Frequently Asked Questions
What are Watch Me Grow portraits?
“Watch Me Grow” portrait plans are our baby portrait plan, with three or five portrait sessions over the course of one year. Generally, these are newborn, three, six, nine and 12 month portraits with the five session plan or simply newborn, six months and 12 months with the three session plan. Not everyone starts with newborn portraits. Many clients choose to start at three months, some at six months and some even later. You should never feel its “too late” to sign up for one of our plans.
What are the different Watch Me Grow plans?
Watch Me Grow Basic Package: $200
Up to three studio sessions in your child’s first year (Generally at newborn, six months and 12 months), with retouching of all final images, in studio order session and online proofing.
Watch Me Grow Premium Package: $350
Up to five portrait sessions in your child’s first year (Generally at newborn, three months, six months, nine months and 12 months), one session may include immediate family and one session may be done on location. All sessions will receive retouching of the final images, in studio order sessions and online proofing.
Standard Studio Session: $100
Single studio session for one child (older than 3 months) with retouching of all final images, in studio order session and online proofing.
Newborn Session: $149
Single studio session for one baby (less than one month old) with retouching of all final images, in studio order session and online proofing. Add siblings and parents for $49.
Additions to Watch Me Grow Portraits:
Additional subjects: $49 per session
Saturday availability: $49 in addition to session fee
Location fee: $49 in the greater Tallahassee area
When should we schedule the first session?
Ideally, we like to have newborns in the studio before they are two weeks old. Babies change so much in the first month and the first two weeks are when we have the chance to get all the snuggly, sweet sleeping baby images. After the two week mark, many babies get “baby acne” which can last 6-8 weeks. At that time they also start their first big growth spurt and it can be difficult to get them to settle down away from mom. If you can call the studio either from the hospital or as soon as you get home, we can get you on the calendar as soon as possible. Generally, we can get a session scheduled within about two weeks, depending on the flexibility of your schedule.
What should I expect from each of the sessions?
At the newborn session, they are generally asleep the entire time, we photograph them in simple clothing and often without clothes. At three months, most babies can lay on their tummies and push up on their elbows. At six months, most babies are sitting up on their own, smiling at everything, but not quite crawling yet. At nine months, most babies are crawling and pulling up to stand. At a year, most babies are walking or standing unassisted. Many babies do not hit these milestones EXACTLY at the 3, 6, 9 or 12 month mark. Its totally okay to delay a session to document that exact milestone and the studio will work with you on scheduling to make sure you get the most out of your Watch Me Grow plan!
How many different outfits can we do at each session?
Each session allows for two backgrounds and up to three outfits. We always start with the outfit that is the most important and go from there, as little ones don’t always let us change their clothes. We can also do two different backgrounds at each session, so you may want to choose two of the outfits that will go well with the same background.
How long does the session take?
This largely depends on the type of session. Newborn sessions in the studio can last up to two hours, while older baby sessions can take as little as 30 or 45 minutes. Location portrait sessions in Tallahassee generally last about an hour. We recommend blocking off 1 1/2 hours for a child’s portrait session to ensure you are not rushed and 2 1/2 hours for a newborn portrait session.
Do you have clothing and props available at the studio?
We have a limited amount of clothing– overalls, tutus, etc. but we do have a wide selection of props. You are always welcome to email to ask about a specific prop or idea, or you can also come hunt through our prop room to see what you like!
How should we dress them for the portrait session?
Clothing choice is a very personal decision, but we do have some general guidelines that can help.
Solid colors photograph much better than patterns, but if you are looking to have a pattern, try to find a very simple design, or keep the busier pattern away from the face, or in small quantity.
Siblings do not need to match, but try to choose similar tones (think browns and natural colors, or everyone in shades of blue). Do not have one person in a very light color and the other in a dark color.
Choose clothes that are well fitting, shirts with sleeves and nothing that needs a lot of attention or fussing to lay properly, so we can focus on having fun and getting great portraits, rather than fighting with an outfit. Definitely try all their clothing on before the session to ensure a good fit!
What time of day should we schedule the session?
Timing of your portrait session is critical to getting the best images possible. Location sessions are best early and later in the day, while studio sessions can be scheduled any time. The exact location can also play a part in this decision, so consult the studio about the best possible time for any location you have in mind. Also consider your baby’s schedule when booking your session– we STRONGLY encourage ALL children and baby sessions to be scheduled as early in the day as possible to ensure they are in the best mood! Scheduling a session late in the day or during a child’s naptime may be the most convenient, but it often leads to a less than ideal portrait session.
How far in advance should we schedule the session?
If you are looking for portraits on a specific date or time, it is best to contact the studio as soon as possible to ensure you can reserve that time before anyone else does. If you have a more flexible schedule, we can generally get you on the calendar within two weeks of you contacting the studio. In busier times of year such as Spring or Christmas, it is best to plan your session 4-5 weeks in advance.
What should we bring to the portrait session?
For children, it really depends on their age. For babies and toddlers, bring some of their favorite toys, snacks, bottles, pacifiers, etc. For older children, you are welcome to bring any toy or special item to include in the images or a reward for when the session is finished. For a child’s portrait session, we can do up to three outfits, so you may wish to bring a variety of outfits with you so we can match them up with backgrounds and props and allow you to choose when you are at the studio. If there is a prop you have seen in our portfolio, please contact us to ensure availability and sizing.
What if they have a blemish?
Small blemishes, bruises and scratches should not be cause for worry. We retouch all of your images before you ever see them and these minor imperfections are not a problem. With more significant issues such as large scratches, black eyes, etc. you should contact the studio immediately to consult about rescheduling the portrait session.
What if they get sick?
Sick children are not fun, they are not happy and they do not make for good photographs. They also expose us and our other clients to illness, so we ask that you reschedule your session if your child is not well. Please be courteous to both us and our other clients and notify us as soon as your child becomes ill, so that we may reschedule your session and offer the original time to another client.
When do we see the images and order?
About two weeks after your portrait session, we have you come into the studio for your order session. At this session we show you all the final images and show you a variety of products including designed pieces, wall portraits, frames, canvases, storyboards, etc. It is best that anyone involved in making the purchase is present at this session, as many of the products are only available at this time and this session gives you the best pricing for all of our products. Orders are sent to the lab immediately after the order session and most orders are ready for pickup in two to four weeks.
The gallery above shows some favorite images from countless portrait sessions over the years! The blog posts below show our recent work with kids in our Tallahassee studio or on location! You can also use the search bar below to find specific things on the blog!
Finley was such a perfect model for her newborn portrait session in the studio! She is so plump and wonderful, I could have played with her all day!! Her parents wanted a studio session, but with an outdoor feeling. What says "outdoors" more than a tiny baby...
Madison will be a TERRIBLE liar when she is old enough to talk. Little Miss wears all her expressions right on her face. Not good if she wants to get away with stuff, but absolutely hilarious for me to document! I swear she gave me a million different looks while...
After all these years and hundeds (if not thousands) of baby portrait sessions, I have discovered my FAVORITE day to photograph a baby. Its the day they discover their "surprised" face! I giggled at Rory non-stop through the session because he just discovered this...
Halle Claire MUST become an actress when she grows up. This little diva has acting down pat already! When things displease her, she will plop herself down and scream. When she gets what she wants or if we could distract her with something else she would be TOTALLY...
I think the only time Jackson isn't smiling is when he is asleep! Heck, he probably even smiles in his sleep! He was SO much fun to have in the studio for his latest baby plan session! How can you not feel happy around him?? His smiles are contagious! Baby...
Its breaking my heart that I can't call Carolyn Grace a baby anymore! It literally feels like yesterday that I met her parents and we did their maternity portraits, but it also feels like we have been friends forever! As usual, Carolyn Grace did her session HER...
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