What type of photography do you offer?
I am a portrait photographer, which just means I take pictures of people! I love all types of portrait photography but I consider my specialty to be newborn and baby photography. I also offer maternity, child, family, and event photography.
How much does a session cost?
Please refer to the Pricing Page on my site for more information.
How long does a session last?
Regular sessions are one hour in duration. Newborn sessions are typically 2 hours, although they can be shorter or longer depending on the newborn. I also offer 25 minute mini sessions twice a year, in Spring and Fall.
What do I need to do to book a session?
Contact me through my website or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I usually book newborn and maternity sessions a couple of months in advance, and all other sessions at least one month in advance, so please keep this in mind when booking a session. A deposit is required to hold your session date.
Where do your sessions take place?
I offer studio sessions for Newborns, Babies, and Small Children and Maternity. All other sessions will be done at the location of your choice within the Charlotte area.
Will you do an in home newborn session?
To achieve the posed/prop style newborn photos that appear on my website I highly recommend that you come to my studio. I have everything needed in my studio for your session and much of it is difficult and time consuming to transport. Therefore, I only offer prop/posed style newborn sessions in studio. It is important to note that newborn studio sessions are very simple for parents. The only thing you have to do is sit back, relax and watch the cuteness unfold. If you are interested in a lifestyle session done in your home please contact me. I do offer in home sessions, however those are done without props, backgrounds and professional lighting. Instead these sessions are more casual and focused on you and your new baby in your own enviorment.
Do you travel to other locations for photography sessions?
Yes! I will travel to locations within the Charlotte area at no additional charge. Any location beyond 20 miles of my home will incur a travel fee of $75.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept check (preferred) or credit/debit card. A deposit is required to hold your session then the balance is due at your session.
When should I schedule a Maternity session?
Maternity sessions should be completed when you are 32-34 weeks pregnant. Maternity sessions can be shot at the location of your choice. I’m happy to consult with you on wardrobe and also have maternity gowns available for your use if desired.
Do you have props?
Yes! I have plenty of props for pretty much all sessions. It is not necessary for you to bring anything special unless you want to. If you do want to incorporate something special, please contact me to let me know ahead of time. You can also contact me to ask me about my props if desired.
Do you have tips for what to wear to my session?
Yes, please read the What to Wear page on my site for more information.
When do newborn sessions take place?
Newborn sessions are best done between 4-14 days old. These are done at this age for many reasons. Newborns this young are more likely to be very flexible and remain sleepy for the duration of the session. They are much more tolerant of being posed at this age. Almost all of the “sleepy newborn” shots you see here on the website were done with newborns 14 days old or younger. If your baby is older than 2 weeks, please don’t worry, we can still capture beautiful photos. It may even be possible to get the same newborn poses so even if you are late to the game please feel free to contact me, I will do my very best to accommodate you!
How do you schedule a newborn session since the actual birth date is unknown?
Once you have booked your session with me, I will use your due date to hold your session on my calendar tentatively. Once your baby is born, let me know as soon as possible (ideally within the first couple of days) and we will firm up a session date that works for both of us before the baby is 14 days old. If you do not contact me within that first week, I cannot guarantee availability before the 2 week mark, so please contact me as soon as possible.
How long does a session last?
Newborn sessions often take a little longer than an average shoot due to the time needed to get your baby nice and sleepy. For this reason, please expect your session to last around 2 hours. I do not rush a session, I let every baby take breaks as needed to eat and cuddle if necessary but I also provide instructions that will help prepare your baby for a successful session. Baby’s comfort and safety is my number one priority.
Can I bring something special from home or prop to include in the session?
Yes! If you have something special you want to include please bring it with you. This could be something related to sports, military or your occupation. I will do my best to include anything sentimental in your photos.
Can I request certain poses or shots I’ve seen on other photography sites?
Yes, you can. I will make every attempt to get you what you want in terms of poses/themes that you like. As long as the pose can be done safely I will do my very best to accomplish it. Pinterest is also a great resource for ideas.
Can siblings and parents be in a few shots?
Of course! I recommend that siblings join the last 30 minutes of the session. The session does last a few hours and little ones tend to get anxious while waiting in a small space. It is most ideal if dad or a grandparent brings the sibling towards the end or comes along to take the sibling(s) out to play for the majority of the session.
Is there anything important I should bring?
A “soothie” pacifier, like the kind they have in hospitals. These are GOLD in keeping them asleep! Once you book, I will send you a full detailed information kit with everything you’ll need for session date.
Laura Wopperer Photography is a Charlotte Newborn Photographer and Charlotte Baby Photographer located in Charlotte NC, Dilworth NC, Myers Park NC, Southpark NC area. Laura Wopperer Photography specializes in Newborn, Baby, Maternity, Child and Family Photography. Please contact me for more information or to book a session.