FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions
Let's cover the basics so you can learn a little more about what to expect. Still have a few lingering questions? Shoot me an email.

WHAT TYPE OF PHOTOGRAPHER ARE YOU? My work has been described as modern, natural and artistic. My photography is for people who are sentimental about starting and raising their family in San Francisco, Bay Area. I believe the meaning of life is the bond we share with the baby growing in mom’s belly, our newborn baby, and constantly changing family.

You will receive a generous gallery full of photos from your session that can be printed and hung on your wall as fine art. Cause baby, we’re artsy! I’m not after perfection with everyone looking at the camera. I want to capture your connections and authentic emotions. Sure, I may get some with everyone looking and smiling but if we do, it’s because it was a natural moment. No unnatural posing or props.

WHAT IS LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY? It’s up to the artist, but here’s my approach: I orchestrate real-life moments by giving people lots of direction and prompts. It’s not the actual pose or prompts that I aim to photograph but the connection and emotion that happens within those prompts. I’m orchestrating moments that could really happen in real life. But without my interference I wouldn’t be able to capture a wide variety of images in such a short amount of time. I basically jump-start the process. Read more about my approach to lifestyle photography here: What is Lifestyle Photography? My Approach and Style

WHERE DO PHOTO SHOOTS TAKE PLACE? I’m an on-location natural light photographer. Together we choose the perfect location for your session. Newborn sessions are held at your home.

WHEN ARE NEWBORN SESSIONS SCHEDULED? Newborn sessions typically take place when the baby is 5 – 15 days old. Please book while you’re pregnant to ensure I have space on my calendar for you. Because I’m a lifestyle photographer and focus on the emotion and connection there isn’t a strict timeline to follow which eliminates the stress of working your butt off to keep baby sleeping the entire session (when really, you should be the one sleeping). If your baby is past the four week mark, not to worry! Newborn sessions are good for babies up to 1.5 – 2 months old.

WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR? I’ve created style guides to help you prepare for your upcoming shoot available to view in my Client Welcome Guide which is sent once you confirm you’d like to book. Generally, I recommend to coordinate vs. match for family sessions. For maternity, I recommend long and flowing fabrics or fitted. And for newborn shoots, I recommend loose comfortable clothing in neutral colors. No media, logos, busy patterns or words look best. Keep in mind the season your shoot is taking place (lighter colors in spring/summer, darker and muted tones in fall/winter).

WILL I GET THE DIGITAL FILES AFTER THE SHOOT? Yes! Photographs grow in value over time and become a family treasure – I want you to have all your memories. I offer one simple all inclusive collection where you get all the edited high resolution digital files delivered via direct download in an online gallery. Black and white versions of each image are also included. You also have the option to buy professional prints and albums in my online store.

HOW FAR OUT DO YOU BOOK? I typically book out one to three months in advance. If you’re interested in a newborn session please inquire while you’re still pregnant.

DO YOU OFFER PROFESSIONAL PRINTS AND PRODUCTS? Yes! If you choose to order prints from me, you may do so right from your gallery. Prices are just above my costs as I want all my families to enjoy the highest professional printing in quality.

HOW MUCH DOES THIS ALL COST? My pricing is simple and easy. All edited high resolution images are yours to keep and print! A non-refundable deposit is due when booking to hold your session date. Also, please note I’m a business so state tax is charged on all transactions. Click here to see my packages and current pricing: https://www.tarahphotography.com/investment-san-francisco-portrait-photographer/

We’re ready to book! How do we schedule a session with you?

Glad you asked. Please inquire on my contact page or send an email to hello {at} tarahphotography.com Looking forward to meeting you! <3 Tarah Photography

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