Planning Your Classic Portrait Session
01. Session Fee
I’m thrilled you love my work and want to book a session. A $250 session fee reserves me as your photographer for a completely custom photo session on a weekday at the location of your choice (my Upper West Side studio, your home, or on location in NYC). It includes as much of your immediate family as you’d like, use of studio wardrobe, and an in-person viewing and design appointment after your session to purchase albums, artwork and/or digital files. The session fee does not include any prints, products, or digital files.
My goal is to make your session as easy and fun as possible. I make prep incredibly easy by offering a wardrobe of gorgeous, flattering dresses for moms, adorable, classic pieces for babies and children up to 5 years, and even some for dad. You can add on hair and makeup services with my preferred artist, who will come to your home or meet you at my studio, whichever is easier for you.
I’ll come to your session prepared with two professional DSLR cameras, lighting equipment to supplement the natural light or create my own, and all the energy and adoration for your baby or children that I give to my own.
After your session I carefully review, edit, and retouch the best images. Your final portraits are printed as 4x6 proof prints to ensure perfect color and clarity. When your proofs are ready, we’ll meet to view your portraits and discuss how you’d like to enjoy them and preserve them for future generations.
I offer fine art prints, gorgeous heirloom albums, as well as digital files. All purchases are a la carte and there is no minimum purchase, however, most clients plan to invest $700 - $2000+ at their viewing and ordering appointment. Please inquire to learn more and receive a detailed investment guide.
The Portrait Membership
I offer a Portrait Membership for clients looking to document their growing family in 3+ sessions over an 18 month period. Think baby plan, but better. Members may include as much of their immediate family as they’d like in every session and may select any combination of sessions they’d like, including maternity, newborn, baby milestones, motherhood and family sessions.
The Membership includes reduced session fees, a $100 credit towards artwork or album purchase after each session, and a preferred rate when combining your favorite images in one gorgeous album. Members also receive priority scheduling during peak seasons and surprise perks throughout their membership.
Petite Studio Sessions
Petite Studio Sessions are weekday portrait sessions at Nicole’s Upper West Side photography studio on West 96th St. for one to two session participants.
Your session fee is $700 and includes:
30 - 45 minutes of studio time
Digital gallery of 10+ fully edited and retouched portraits with print release
Interested in booking a Classic Portrait Session (such as newborn or full family session) with your Petite Studio Session? Receive $50 off each Petite Studio Session booked with a Classic Portrait Session , as well as the preferred member rate for heirloom albums if you’d like to combine favorite images from multiple session in one album.
Please note that petite studio sessions do not typically include an in person viewing and design appointment. If you are looking for a completely custom portrait session, or boutique services such as guidance on fine art prints, custom framing and heirloom album design, a full portrait session would be ideal for you.
I have selected the best professional print labs and finest products to ensure you have access to beautiful, archival items you and your family will treasure for generations.
I offer a range of products to suit everyone’s style and budget. Wall art options begin at $300. Petite albums start at $600 and heirloom coffee table albums at $1800. All artwork purchases are subject to sales tax.
To create a portrait experience that allows you to truly enjoy your day, all clients have access to a beautifully curated Studio Wardrobe. Borrowing from the Studio Wardrobe saves you the stress of trying to coordinate outfits and eliminates wondering if your selections will photograph well. It also allows you to take the money you’d normally spend on new outfits and put that towards beautiful artwork you will treasure for years to come.
The Studio Wardrobe primarily consists of classic pieces in comfortable fabrics, flattering cuts and neutral colors, which allow your family and emotion to take center stage in your portraits. I offer a large selection of dresses, gowns and robes that work beautifully for maternity, motherhood and family portraits, an extensive collection of classic baby pieces (newborn through 5 years), as well as items for young children and even Dad. I also offer a large collection of Sew Trendy maternity gowns in various fabrics, colors and sizes for expecting mamas who want a bolder look.
You are welcome to visit the studio prior to your session to try on wardrobe, or you may prefer the ease of selecting wardrobe on the day of your studio session. Hair and makeup services are available at the studio for an additional fee of $300 or $175 if booking just one service.
When sessions take place on location or in a client’s home, we discuss wardrobe options prior to the session. I help clients coordinate their own items and can also bring one or two options from the Studio Wardrobe for mom and baby.
frequently asked questions
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK?
I recommend booking as soon as you have your date in mind for any portrait session. Please keep in mind I recommend newborn sessions take place when baby is under 12 days old, so please reach out about 2-3 months in advance of your due date to secure booking. Family sessions typically book a month in advance, however, weekend sessions are very limited and fill up quickly, particularly in peak fall and spring seasons. Last minute sessions are occasionally available so please do not hesitate to reach out if you have a more truncated time table.
ARE PROPS INCLUDED IN MY NEWBORN SESSION?
My newborn sessions focus on the sweet details of your tiny new baby and the overwhelming love you’ll feel as your family expands, as well as the range of emotions older children feel as they take on the role of big brother or sister. I believe that neutral colors, natural posing, and simple compositions let these precious details shine and create classic, honest portraits you will love for years to come. I do have an incredible collection of soft, neutral colored fabrics, dainty headbands, and simple props that I incorporate upon request. Props are more commonly used in studio milestone sessions for older babies, such as at 7 or 12 months.
ARE DIGITAL FILES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE?
While I really want you to have beautiful artwork in your hands in an album or framed on the walls of your home, I know how important digital files are to share with family and friends. Many clients earn the full digital gallery complimentary or at a discounted price with their purchase of printed artwork. For those who truly just want all the digital files, those may be purchased a la carte as well.
ARE THERE DISCOUNTS FOR MULTIPLE SESSIONS?
Absolutely. I love when families chooses me to document their children’s milestones and I appreciate their loyalty. I offer a Portrait Memberships for families looking to book any combination of three or more sessions to be held within an 18 month period. Combinations often include maternity, newborn, baby milestone sessions at 3-4 months or 6-7 months, first birthday, motherhood and family sessions. Membership begins at $600 for three sessions or $700 for four sessions (a $150 to $250 value savings on session fees alone). Members receive a special rate when purchasing all their digital images, as well as a special rate on our Heirloom Coffee Table Album if they wish to design an album containing favorite images from each of the sessions purchased in their membership. Members also receive priority booking for outdoor sessions during peak spring and fall seasons.
DO YOU OFFER MINI SESSIONS?
I do not offer mini sessions outside of the studio, which allows me to maintain the personalized, boutique experience my newborn and family clients have come to love and expect. I currently offer Petite Studio Sessions for maternity, baby, child and motherhood sessions. Please inquire for more details.