YOUR MKP PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE

family and newborn sessions

 my approach

I'm an energetic and fun-loving photographer who loves to tell the story of  our lives through my relaxed and meaningful approach

to photography.  It is my goal to capture, document and preserve memories of your beautiful life in an artistic manner through lifestyle photography that result in timeless photographs that you will always look upon fondly.  Be prepared to be taken off the beaten path for a exciting adventure during our sessions during which I will provide gentle guidance and truly direct our time together to bring out  your genuine  personalities and the abundance of love and laughter you already share with each other as a family. Take a look at my family collection here to get an idea of what the end result would look like. The sessions are not entirely documentary but somewhere between lifestyle and documentary showcasing the love that you have for each other while gently posed in good light.

 your experience 

I believe that choosing a photographer is a highly subjective and personal experience that when done right can capture the heart of your story as it unfold without effort in front of my camera. Get to know me a little better here and view my work with families here and newborns here. Your photo session experience will be relaxed, fun and meaningful. While I will get a one or two traditional portraits, the majority of the portrait session will be focused on capturing your genuine personalities - your connections, your interactions and the love that you have for each other. Our goal is to capture the moments of love in your family and I will provide the guidance needed to do just this during our time together. 

 

I provide stylistic guidance for your photo shoot and offer location suggestions to capture beautiful photographs that showcases the unique story of your beautiful family. The process starts with a discussion on how we can create your custom photo experience together.  Don't hesitate to get in touch with further questions! 

 

frequently asked questions

family

 

Are you vaccinated and boosted?

Yes and yes! 

What is your COVID protocol?

I am fully vaccinated and boosted. All of my equipment and props are sanitized before each session. I will continue to monitor COVID numbers and wear a mask in sessions as the need arises. 

What is lifestyle family photography?

Lifestyle photography refers to a spectrum of styles that focus on capturing connections over traditionally posed photographs. While there is no one way to achieve the end result, my approach is as outlined above. I do provide some guidance to get the best results but the general feel of the session will be relaxed and I will direct everyone gently to capture the true essence of who you are both individually and together as a family. My goal in the sessions is not just capturing how you look but who you are and the love you share.

Do you provide guidance on location and clothing?

Yes, absolutely! Once we speak and determine the essence of what would best reflect your family's style, we will work on styling and

I will provide suggestions on beautiful locations vs. at home session to get the best portraits. Check out my pinterest boards for ideas on color choices and styling for different seasons. 

What is the process to book a family session with you?

Here's how the process works:

Step 1: Email me or get in touch with me via the contact form on my website.

Step 2: We chat about your custom photo experience and plan your session. You sign a contract and finalize a date and time for your session.

Step 3: Session day! Show up ready to have fun and enjoy the process of documenting your family's story.

Step 4: Get your images delivered to you in a beautiful gallery and order family heirlooms that will preserve your memories for years to come! 

How long does it take to get the images from our sessions and what to expect post session?

Typically, it takes about three to four weeks to allow adequate time for post-processing and to ensure only the best quality of work is delivered to you. However, most of the time, images are ready earlier for you to enjoy and place orders! A beautiful personalized private gallery containing your images and options for ordering family heirlooms through my online shop is delivered to you. Sessions are all-inclusive and you can download all your digital images from your gallery directly. 

How early should we book and can we reschedule? 

I recommend reaching out if you are interested in booking a session with me at your earliest convenience. Typically, I book three months in advance and limited spots are available. You can reschedule once at no cost to you to a mutually agreed upon date depending upon availability in the event of a last minute emergency. 

Do you offer gift cards?

Yes! Please reach out if you are interested in this option.

Where do you shoot?

My business is based out of Chappaqua, NY and I shoot either at an outdoor park in Westchester County or in the comfort of your own home. 

How long will my gallery link work?

Galleries are live for three months from date of delivery. I highly recommend downloading and backing up your images to your personal computer or the cloud as soon as you get them.

 

When is payment due?

A retainer is due at the time of booking and full payment is due 14 days before your session date. The retainer amount will differ based on the type of session you are interested in booking .

 

What is your cancellation policy?

If you request to change or cancel your session 14 or more calendar days before the session date, the retainer shall be applied a mutually agreed upon reschedule date. If you cancel the session, or fails to show up for the session 14 or less calendar days before the session date, the retainer shall be forfeited.  

newborns 

 

What is lifestyle newborn photography?

Lifestyle photography refers to a spectrum of styles that focus on capturing connections over traditionally posed photographs. While there is no one way to achieve the end result, my approach is as outlined above. I do provide some guidance to get the best results but the general feel of the session will be relaxed and I will direct everyone gently to capture the true essence of who you are both individually and together as a family. My goal in the sessions is not just capturing how you look but who you are and the love you share. As a physician and a mother, safety of the newborn is of utmost importance to me. Newborns are posed minimally, naturally and safely to obtain portraits and lifestyle shots. Lifestyle newborn sessions are stress free and baby does not have to be asleep to capture beautiful images. See images from a lifestyle newborn session here. We will take family lifestyle photos around the home, sibling photos and newborn portraits during the session. 

My baby is older than 2 weeks, would a photography session still work?

Yes! The beauty of lifestyle newborn photography is that babies don't have to be asleep to capture beautiful images. It will work wonderfully for babies who are older - 3, 4 or 5 weeks. Baby acne tends to show up around 3-4 weeks, something to bear in mind. I recommend scheduling a newborn session for babies in the first 3 months of life as it will give us enough time to take breaks to feed and change baby as needed and the sessions can be stress free and baby-led. The older babes tend to be more awake and the gallery will contain more lifestyle shots than sleeping baby ones. 

Do you provide styling guidance?

Yes, absolutely! Once we speak and determine the essence of what would best reflect your family's style, we will work on styling and

I will provide suggestions for beautiful outfits to get the best portraits. Check out my pinterest boards for ideas on color choices. For in home newborn sessions, solid and neutral colors complimenting the walls in your home work best. I will also bring clean and sanitized blankets and simple props and will incorporate them if baby allows and if you wish to use them. 

What is the process to book a newborn session with you?

Here's how the process works:

Step 1: Email me or get in touch with me via the contact form on my website.

Step 2: We chat about your custom photo experience and plan your session. You sign a contract and finalize an approximatefor your session. We confirm the date and time once the baby gets here. 

Step 3: Session day! Be ready to relax, have fun and enjoy the process of documenting your time with a precious newborn.

Step 4: Get your images delivered to you in a beautiful gallery and order family heirlooms that will preserve your memories for years to come! 

How long does it take to get the images from our sessions and what to expect post session?

Typically, it takes about three to four weeks to allow adequate time for post-processing and to ensure only the best quality of work is delivered to you. However, most of the time, images are ready earlier for you to enjoy and place orders! A beautiful personalized private gallery containing your images and options for ordering family heirlooms through my online shop is delivered to you. Sessions are all-inclusive and you can download all your digital images from your gallery directly. 

My baby isn't born yet, how do I book and can we reschedule? 

I recommend reaching out if you are interested in booking a session with me at your earliest convenience. Typically, I book three to four months in advance and limited spots are available. Securing your session with a retainer guarantees your session within the first 14 days of life. Once the baby arrives, reach out to me and let me know and we can finalize a date and time that works for both of us. You can reschedule once at no cost to you to a mutually agreed upon date depending upon availability in the event of a last minute emergency. 

How does the maternity session work?

Maternity petite sessions are offered only as an add on to one of the two Newborn Packages. They are 20 min and scheduled during the weekday in your home or at an outdoor park. If you do not book a newborn session, maternity sessions are offered as a family session and you can select the one that works best for you from the family packages. 

Kind Words

"We had such a great experience capturing some wonderful family moments with MKP! She took her time, selected picturesque backgrounds and really brought out some genuine family moments of LOVE! I would absolutely recommend  setting up a photo session to document the quickly growing life-stages our families go through!"

~MG

"capturing the beauty of today that will warm your heart tomorrow"