Frequently Asked Questions

Phone: 612.314.6846  Email: tasha@dreadonstudios.com

I get all kinds of questions before sessions – and it’s deeply important to me that you feel completely and totally comfortable with your choice to work with Dreadon Studios. So, I’ve collected some of the most popular questions, and listed them here for your convenience! I’ve tried to be thorough, but if you don’t see your question here, don’t freak out. Just submit my contact form, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

xoxo,Tasha

NEWBORN QUESTIONS

When should I schedule my newborn session?

At least two months before your due date! I will schedule your due date in my calendar and only take a limited number of newborns a month for flexibility of scheduling. Due to the limited openings, dates fill up sometimes a few months in advance.

What age is best for photographing newborns?

I will never turn away a baby due to age, but the squishiest poses are most easily achieved between 5-20 days old.

Why are newborn sessions so expensive?

Newborns require extensive training and specialized equipment to photograph safely. Beautiful images take time and patience to produce and should not be attempted half heartedly.

How long will my newborn session last?

Between 2-4 hours, depending on how baby does. They’re in charge and their session will not be forced or rushed in any way. Safety ALWAYS comes first.

What do I need to bring?

Just a boob or a bottle! I’ve got everything else from diapers to outfits handled.

When will I get my photos?

We will schedule your reveal and ordering session for no later than two weeks from your session date. Products will be delivered approximately three weeks after ordering.

MATERNITY QUESTIONS

When should I book my maternity session?

The sooner the better! Maternity sessions are done between 30-36 weeks to ensure you’ve got a gorgeous bump but are still comfortable. My sweet spot is 32 weeks and I recommend booking at least two months in advance to guarantee your preferred date.

Do I get a discount for booking maternity and newborn together?

Yes! You will receive $100 off your newborn session fee when booked in tandem with your maternity session or half off when you book a Grow With Me package.

How long is a maternity session?

That depends on if it’s outdoors or in studio. In Studio sessions are approximately 60-90 minutes, with hair and makeup scheduled for 90 minutes before your session start time. These sessions are a maximum of 3 hours. Outdoor sessions don’t include hair and makeup, and will therefore be 60-90 minutes total.

Can I bring my spouse, kids, dogs, cats, snakes, lizards, etc?

Hell yes! The more the merrier. Let’s get weird.

Where will my session take place?

Either in my home studio or on location. Check out my favorite locations here!

What do I need to bring the day of my session?

Nothing! The day of your session all you have to do is show up. For in-studio sessions, we will provide hair & makeup and make you feel pampered from start to finish so you can just be your beautiful self.

FAMILY QUESTIONS

How long will this take?

Family sessions typically last about an hour. If everyone’s having a good day, 30 minutes tops!

Do I have to smile?

You don’t HAVE to, but I can probably get you to. Family sessions are more lifestyle than posed, which means I’ll loosely pose you and then make you do silly things that generally get a silly reaction and encourage smiling.

What do I wear?

Whatever you’re comfortable in! I’m happy with PJs or black tie. If you need help, I’m happy to make suggestions. Check out my blog about choosing outfits here!

What if my kids won’t smile?

Oh, I’ll get them to smile. If not, then you’ll have a precious and accurate memory of their personality at whatever age they’re at!

STUDIO QUESTIONS

Where is your studio?

My studio is located on the lower level of my home in Saint Anthony Village. I will send you an email a few days before your session with my address and directions.

What about parking?

You can park in my driveway off the alley or out front, whichever you prefer.

Is there somewhere for me to nurse?

I have a private area set up for outfit changes, as well as nursing. You are, of course, more than welcome to nurse wherever you feel comfortable.

Is it ok if I bring my other kids?

Yes! I have toys, a swingset, and snacks. The more the merrier!

Jackie

"We had an excellent experience with Tasha. She was quick to respond to our questions and easy to schedule. Her prop selection was great and she even made a little stuffie especially for our shoot. The pictures came out even better than expected. We shot during Covid-19 and felt very safe with all the precautions taken. Will definitely be using her again for baby #2."

Joan

"Our family has been fortunate to know Tasha for years. Tasha has taken our yearly family photos, maternity photos and most recently newborn photos. Tasha goes above and beyond to make your vision come to life! Or you can let her creativity go wild and you will not be disappointed with the final result. Our most recent pictures were of our precious rainbow baby. Tasha understood the significance of his arrival and captured that in every picture. Tasha is great with my 11 year old son, she always manages to get just the right picture that shows his personality in all its glory! While managing my husband who begrudgingly agrees to family pictures once a year! Tasha’s work is proudly displayed throughout our house, I would highly recommend her to capture the moments you don’t want to forget!"

Kathleen

"Dreadon Studios (Tasha) took my maternity and newborn/family photos and they came out so amazing! Well above expectations. She is extremely professional and easy to work with. I was so impressed with how well she knows how to pose people to make sure they look their best in the photo. I plan on using Dreadon Studios for my son's first birthday pictures as well. I am so happy that I have such beautiful photos that captured the beautiful memories to look back on for years to come."

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