveal / ordering appointment. All images and artwork are purchased at the reveal / ordering appointment approximately one week after your session. 

Can I select my images from an online gallery?


All image selections and heirloom artwork purchases are done at your reveal / ordering appointment approximately one week after your photo session. Part of my service is helping you select the images and products to fit your lifestyle. Please ensure all decision makers attend your ordering appointment. If you do not place your order during your initial ordering appointment and need to set up a second ordering session, an additional appointment charge will apply. Reveal / ordering appointments can take place in the studio or your home, whichever you prefer. 

What if other family members want to purchase artwork from our session?

I encourage you to bring anyone wanting to purchase images and artwork to attend the reveal / ordering session. If family members live out of town, special arrangements can be made. Please contact me to discuss details. 

Do you have a minimum purchase amount?


No. In order to ensure clients only purchase what they LOVE, there is no minimum purchase and all products are offered a la cart. I also offer several packages to purchase artwork at a discount. In addition I offer a product package for clients participating in multiple sessions over baby's first year.  

What payment methods do you accept? 


Payments can be made using cash, check, and credit cards.

Do you offer payment plans?


Yes. Purchasing heirloom artwork is an investment and I offer 6 month payment plans for all products and print purchases over $1000. If participating in a payment plan, all products will be delivered to you after your final payment. Session fees must be paid in full to reserve your session date/time.

Do you have a one year package for baby's first year?


Yes. I offer a package for those parents wanting to capture their little one’s milestones over the first year. This package covers 3 sessions… newborn, first birthday and sitter (maternity images are available as an add on)… and consists of an album containing images from all sessions as well as a product credit for heirloom products as well as digitals from each session. 

Do you offer digitals?


Yes. While most clients prefer to purchase heirloom art to display their gorgeous images, digital images are available. Digitals are available with or without the purchase of heirloom products, however they are free with minimum artwork purchases and available in all product collections. In addition, watermarked web-resolution digitals (perfect for sharing on social media) are complimentary with corresponding wall and table art image purchases.