Do you shoot in studio or on location?

We shoot both in studio and on location in the comfort of our clients’ homes. Both work well, however, we find that most clients are more relaxed in their own homes. Shooting on location also lends itself to more natural and lifestyle-oriented photos.

How do I know if my home is suitable for shooting on location?

Homes with lots of natural light work best. But don’t worry, we bring a mini backdrop and a lighting set-up that will allow us to shoot in almost any setting. Please have your house as clutter-free as possible, especially on those easy to miss areas like bedside tables. We love to shoot a variety of creative and unique shots, posing your new bundle on a chair, in a basket, on a bed or perhaps on a shelf (we’ll make sure you feel comfortable first, mom!). Despite your baby’s mood, disposition or schedule on the day we’ve arranged to visit, we’re extremely patient and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere. Guaranteed, we’ll accomplish what we’ve come for – to capture keepsake photos of your little one.


How should I prepare for the session?

A warm home (between 23 – 25 degrees Celsius) is helpful since your baby will be unclothed or in a diaper for most of the shoot. A sleeping baby for photos is ideal! We understand that it’s difficult to know your baby’s schedule at this early stage but it’s helpful if feedings can be timed accordingly. Set-up will take us about 10 minutes so if you’re still feeding when we arrive, that’s absolutely fine!

How long is a photo session?

Most newborn sessions last between 2-3 hours. This allows for breaks and feedings as necessary.

What kind of clothing should my baby wear?

For babies, bare skin is best. However, little hats, booties, cute T-shirts or props are welcomed. If you’re going to be photographed with your baby, bare skin on bare skin makes for beautiful photos. Solid colours also come out well. A selection of clothing items picked out prior to the session is a good idea. Once the photographer arrives he/she will gladly help with decisions. Please avoid text or distracting designs on your clothing.

What happens if my baby is crying during the shoot?

No problem, we’ve buffered some ‘wait’ time into your 1.5 hour session. If your baby is having a particularly bad day and just won’t cooperate with the camera, we’ll be happy to reschedule but there will be a charge of $250. Be assured, this very RARELY happens.

How far in advance should I book?

We suggest calling about 2-3 weeks in advance and we can even make tentative bookings before your baby is born. About 95% of our newborn sessions take place on weekdays. These weekday bookings are extremely limited on short notice and usually need to be booked far in advance. There is always the chance that someone has cancelled but that is the exception rather than the norm. We charge an extra $100 for a Saturday booking. During busy seasons bookings are often made 2-3 months in advance.

Do you offer any packages or discounts for pregnancy and newborn sessions booked at the same time?

Yes, we discount your pregnancy session by 15% when both sessions are booked together.

Do you charge for travel?

The cost for travel within a 60-mile radius of the studio is allotted within the packages. A minimal charge is applied for further distances.

How long after the shoot will I get my photos?

Your images will be available for viewing within 15 business days (unless otherwise discussed) from the date of your session. Proof prints are ready for pick-up within 2 – 3 weeks. Once an enlargement order is placed, it’ll take from 3 to 6 weeks for your order to be ready for pick up. Holidays may require longer periods. On average, you can expect your portraits in about 7 weeks. 


When do I pay?

A $200 deposit is required to book a photo session. The remaining balance will be due once you’ve received your proof prints.

What method of payment do you take?

We accept cash, cheque, Visa, Mastercard and email transfers. – We love email transfers and offer incentive. Ask us about it. Please make cheques payable to Crimson Photos Inc.

Do you shoot in black and white?

All the images are shot in a high-resolution colour format. Images are then selected and converted to black and white based on the artistic intent of the photographer or on special requests by the client.

Will my images be used for anything else?

Our contract states that images can be used for Crimson Photos’ portfolio, on-line presence, website, samples, entry in photographic contests or art exhibitions, editorial use, or for display within retail stores or at the photographer’s studio. We’ll happily chat with you about this. What we’re really saying is that if we just love one of the photos of your baby, we’re sure he or she will do more for our marketing than any clever words or graphics can!

What other finishes and products do you offer?

We are pleased to be offering our new coffee table albums, custom designed by our in-house graphic designers. We also have the very popular mini brag books, canvas gallery wrapped prints and custom framing, announcement cards, DVD slideshows, high resolution digital imaging for print and birth announcements. You can view samples of all these on our website or if you like you can see all of them at our studio.

Do you do Photoshop enhancements/retouching?

Enhancements can be done to remove blemishes, scars, stretch marks, wrinkles or general unwanted lines seen around the eyes, mouth, neck, etc. Minimal retouching is made on the proofs. Rates are based on the specific requirements. For minor touch-ups, they will be included, at the photographer’s discretion. For more extensive re-touching, we charge $40 per hour.

How long do you keep the images for?

All images are archived and kept for approximately 6 months.