FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE MATERNITY SESSION PACKAGE?

  1. Online consultation for a personalized maternity session experience.

  2. 1-2 hours maternity session (studio or outdoor)

  3. Fully guided photo session by SAM; from different poses to facial expressions.

  4. We offer 2 sets in our package: Bright Set (light/airy effect) & Dark Set (dramatic effect)

  5.  50 professionally retouched photos to emphasize your beauty and finesse

HOW MANY WEEKS IS IDEAL FOR MATERNITY SESSION?

Maternity sessions are best done between 30-35 weeks.

HOW SOON SHOULD I BOOK A SESSION?

Plan ahead and book as early as you can so that you can get a favorable schedule.  If you prefer a weekend appointment, you need to book early since weekend slots are booked fast.

DOES TIME OF THE DAY MATTER WHEN SCHEDULING A MATERNITY SHOOT?

Studio maternity sessions are done with professional lighting equipment so we can schedule it anytime of the day. On the other hand, outdoor maternity sessions are best done during golden hour when the light is softest (4PM onwards). Add on fee applies for outdoor locations that are beyond my coverage area.

DO YOU PROVIDE FABRICS/WRAPS?

Yes. Our studio provides tulle and silk fabrics (for semi-nude poses). You'll be the one to bring gown/outfits if you opt for it as long as it accentuates your belly. 

CAN MY PARTNER AND/OR CHILD JOIN THE SESSION?

Of course! Maternity sessions are a family affair, so your husband and/or child can join the session too.

 

DO I HAVE TO BE NUDE?

Not at all. All of our maternity sessions are tailored to the wants and needs of the client. Please feel free to dress or undress to your comfort level. Some clients would prefer nude and semi-nude while others opt for fully clothed session.  You can send me your ideas or you can look over my portfolio for preference.

WHAT ARE THE IMPORTANT REMINDERS BEFORE MY MATERNITY SESSION?

  1. Have your nails (manicure and pedicure) done if you want lovely nails on the photos.

  2. Due to limited studio space, please have your hair and make-up done before coming to the studio. Also, limit number of people you bring along during the shoot (5 adults max)

  3. Remove any tight clothing at least two hours prior to your session to avoid unwanted marks on your body especially if you prefer semi-nude or nude shots. For those who opt for semi-nude/nude shots, it is recommended that you wear nude (skin tone) or black strapless bra and undies (thong, bikini, or boyshort)

  4. We kindly request clients to be on time so that my next booked appointment don't get delayed/affected. We might not be able to capture all our desired shots if we start late.

HOW MANY PICTURES SHOULD I EXPECT TO GET FROM THE SESSION?

You should expect at least 40 images, all professionally retouched and artistically edited.

WHEN CAN WE GET THE PHOTOS FROM THE SESSION?

Lead time is 2 weeks and it will be sent via google drive.

 
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE NEWBORN SESSION PACKAGE?

  1. 1-2 hours newborn session

  2. We offer 3 sets in our newborn session package but we don't limit it there. As long as baby is cooperative, we can give more sets without extra cost

  3. We provide everything: from the setup, props, and wrap/swaddle

  4. 50 images, all professionally retouched

WHAT'S OUR NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE?

Our approach and style to newborn photography is clean, timeless and minimalist, with an emphasis on your baby as the main subject. With our new process this 2020, we no longer do themed-sessions for newborn photography. Anyway, you can do themed-sessions during Pre-birthday Shoot. We just don't want too many stuffs in one photo that would go beyond the main subject, which is your baby. You can suggest colors that you love and we'll start from there.

WHAT PROPS DO YOU USE?

We use generic / themeless props most of the time. We have lots of stuffs in our studio that we can mix-and-match to create a lovely setup. Outfits can be cute but I usually don't let newborns wear outfit during the session because changing outfits can startle and wake them up and when that happens, some poses can no longer be achieved. After all, our goal is to be able to achieve many sets possible without waking the baby up. I only use outfits for older babies since we can no longer achieve some poses that are intended for newborn babies.

Client is responsible for bringing any additional props that they would like in their photos, especially if they wanted a unique setup for the baby.

CLEANLINESS: Sam Orlanes Photography puts the highest priority on prop and furnishing cleanliness. We see to it that the props and outfits are cleaned and washed every after use using baby detergent. Studio is also disinfected and cleaned every after use.

WHAT'S THE IDEAL AGE FOR NEWBORN SESSION?

AGE MATTERS: Best time to do newborn session is between 5-12 days old. At this age, babies still have that magical womb-like behavior. They are still flexible enough to do certain poses and they easily fall back to sleep. With only a window of few days, you only have one chance to have the best newborn poses captured.

WHAT POSES DO YOU  DO FOR NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY?

These are the standard poses I do in Newborn Photography.

  1. Potato Sack Pose

  2. Wrap Prop Pose

  3. Bucket Pose *

  4. Bean Bag Pose (Tushy Up, Taco Pose, Chin on Hands, Side Pose)

  5. Froggy Pose *

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

However, the success of those poses would greatly rely on your baby.  That's why it's important to schedule it within the recommended age range. After they reach that twelve-day mark, expect less sleep and more movement during the session. Thus, certain poses are no longer guaranteed. Check out my blog to learn more about the different poses I do.

* The Bucket and Froggy pose can only be achieved if baby is in deep sleep. We'll work on your baby according to it's mood /cooperation.

DO YOU ACCEPT BABIES BEYOND 12 DAYS OLD?

Yes. We'll work on the baby according to it's mood and cooperation. Some newborn poses can no longer be achieved but it's totally fine because I have alternative setup and poses for older newborn babies.

HOW SOON SHOULD I BOOK A SESSION?

You can book as soon as you give birth so that we can schedule it as soon as possible, especially that there's an ideal age for newborn session. If you prefer a weekend appointment, you need to book early since weekend slots are booked fast.

DO YOU OFFER HOME SESSIONS?

We highly recommend to do the session at our studio since I have easy access to all my props, ideal low ceiling height and wall paint for photoshoot, sanitized and very clean space, props and photography gears are cleaned and not exposed to outside contaminants. Covered parking area is just in front of the studio so you don't have to walk far. Location is never crowded and security is tight.

 

But for those who really can't travel to our studio, we can arrange a HOME SESSION with an additional fee (depends on your location).

HOME SESSION REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Parking space for my car near or in front of your house (I'll be bringing many stuffs that's why I need to park nearby)

  2. At least 8ft stretch of space (preferably sala)

  3. Light/white/neutral painted walls (dark or bright colored walls will bounce back leaving undesirable color shadows to the photo)

WHAT ARE THE IMPORTANT REMINDERS BEFORE NEWBORN SESSION?

  1.  FEED YOUR BABY right before the session. A full belly helps a baby stay sleepy for their shoot. Hungry babies wake up often and crying. Try to also keep baby awake 1-2 hours prior to the session so that they may sleep during the shoot.

  2. AGE MATTERS. Best newborn poses are captured within 5-12 days old. Babies at this age will treat you to cosy, sleepy, curled up poses. Older newborn babies, on the other hand, are more aware, interactive and expressive. They can be cooperative but sometimes grumpy. Outcome of the shoot would still depend on baby's mood.

  3. BABY CLOTHES: To ensure baby doesn’t get disturbed while being unclothed, he/she must wear clothes that can easily be removed.

  4. LIMIT NUMBER OF GUESTS. Due to limited studio space, we only limit people coming in to our studio (max of 5 adults)

  5. ARRIVE ON TIME. In consideration to our next appointment, we highly request clients to be on time. We might run out of time if we start late. Thus, we are not liable if we can’t capture the best photos of your baby due to tardiness.

  6. NO PETS & REMOVE SHOES inside the studio.

  7. WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHES. During a newborn session, the room will be heated to a temperature that makes it possible for STUDIO to pose the newborn without clothes. Please be aware of the heat of the session and dress accordingly.

 

CAN WE HAVE OUR FAMILY PHOTO TAKEN AFTER THE NEWBORN SESSION?

Yes. With a minimal add on fee, we can take family photos right after the newborn session. If is highly recommended that you and your family wear Light / White / Pastel - colored outfits for the family photo session. Regular Family Session Rate applies should you wish to include cousins, aunt/uncle, grandparents.

HOW MANY PICTURES SHOULD I EXPECT TO GET FROM THE SESSION?

You should expect 50 images, all professionally retouched.

WHEN CAN WE GET THE PHOTOS FROM THE SESSION?

Lead time is 2 weeks and it will be sent via google drive.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRE-BIRTHDAY SESSION PACKAGE?

  1. 1 - 1.5 hours Pre-birthday session (studio or outdoor)

  2. We offer 2 sets in our Pre-birthday session package (1 themed and 1 casual set)

  3. Props and setup for the 2 sets are provided

  4. 50 images, all professionally retouched

WHAT ARE YOUR AVAILABLE THEMES FOR PRE-BIRTHDAY?

GIRLS:

Arabian, Bohemian, Frozen, Garden (Floral), Hawaiian/Flamingo, Llama & Cactus, Lil Chef, Lil Pony, Minnie Mouse, Minimalist, Mermaid, Moana, Nautical Girl, Parisian, Pink Chic, Princess, Safari, Snow White, Superhero, Tangled

BOYS:

Arabian, Army, Aviation, Bohemian, Camping, Carnival, Lil Man, Mickey Mouse, Minimalist, Nautical/Sailor, Safari, Superhero, Surfer, Racing, Wild One

We can also work some themes not mentioned above as long as it is 'common' and 'uncomplicated'. For complicated/uncommon/complex themes, you need to hire your own photo stylist for the shoot.

HOW SOON SHOULD I BOOK A SESSION?

You can book 1-2 month before your baby's birthday. If you prefer a weekend appointment, you need to book early since weekend slots are booked fast.

 

DOES TIME OF THE DAY MATTER WHEN SCHEDULING A PRE-BIRTHDAY SHOOT?

Studio Pre-birthday sessions are done with professional lighting equipment so we can schedule it anytime of the day. On the other hand, outdoor Pre-birthday sessions are best done during golden hour when the light is softest (4PM onwards). Add on fee applies for outdoor locations that are beyond my coverage area.

DO YOU OFFER HOME SESSIONS?

We highly recommend to do the session at our studio since I have easy access to all my props, ideal low ceiling height and wall paint for photoshoot, sanitized and very clean space, props and photography gears are cleaned and not exposed to outside contaminants. Air-conditioned space. Covered parking area is just in front of the studio so you don't have to walk far. Location is never crowded and security is tight.

 

But for those who really can't travel to our studio or outdoor, we can arrange a HOME SESSION with an additional fee (depends on your location).

HOME SESSION REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Parking space for my car near or in front of your house (I'll be bringing many stuffs that's why I need to park nearby)

  2. At least 10ft stretch of space (preferably sala) because my pre-birthday backdrops are big.

  3. Light/white/neutral painted walls (dark or bright colored walls will bounce back leaving undesirable color shadows to the photo)

WHAT ARE THE IMPORTANT REMINDERS BEFORE NEWBORN SESSION?

  1. Baby must TAKE A NAP right before the session. Babies who were not able to take a good nap will tend to be grumpy during the shoot. They need to rest well and also eat well before the session.

  2. EVERY BABY IS UNIQUE. Some babies are jolly and smiling while some are shy. Nevertheless, we will work with your baby in the best way that we can. Please prepare your baby's favorite nursery rhymes and bring his/her favorite toys to keep him/her entertained during the session.

  3. LIMIT NUMBER OF GUESTS. Due to limited studio space, we only limit people coming in to our studio (max of 5 adults)

  4. ARRIVE ON TIME. In consideration to our next appointment, we highly request clients to be on time. We might run out of time if we start late. Thus, we are not liable if we can’t capture the best photos of your baby due to tardiness.

  5. NO PETS & REMOVE SHOES inside the studio.

 

IS FAMILY PHOTO INCLUDED IN YOUR PRE-BIRTHDAY PACKAGE?

Yes. Family photo (immediate family members) is included in our Pre-birthday Session package during the second set (casual).

CAN WE BRING CAKE FOR CAKE SMASH AND BALLOONS?

Yes. Client will be the one to provide the cake for cake smash. Ideally, the cake must be made of soft icing for it adds drama to the photos once smashed. Client will also be the one to provide balloons should you wish to have it included as props (especially for outdoor sessions). 3-6 pieces of flying balloons will do.

HOW MANY PICTURES SHOULD I EXPECT TO GET FROM THE SESSION?

You should expect 50-60 images, all professionally retouched.

WHEN CAN WE GET THE PHOTOS FROM THE SESSION?

Lead time is 2 weeks and it will be sent via google drive.

 
 

DO YOU ACCEPT WALK-IN?

No, by appointment only. Average session per client takes 1-2 hours that's why setting an appointment is a must.

WHAT ARE YOUR RATES?

For details on pricing for your session, please Contact Us.

DO YOU REQUIRE DOWNPAYMENT?

For client's convenience, we don't usually require downpayment, given that client's decision is final. Just because we don't require downpayment doesn't mean you can tentatively book us. Remember, once you book, a time slot will be blocked automatically. 

WHAT ARE YOUR PAYMENT OPTIONS?

Full payment is required right after the session. You can pay it through cash, check, or bank deposit (Metrobank, BDO, BPI, Chinabank)

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE ARRIVE LATE FOR THE SESSION?

In the event that the CLIENT is late to the appointment set (for studio sessions), the CLIENT’S session will still be for the same scheduled ending time. In the event that the CLIENT does not arrive within 30 minutes of the session time and date, the session duration will be affected. We might run out of time if we start the session late and I have next client appointment to attend to which I cannot delay. Thus, Sam Orlanes Photography is not liable if we can't get the best shots of due to tardiness resulting to insufficient time.

CANCELLATION AND RESCHEDULING POLICY

If you must reschedule, Sam Orlanes Photography must be notified 4 days prior to the session date to qualify for a reschedule. The reschedule date will be made as soon as possible, at the photographer’s available time slots. But, if it's going to be pure cancellation, Sam Orlanes Photography must be informed 1 week prior to the session date to open up the reserved slot for other clients.

EXTENSIVE EDITING POLICY

It is standard that your photos be edited, and provided to you in our agreed upon timeline. In the event that the CLIENT requests more extensive editing (like using of Digital Backgrounds), editing can be provided for a fee of (Price of Digital Background to be purchased online) + (Editing fee of Php 600). It is to be paid prior to any additional editing being completed.

LIMIT OF LIABILITY
Sam Orlanes Photography takes the utmost care with respect to exposure, transportation, and processing the photographs.  However, in the unlikely event that photographs have been lost, stolen, or destroyed for reasons within or beyond Sam Orlanes Photography’s control, Sam Orlanes Photography liability is limited to full refund of the payment received for the session package plus re-doing the session for FREE.

WHERE IS YOUR STUDIO LOCATED?

Our studio is located at G/F TANCOR 3 RESIDENTIAL SUITES, Villa Aurora, J. Abad Santos St, Cebu City (700m away from Sarrosa Hotel or Castle Peak / 300m away from Albur's Pizza Burger Grill)

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