Frequently Asked questions

Where is Hello Baby Studios located?

Our Commercial Studio is located in Mid-McAllen near Downtown. Our address is 205 N. 16th St. McAllen

Do you offer on location sessions?

Outdoor Maternity and Seasonal Family sessions are held on location. Outdoor locations will be disclosed upon booking. 

Do you shoot with natural light or studio lights (flash)?

Professional-grade studio lighting in the studio and natural light outdoors.

Will studio lighting bother my newborn baby?

Not at all. My studio lights are diffused so that the light from them is very soft, exactly like daytime natural light coming through white curtains. Your newborn is likely sleeping and posed in an angle that the light feathers him/her, not blind them.

How should I choose a newborn photographer?

I highly recommend considering the Style, Quality of images and the experience of the photographer in newborn handling and posing. While many choose a photographer based solely on price, typically the least expensive photographer is also probably the least experienced. I invite you to Read here about why you should choose Hello Baby Studios. 

When should I schedule my session?

Maternity Sessions: when you are 28 – 36 weeks.
Newborn Sessions: Reserve in your 2nd or 3rd trimester. Sessions are held when baby is 7-21 days old. 
Baby Sessions: Tummy Time (4-6 Months) Sitters (7-10 Months)
One Year Sessions: 11-12 Months Old

Why do newborn photos have to be taken within the first two-three weeks after birth?

Newborns change dramatically in the first weeks of life. When they are first born, they are able to bend and curl up into these sweet little poses, mimicking how they lived inside the womb. All these amazing characteristics will begin to disappear after a few short weeks.

What if my newborn is older than three weeks? 

It’s not too late to get newborn photos! Newborns that are 3-6 weeks old are still welcome to be photographed. However, know that the older the baby is, the less likely she will look or pose like a newborn. However, I will still get nice images from the photo session.  That’s what is important!

Please Note: A baby older than four weeks has developed further along so their ligaments have strengthened. Because of this, they may not be able to perform some (or even most) of the “curled up” newborn poses. They are more alert and less likely to sleep through pose transitions so the session will have less variety of poses. Your newborn will usually need to be swaddled for much of the session to keep their arms from flailing. For newborns older than four weeks, we will focus on wrapped baby, open-eyes and parent/sibling shots.

do you photograph newborns naked?

Occasionally. Most newborns do not prefer to be naked, and I like to ensure that baby is more happy and content during their session so I typically wrap or lightly swaddle baby so they feel warm and cozy. Occasionally if a baby is very sleepy and fine with being touched I can pose them naked, but that is always to be determined by baby’s leading.

What should I do if my baby is sick?

Sick babies and photo sessions do not mix well. I want you to love your images so please reschedule! One re-schedule is permitted per session and your non-refundable retainer will transfer. Please be considerate and notify me of any changes to the date or time of the session no later than 24-48 hours prior to the session date.

How long will my session last?

Maternity Sessions last 45 Minutes. Newborn Only Sessions last anywhere from 1.5-2.5 hours to accommodate feeding and soothing. Newborn and Family Sessions last anywhere from 2-3 hours to accommodate feeding and soothing. 

Do you offer Family Sessions?

Family Sessions are only available in during specific times of the year and are offered as Limited Edition Sessions.  

Why are your digital images so expensive?

The price of digital images takes into account my time, photography and post-processing skills, use of professional grade equipment, experience and talent. With digital images, you have complete control over what happens with that image and the option to print what you want and when you want. You also have the freedom to share your images online. There is a high value in digital medium and because of that, they come at a premium price.