Frequently Asked . . .
When should I book my photography collection? As soon as you'd like, most mamas book during their first or second trimester. This allows time to get their baby's due date on the Caro Baby Co. schedule and set a date for both maternity and newborn sessions. If you would like progressive pregnancy images as a part of your collection, then the earlier the better so we can begin capturing beautiful images of your pregnancy right away!
When is the best time for a maternity portraits if I am just doing a single maternity session? Between the 7th and 8th month is ideal, you’ll be far enough along to show off your beautiful bump, but not uncomfortably close to your due date. If you are carrying multiples, between your 6th and 7th months is best.
When is the best time for newborn portraits? Between 5-10 days old, that way baby is still fairly sleepy but you’ve had a little time to adjust to the life of your growing family. The second week, up to 16 days can also be a wonderful time to capture images of your new baby - they grow so quickly that after that it can be hard to remember how tiny they first were!
Should I bring along my partner and/or other children? Absolutely! This is really your preference, but including your family and partner make for some beautiful photographs, and this is a special time for your whole family.
How long does a session take? Maternity sessions are scheduled for an hour to an hour and a half. Newborn sessions are scheduled a bit longer to allow for feeding and changing breaks, usually about two or two and a half hours.
Where will our session take place? Either in Caro's natural-light home studio, at your home, or on location within the Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC area. For light-filled, modern images, I recommend the studio. If you aren’t sure where you’d like your session, let’s discuss what will work best for the type of images you’d like.
What should I wear to my maternity session? I offer wardrobe styling as a part of your session, you may of course bring your own pieces to wear, particularly if you want to include a meaningful or favorite outfit in your images. A wardrobe that makes you feel your best is a valuable part of our session together and we’ll work together so that you are confident and comfortable.
Will my session be captured on film or digital photography? I use a combination of digital and film. Your maternity or newborn session will usually be photographed with both, I include 1 roll of medium format film (10-12 exposures) in each feature session. Mini Sessions and Progressive Pregnancy images are digital only, but if you’d like film included, just say the word! I offer an add-on film package that is available for any session.
Am I able to purchase the digital files? The digital files are yours with the price of your session, there is no extra cost to download the digital files. I do offer print packages, framed images, and gallery walls. If you wish to print on your own images, I can provide a photographer’s release that allows you to print the images at any lab. Film images will be processed and scanned professionally. You’ll receive digital files, included in your online gallery.
Are prints included? Printed images are not included in your standard package, I offer a selection of 25 proof prints as an add-on bundle to your collection. Enlargements and additional print packages are available.
Is retouching included? Yes, your images will be color corrected and retouched, the quality of work you see on my website is what you can expect to see in your online gallery.
When will we get to see our images? I do my best to send 2 or 3 preview images the day following our session, you’ll receive a link to your full online gallery of images within 2 weeks of our session.
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When is the best time to start planning? The second trimester is a great time to begin, this allows you to have time to think about what you may want to include in the space where you’ll welcome your little one, and leaves plenty of time for painting and furniture deliveries.
Header Background Image - set a default image to the background of the header area.
Site Title Color - choose a color to be assigned to the site title within the header.
Site Title Hover Color - choose a color that will be used upon hovering the site title.
Page Title - set the typeface, style, size, line height, transform and letter spacing properties of the page title.
Page Title Color - choose a color to be assigned to the page title within the header.
Page Title Hover Color - choose a color that will be used upon hovering the page title.
Site Tagline - set the typeface, style, size, line height, transform and letter spacing properties of the site tagline.
Site Tagline Color - choose a color to be assigned to the tagline within the header.
Banner Area Height - set the height of the banner area at the top of the canvas.
Banner Content - determines the content that is shown within the banner area.
Logo Height (Banner) - limits the height of the site logo when present within the banner area.
Page Thumbnail as Banner - enables a page thumbnail to be used in the header area.
Stretch Page Thumbnail - stretches the page thumbnail out to the edge of the window when enabled.
Invitations + Announcements
Navigation Background - choose a color for the background of the main navigation area.
Site Name - set the typeface, size, transform and letter spacing properties of the site name in the navigation area.
Navigation - set the typeface, style, size, transform and letter spacing properties of the navigation text.
Navigation Link Color - choose a color to be assigned to the navigation links.
Navigation Link Hover Color - choose a color that will be used upon hovering the navigation links.
Navigation Active Link Color - choose a color that will be used on active links in the navigation.
Navigation Spacing - controls the amount of padding used on the top and bottom of the navigation area.
Logo Height (Navigation) - limits the height of the site logo when present within the navigation area.
Top Navigation Position - positions the main navigation above or below the site banner area. If set to 'None,' the navigation will be shown in sidebar 1 as a simple vertical list.
Top Navigation Alignment - controls the text alignment of the navigation links.
Disable Navigation Border - removes the border from the bottom of the navigation area.
Albums + Baby Books
Canvas Background - choose a color for the background of the canvas (page body) area.
Canvas Background Image - upload your own background image to be used as the canvas background.
Heading 1 - set the typeface, style, size, line height, transform and letter spacing properties of H1.
Heading 1 Color - choose a color to be assigned to H1.
Heading 2 - set the typeface, style, size, line height, transform and letter spacing properties of H2.
Heading 2 Color - choose a color to be assigned to H2.
Heading 3 - set the typeface, style, size, line height, transform and letter spacing properties of H3.
Heading 3 Color - choose a color to be assigned to H3.
Body Text - set the typeface, style, size, line height and letter spacing properties of all body text.
Body Text Color - choose a color to be assigned to all body text.
Body Link Color - choose a color to be assigned to text links.
Body Link Hover Color - choose a color to be shown when text links are hovered with a mouse.
Blockquote - set the typeface, style, size, line height and letter spacing properties of blockquotes.
Page Spacing - controls the amount of spacing used at the top and bottom of pages.
Can I rent the studio for multi-day session? Yes, you can - contact me to discuss and make sure your dates are available.
Do you have equipment I can use? In short, nope - you are responsible for bringing your own camera + lighting equipment.
What size is the main studio room?
Meta Text - set the typeface, style, size, line height and letter spacing properties of blog meta text.
Meta Text Color - choose a color that should be used on blog meta text.
Article Spacing - adjust the space between posts on the blog list view.
Blog List Display - choose the type of information shown on the blog list view.
Blog Byline - determine the position of the articles author name when showing a blog post.
Blog Dateline - determine the position of the articles date on a blog post.
Disable Pagination Border - enables a border on the top and bottom of blog pagination.
Hide Excerpt Thumbnail - will hide the excerpt thumbnail on blog list page.
Hide Icons - will hide all the small icons used in blog meta information.
Hide Tags Categories - will hide the tags and categories from view in a blog.
Gallery Navigation - determines the type of gallery image navigation is provided on the page.
Gallery Info Overlay - select the type of display used for image title and caption.
Gallery Aspect Ratio - controls the aspect ratio (width:height) for the gallery active slide.
Gallery Arrow Style - determines the style of the arrows used to cycle through the slides.
Gallery Transitions - select the transition styles used to animate between slides being viewed.
Gallery Show Arrows - choose to use arrows for cycling through slides.
Gallery Auto Crop - choose to auto crop slide images to the selected ratio.
Gallery Autoplay - choose to cycle gallery images automatically without user interaction.
Gallery Loop - enable a gallery to cycle through to the first slide after the last slide.
Gallery Autoplay Speed - specify the speed at which the gallery pauses on the active slide.
Gallery Thumbnail Size - control the height of thumbnail images when used for gallery navigation.
Gallery Arrow Background - specify the color that is used for the shape of gallery arrows.
Gallery Arrow Color - specify the color that is used for the arrow itself.
Gallery Circle Color - specify the color that is used for the circle shape gallery arrows.
Gallery Info Background - specify the color used in the background of the image title and caption.
Product Background Color - sets the color behind the product image.
Product Overlay Color - sets the color of the overlay when product list titles are set to 'overlay.'
Products Per Row - determines the number of products shown per line on the product list.
Product List Titles - controls the position of the product title on the product list.
Product List Alignment - sets the text alignment of the product title on the product list.
Product Item Size - select an image ratio for the product photo on the product list.
Product Image Auto Crop - determines whether product images fill the image area or fit within.
Product Gallery Size - select an image ratio for the product gallery on the product item page.
Product Gallery Auto Crop - determines whether product images fill the gallery area or fit within.
Show Product Price - shows the price on the product list page when enabled.
Show Product Item Nav - shows the 'back to shop' link on the product item page.
Event Time Format - toggle between 24 hour or AM/PM for event times.
Event Icons - enable icons on the address and event time display.
Event Thumbnails - show an image thumbnail in list view.
Event Thumbnail Size - controls the size (ratio width:height) of the event thumbnail image.
Event Date Label - enable date overlay on top of event thumbnail.
Event Date Label Time - include the time of the event with the date overlay.
Event Excerpts - show optional excerpt text of events on the list view when present.
Event List Date - show the full event date (day, month, year) of the event on the list view.
Event List Time - show the time range (start time-end time) of the event on the list view.
Event List Address - show the event location address when present.
Event iCal/gCal Links - show links to add events to Apple or Google calendars.
Event Like and Share Buttons - show Squarespace simple like and share buttons on events.
Event List Compact View - enable a simple stacked view of events in the list view.
Event Calendar Compact View - enable a simpler calendar view optimized for smaller areas.
In Depth Guide
Our Customer Care team has created a very useful guide on Using the Five Template if you'd like a more in-depth look.