Frequently Asked Questions

WHERE DO SESSIONS TAKE PLACE?

SH Portraits is strictly an on-location photographer. Samara will utilize any location with ample natural light for your session. The most popular choice among clients is your own home. This creates a fun, relaxed environment for your children resulting in unique lifestyle themed portraits. Sessions may also take place at local parks or other venues within Erie County, NY. For a list of ideas please email SH Portraits.

WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY NEWBORN SESSION?

Newborns are a specialty of photographer Samara Hutcheson. Your newborn session should be tentatively scheduled while you are still pregnant to ensure availability in the photographer’s schedule. The session should take place within the first 10 days - 3 weeks of your precious baby’s new life.

WHAT SHOULD OUR CHILD WEAR?

SH Portraits can provide all clients with an amazing what to where guide upon booking your session, complete with color pallette ideas and clothing choices.

Babies under 6 months of age are best photographed in little to no clothing. If you would like to keep a diaper on for your baby, Samara highly suggests avoiding disposable diapers with big patterns. Instead consider using a diaper cover or cloth diaper. If you would like to have clothes on your baby, a simple onesie works best.

For older babies and children simple works best. Samara suggests a simple shirt with jeans or khakis or a simple dress for girls. Shoes & socks will be a distraction in your portraits so please consider bare feet for your portrait, especially if your session will be taking place in your home. For outdoor sessions sneakers should be avoided. As always don’t be afraid to use bold colors and fun outfits for your session for a trendier look in your portraits. Bold patterns, logos and cartoon characters should always be avoided.

Outfit changes are ok, but be careful with younger children. Changing outfits too often may make them upset and bring our session to an end. If you have a few outfit ideas in mind but are not sure which will work best, Samara will be happy to go over your choices with you prior to your session.

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WHEN WILL WE BE ABLE TO VIEW THE IMAGES FROM OUR SESSION?

Approximately 1-2 weeks after your session (hopefully sooner!) you will receive an email that your gallery is ready to be viewed. You will have 7 days to view and order your images. There is a republish fee of $50 for each additional day needed after your gallery expires.

WHAT DOES MY SESSION FEE INCLUDE?

The Classic Session with SH Portraits includes the session fee, as well as the edited digital images from your session. Typically this is 30 images (60 including the black and white versions). It also includes a custom client download site which is available for 30 days.

LITTLE SUZY JUST BUMPED HER HEAD - SHOULD WE CANCEL?

NO! Please don’t cancel your session! Basic retouching for bumps, bruises and scrapes are all included in the current fees.

DO YOU OFFER BOTH COLOR & BLACK AND WHITE PORTRAITS?

Absolutely! 98% of the time your photos will be shown in both color and black and white. That being said, there will be times that a photo is shown only in color or only in black & white. It is these circumstances that the photographer has decided which style portrait is artistically better and best suited for showing to the family.