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FAQ

How to make a reservation?

Please call us or send an e-mail to arrange a shoot date. As well please provide your contact information, and the name, gender, and age of your child.

Pre-Booking Interview

Please provide us with all details about the type of session you need, kids age, package options that will work best for you, your expectations.

The Way I Work

Once I have received your enquiry, I will ask you to email me a picture of your child. This helps me greatly to prepare the session. I will then advise further on clothing and will ask you to email me a snapshot of the clothes you have selected. Having that in place, I will be able to plan for props and aim for colour coordination. I am always after harmonious and story telling images.

Availability

In order to keep the level of care to each client, and as each session requires a minimum of 20 hours of service from me, there are a limited number of sessions available each month which book up quickly. If there is a time of year you are hoping to have your session, it is important to book early to reserve your session date. I am typically booked 4 weeks in advance. Outdoor sessions are booked April through November (unless your family loves the snow). Indoor sessions in your home are available all year round, please inquire.

Location?

I shoot 90% of my work in my home-studio or nearby location such as park, with natural light only. I am also open to shooting at client’s home or favourite location in Toronto; however there might be an additional transport fee added to your bill if the location is not within a reasonable distance from my home address.

Do you provide baby's clothes and props?

Yes, we offer cute outfits for newborns. If your child is older, please bring some outfits. Also feel free to bring any props that you would like to be added into the pictures and Maya Photography will try to accommodate them.

Clothing?

Good clothing choices can make or break a photo shoot. Wardrobe, like location, should be well thought out as it strongly impacts the feel of your images. When preparing for any type of children photo session Maya Photography please consider the following: *Babies up to 6 months old Often just a birth suit or a nappy and a bare belly is a great look; I will also provide a variety of props to add a character to your images. *Babies over 6 months old, Toddlers, Older Children Again less is more in photography, so please remember this golden rule when choosing your outfits for our photo session. Classic, timeless clothing in pastel colours are always a good choice. Ensure to stay away from busy patterns, sparkling accessories, clothing with logos and any type of character clothing (cartoon characters, Barbie, etc…) as they can be very distracting to the photo. I recommend a neutral palette for clothing (creams, grans, soft colours). For girls, typically a dress or leggings/ tank top look great. For boys typically a white T-shirt and jeans look great. Outfits should be casual and not too dressy. I will be happy to help you to choose clothing combinations that works well.

How do we prepare for the photo shoots?

Please bring some snacks: milk or refreshment – your baby may eat more than usual that day. Please bring your child’s toys – they will feel more comfortable with their playthings. Please let your baby sleep just before the photo shoots – this way they are wide-awake for the photo shoots.

My baby has a rash, should we reschedule?

Small blemishes can be fixed in post-production. However if baby is very sick, please give us 48 hour notice.

When do we pay?

Your session fee is due in full on the day of the shoots. We accept cash, debit card, e-transfer as well as personal cheques.

During the Session

My sessions are relaxed, easy going and fun! I want to give my clients an enjoyable experience, not a stressful one. I noodle, mess around and do what feels right. I seek spontaneous inspiration from my subject’s clothes, the location and child’s personality. I don’t have set poses, I don’t over direct. I go with the flow and aim for what comes naturally. Please expect to take breaks. Newborns and babies often need to be nursed or fed and sometimes just need some love from mom and dad. Toddlers may have meltdowns and do not want to cooperate. That is OK and believe me it is a norm. It is also a good idea to bring their favorite snack if we’re meeting at an outdoor location.

When can I see photos?

It will take 2 to 3 weeks to prepare your images. I will contact you as soon as your gallery is ready. I spend a lot of time on each image in Photoshop to make sure that each picture is processed as perfectly as possible and your patience during this time is very much appreciated. Your private password protected gallery will be available to view for 7 days for you to choose your favourite pictures and purchase any of my amazing custom made photography products. You are also welcome to share your password with friends and family.