When is the best time to book a newborn session?
Please contact me at least a month prior to your due date (last minute works sometimes too), this way I can tentatively set a few session dates about a week or two after your due date. Newborn sessions are best done between 5-12 days after the baby is born.

When should we shoot maternity session?
It is really up to you, when you feel the most comfortable....anywhere between 32-38 weeks.

What if it's raining and our session is booked for outdoors?
We can absolutely reschedule!

What if we need to reschedule?
That is perfectly ok, stuff happens that is beyond our control so no worries! :)

Do we get digital files?
Yes, with each session I provide you with digital files with permission to print at a lab of your choice (or you can order professional quality prints through me).

How long will it take before we receive our photos?
My typical turnaround time is 4-6 weeks but I always try to get them done much quicker. :)  I always post a few sneak peek images within a few days from the date of your session. :)

Ahhh.....what should we wear?
The days of super "matchy-matchy" are long gone!  I would encourage you to firstly stay true to who you are and be comfortable....but kick it up a notch! :)  Choose a palette and then coordinate from there, think textures, layers, accessories like scarves, hats, jewelry are always a nice touch. Feel free to get some wardrobe inspiration from Pinterest

Do you have a studio?
I am a natural light photographer and the great outdoors is my studio.  There are many great outdoor and public indoor locations and I can absolutely help you decide on the perfect spot for your shoot!

What types of payment do you take?
Cash and cheque...and I'm in the process of setting up for CC so make sure to ask if that is your preferred method of payment! :) (cheques payable to Alvina Penner)

Can you just Photoshop out my wrinkles and make me look slimmer?
Oh the dreaded word "Photoshop." Ha ha.... so my answer is no, I believe that we are all beautiful and I like to keep my images as natural as possible.  I will do minor retouches to cover blemishes or scars if you so desire.  I do not do any major Photoshop work, I like to shoot as accurate as possible in camera so I do not have to spend hours editing.  

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