Timing Matters

How far in advance should you schedule your photoshoot?

Well if you want Christmas cards in time, or have a deadline for the Highschool Yearbook committee, then timing matters.


Here are suggestions when to schedule based on what style of shoot:


Boudoir - 3 months out

You want to have enough time to book hair, makeup, and nails. Also, if it's a gift, you may want to order prints or an album. If you're only delivering it in a digital format, then check the current editing timeframe.


High School Senior / Graduates - 3-6 months out

Schedule for what season you want as your backdrop, factor in current editing time, and how long you'd need to get invites/announcements made.

Also make sure to check when the digital images are due for yearbook and/or graduation ceremony.


Maternity - 3 months out AND for when you're between 32-36 weeks along

Usually, you're not too uncomfortable when between 32-36 weeks along. Your belly is usually at it's best (not too small, but obviously there).


Newborn Lifestyle - based on due date; book 3 months in advance

Plan to book around your due date, and remember this is a flexible booking since baby may arrive early/late.


Christmas Cards - 3-6 months out

This is one of the more popular requests for sessions, so securing a spot early is best. You'll need to consider when you want your images done by so you have enough time to make/order Christmas cards and then get them mailed out if needed. Make sure you're factoring in the current editing timeframe.


Weddings - 1-2 years in advance

On average, couples book their vendors, photographer, and venue 1-2 years in advance.


All other sessions/events: I'd suggest booking 3-6 months in advance

What if it's a spontaneous shoot, such as family came into town or

we just got engaged?

I completely understand that you cannot predict the future. There are still plenty of open dates/times for shoots such as Surprise Proposals, Engagements, Elopements, Family shoots, Trash-the-Dress, Boudoir, BFF, Business, Glacier Landing's, etc. The above is just suggestions for sessions that if you can book it in advance, here's when I'd suggest booking by and why :)