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ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS

General

Due to popular demand, we currently only offer digital images. You will always receive the highest-resolution JPEG files that we have, so that you can get prints and large canvases from your favorite professional photo lab.

Our digital images are delivered electronically via Dropbox. Since you are not receiving a tangible item, there is no sales tax. We always try to deliver as soon as possible, but please allow 4 weeks to process your images.

You will be provided with two versions, watermarked and non-watermarked. We ask that you use the watermarked ones for online sharing with friends and family.

The $200 retainer is included in the package price. Balances are due the day of your session, and we currently accept cash, checks, and PayPal.

We recommend looking through the hundreds of photos on our Facebook page for possible locations. Please keep in mind that some locations are seasonal and may only be pretty for a short time when flowers are blooming or trees change color.

You are welcome to plan multiple outfits for your session, and there is no extra charge. However, it does take time and there may not be a suitable place to change at many outdoor locations.

We will try our best to include your pets, but there are no guarantees that we'll get good photos. There is a $50 surcharge per pet.

Newborn Sessions

We recommend booking your session as soon as you have decided on High Tea Photography. Your deposit locks down the rates and guarantees availability. We use your due date as a placeholder on our calendar, and ask you to contact us as soon as baby is born so we can schedule the actual session within 5 to 10 days of birth.

Newborn sessions work best within 10 days of birth because they will sleep longer, curl up cuter, and usually haven't developed skin conditions or peeling.

Sleepy babies are easier to pose. If you are supplementing with formula, please bring some as it will keep baby full longer. Sessions begin at 10am and can last up to 5 hours, so you can expect to feed baby multiple times. Bring snacks or food for yourself as well!

Please bring plenty of diapers. You may wish to bring a second set of clothes for yourself in case the first set gets soiled by baby.

A session typically includes 3 setups, plus family photos if desired. We start with your favorite setup, but please keep in mind that every baby is different. Your baby may not like the same poses you do!

We have a lot of props, outfits, and accessories for baby to wear. If you have any special items that you would like to include, please bring them to the session, and we will try our best to incorporate them in the session.

Parents and siblings are welcome to pose with baby for a few shots at no additional charge. However, there are no guarantees with young children, especially toddlers. Sometimes a sibling simply won't cooperate, so we will have to focus on your newborn. Besides parents and siblings, we charge $50 per additional family member included in your session.

Clients often ask what to wear, and we recommend light, solid, neutral colors. Avoid saturated colors such as red and orange because they will cast colors onto baby's skin. Busy prints can be distracting, and you want the focus to be on your family, not your clothing. Please note that these are just guidelines...please wear something you like!

The room temperature will be set to 80+ degrees to keep baby warm and sleepy. This may be a little too warm for you, so you might want to also bring something lightweight to wear.

Newborn sessions must be done at our home studio in Belmont.