Frequently Asked

Frequently Asked

Common Questions

I get a lot of questions – and that’s okay. I want you to know everything that there is to know about your session before it happens. That’s why I’ve put together this set of common questions people have – that way you can get the answers you need, more quickly! 

What should we wear?

I’m so glad you asked! Photo-ready outfits are a huge key to getting great images!

All of my sessions come with a style guide and pre-session video or phone consultation.

The style guide includes a seasonal color guide, a list of “do’s,” and tips for accessories, hair, and makeup. During your consultation we’ll discuss which colors will look best for the season and your session location, clothing options for everyone who will be photographed, and any other questions you may have about your session. If you opt for a video consult, I can also review any options you may already have at home.

For in-home sessions, I can also arrive a few minutes early to go through everything together in person.

Will we be posed for our session?

My images focus on familial connections and emotions. I’ll guide you through a series of prompts to get you interacting naturally with your family, and then I’ll help tweak things (hemlines, stray hairs, etc) as needed to make sure everything looks good for the camera.

How are your sessions priced?

Session fees are “all-inclusive” in that they include everything you’ll need to get a beautiful gallery of images;

  • Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Reserved Date and Time
  • Fully Edited Gallery of Digital Images
  • Session Prep Video Chat or Phone Call to Discuss Details
  • Personalized Wardrobe Assistance and Seasonal Color Guide
  • Session Guide; What to Expect
  • Private Password-Protected Online Photo Gallery
  • Custom Mobile App (By Request)
  • Roundtrip Travel Within 15 miles of 20816
  • Optional Items Available for Purchase; Archival Quality Photo Prints, Luxury Wall Art, Greeting and Announcement Cards
How long does a session last?

It varies a little bit depending on the type of session, number of outfit changes, and number of participants. A general guideline can be found on each photo session page.

How far in advance should we book?

If you have a set date in mind, it’s best to book early to guarantee availability. If you’re a bit more flexible, I sometimes have last minute openings that can be booked as late as 48 hours beforehand.

How does booking work for newborn sessions since we don't know the exact date baby will arrive?

For newborn sessions, I block out a handful of session slots around your due date. Once baby arrives, just let me know and you can choose your session time from a few options.

Do you choose our location, or do we?

During your consult, we’ll chat a bit to determine which location will be best for you considering distance, personal style, and desired feel of your images. If you have a location in mind, I’m happy to scout it to make sure it will photograph well and will also let you know if there are any additional permit fees associated with it. 

How long does it take to receive our completed package?

Galleries take approximately 3-4 weeks to edit, after which time they’ll be made available for immediate download.

How should I prepare my home for a lifestyle session?

You really don’t need to do much to prepare for an in-home session. After booking, I’ll send you an in-home session prep guide and we’ll have our pre-session consultation (by video call or phone), but spoiler alert, you do not need a fully magazine-ready home!

If you elect to do your consultation by video, you can walk me through your home and I can point out areas we will likely want to use for your photographs. I’ll also point out any items that may detract from your images, then on the day of your session you can plan to just move those items aside so they’re not in the camera frame.

If you’d rather do your consultation by phone, I can plan to arrive a few minutes early on the day of your session and do a walk-through at that time. 


What if my children don't listen, or the baby is fussy?

What do you mean IF? ????

Kids will have energy and their own agenda, especially with attention from me, a stranger with a camera. And that’s OK!

I always encourage kids (and parents too!) to be silly, have fun, and love on eachother. We want those genuine moments of joy and affection, and the nice bonus is, those moments usually abate any sad or angry faces that we want to avoid for photos.

That said, tantrums are ok too! I have a few tricks up my sleeve to get kids back on track… and we’ll get some special images in the process too.

…and if the baby is fussy, we’ll troubleshoot! Newborn sessions include plenty of time to feed, burp, or change as needed. If baby is sleepy, they can nap! Sleeping babies are the cutest and I loooooove photographing their sweet dreaming faces!

As long as mom(s) and dad(s) are at ease, relaxed, and smiling, I promise we’ll get some great images.


What if I lose my images? Do you keep a copy?

Your gallery will remain live for 6 months from date of delivery. After that time, there is a service fee to re-upload the images. I only archive full galleries offline for one year, so please make sure to backup your images!

What is your re-scheduling policy?

All sessions except limited time (mini) sessions include one free re-schedule. Additional re-schedules are $85 per instance. Due to the nature of limited time (mini) sessions, I am unable to allow for re-schedules of those sessions.

Can my dog, cat, turtle, or pet iguana be in the session?

I love animals and they are more than welcome to join us, IF your session location permits pets, and your pets are well behaved and follow basic commands. If your pet cannot be controlled, I reserve the right to ask you to remove the pet, and end the session if necessary. Please let me know during our consult if you plan to include your pets!

What if I don't want to share my motherhood images?

While I do encourage families to consider sharing these vulnerable images in an effort to normalize breastfeeding as well as celebrate the beauty and intimacy of mothering little ones, there is no pressure to do so and your wishes regarding sharing will be fully respected. No images with exposed breasts or nipples will be shared without your explicit permission. Depending on your comfort level, we may take photos either fully topless, partially covered, or fully covered. We can also take several versions of each image if you’d like a more bare image for yourself, but a more covered image to share with family and friends.

Do you charge extra for extended family members?

I don’t mind capturing a photo with one or two extended family members at no extra charge. If they’re planning to join us for the entire session, or if there are a lot of additional people, I will need to charge extra to cover the additional time it takes to photograph and edit those images.

More faces = more blinking = more editing! Additional family members are $45 each if they’ll be joining us for the entire session

Do you offer any other types of sessions besides those listed?

Absolutely! I offer all kinds of custom options, just let me know what you’re interested in and I’ll tell you whether it’s something I do. Some other genres that I regularly shoot are personal branding (aka “relaxed headshots” or “social media profile photos”), couples, and small events such as birthday parties and family reunions. I do not offer wedding coverage, but have some great recommendations if you’re in the market for a wedding photographer!



Allison is a fabulous photographer and genuinely wonderful person! She captured such beautiful photos of me for my maternity photoshoot. I haven't been a particularly gushy mom-to-be, but these photos make me feel so beautiful and highlight this very special moment in my life. 

- Mary

Allison photographed my maternity pictures and our newborn pictures. She was kind, considerate and respectful in our home, and I never felt judged for my piles of papers and (clean) clothes everywhere! On top of all this, her pictures were beautiful! Our toddler was NOT easy either time and Allison went with the flow and was so calm.. and she was able to capture pictures of our daughter actually smiling!

- Jess

When it came time for photos I knew I wanted to hire Allison because I wanted something a little less generic and to feel really special. I knew from her gallery and website her photos were exactly what I wanted but she exceeded all of my expectations when it came to day of shoot. She made me feel so comfortable and as a result got AMAZING images. Allison was professional beginning to end and I will absolutely use her again.

- Casey

Allison is amazing! She worked so well with us and our 3 small kiddos. LOVE her style and she is very easy to work with.

- Susan

Get In Touch

Get In Touch

Thanks for getting in touch!

I can't wait to chat about the images you'd like me to capture!

I offer sessions 7 days a week, but office hours are only Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri between 9:30am and 4:30pm (when not at a session.)

You can also email or call me at: or 240-630-1752

- Your Bethesda Maternity and Newborn Photographer

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