Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT KIND OF PHOTOS DO YOU TAKE?
My bread and butter isn’t the “everyone look at the camera and smile!” shots (though I do capture them in every session). I’m after photos that make you feel: a wide-eyed toddler transfixed by a flower… a mom smiling as her children embrace her from all sides… a teenager trying so hard not to smile.
I don’t want you to look back on your photos and remember what you wore or how you looked. I want you to remember how you felt in that moment.
My editing style features vibrant colors, lots of golden sunshine, and I’m a sucker for a good sun flare. My portfolio should give you a good idea of what you can expect.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
I provide a Wardrobe Guide for all family sessions, which includes guidance on color palettes, accessories, and more.
If you’d rather take a hard pass on figuring out what everyone will wear, I got you! I partner with a stylist who will learn about your style and budget, plus any existing items you want to incorporate. She’ll put together outfits for your family, send links to items you can buy online, and boom—you’ve taken the stress of wardrobe planning off your plate. Learn more about styling services.
WHEN AND WHERE WILL WE TAKE OUR PHOTOS?
The “ivy” in Apollo & Ivy is a nod to nature, and unless it’s a newborn session, we’ll be in the great outdoors. I have a long list of gorgeous spots in North Liberty, Coralville, and Iowa City that showcase nature without going far from home.
I shoot in the 90 minutes leading up to sunset (golden hour) for that gorgeous golden light that flatters everyone. That means we could be shooting far past Junior’s bedtime at certain times of year. You’ll want to plan ahead to adjust naps and mealtimes to ensure nobody melts down.
WHAT'S THE TURNAROUND TIME?
In most cases, within two weeks. The max wait would be 30 days, typically during the fall busy season (September-November).
WHAT IF WE NEED TO CANCEL?
If you need to cancel for illness or unforseen circumstances, let me know as soon as possible. I’d much rather reschedule to a time when everyone is feeling their best than to power through and not get the photos you wanted.
WILL YOU PHOTOSHOP MY TEEN'S ACNE?
My teen years weren’t kind to my complexion, hoo-boy. And I have Polaroid photo evidence to prove it. #old
Acne falls into the category of things I always touch up, because it’s only temporary. When you look at your teen, you don’t see their blemishes, you see the beautiful human underneath. My goal is to ensure that’s what everyone else sees, too.
WHAT IF MY KIDS DON'T BEHAVE?
Wait, your kids aren’t perfect? That’s going to be a problem.
I’m totally kidding. I’m a mom too, and I’ve been through that particular hell. (Sometimes my husband’s the one who throws a tantrum.)
This is a judgment-free zone, my friend. Sometimes kids are just not into it. Luckily, I’ve got lots of tricks up my sleeve to catch their attention. (When two year olds are involved, however, I keep my expectations low.)
Ignore bad behavior from your small humans during your session. Tears are a show-stopper, so just smile and pretend your child’s antics are the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. Nobody’s kids are perfect, and I don’t expect yours to be, either.
DO YOU TAKE PHOTOS INDOORS?
My indoor sessions are limited to lifestyle newborn. My only studio is the great outdoors!
CAN YOU MAKE ME LOOK THINNER/ SHORTER/ TALLER/ MORE MUSCULAR?
I hand-edit every image, and happily remove blemishes, crumbs in a beard, scratched-up knees and other temporary things. Editing doesn’t include body modifications, but I’ll always guide you to stand and walk in ways that flatter your shape and highlight your best features.
HOW MANY PHOTOS ARE IN A TYPICAL GALLERY?
That depends on a lot of factors, including the length and type of session, the number of people in your party, lighting, moods, and weather. In ideal circumstances, 45-minute family sessions and newborn sessions have galleries of 45 to 70 images, while Short and Sweet sessions are between 20 and 40. Dance galleries are 20–40, headshots are 15–30, and seniors are 80+.
WHAT IF IT RAINS?
An overcast day is actually a great time to shoot. The soft light of a cloudy day is often more flattering than a bright sunny one. But if the wind is over 25 mph or the chances of rain are high, then we’ll reschedule at your convenience.
CAN I BRING MY FURRY FRIEND?
Yes! Well-behaved, chill pets are always welcome. We usually do photos with and without Fido, so if your pup can’t chill in the car or next to a tree, it’s a good idea to bring a buddy who can take over doggysitting for the non-Fido part of the session.
HOW DO I BOOK A SESSION WITH YOU?
I’m so glad you asked. Fill out the contact form and I’ll get back to you in a jiffy.