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We’ve put this page together to answer our clients’ most common questions.  If you have a question that you do not see answered here, please e-mail us at jessicamonte@jessicamonte.com or call 703.863.3601.

When should I schedule my session?

The best time to schedule your session depends on your child’s age and your family’s purposes (is this a birthday session?  a holiday portrait?  a newborn or maternity session?).  If you are a maternity client, the best time to schedule your session is between weeks 30 and 35 when your belly is showing and you feel comfortable.  If you are scheduling a child portrait, it is best to schedule the session at your child’s freshest time of day.  Many children feel their best first thing in the morning while others like to play and be photographed after an afternoon nap.  We can also accommodate school aged children with afternoon and early evening sessions.   If you are scheduling a newborn session, the best time for your newborn to be photographed is between 0 to 6 weeks when your newborn is still in a curled position and very sleepy.

Because we understand the fullness of your family’s schedule, we offer weekday morning and afternoon sessions and some weekend appointments.   Please try to schedule your session appointment two to four weeks in advance.

Choose a VARIETY of outfits. It’s a good idea to include both casual and more formal outfits in your senior portraits.  Try to pick clothing that is comfortable and makes you feel beautiful, amazing, and ready for fun!

What should I wear for my couple or family session?

Wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident.  If you feel like an outfit is flattering and you feel good wearing it, then you likely look amazing.  We have put together sample suggestion sheets to help you coordinate clothing for your portrait session.  See the following: Ladies Classic (neutral),

Ladies Vivid (colorful)Girls Classic (neutral)Girls Vivid (colorful), and Mens/Boys Classic (neutral) and Mens/Boys Vivid (colorful).  Many of our clients have had good luck finding clothing at Old Navy, GAP, and Target.  We will talk with you at greater length  and answer all questions about what to wear, as well as hair and grooming questions, at your pre-session consultation.

LadiesClassic
MensClassic

Don’t be afraid of color.  Feel free to bring neutral colors and bright splashes of color too.  Adding color to your clothing can make your proofs come alive and give you more to choose from.

LadiesVivid

MensVivid

Your face should be the focal point of your portraits. Long sleeve solids or very subtle prints are a good choice for one of your outfits.

What should I wear for my maternity portrait session?

Here are a few items that I love for maternity portraits:

 the cami: this looks great for belly shots.  It really shows off your beautiful pregnant belly, is form fitting and works well under other shirts too.  You could wear a white or black cami under an unbuttoned button down shirt pulled back to show off your belly and yet have coverage in other places.
 the belly band: you can wear this as a bikini like top with a skirt or yoga pants.  This is a great way to really show off your belly for studio photos.

long sleeve tee: this tee shows off the belly and covers the arms.  If you want to show off your arms, then I’d select something similar in short sleeves or as a tank

the full length tiered skirt: this skirt is flowy, romantic and is great for casual maternity photos.  I would pair this skirt with a fitted cami or other fitted top.

 Avoid distracting patterns to keep the emphasis on your face and belly.  If you’d like my opinion about a specific item, go ahead and e-mail me.

To spruce up your look, you can add in fun accessories like bright necklaces, bracelets, scarves and earrings.  I know the fedora hat is very popular right now too and is a fun accessory for maternity photos.

The best advice I can give to you is to select items that make you feel beautiful. If you feel beautiful you will radiate that beauty during your session.  I can’t wait to photograph you!  It is going to be fun!

I want to purchase a session for my grandchild, son, daughter, friend . . .  Are gift certificates available?

Yes!  Please e-mail us at jessicamonte@jessicamonte.com so that we set up your session and mail your gift certificate to your loved one.

What should I bring?

For the most part, you simply need to bring yourselves with an appetite for fun.  We supply many props such as blankets, baskets, baby and child hats, children’s furniture like stools and chairs, as well as well some toys.  To purchase your own silly baby and child hats, check out etsy, GAP, Gymboree, Crazy 8, and local consignment shops like Little Lords and Ladies, Small Change Consignments and Paddington Station.

You  may want to bring your child or baby’s favorite toy or lovey to your session; other colorful props like large lollipops and bright flowers also work well in portraits.  For newborn and baby sessions, we ask that you bring diapers, wipes, and bloomers that fit well.   We make sure that we take our time during these sessions to make sure that baby is happy and has a great time having their portraits done.   We will also be sure to help with cleanup! 😉

Last, we love learning about who our clients are, so please don’t hesitate to bring a meaningful item or family heirloom to your session.


How do I get to your studio?

You may find us on google maps.  Here is a link where you may enter your address to get directions to our studio.

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