Planning a Great Photo Session
CB Photography Studio is located at 195 Paterson Avenue in Little Falls (across from the ball fields). When you enter the building, head to the door on your right. Come on in and relax in our warm and inviting waiting room. Bean bags, books and other toys are there to keep your children entertained as well.
Being a mother of two, Cher knows how stressful it is to visit crowded studios with long waits and not enough personalized attention. That is why we make sure to allot just the right amount of time so that you and your child(ren) are relaxed and sure to have lots of fun in the process of creating memories!
We require a session fee payable on or before the shoot day. (pricing differs according to the type of portraiture taken).
Following are approximate session times and further information depending on the type of portrait session chosen:
Most sessions last from 1-2 hours, with newborn sessions lasting from 1-3 hours.
Maternity ~ 45 min to 1 hour
The best time for a maternity shoot is any time around 24-36 weeks. This is when your belly is nice and round, which makes for great pictures! Expecting Moms & Dads are welcome to wear anything that makes them comfortable, especially darker colored tops. Some drapes can be provided as well. Mommies, it is best to not wear anything too constricting over your belly for at least one hour before the session to avoid pressure marks that may appear in your portraits.
You may also want to consider that your hands will be showing in many portraits as well.
Newborn ~ 1 to 3 hours ~~ (pricing is located in the "Purchase" section)
Our newborn portrait sessions are very limited and are reserved based on your due date. Please call at least 2 months ahead to ensure that we can photograph your babe between 7-12 days old.
Sleepy babies make the best models! Feel free to come to your session early and get comfy in the waiting room. You can feed baby while you wait as well. We have a changing table, bottle warmer and even some yummies for you too! Most of the portraits will be done with only a diaper and other props so, no need to worry about bringing clothing. However, you are welcome to include any special items that you like (a blankie, stuffed animal, sports team - just let us know ahead of time and we'll personalize the session to exactly what you want).
Otherwise, if this is your first baby and first portrait session, remember just to get here. We'll take care of the rest. No reason to be worried. The baby will likely pee, poop, spit up, cry; we've seen it all. Our newborn assistant Ann works seamlessly with Cher to get those adorable squishy pictures that you'll love. Mom and Dad can take this time to relax, watch the session and snuggle (sometimes even nap!) Remember, the baby runs the show!
Children ~ 45 min. to 2 hours
After our initial phone / text / email consultation, we can get a better understanding of what will make your child most comfortable. Some easily excitable cuties need to come right in and take portraits immediately while they continue to "take it all in" or before they become fidgety. Other little shy ones may need some time to "warm up" before really showing those smiles. It all depends on what works best for each and every one. Our real goal is to just let kids be themselves.
Though it would be fun to invite other family members and friends to the photo shoot, you may want to reconsider doing so. Often times, children can get distracted with everyone oooing and aaaing and may make the shoot a bit more difficult. However, you know your babe best! If there is that special aunt that always gets the smiles, bring her along!
Try to dress your child is comfortable clothing while avoiding stripes or characters that may appear as a distraction in the photo. Also, try to limit one outfit change during the session as children often get frustrated and lose focus.
There are MANY props to choose from and additional clothing provided. Please take a look at the galleries in this website to get some ideas of what are possible so that I can get a better understanding of exactly what you would like during your photo shoot.
**Good listeners are always welcome in the Treasure Box for some goodies for their efforts after their photo session!
Family ~ 45 min. to 90 min
Families should be sure to wear somewhat coordinating colors and tones so that the focus will be on the faces. Portraits can be more formal to candid or a bit of both!
Pets ~ 30 min. to 1 hour
Session times depend on the size of the pet you are bringing in to photograph. Most pet sessions are done early in the morning. If your furry child has a favorite toy or saying that makes them alert and perky, please let me know and bring what you need (including treats!) Most pet sessions are quick and fun!
Mini Sessions ~ 10-20 minutes
These shoots are quick and easy! Usually theme-related, sometimes a costume change is a must. Great for certain holidays or as memory-makers to whatever your child is interested in!
Within about 2 weeks for your photo session, you will receive an email notifying you that your proofs are ready to view. This email will include a link directly to your proofs. Feel free to forward this link to friends and family who may like to see your portrait gallery or purchase items as well. With your approval, we may even "tag" you on our social media pages as well!