Have a question about your session or how to schedule a session?

Browse these frequently asked questions to learn more about my sessions. Hopefully ,you will find the answer you are looking for, but if not, do not worry! You may visit  my "Contact" page to get in touch with me personally.

How do I book a photo session?

You can easily book your photo session by simply contacting me either through the "Contact" form here on my website, private messaging me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lauriewardlowphotography, or sending me an email at lauriewardlowphotography@gmail.com. Once you connect with me through one of these platforms we can chat about what you are looking to get out of your photo session and set a date.

How do I book a newborn photo session if I haven't delivered yet?

Planning ahead and booking your newborn session in advance is ideal! New babies are best photographed within the first 12 days of life. Because of this, I reserve time for newborn sessions according to due date and recommend booking in your second trimester if possible. Then once your new little one has arrived we move forward scheduling an actual photo session date and time.

Do you travel to clients' homes for newborn sessions? 

My newborn sessions take place at my studio. I do not offer in-home sessions at clients' homes, as my studio is full of lighting equipment, backdrops, backdrop stands, props, and other necessities. I have a shooting method and a controlled environment that is conducive to providing beautiful lighting to producing that soft and dreamy newborn look.

Do I need to submit a deposit when booking?

Yes, I do require a small non-refundable deposit due at the time of booking in order to add you to my calendar. This deposit reserves your session day and time for you and helps protect my time as well. Deposits are paid through an emailed invoice with a credit card within 24 hours of booking.

 Is my deposit transferable?

Absolutely! Though deposits are non-refundable they are 100% transferable if you cancel your photo session with at least 48 hours notice. Your deposit can then be applied to a rescheduled photo session, for a date and time of your choice, when booked within 48 hours of cancellation.

Where will my session be?

If your session is in-studio it will be held in my in-home studio in Katy, Texas. If you have booked an outdoor session, I shoot all over Katy, Sealy, Fulshear, and sometimes Houston. I have many beautiful locations around the Katy area that I can suggest.  If you have a location in mind I'd love to check it out, as I always familiarize myself with locations and lighting prior to my sessions.  

What time do you have your outdoor sessions?

My outdoor sessions take place in the evening for best lighting, usually the last couple of hours before sunset. This creates an ideal natural backdrop. When the sun is too high, shadows are cast on subjects' faces. The golden hour provides the most gorgeous light and beautiful skin tones!

Do I need to bring anything to my session?

Families:  You just need to bring yourselves! You are more than welcome to bring along anything else you may want included in your photos too. If you need some advice on how to coordinate your outfits, simply contact me for advice and tips. I would love to help make you and your family picture perfect! I usually bring some props, such as a chair, a quilt blanket, or other seasonal items (if applicable) to add to my sessions.  

Newborn: When planning what to bring along for your newborn session, it's important to keep in mind that depending on your baby, your session may take up to 3 hours. Posing your infant can be time consuming and requires ample patience. Be sure to bring plenty of diapers, bottles, snacks, blanket, pacifier, or anything else you may need during their session time that will comfort you and baby. Moms are welcome to nurse if needed. If you wish to bring along  family heirlooms to include in your images you may bring them, however please let me know before hand so that I can work them into the colors and setups.  I supply all props including wraps, hats, headbands, tiebacks, baskets, blankets, etc.  I have an online store where I sell newborn props and accessories , primarily to photographers, all across the U.S. and abroad. ALL OF MY ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR COMPLIMENTARY USE HERE AT MY STUDIO. Feel free to visit Blue Sky Props and browse! Many clients pick out their newborn's accessories via my store before their session.

Kids:  Little ones can be so fun to photograph, and can also be tricky at times. Be sure to bring along the outfit(s) of your choosing and anything that may make them smile, laugh, or pose. Mom and Dad can be a huge help making their little one laugh. Don't be afraid to act silly, as I am super silly during my photo shoots and will do just about anything to get a smile or laugh.  A small snack or favorite toy may be the magic trick!  Bribery works wonders! A trip to get ice cream after your session always seems to work.  Finger foods, such as dry cereal, can really help as well.  I supply all props for little one's photo shoots. If you have some of your own props, we can incorporate those as well.

First Birthday Sessions: I LOVE first birthday/cake smash sessions! Please bring the outfit(s) of your choosing and any birthday props you may want included such as balloons, a birthday hat or tiara, banner, and of course the cake. I have many banners and props here at my studio. I can also bring props on location as well. Cake smash sessions are usually messy- it helps if you bring wipes and a change of clothes for your little one to clean up with. I have paper towels, and a bag to dispose of smashed cake and used wipes. I bring these items on location as well to help with clean up, as I clean up areas when on location. 

How long will it take me to receive my edited photos? After your photo session is complete, it typically takes about two weeks (sometimes less) for me to edit all of your photos in post processing. I pride myself on my post processing work. I am very particular and detail oriented and I love adding rich tones and textures to my photos.  If you have a specific date you need your photos by please keep this in mind at booking , and be sure to let me know.

How will I receive my photos? All photos are delivered digitally through a private gallery. When your gallery is complete you will receive an email providing you with a password to log in to your gallery. Your gallery will showcase all of your gorgeous images and allow you to both download your images directly to your computer and order professional prints, if you wish, at an additional cost. I always recommend my pro lab for prints and wall art, as the quality, coloring, etc. are beautiful and accurate. My sessions come with a specified number of digital images. Should you wish to purchase more images, you may certainly do so. 

Will I be able to order professional prints of my photos? YES! Once your gallery is ready,  you will be able to both download your images and order professional prints. All professional prints come in four different printing types including, Lustre, Pearl, and Metallic. In addition to standard prints,  you will also have the option to order canvas for your wall, magnets, keepsakes, cards, and even phone cases.  

I want to have my photos printed at a lab of my choosing. Will I have printing rights to my photos? Yes! Your session comes with a Print Release.  Should you choose to print them yourself or take them to your local store, you will have the right to print your photos as many times as you would like anywhere, for personal use. If you need help choosing a lab, I can help you with that. I strongly urge against using drug store photo labs, as usually the coloring is inaccurate. 

Please note: My photography is art created meticulously by me. Any form of editing, cropping, or omitting watermarks, even after purchase, is not allowed. Re-edited photos are a misrepresentation of my art. Every image in your gallery was given the ample time it deserves during my post processing. My business depends highly on word of mouth,  social media posts, and images seen by past clients' friends and family members. If any alternate editing or filters are added, potential clients are NOT seeing my true work.

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