Frequently Asked Questions

I accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards.

I guarantee you that I will never misuse your trust in me. When I post something about your shoot, your family and children on my blog or on social media, I will ONLY use your last initial when referring to you. You can see examples of this on my Facebook page or on my blog.

No, I will not. You will meet with me during a private “View and Choose Appointment” about 1-2 weeks after the shoot, where I will guide you through the choosing and ordering process in the most convenient way.

Generally, it is going to be 4-6 weeks after your “View and Choose Appointment”.

No, I don’t. I believe in simplicity, therefore I have a simple product line offering. It includes prints on different mediums and in various sizes. I will explain all my products and show you samples during the pre-session consultation.

No, I do not sell digital images. I will include the digitals for all your purchased products for free, and grant you the right to reprint them up to the size of 8″x10″ for gift images.

My answer is yes and no. If your child has some cuts or bruises, or you end up with unappealing blemishes on the day of the shoot, I’ll do my best to fix these on your final images. The easiest way to explain how I look at children and family photo editing is this: I will remove things that could heal, but not those that are part of who you are.  If you are looking to “take 10 pounds or 10 years off”, I might not be the right photographer for you. I want to create a memory of your family showing who you are at the moment. This includes keeping braces, because they are a part of your child’s life, even if they are not going to be there forever.

I will share some before and after images with you during the pre-session consultation to show my editing style.

I am all for using props that are meaningful to you and your family. During the pre-session consultation we will discuss what props you might want to bring and include in some of the shots. I do encourage bringing costumes your children love (Super Heroes, Princess, etc.) for a few photos. Additionally, I would absolutely love to photograph your children or your whole family in a traditional outfit that represents your culture.

I will take both kinds, but I consider myself more of a candid, slightly posing photographer. I want to catch the moment and not create it. We will talk about your needs during the pre-session consultation. If I had to choose one over the other, I would consider myself more informal than formal in my photography style.

We will reschedule the shoot for a mutually convenient time in case of bad weather: rain, high winds, cold, dark clouds. Please know, that overcast skies are not a problem, we do not necessarily have to have sunshine for great photos.

Clients can reschedule their photo shoot two times for events other than weather related reasons.

I am available during most weekdays and on weekends, but I only schedule one photo shoot per day, and no more than 2 shoots per week. Depending on your family’s daily routine, the shoot will take place in the early morning (within the first 2-3 hours after sunrise), or late afternoon (within 2 hours prior to sunset). These times change from season to season, but I will tell you exactly when they would happen on a certain date during our pre-session consultation.

Weekend sessions book up faster, therefore I advise you to schedule your shoot for a weekday.

The creative session fee covers the photographer’s talent, the pre-session consultation in your home, personal assistance with getting ready for the shoot, your 1.5 hour photo session on location, post-processing of your images, a private ‘View and Choose Appointment’, and your artwork delivery.

The creative session fee is $250 for up to 5 people, $25 for each additional person,  and it is due at the time of the booking.

The creative session fee does not include any prints or products. You will be selecting the items you wish to purchase during the ‘View and Choose Appointment’. Please call me (720-402-8225) for more information and/or email me to receive the full pricing menu.

Typically 1.5 hours. I dedicate the morning or afternoon for your session, so if we need extra time for additional pictures, it is really not a problem. If 1.5 hours sounds a bit long for your family because you have younger children, don’t worry. We will take short breaks for a snack and an outfit change. I will suggest locations to families with younger children that accommodate their interests and energy level.

Absolutely! We will be talking about outfits during the pre-session consultation, and I will be actively helping you to create the best outfits between the consultation and the your session. If your family would like to wear traditional outfits representing your culture, I would love to capture that as well. We can discuss this option at the consultation.

I photograph newborns similarly to older siblings. Posed newborn images are not my style of photography. I would be happy to recommend someone I know who creates this kind of artwork.

About Gizella

Gizella creates beautiful, high quality printed art of children and families. Her naturally lit and fun photo sessions are located at gorgeous Orange County locations in California. She's is a wife, and a mother to a preteen daughter. She loves gardening, reading, and learning about everything.

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Orange County professional children's and family photographer located in Irvine, CA. Specializing in natural light, on location children's and family photography.

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