About Your Session & FAQs

To help you prepare and to answer *most* of the questions I get from my clients, I've gathered this important information for you. If you have additional questions or concerns before your session, please contact me at chloelafrancephotography@gmail.com or call me at 214.403.4758. I want you to feel completely prepared and comfortable every step of  the way.

What to Wear

The most common questions I get are on what to wear and it is a really good question! Attire can 100% make or break a session in my opinion. I always tell my clients the same thing- go lighter and go more solid. I love textures and layers and gorgeous whites, creams, denim, blushes and tans. These are always my favorite wardrobe choices because they match with everything, make photos look brighter and warmer, and they just tend to look incredible on camera. If you do decide to go with brighter or darker colors, that is great, too! Just make sure your choices are not too busy with prints or patterns and that not everyone in your family matches "perfectly"- we don't want it to look like you are all the same person. Choose colors that are in the same color families, that compliment one another. Don't be afraid to ditch the jeans and dress up a little. I love it when moms wear dresses and skirts, it just elevates everything. Lace, scarves, and cardigans are great ways to layer and make your outfit more interesting. Avoid really big jewelry or graphic tee shirts as these can be very distracting. Wear what makes you feel good about yourself because if you feel good, it will make a world of difference on camera. I am adding a few wardrobe options below for your convenience but Pinterest is a great place to search for ideas as well! I also love to play stylist so please text me your wardrobe choices a few days before your session and we can plan it out together. 

Newborn & Maternity FAQs

1. When is the best time to schedule a newborn photo shoot?

The best time to schedule a newborn photo shoot is typically baby is between 3 and 12 days old. Some photographers prefer to shoot when the baby is younger or older than that, but 5-15 days is my personal preference. At this age they are still very sleepy and moldable but they also open their eyes and smile. It's a great time to get sleepy AND awake shots.

2. How should I prepare for the newborn photo shoot?

Similar to the maternity photo shoot, consider collect some of the following items: sonogram photo(s), little socks or shoes, boy/girl colored lace or ribbon, pearls or girly accessories for a girl, sports or boyish accessories for a boy, a baby blanket or quilt, and any special family heirlooms or nursery items you want to feature in the photos.

**PLEASE NOTE: I no longer do POSED newborn shots. I only do family/lifestyle newborn sessions which means I basically capture you and your family with the new baby in your home or at the location of your choice. We can still try to recreate certain simple poses and shots that you might see and like but please note that I am no longer doing the full posed sessions that take several hours. Please see my gallery to note the difference between a lifestyle newborn session and the posed. We can discuss what this would look like for your family and I promise the results will still be GORGEOUS. 

3. What should I expect on the day of the newborn photo shoot?

I am a mom so I understand how newborns can be! I am patient and flexible and want your family to be comfortable to do what baby and mom need. During a newborn session, we’ll spend 75% of the time getting the baby warm, comfy, fed, and happy.

Expect to either nurse or feed the baby during the session and that is okay! I would like you to try to feed them RIGHT before but if they want to eat again, we will stop and let them eat. Baby and mama come first. A full tummy and a stress-free mom is the key to gorgeous, sleepy newborn photos.

If we are in your home, please to be HOT – I typically need to turn the thermostat to about 78-80 degrees so the baby is happy and warm.

The photo session will last about one hour, depending on your baby’s comfort level.

It is strongly encouraged that the whole family participate and take turns with the baby but not mandatory. This is something we will discuss in advance when planning your session. *Note: if you do want photos with the baby, refer to the previous information about what to wear.

4. What should my newborn wear to a photo shoot?

This is completely up to you! Clothes can be really baggy on a newborn so choose something that fits them well and isn't too big or else it will look strange in the photos. Don't be afraid to let them be in just a diaper and swaddle them in a blanket. Photos of half naked babies are usually the best because of their gorgeous, creamy skin. 

**If your baby has flaky, dry skin or "baby acne" please do not worry! This is completely normal and I work with this all the time. Definitely mention it to your pediatrician (this is the mom in me talking) but to prepare for your photo session go ahead and bathe and lotion them as normal and stop stressing. Babies are beautiful and I am not concerned if he or she has any kind of skin issues- we can edit as much or as little as you like! But I will do my best to portray your baby as the beautiful little bundle they are and give you gorgeous photos that you will feel proud to show off to everyone. 

5. What should I expect after the photo shoot?

After the photo shoot, I usually can’t wait to copy the photos to my hard drive and get to work on editing/reviewing them! You can expect to see at least one “sneak peek” photo on my Facebook page either that evening or the next day.

I will then call you to set up our portrait collection consultation where I will show you all of your images in your gallery and show you amazing bundles and products you can purchase to meet your $250 minimum. This includes prints, canvases, custom announcements, albums, wood boxes, and digital file bundles. 

My absolute favorite photos from your session might be featured on my Facebook page, as well as my website/blog. Please feel free to tag yourself in the photos on Facebook (which will help me increase my client-base); Facebook does not allow me to tag you in the photos, so you’ll need to tag yourself/your spouse if you’d like to do this.

After the photo shoot, I hope you’ll be so excited about your experience and your photos that you’ll want to tell all of your mommy-to-be friends and family members to check out my portfolio on my website and contact me if they’re interested in booking a session!

Have more questions I did not answer? Feel free to email me at chloelafrancephotography@gmail.com.

 

MATERNITY FAQs

1. When is the best time during my pregnancy to schedule a photo shoot?

The “best” time to schedule a maternity photo shoot will vary; for some women, it might be between weeks 32 and 36 (or between months 7 and 8), for other women, it might be week 25. You’ll want to aim for a 2-4 week window when you have a cute, pronounced “bump,” but you aren’t experiencing too much swelling or discomfort yet. You’ll also want to consider how flexible you are standing, sitting, laying, walking, etc. and try to schedule the shoot during a window that you’re still able to do most of these things fairly comfortably (I know nothing is really comfortable right now, though!)

2. How should I prepare for the maternity photo shoot?

Consider bringing some of the following items to the shoot: sonogram photo(s), little socks or shoes, boy/girl colored lace or ribbon, pearls or girly accessories for a girl, sports or boyish accessories for a boy, a picnic blanket or a quilt that compliments the colors of your outfits for all of the photos we’ll do on the ground, and any special family heirlooms or nursery items you want to feature in the photos.

Think about the tiniest of details. Your hands will be featured in most of the photos. Consider getting a manicure the day before. Take your time getting ready on the day of the shoot. Some mommies-to-be even decide to go to a salon to get their hair and/or makeup done on the morning of the photo shoot. This is completely optional; it is up to you if you want to do something like this!

As hard as it may be right now, try to get as much sleep as possible the night before the shoot. We will be moving around a lot – we’ll be standing, sitting, on the ground, etc. *Note: I never want you to feel pressured into a pose. Communication is very important before, during, and after our photo sessions. You will not hurt my feelings if you tell me you aren’t comfortable with something.* Your energy level will be evident in the photos, so try to sleep as much as possible the night before and try not to overexert yourself the morning of the shoot. You’ll want to budget about 1 hour for the shoot (depending on the weather/lighting situation and your exhaustion level.) You can rest assured that I will take my time and not rush during the photo shoot. It is my goal to deliver the best possible images I can for you and your family.

3. What should I expect on the day of the maternity photo shoot?

We’ll spend 5-10 minutes getting to know each other so I can get an idea of the style of photos you’re aiming for.

Expect me to be a total dork and do whatever I can to make you laugh and feel as comfortable as possible during the photo session. Seriously, though – the more comfortable you are with each other and with me during the session, the better your photos will be. I know you and your family will cherish these photos for several generations, so I want us to work together to make the best product possible.

As I mentioned above, expect to be moving around A LOT! This is your free pass to let your hubby know that you really can’t unload the dishwasher or even walk to the mailbox today!

4. What should my family and I wear to a maternity photo shoot?

You might want to refer to a color palette chart (like the one below) to decide on a color combination. A general “rule” would be 2-4 neutral colors and one additional pop of color (such as a scarf or chunky jewelry.) Avoid outfits with overbearing patterns such as a floral or checkered patterns. Although, sometimes a cute chevron pattern in a scarf can be the perfect accessory to compliment the color scheme. Try to also avoid trends or styles that will be out of style in the near future; think of timeless colors and patterns. Dresses are also a classic maternity photo look. If you decide to wear a dress, try to find one that is flowy, yet elegant. A belt just under your bust helps to highlight the smallest point of your torso and adds beautiful curves to your figure. Think of dressing from the top of your head to the tip of your toes (for you and your hubby!) – your shoes will be visible in many of the photos, so be sure to wear shoes that match. With all this in mind, don’t get too bogged down thinking about your outfits – just remember to keep it simple, comfy, and focused on your belly!

For more ideas, check out Pinterest!

5. What should I expect after the photo shoot?

After the photo shoot, I usually can’t wait to copy the photos to my hard drive and get to work on editing/reviewing them! You can expect to see at least one “sneak peek” photo on my Facebook page either that evening or the next day.

I will then call you to set up our portrait collection consultation where I will show you all of your images in your gallery and show you amazing bundles and products you can purchase to meet your $250 minimum. This includes prints, canvases, custom announcements, albums, wood boxes, and digital file bundles. 

My absolute favorite photos from your session might be featured on my Facebook page, as well as my website/blog. Please feel free to tag yourself in the photos on Facebook (which will help me increase my client-base); Facebook does not allow me to tag you in the photos, so you’ll need to tag yourself/your spouse if you’d like to do this.

After the photo shoot, I hope you’ll be so excited about your experience and your photos that you’ll want to tell all of your mommy-to-be friends and family members to check out my portfolio on my website and contact me if they’re interested in booking a session!

Have more questions I did not answer? Feel free to email me at chloelafrancephotography@gmail.com.

Weather & Light

I consider myself a "natural light" photographer which, to me, means I specialize in utilizing the sun for my photography style. I really love bright, slightly overexposed photos with sun flares to make the background pop. I am able to be creative when the sky is a bit cloudy but I want my clients to know that if there is very little light due to weather or the time of day, I will ask to reschedule when there will be more light to work with. I don't like working inside homes, especially when there is very little natural light. It is just part of my style and my creative vision so I will not compromise your photos or my signature style just to complete a shoot. I would rather work around the weather to get the right light that will lead to jaw-dropping shots and images. We will work together on the days leading up to and the day of your scheduled shoot to decide what will be best. Clients have up to 7 days before the scheduled shoot to reschedule with me at no additional cost to you. If you decide to reschedule within that 7 day last minute window for any reason, there will be a $50 rebooking fee. Your session deposit is non-refundable and if you decide to reschedule after the 7 day window deadline, you will need to contact me to find another date ASAP. If I reschedule the shoot due to bad weather, there is no fee.