Family and Newborn Photography FAQ


How far in advance should I book?  
The sooner, the better! I typically book 6 months in advance, but sometimes there is room with shorter notice. Contact me ​today​ to check availability!

Where do newborn sessions take place? 
You can meet me at my cozy in-home studio in Carpentersville, or I can come to you and take photos at your home. Wherever you’re most comfortable.

What can I expect at a newborn session? Do you have any tips for me?
I’ve created this helpful Newborn Session Guide to explain what to expect from your newborn session, but if you have additional questions that are not covered in the guide, please reach out and I will happily answer them for you 🙂 

Is there a best time of day to shoot? 
Without a doubt, outdoor photos are best during Golden Hour! The first and last hours of daylight give your portraits a warm, flattering, dreamy glow. For studio portraits, the best time of day is whenever your children are happiest and well rested. McCarrel Photography is happy to coordinate around your child’s nap and meal schedule.

What should we wear to a family session? 
​Whatever you like! Some families prefer to dress up and some like to keep it casual. Please read my What to Wear Guide for family outfit ideas and helpful tips. Whatever your style preference, I advise families to choose outfits that allow for a comfortable range of movement. My portraits contain a lot of authentic parent-child interactions and we often play games outdoors so please leave the stilettos at home!

What if [insert last minute delays here]? 
Life happens! As a child and baby photographer, I know there are days when the kids take forever to get out the door. That’s why I build in extra time during regular sessions to accommodate for any unexpected delays. If you are running late for any reason, please notify me.
Mini sessions or outdoor shoots with specific daylight times are a bit more time-sensitive. Lateness can result in your session being cut short. Please try to be on time so you don’t miss out on any poses or pictures.
If you need to reschedule, please give at least 24 hours notice so I can help you set a new date.

Do you offer mini sessions?
I sure do! Usually around holidays, usually themed. Join my Preferred Clients List to get first dibs on mini sessions when they’re announced! I also post about upcoming minis on my ​McCarrel Photography Facebook page​  so follow me there to stay connected!

I’m in need of X type of photography. Would you do that for me? 
Currently I only offer newborn photography, child milestone photography, maternity, and family photography. That said, I do know a lot of other amazing photographers in northern Illinois that can help you with anything else you might need! Send me a message and I’ll help you find what you’re looking for!

Great! How do I get started?
I’d love to chat with you about your family! Ask me any questions you have, or reserve a session ​here​.

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