Your Photo Shoot:
When I first started Alicen Lum Photography, I was surprised by the number of questions that I had to answer. People asked questions like, “Where are the photo shoots taken,” “How long are they,” and “How are they done?”
Thankfully, I can answer all of those questions quite quickly and leave all of my clients with the assurance that they are in the hands of a professional who knows what she is doing.
If you are interested in capturing wonderful moments in breathtaking photographs and would love the opportunity to have your child photographed by me, please feel free to contact me. If you have already booked a party and would like to know how a location is done, please read the following for all the answers to your questions.
Where is the photo shoot done?
I do all sessions in studio or on location if weather permits it. It will depend on what type of setting you prefer. Beaches, Parks, Trails, and Cityscapes are all great choices. Newborn sessions are all done in my residential studio.
How long is a photo shoot?
I offer my clients a photo shoot that is relaxed and covers the time needed to capture the best moments. I pride myself on never rushing a photo shoot. Most session lasts about 1 hour but sometimes it can go over that time.
My main focus, besides providing you with the best photographs, is to make this an enjoyable experience for you and your child. My photo sessions allow time for breaks, ample time to change outfits and also time for any much needed snacks. By the end of the hour, I want you to feel as relaxed and content as you can possibly be. Newborn sessions last about 3 hours, which is enough time to pose newborns in many different ways with or without props.
What do I need to bring?
I often ask that you bring a number of clothing to change into so there is a wide range of options in the finished photographs. I do ask that you bring timeless, classic outfits (Solid Colors, jeans, dresses) as well as trendy, in style outfits (Bright, intense, urban).
I love suspenders and overalls for boys. For girls, I like cotton dresses and skirts.
Also, I ask that you bring a variety of accessories for your child to wear. Some popular choices are hats, tutus, cloaks (red is particularly popular), scarves, gloves, umbrella, rain boots, but don’t feel limited by those choices.
You are also welcome to use my extensive collection of props, outfits and accessories.
Lastly, if you are coming for a family portrait, I find that wearing similar tones; although they don’t need to be the exact same color, work best and are preferred. Still, remember to bring a variety of options just in case.
What about maternity sessions?
Over the last decade, maternity photographs have become very popular and I am always overjoyed when I have an opportunity to photograph a woman during her last trimester.
For a maternity photo session, I ask that you book it when you are around 7 to 8 months pregnant. When you do come to a photo session, it is best to bring clothes that not only flatter your complexion but also accentuate your belly. Some excellent suggestions are tank tops and sports bras. I also ask that you bring a pair of pre-pregnancy jeans that we will unbutton for the photo shoot. Lastly, if you would like to bring lingerie or a swimsuit for the photo shoot, by all means, please do so.
I'm proud to offer several beautiful outfits and flowing maternity dresses that are shown on my web gallery for clients to use.
What about Newborn sessions?
While I enjoy photographing all children, I really enjoy photographing newborns. This can be a wonderful time in a new parent’s life and I enjoy capturing the first few weeks with stunning photographs of their newborn.
If you are planning to book a newborn photo session, I ask that you do so before they are two weeks old. Generally, a baby that is 2 weeks old or younger have more of that “curled” look and they tend to be asleep for longer periods at a time. Please contact me as soon as possible to get a tentive booking. If your baby arrives sooner or later then the due date, we can change the date as long as you contact me as soon as baby is born.
Do you have props?
I have 95% of all knitted hats, props, headbands and cocoons that are featured in my portfolio images, but feel free to bring any type of item you would like in the photos.
Can I print the digital photos anywhere?
You'll have reproduction rights which means you can print them anywhere you would like. However,you should know that not all labs are created equal, so please choose your lab carefully. I only use a professional lab available to professional photographers, but I'll recommend a great lab for you.