What makes little nest so different?
What are the steps involved in being photographed?
At Little Nest, we offer a fresh approach to children's portraiture; a complete boutique portrait experience. We delight in creating the highest quality images in a comfortable environment that you and your family are sure to love. Our artists have years of professional experience and are specialists in the fields of both photography and home display. We believe that you deserve exceptional photography paired with a fabulous experience.
How long do the sessions take?
The first step is letting us know about you! We want to learn about you, your children and what makes your family unique. We then capture your family in a series of beautiful images, styled in a fun, editorial environment. The final step is an in-person ordering meeting with your photographer. You will have many beautiful products to choose from, and we love helping you to create the perfect collections. What better way to make your house a home than with a one of a kind art piece featuring your greatest work of art...your family!
Do I need an appointment?
Our sessions take approximately 30-40 minutes, depending on the age and needs of your children. Newborns take approximately an hour to an hour and a half with feedings and changes. We photograph for as long as it takes to get fabulous images of your children.
How far in advance do you book up?
Yes, we operate by appointment only. This ensures a dedicated time for your family without feeling rushed.
During busier months you can expect to wait several weeks for a weekday opening, several months for weekends - therefore if you know you want to come in during a certain time it's best to book sooner than later.
The Classic Session
How should I prepare for the session?
What should I bring to the session?
It's so important to schedule the session around your children's best time of day, being realistic about naptimes and eating schedules. Please don't try a new schedule before your session, as tired or hungry children are rarely 'themselves' while being photographed. It's also best not bribe your children, because that will shorten their attention span with the photographer. They will keep asking for the session to end so they get their treat! Let your children know that they are going to an exciting new place to hang out with some really fun people. We celebrate their true personalities by playing together and having a great time.
What if my children are "off" that day?
You are welcome to bring a few different outfits, snacks and/or bottles, and an ipod with your children's favorite music. Otherwise just your kids and their happy selves is perfect.
How should I dress my family?
Can I bring additional members to the session?
In our experience, children tend to be "off" if they stayed up too late the night before, if they are hungry, or if a session is scheduled during naptime. If your child is just having a rough day for whatever reason, we will reschedule the session once at no charge in order to ensure you have total satisfaction with the images you receive.
Can I go shopping and leave my kids with you?
The pricing for your session includes up to five members of an immediate family. You are welcome to add in additional family members for $25 each. We do not recommend bringing family members or nannies to assist during the session, as the only direction provided during the session should come from the photographer.
What kind of props do you use?
Yes! Please feel free to make phone calls, catch up on your reading and have a cup of coffee in our lounge. Our photographers are experienced with children and are comfortable keeping an eye on them during the session.
When do I see the photos and how many should I expect?
Our studios aren't stocked with props... They are editorially styled with interesting materials, textures, fabrics, modern furniture and antique objects. Our goal is for a more homey, editorial look in the studio.
What should I bring to the ordering meeting?
You will receive a slideshow two days before your ordering meeting, and you will see approximately 25-30 edited images as a result of your session.
How much should I expect to invest?
Please bring measurements of any spaces in your home you would like to place your artwork, as well as photographs of the spaces you are thinking of displaying the images.
How should I care for my portraits?
We specialize in custom, unique fine art wall and album collections for your home. Your photographer can assist you in choosing the very best items for your family and lifestyle. General pricing can be found on our pricing page, and more specifics are available in each studio. There are no packages and no minimums - we believe that you have the right to choose what's best for you. We are here to help!
Please try to keep your artwork away from direct exposure to sunlight or fluorescent fixtures as ultraviolet rays could destroy dyes used in finishing the portraits. Periodically wiping the portrait with a dry cloth will help in removing dust and other foreign objects from the portrait. Smile at your artwork daily for the best results.
What is the difference between a sessionette and a session?
What should I expect to spend?
Our sessionettes are designed to be a little sample of what you will experience in a full little nest session. They are great for families who are looking to try us out for the first time, or who would like to get some fun 'fill in' images in between their regular sessions. Sessionettes are fast and fun, offering same-day ordering with 8-10 images and pre-set print packages to choose from. In contrast, full sessions offer a more relaxed time frame, an average of 30 image to choose from, and our full line of custom products.
May I buy a wall portrait or canvas?
We have specially priced packages starting at $175 for sessionettes. You can select from one of 6 packages. You may add additional prints 8x10 or smaller to any package order.
I have a newborn, can I do a sessionette?
If you are looking for custom art for your walls, we would suggest a classic studio session, which allows the artists a little extra time to make something custom for you. Our sessionette collections include portraits up to size 11x14.
What should I expect at my ordering meeting?
Sessionettes are best for babies 3 months and up. We find that a newborn session works best when we have lots of time to cater to mother & child. Therefore, we recommend a classic session, which we will time at about 2 hours.
What happens after my ordering meeting?
Approximately 15 minutes after your session, your images will be ready to view in our projection screening room. You will see about 8-10 images from which you can select your prints & packages. This appointment typically takes about 30 minutes. During the 15 minute intermission, while we prepare your images, you can enjoy a coffee shop break within walking distance of either studio, or relax in our waiting area. If necessary, please bring some small toys and a snack for your children during your ordering time. We also have DVD players with children's movies.
We take your beautiful images, retouch them to perfection and order them with the same care and attention that all of our artwork receives. Your images will be ready for pickup within approximately two weeks.