Frequently Asked Questions

 
 
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New for Spring 2015, we will be offering a few different digital collections to clients who may want to invest in having their favorite session images. Please inquire for details. We are also happy to provide a digital copy of the images you order (as prints, wall portraits or in an album) that are sized to easily share with friends and family on social networking sites or through email. They have a small watermark and are not sized to print. In addition, we provide each client with a complimentary mobile app so those images can be easily shared via a phone, ipad, etc.  
 
We certainly understand the interest in having an archival disc of all the images from your portrait session. Our desire is that our clients take advantage of our expertise, developed over many years, to create tangible wall art and heirloom albums that can be passed down to your children, rather than receiving a disc of images that inevitably sits in a to-do pile or in a drawer for months or even years (trust us, we are guilty of that as well!).  
 
Each final piece that is ordered is perfected during the retouching process and when we receive the order in our studio. Nothing leaves our studio until we are satisfied. While many photographers provide the entirety of digital files from a session without each being fully perfected, we are not comfortable releasing high resolution images for enlargement without them being brought to our exacting standards. What we are comfortable releasing, however, is a thumb drive with your session’s digital proof files sized to a resolution that can be printed up to 5×7.
The most ideal time to photograph a newborn is when they are between 14-21 days. At this age, they tend to still sleep very well, are on a good schedule with feedings and are able to be curled up in a parents arms or in some of the fun props and baskets we have in the studio. While we do photograph older babies, we cannot guarantee a specific "sleepy" pose you may see here on the website. Many times, the older the little one, the harder it is for them to relax and sleep. While we know that not every situation will allow you to get to us when your newborn is in their first two weeks of life, we still want to produce gorgeous images for you to treasure forever.
No two pregnancies are alike, and many women never think about the opportunity to have their beautiful bodies photographed during such a miraculous time. We want you to feel comfortable during your maternity session, so we typically photograph maternity sessions during your last trimester or 27-36 weeks.
It is best to contact the studio while you are still pregnant. We have an "expecting mommies" calendar that we will pencil you in on about a week after your official due date. We know that babies come on their own terms, some early and some late, so please call the studio as soon as you deliver so we can get you on our schedule. We always keep spaces open for those "special deliveries".
Most of the sessions we do are local to Upland, CA but we can go to a location of your choice. Depending on the location, an extra fee may apply. We have traveled to many locations around the country for sessions and we welcome national travel! Please contact the studio for a quote.
At this time, we do not offer a baby plan. We do however photograph our littlest clients during three peak stages of their lives, Newborn (7-14 days), sitting up on their own unassisted (6-8 months) and walking (12-18 months), and we offer a repeat session discount. Please contact the studio for details.
Yes! We have built our business because of our loyal clients who refer us to their family and friends.
We typically reserve portrait sessions 4-6 weeks in advance. All sessions are on a first come first serve basis and are reserved on our calendar once the session fee has been received.
Most of our clients invest $1500 or more for their custom portraiture.
We are a full service boutique studio and do not offer mini-sessions. In order to provide you with beautiful images and the best client service, we only schedule full sessions on our calendar. We do offer beautiful custom birth announcements, holiday cards and greeting cards and ask that you make a minimum custom portrait investment of $500 before ordering any custom cards.
If the weather is unpredictable, we can most definitely re-schedule. Tira J's philosophy is that if there is rain in the forecast and it is 30% or less, we will still continue with the session, because the likelihood is that it won’t rain and the light will be amazing.
We understand that situations may arise, so if you need to re-schedule your session, please call us at least 24 hours in advance. Your pre-paid session fee is good for six months after your originally scheduled appointment.
We accept Checks, Cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover Card.
Due to the custom nature of all of the images and products we create, you can expect to receive your portrait order in 2-4 weeks. Leather Craftsmen Albums can take up to 6 weeks depending on the design and materials used.
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 5D (backup), 50mm 1.2, 85 mm 1.2, 70-200mm 2.8, 16-35mm 2.8, 24-70mm 2.8
My brand is purely focused on family portraiture and how the relationships between one another evolve over time. I have found that over the years I’ve watched so many of my young clients grow up into amazing young adults. With that said, I absolutely love to photograph teens who may be starting on a brand new journey in life and leaving their childhood home.  
 
Yes! While we do not exclusively photograph seniors, many of our clients have come back to us to have their Juniors and Seniors photographed because having that one school photograph to choose from, just isn't cool.  
We LOVE HS Seniors!  
 
When I had my senior pictures taken, it was about 100 degrees, my mom was working and I had to ask my friends come over to help with my hair and makeup. I wore a peach short sleeved sweater with a little lace color and that was it! My mom only had one image to choose from. If you think about it, that is sad! Today is about options and having the freedom to choose whatever you want. We work hard to create a completely custom experience for our senior clients.  
 
My specialized niche is Relational Family Portraiture. I currently reserve Maternity, Newborn, Child, Teen and Family portrait sessions I am most passionate about the love and joy families experience when they are in the presence of each other’s company, as well as seeing the tears a mother sheds when she sees images of her “baby” growing up right before her eyes. I am most known for my family portraits and the beautiful relationships each image displays.
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