About Your Session

Preparing for your photography session can be just as important as the shoot itself. Let Blue Gate Photography guide you through the process, giving you the information you need to prepare for a successful in-home or location photo session.

Scheduling your Photo Session

The first step is to book your session. During the Fall busy season, contact me at least one month in advance from when you would like your session to take place. Two weeks enough time for the rest of the year.


All fees must be paid before your session. A $50 non-refundable retainer is required to reserve your spot. All remaining fees are are due at the start of your session. Print fees are due when your order is placed.

Need to reschedule your shoot? The deposit can be transferred to another session if you notify me 48 hours before your scheduled session.

Visit Pricing for information on pricing and to pick the right package for your family.

The Location

Blue Gate offers in-home and outdoor sessions.

Since they provide the best backdrop for your Newborn portraits, I prefer to work in the privacy of your own home with natural light. For all other sessions I prefer to work outdoors, as it will provide the most beautiful light, and most visually interesting backdrop for your photos. Need location ideas? I have visited many unique locations and will share the best with you. Simply let me know the type of location you would like, nature, urban, fall colors, flowers….. Once you and I have chosen the ideal location for your shoot, I will travel to you, bringing everything needed to capture a magical moment.

If you decide you would still like a studio, let me know and one will be provided for an additional cost.

What to Wear

Your lovely family is the main focus of your portraits. The right outfits will make sure the focus stays your family and not what they are wearing.

Here are some tips for your photo session wardrobe:

Preparing for your Newborn Session

The most important thing during newborn session is to keep baby sleepy and happy. This allows for you and I to pose, move and work with baby while asleep, unaware of anything going on.

Follow these tips to keep your baby asleep during their session:

The Proofing Process

After your shoot the proofing process will begin. You will receive email with a link to unedited low resolution images for you to review and choose for editing. Editing takes about three weeks to be completed. Printed items take an additional two weeks for shipment.