You have several options for appointment location depending on the type of session you're having done. For newborns, first birthdays, children and groups of 6 or fewer individuals, we offer sessions at our studio with access to our wide selection of props and controlled lighting. Our adorable courtyard is perfect for outdoor photos when weather is comfortable. For non-studio sessions, we are happy to meet you anywhere you’d like your photo session done (A $50 flat fee applies to home visits and a fee for locations further than 10 miles from zip code 06759). Many people stress over the “perfect” spot to have their pictures taken and often overlook their own home and backyard. It can be a wonderful, familiar place to create memories. Our portrait images are not typically wide, sweeping landscape photos. Rather, we concentrate on capturing connections and personalities – we aim to keep backgrounds pleasant and free from distracting objects or colors. We can make suggestions for several local outdoor places if you’re stumped for ideas.
What’s the best time to schedule my session?
Newborn sessions are typically held mornings in our studio under controlled studio lighting or at your home (during daylight hours). First Birthdays will be worked around naps when your child is fresh and at his/her best. Outdoor photos may be an option for a portion of your session, weather depending. We avoid shooting around midday outdoors since lighting can be harsh and unflattering - mornings and afternoon/early evening are best for light. Most sessions usually last 1-2 hours, newborns 2-3 hours. Please review this time commitment with everyone in your party.
What should we wear?
We don’t insist on certain colors or styles. We offer basic guidelines that will enhance the beauty of your photographs. Firstly, it is important that you and/or your family feel comfortable in what you’re wearing. A good rule of thumb is to avoid bright, bold or busy patterns and corporate logos (think large “athletic company” Swoosh, graphics, etc) which can be visually distracting. We recommend generally coordinating colors and styles amongst family members. The trend of families matching exactly is outdated. Simple khaki colors, grays, blues, pastels and natural tones will blend nicely with most backgrounds. Small stripes or checked prints (similar to gingham) are certainly acceptable. Please also be sure that collared and button-down shirts are freshly ironed, dark clothing should be free of pet hair and lint.
I’m having my newborn photographed, can my other children be included?
YES! Our newborn sessions always include special photos with parents & siblings at no extra cost.
I’m concerned about handing my new baby over to someone we don’t know…
With Nutmeg Photography LLC, you will always be working directly with us during your newborn session. And what a handy bonus – we are licensed nurses with years of experience working with newborns and their families. We are skilled at handling babies and know what their tiny bodies can and cannot tolerate. You can put your mind at ease knowing you have two trusted professionals working with your family!
I’m not sure my small child will sit still for “portraits”…..
No worries! Our specialty is children & families. We understand kids are busy and curious. We won’t force your kiddos to sit through stuffy & boring portrait sittings. We take the time to work with you and your children to get the best possible results – while keeping the session organized & moving along. Plus we’re always prepared with silly faces, puppets & teddy bears! Weather permitting, outdoor sessions are great for kids – they have space to run around, interact with siblings and be themselves.
What if my child is sick?
No worries - these things happen. We prefer to reschedule when your child is ill. Kids are miserable when they're not feeling well and we want to ensure that you and your child enjoy the session. Children must be fever-free for at least 24 hours (without medication) before coming to the studio (we also work with tiny newborns and keeping our studio healthy is important for everyone).
Do you offer the digital files from our session?
YES! The world of photography is changing. We believe our clients should own the photographs they’ve paid for and have the flexibility of using and retaining their images for years to come. We highly suggest ordering your prints through us – you have paid for professional photographs and should see them as such in print. Our prices are reasonable and quality is 100% guaranteed. Should you choose to have prints made on your own, please avoid instant kiosks, one-hour services and drug stores whose results we’ve found are less than ideal. Please upload images for printing in full-resolution and avoid cell phone transfers which have been known to compress image data resulting in poor quality prints.
What happens after our session/When will our photos be ready?
Images from most Nutmeg Collections (maternity, newborns, families, high school seniors, first birthdays, engagements, etc) will usually be ready for viewing in your private online gallery 2 weeks after your session. You will receive an email to the address you listed on your contract paperwork with your password and instructions for purchasing your image Collection and print products (your deposit is deducted from the cost of your chosen Collection). Once we receive your selected prints back from our print house, they will be mailed to you along with your digital images on USB. Please be sure to carefully read your emails from us so receipt of your images is not delayed.
Please note Weddings and other large events are ready in 6-8 weeks – the wait may be slightly longer during our busier seasons (May/June, September/October).
Ready to start planning your session?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 860-480-1746 or 860-689-2666 and we'll get you all the information you'll need for your session.