FAQs

Portrait Photography in Buffalo, NY

HOW SOON SHOULD I SCHEDULE MY SESSION?

Maternity sessions are best scheduled between 29-35 weeks, when momma’s belly is nice and pronounced, that is the point after all!

HOW SOON SHOULD I SCHEDULE MY SESSION?

It’s never too early to schedule your maternity session. I usually book at least 6-8 weeks out and if you’re needing a weekend appointment it is especially important to book early as my weekend availability is limited and these spots go fast.

SHOULD I WORRY ABOUT MY STRETCH MARKS OR THE EXTRA WEIGHT I’VE GAINED?

I understand that you may be concerned about stretch marks and feel a little bigger all over, so removing any blemishes, including stretch marks and slimming you down a little in areas where needed through flattering poses, camera angle and expert retouching skills are all complimentary as part of your session. If you don’t like a certain part to be exposed or photographed, just let me know and I will do my best to either avoid showing said body part or pose you in a way to flatter your body. Whatever your concern is just let me know and I’ll take care of it for you.


HOW LONG DO SESSIONS USUALLY LAST?

Maternity sessions last between 1-1.5 hours.

WHERE WILL OUR SESSION TAKE PLACE?

Maternity sessions can be done literally anywhere! From parks to the sandy beaches of Lake Erie to my indoor studio, it’s totally up to you! Outdoor sessions are held within 30 miles of zip code 14086. All locations further than this require a travel fee. Depending on what type of feel you’d like for your session (outdoor woodsy, field, urban/downtown), I can recommend a variety of great spots. If you would like to do multiple outfits and we are outdoors, I will have a pop up tent that you can step into so you can change your clothes. But I have had a lot of mamas just go for it and just change while I was covering them up, to keep some sort of modesty. Most people don’t even notice that your changing to be honest. They just assume that your doing something for the sake of art and not just getting naked J

WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?

Don’t be afraid to show off your confidence during the shoot! I want you to feel empowered, beautiful, strong, and that you are Wonder Woman.   Your body is literally creating another human life inside of you! This awesome thing that only half the people in the world get to do! This is the chance to show off how incredible and beautiful pregnancy is and how beautiful I know you are! The chance to show off your unique style and to add to the legacy that is/will be your family. Be comfortable and confident in what you wear. Keep it simple, keep it fun, and keep it you. These are your images that you will display on your wall. You have to be happy with what you are putting on display in your home. JUST BE YOU!

Maternity – Depending on your type of session (indoor, outdoors, classic or sexy), you will want to choose an outfit to fit your session type and make you feel as beautiful as you are. Pre-pregnancy jeans look great in photos- don’t worry if they don’t button, we will fold them down. Form-fitting tops or tanks with a long flowing skirt that sit just under the belly is also a great combo. Or a maxi dress with an empire waist is also great for accentuating that baby bump. Layering also looks amazing with expecting mamas. For example, a form fitting tank, with a well fitting jacket/sweater, scarf, earrings/accessories and long skirt…fabulous!! Choose clothing that really accentuates the belly, it is a maternity session after all! Layers with different textures, colors, etc photograph well and choose clothing without brand names across them or loud patterns as they can be distracting. I also have an array of gowns that mass can play dress up in! I want you to feel like the beautiful pregnant princess you are!!!

Children – If you want to bring you additional children and make it a family affair, this is great with me! This will depend on age and session location, but keep bright, bold colors in mind! Layering looks great as well. Try to stay away from shirts with images or words that could distract from the overall picture. Having all boys, I found that solid colored collard shirts with a pair of pants/shorts always translate well onto print. Just please make sure someone (friend, dad, grandma) is there to assist us. Kids can get bored rather quickly when they aren’t playing/hamming it up for my camera. I want to make sure you are having a great, stress free shoot!

HOW LONG UNTIL I SEE MY PICTURES?

My typical turn around (for a full gallery of images) for a regular session is 2-3 weeks. Once your selection is made, it takes 1-2 weeks to process and ship, depending on your order. If you need prints done for an upcoming shower or event, please contact me so we can arrangements to get you the prints and images back faster, additional fee maybe applied.

WHERE WILL OUR SESSION TAKE PLACE?
Baby sessions (under 6 months) take place in my home studio. For older babies and maternity sessions we can do either studio or outdoors. Most babies who are able to sit up or walk tend to like to be outside where there is a lot more room for them to move around and it is great for family shots. Outdoor sessions are held within 30 miles of zip code 14086. All locations further than this require a travel fee. Depending on what type of feel you’d like for your session (outdoor woodsy, field, urban/downtown), I can recommend a variety of great spots.

WHAT SHOULD I/WE WEAR?
When picking clothes, remember that simple is good. Go for the classic, avoiding trends that will make your photo look dated in six months. This doesn’t mean that everyone has to dress in the same colored shirt and jeans (which is totally fine if you do). You can get creative with it! You can pick individual pieces that go very well together when you stick to the same color palette.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO SHOOT?
From a photographer’s stand point, “The Golden hour” is the best time for us. The golden hour, sometimes called the “magic hour”, is roughly the first hour and half of light after sunrise, and the last hour and half of light before sunset, although the exact duration varies between seasons. During these times the sun is low in the sky, producing a soft, diffused light which is much more flattering than the harsh midday sun. Though the idea of waking that early doesn’t seem ideal, the images will be well worth it. If have a preference on either morning or evening let me know! If your significant other, kids, or whomever else has more availability in the evening, just let me know and I will schedule your session for when your loved ones can all be included in the fun.

CAN I UPLOAD TO SOCIAL MEDIA WITHOUT THE WATERMARKS?
Photos may be uploaded to social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or any other social media sites as long as credit is given to Amy Doak Photography and a link to my website is included.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY LIMITED PRINTING RELEASE?
Currently, all sessions receive a complimentary low-resolution CD. The files on the disk are sized to print up to 5×7 and the limited copyright release allows you to use these images for personal use only. This means you can’t use them on a business page, website, or blog. If you want to use the images for promotional business purposes, please contact me first.
You can use your disk to order products for personal use and gifts at sites such as Snapfish as long as they do not exceed 5×7. If you try to print a larger print, the quality of the print will be unpleasant. Some website won’t allow you to print that large because the file size will be too small. The prices for my prints are fairly inexpensive when you take a look at the general market for professional grade prints from photographers. I firmly believe that if you are taking the time to get a photo shoot done, you should also be able to purchase your beautiful images in a way that isn’t going to require you to miss a car payment.

I REALLY DON’T LIKE XYZ OF MY BODY, COULD YOU PHOTOSHOP FOR ME?
To be honest, probably not. There’s no Photoshop in real life! I have stretch marks and my “joey pooch”, and that’s ok because that is who I am, right now! My pictures are a representation of who you are and the person you are at this moment in time. I do fix some minor issues, such as acne scars, some teeth whitening (because we all want that Hollywood smile), and some very minor subtle changes; things that are only temporary. If you have any genuine concerns, please let me know prior to our shoot date. I will do my best to pose you in certain ways that either minimizes or eliminates your problem concern. We are our own worst critic; trust me I know all too well. Just know, that you don’t need Photoshop to show the inner beauty that you posses. Just be you and it will all translate on camera.

WHERE CAN I GET MY DIGITAL FILES PRINTED? DOES IT REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHERE?
Simply put, YES!! It makes a huge difference where you get your photos printed. Check out this blog below so you can SEE the difference of how much your photo can change depending on the lab you use.

 

http://www.amandajacksonphoto.com/2014/01/13/pro-prints-vs-drugstore-prints-it-does-matter/