Frequently Asked Questions
What types of photo services do you offer?
Memories Of Me Photos offers a complete line of professional photographic services including maternity, newborns, children, high school seniors, couples and families, professional photos of both men and women, and boudoir...Specializing in Newborns, and Children..In Studio and on Location. Please Note..Maternity Photos generally take place in your 8th month, to really capture that baby bump and before you feel most uncomfortable. Your spouse is welcomed, generally take @ an hour or so. In studio is only $99. and on location is $149. Newborn Sessions should be scheduled before the baby is born, if at all possible. It is important to photograph the newborn within the 1st 10-14 days of life..while they are still sleepy, I only do these in my studio, also its best to photograph them in the nude, if possible. Newborn sessions are for the newborn only! $99. !! ..to add siblings or parents its an additional $49. I am currently booked at least one month in advance, weekdays are best for me, my weekends book up very fast! Gift Certificates are available, which make a great Newborn Baby Shower gift, or a Birthday Present, or Anniversary, Christmas, Valentines or any special day!
What should I plan to wear?
Bring several changes of clothes if you like but avoid busy prints. Stick with solid colors. More timeless the better..I personaly like neutrals, textures, boots, jeans, jackets, a scarf for a punch of color, real life..what does your living room look like, chances are those are the colors you like. Find a color palette you like and piece together items from that palette for your family photos. I have a lot of Tutus and Rompers, headbands, pearls ..etc. to share. No logos-writing on the shirts. Eyeglasses tend to create a reflection so you might want to consider wearing contact lenses or removing your glasses for your photos. Get a manicure or remove all nail polish prior to your shoot. Chipped nail polish will not look good in close-up shots. You might want to wear heavier make-up than normal and use extra concealer to hide blemishes. Wear jewelry that is timeless, not trendy. Just be you!
Can I bring my own props?
Absolutely! Feel free to bring anything..fun accessories like hats, scarves, sunglasses, flowers, etc. For little ones you might consider bringing cakes, cupcakes or balloons on their birthday... and be sure to bring their favorite toy or stuffed animal, binkie and blankie, for comfort.. Teen photos are also more interesting with a prop or two, boots, jean jackets...im open..I also have a lot of goodies for props..a whole studio full! I have tons of newborn hats, headbands, wraps,rompers, buckets, baskets, banners..etc..all I need is a sleepy newborn baby..i will do the rest! Try to keep them awake before you get here..so they are sleepy.
How long will my session last?
The average session lasts generally about 1 hour or so...., depending on the situation, and your childs temperment.. everyone is different. If you plan to bring several children, a pet or several outfits please discuss with the photographer before your session to ensure we book enough time. Newborns tend to take the longest, I will plan for that, make sure to bring bottles, binkies, favorite blanket..Please schedule enough time out of your day, so we are not rushed..whatever it takes to get the job done, is when we are finished.
What locations can we use?
Gail photographs in her studio in the Talega community of San Clemente, California. Both indoor and outdoor sessions are available...Using all Natural Light..Will also meet you at a local beach, favorite park, field, or even at the comfort of your own home.
When can I expect to see my photos?
Online proofing edited, copyrighted slideshow is availble to you, within a 48 hour time frame, approx. 40+ images to choose from for a limited time , due to server space constraints, generally a ten day upload time, to share your slideshow..if more time is needed to view, please feel free to ask....an additional seven days can be posted for an additional fee of $25. The original file will be held by the photographer for up to six months after session..you can still order prints or the digital files after the link has fallen off, pls. keep track of image numbers. Feel free to email your proof link or slideshow to your favorite people, you can also post it to facebook with the link provided on the slideshow..any amount of people may view and order from your photo session. Packages seem to be the most popular, all prints can be of different poses, your not just limited to a few poses..all different poses for print sizes is welcomed, my coffee table album for only $179. is my favorite! Perfect keepsake, fun to collect... mc/visa/check/cash/paypal accepted.
Any tips for photographing babies and children?
Make sure your baby has been fed and has had a nap unless your session involves nursing or a sleeping baby. Please try to keep your newborn awake as much as possible before arriving, so that they are ready to sleep while here! Children should be clean. No sticky faces or fingers. Bring a special toy or treat or pacifier that is sure to calm your child in the event of a tantrum or get their attention during poses. I do have an awsome treasure box, they all get to pick from. Keep in mind that you may partially appear in some photos for example your jeans, a shoulder or two and perhaps your hands when you hold your babies feet...watch for chipped nail polish, hands and toes..
WATCH ME GROW BOGO PROGRAM..What is that?
I offer an Amazing reasonable first year program, designed to capture your growing baby up until the 1st Birthday! I offer FOUR sessions for only $199. 3 mos,. 6 mos., 9 mos. ,and one year sessions.(cake smash) These are regular sessions held in my studio only, baby only, weekdays only! A very special year of life, capture it while you can! That is correct all 4 sessions for only $199. payment due at time of booking 3 month session. Great Gift Idea!
Mini Sessions..what are those?
I offer a few mini sessions during the year, with very elaborate sets, outside, ..they all are done by booking online..15 minutes, I snap away, then you leave with your cd of all images, usually over 150 images, so you can go home and do whatever you wish! (not just one 5x7 and upsale you) Very reasonable!! Unique, and a great value! My Christmas Santa Mini is most popular it books up very fast!! ..the email comes out in September, if you wish to be on the invite list for these, please do fill out the subscribe form, under contact us..to be put in the data base, for any of these promotions! Spring, Summer and Winter! Dates, times and info are announced first on my facebook page, lets be friends.! Memoriesofmephotos No Show, No Refund.