Frequently Asked Questions

When should I book my newborn session?

Now! All kidding aside, please call or email me to book while you are *still* pregnant. I always hate telling moms who have just delivered that I can’t squeeze them in. I usually stay booked out 3 months in advance, so it’s never too early!

How will we schedule the date of the newborn session ahead of time?

Since it’s rare that anyone knows exactly when your baby is arriving (with the exception of prescheduled c-section babies), I’ll pencil in your due date so that a spot is held. Of course that will more than likely change, but we will adjust it as we need to. Just text or email me as soon as your blessing arrives so I can get you on my calendar. I always allow enough time around your due date to accommodate you, don’t worry!

Did you miss the optimal window for newborn portraits?

No problem, I love capturing babies of any age! We can attempt the same newborn type session, and just work with your baby. I will get great photographs for you, although your baby might just have their eyes open. :-)

Do I need to provide props?

No. In general, most everything on my portfolio pages I own, with a few exceptions. If there’s something specific you’d like to incorporate (heirloom blanket, specific wardrobe, etc.), let’s discuss it!

My family’s special place is at the beach/mountains/etc. Do you travel?

Yes, I love to travel for sessions. Please call me for a quote and to discuss your ideas.

When should I book my Senior Session?

I book out quickly for Senior Sessions. The optimum months to schedule your Senior Session are October – April of your Senior Year. I can do them anytime, but in Florida, these are typically the ideal months. The sooner you contact me, the better, as this time of year always fills quickly.

I’m interested in a senior session, but I’m not sure what to wear, or if my makeup will look okay. Can you help?

Absolutely! I provide my own stylist services at no additional charge and I have several makeup and hair artists I work with who will help you look and feel your best. Hair and makeup is an additional charge. My goal is for you to have a pampered and memorable experience, every step of the way. Please ask me for more details!

How long will my session last?

Most sessions take approximately 1 – 1.5 hours. Mini sessions are 30 minutes.

Do I need to sign a contract?

Yes. I require a Session Agreement and non-refundable deposit to secure your date on my calendar.

What should I wear?

Babies look best in their birthday suit or diaper and try to avoid using tight fitting clothing before the session as they leave mark’s on babies skin which will show in the images.

Children look great in bright colors and clothing that reflects their personality. Try to avoid characters, logos and busy tees to keep the focus on your little ones. Remember, less is more.

Neutral colors or complimentary colors work best for families and jeans look great on everyone. Need styling help? Just ask!

Our session is finished. When will I see my gallery?

Your gallery will be completed within 3 weeks from your session date, on average. During the busy season, it can take a little longer, but I will advise you on timing up front.

When will I get my order?

Depending on your final selections, your custom products will be ready approximately 2 weeks after purchase. Payment in full is required before any prints are ordered or digitals released. I will notify you as soon as your order ships.

What happens if I need to reschedule my session?

I understand that sometimes emergencies happen that will prevent you from keeping your original scheduled session (such as illness, weather or travel issues, or other emergency situations). If this happens, I ask that you try to email me a minimum of 48 hours prior to the scheduled date in order for us to be able to reschedule efficiently.

How long do you keep my images?

Non-ordered images are removed from my server after 6-7 months. I do not keep non-ordered images on file. Ordered images are kept on file for one year.

Can I purchase holiday/birth announcement cards from you?

Yes! I’m also a graphic designer so I can help you design them. Just ask!

What forms of payment do you accept?

McLean Photography accepts all major credit cards, cash, PayPal or check. Because credit card companies take a percentage of every sale for processing, the best way to support small businesses is by paying with cash or check.

Got other questions? Want to talk about scheduling a session? Contact me.