FAQ

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:: THE SESSION ::

Where is your studio located?

Nealy’s studio is located at:  13172 Aulden Ave. Rosemount, MN 55068. To find the studio, enter “Lennar at Bella Visa” in GPS, which will take you to our development. Then drive to the back of the neighborhood to Aulden Ave – take a right, and we’re the 2nd house on the end (all white exterior).  The studio is perfect for newborns, babies, and families up to 5 or 6 people.

How far in advance should we book?

For your choice of dates and/or weekend sessions, plan to book at least 1-2 months in advance. However, last-minute appointments are sometimes available.  Nealy always tries to leave room in her schedule for a surprise newborn session, but please schedule in advance if possible.

What should we wear to our session?

DON’T sweat it! Once your session is scheduled, Nealy will send you plenty of what-to-wear suggestions and will help make the process easy.

How do we choose a location?

Nealy has numerous favorite spots around the Twin Cities! If you have a style preference, please let Nealy know the style of pictures you are wanting (whether urban, nature, rustic). Nealy will come up with the perfect spot with the best lighting and background for your portraits.

What is your payment process?

The session fee for your portrait session is due at booking via PayPal. After the session, you will schedule an in-person ordering session with Nealy at her home-based studio. At the ordering session, you will be presented with a slideshow of 30-40 fully retouched/edited images from your session. Full pricing details can be found here.

What equipment do you shoot with?

Nealy only shoots with the finest equipment: Canon’s 5d Mark iii. She uses a variety of lenses, her favorites being the 85mm 1.2L! Also in her camera bay are the 50mm 1.2L, 70-200mm 2.8IS iiL, 35mm 1.4L, 100mm 2.8 macro, ~ all Canon). She then culls and color-corrects all of the images in Lightoom, then retouches and finishes up the images in Photoshop.

:: ORDERING ::

Do you offer digital files?

Absolutely! All of Nealy’s collections now include the digital files. Please see investment for more details.

How long until we see the photos?

Nealy’s takes the time to fully edit each individual image, so editing times range from 3-4 weeks, sometimes sooner.

How does your digital download work?

Once your order is placed, Nealy will send you a link where you can view, download, and share your digital files with the click of a button.

 

:: NEWBORN + BABY’S FIRST YEAR PACAKGE ::

When should I schedule my newborn session?

So glad you asked! The best time to photograph a newborn is between 7-20 days of life. Baby is sleepy and easy to work with. Even a few days can make a huge difference in the baby’s alertness.  We will set a tentative date BEFORE baby arrives if at all possible, then we will confirm or adjust the date once baby arrives! Click here to schedule your newborn session!

What should we bring to the newborn session?

Once your newborn session is scheduled, Nealy will send you her Newborn Session Guide full of everything you need to know about preparing for the newborn session! But really when it all comes down to it, and well-fed baby the has been kept awake for at least 1-2 hours right before the session and pacifier are the most helpful things that will ensure a sleepy baby! 🙂

I missed my child’s newborn pictures but would still like to purchase your Baby’s First Year package. Are you flexible with ages?

Yes! Nealy is flexible and is happy to customize the Baby’s First Year package.

Are props included at the newborn session?

Heck yes! 🙂 The studio is filled with all of the props you see in her newborn images – baskets, knit hats, headbands, backdrops, soft blankets, etc. Nealy is always prop-shopping and adding to her collection of newborn and studio props.

Can we get family pictures done during the newborn session?

Absolutely! Family or sibling pictures are welcomed at any session!

We are having twins. Is there an extra charge for two babies?

Twins are two for the price of one. Jackpot! 🙂

What is the best time to do maternity pictures?

Maternity pictures are best done between 29-35 weeks if possible, aiming for around week 31-32 of pregnancy.

 

I’m ready to book a session! What are the first steps?

Please fill out the Client Questionnaire and Nealy will be in touch to schedule your session within 24 hours!

Additional questions?

Please feel free to contact Nealy at nealy@photographybynealy.com. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!