Welcome Guide

Hello, and Welcome!

Setting the Stage for a Successful Photo Session

I’m absolutely delighted that you’ve entrusted me to capture this special moment in your family’s journey. As a mom and former preschool teacher, I truly appreciate the importance of preparation and setting expectations for a successful photo session. To ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience, I’ve prepared this welcome guide.

I hope you’ll take some time to read through it and feel more confident and comfortable as we embark on this photography journey together. Thank you again for choosing me as your photographer, and I look forward to working with you!

Our Session Path

Before digging in, here’s a quick overview of the whole photo session process.

1

Zoom Consultation

Book your zoom consultation and fill out the questionnaire; linked in your Welcome Email. I will work on a personal styling board for you to help streamline the planning process for you .

2

Day of Preparation

I will be sending over tips to ensure that we set ourselves up for enjoyable and relaxing in-home experience.

Mom and dad sitting on a bed holding their newborn and gazing lovingly.
3

Session Day

I use a combination of prompting and very light posing to elicit natural connections. Plan to spend about 1.5 to 2 hours together. Time and space is essential to let the magic happen!

4

Gallery Delivery

Expect to receive a soft-proofed gallery (with basic edits applied) in about 1-2 weeks. Once your collection is purchased, your photos will be fully retouched and returned to your online gallery in about 1 week. You’ll have access to download, share, and use your print credit for the following 30 days.

Mom holds baby in home.

Planning Outfits

let your style shine through

Wardrobe contributes a so much to the artistry of your final images. That’s why I offer a styling consultation with all of my sessions. We’ll chat about everything you need to know regarding styling you and your family for our session. Check out the link to my Zoom calendar in the booking confirmation email and schedule a time for us to chat at least 6 weeks before your session. You can also refer to my do’s and don’ts for more tips on planning your outfits. When we virtually meet, we’ll work together to finalize outfits that not only look great but also make you feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera.

In-home session tips

1) Outfits: Comfortable, coordinated outfits in neutral colors. Clean and spritz with wrinkle release prior to the session.

2) Home: De-clutter: Throw anything that doesn’t belong in a laundry basket, and hide it in a closet or spare room until the session is done.

3) Family: Inform siblings of the session and include them in the planning process. Feed them right before the session and have a special activity planned for after they are done.

4) Baby: Feed them if they’re ready right before the session, and change them into a white onesie. Sessions are baby-led and there is plenty of time available for them to set the pace.

5) You: Celebrate yourself by choosing an outfit you feel great in, and allow plenty of time and space so you can get ready and feel your best.

Joyful parents cradle their newborn in the comfort of their home during a heartwarming in-home session

Make the most out of your Session

  • Schedule hair cuts/coloring about a week or two prior to your session.
  • Try on your outfits a week before to be sure everything fits and is comfortable.
  • Have everything cleaned, steamed, and ready to put on the night before.
  • Talk to your kiddos about the session in the week leading up. This will ensure they have time to process what to expect and help the session run a little smoother. You can show them my picture from my ‘About Me’ page and explain I’m a friend they’re going to see to take pictures while you hang out and play.
  • Schedule down-time before the session to rest, and make sure everyone is well hydrated and fed.
  • Photo sessions are a special opportunity to celebrate your family, if possible plan a special event (like watching a new movie together) for afterwards. Sometimes this helps if we need to encourage a little cooperation during the session.
  • If you have any questions leading up to your session, please send me a message! I’m happy to help.

I understand the challenges of being a newborn mom, and how much work goes into getting ready for your session. Do your best to be as ready as you can so we can start within the first 10 minutes of me arriving to your home. If you are unprepared when I arrive and we begin your session late, it can greatly reduce the amount of images in your final gallery or cause your session to be rescheduled. (A reschedule fee will apply).

  • Have non-staining snacks on hand for siblings. Avoid things like gummies, chocolate, or goldfish crackers (can stain or get stuck in teeth) instead opt for cheerios, mini marshmallows, even smarties as a special treat.
  • Remove phones, wallets, and apple watches. Keep them out of pockets where they can create bulges.
  • Set the environment up for success: set thermostat to comfortable temp ~70-72 degrees; and play relaxing music.
  • The most important rule is to let go of expectations and focus on relaxing and having fun! This is so important because it really sets the tone for your session. Take the time to be present, relax and love on your family.
  • I have a planned session flow for newborn sessions to ensure that we get all necessary images; my goal is to pose and prompt you in ways that allow natural moments to unfold. I have two simple tips that help encourage natural connection and candid moments: One, (especially for the adults) is to avoid looking at the camera,
  • And, two, always be touching someone. Whether it’s a hug or just a tender hand on the shoulder. Make contact with your family. This makes the love and care you feel for one another, visible.
  • Don’t stress if your kiddos are a little shy or acting a little wild. As a mom and former preschool teacher I have worked with so many children over the years and I have seen it all. We’ll follow their lead. So perhaps a shy kiddo gets extra snuggles, whereas the wild one gets more time to settle in and we prioritize a little movement in our poses. It’s all about who your family is in this very moment. I want you to embrace that.

I take great care going over all of your images and spend some time looking through to narrow down your gallery to the best of the best images. My turn around time for your full gallery is about 3 weeks. I do not offer sneak peeks because I find that focusing on your gallery as a whole allows me to turn around images in a more timely fashion and I think waiting to see all your images at once really ups the wow factor. Because my sessions are moment based, I just pick the best moments to edit and share with you. But I do guarantee approx. 40 images in your gallery. Once I’ve finished soft-proofing your session, I will upload it my gallery website, Pic-Time. I will send you the link to view your images, you will then have the chance to purchase the exact collection that is the best fit for you and your family.

Once you’ve made your selection, the chosen images will undergo thorough editing and retouching. I will upload your final images to your gallery in about 1-2 weeks, and then you can download, share, and purchase prints/products for the following 30 days. Be sure to download your images before then, after 30 days your gallery will be archived. There is a fee to re-upload a gallery.

I have worked to curate a collection of high-quality, professional grade prints and products available for you to purchase in my Pic-Time gallery store. There is no requirement to purchase prints from me. However, I cannot guarantee the color or print quality from third party printers. Outside of my shop, I recommend Mpix for prints and Artifact Uprising for other print products.

A note about newborn lifestyle/hybrid posing

During newborn photography sessions, I like to incorporate a combination of both lifestyle and posed images in order to offer a diverse selection of stunning images for your gallery. While I prioritize documenting lifestyle images of your family holding and snuggling your baby, highlighting the love and connection you share, I also want to ensure I can get photos of your newborn’s tiny features that change so rapidly at this stage. This is why I incorporate some more traditional posing, carefully wrapping and posing the baby for solo images with the utmost care to ensure their safety and comfort. As handling newborns requires special attention, I take every precaution to guarantee your baby’s safety and security throughout the entire session.

Studio newborn session: A heartwarming moment captured as a loving couple cradles their precious newborn. The mother, dressed in a soft backdrop, gently holds the baby close, leaning in for a tender kiss. The father embraces them both, gazing affectionately at the beautiful connection between mother and child, creating a timeless and intimate family portrait

I encourage you to ask questions, and feel comfortable enough to communicate with me regarding working with you and your baby during our session.

A serene close-up of a sleeping newborn swaddled in a rich rust-colored blanket, lying on a fluffy cream-textured rug. The baby is wearing a white knitted bonnet. The infant's delicate features are relaxed in sleep, and there's a faint hint of a smile on their lips.

I am so excited, and can’t wait to get started!

Feel free to email me any time if you have any questions!

Erin Link, Annapolis Family photographer is sitting in an egg chair in a studio, holding a camera. She is wearing a blue embroidered dress and a hat, looking towards the camera with a smile. The studio is lit with natural light, creating a warm and inviting ambiance.