Where are you located?
I am based in White Hall, Maryland. I provide service to Harford county, Baltimore county, Baltimore City, Southern Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas.
What is your photography style?
I love photographing all genres but motherhood is my favorite. I love to capture the love and connection between a mama and her family. I would describe my style as relaxed and natural. My sessions include a combination of genuine and staged poses. Sessions usually include lots of games, cuddling, and laughing.
What does each session include?
Each session includes my time, talent and digital files. I prepare you for your session with outfit guidance and location options. During the session, I provide prompts and poses. After the session, I provide professionally edited images with print release.
How do I schedule a newborn session?
I schedule with your tentative due date. I ask that you contact me once your baby is here and we will schedule within the first 10 days. I bring everything to your home including props, wraps, & outfits. Let me know if you have any colors/themes in mind beforehand!
When is the best time for a maternity sessions?
Maternity sessions are best done around 30-34 weeks along.
When is the best time of day for a photo session?
Newborn sessions are typically scheduled on the Saturdays and Sundays at 9am. Outdoor sessions are typically scheduled early in the morning or 1 hour before sunset. I have weekday and weekend availability for outdoor motherhood and family sessions.
What locations are available?
I have several locations in the Baltimore and Harford County areas that I use for photo sessions. I usually like to ask you what you are interested in first – woods, beach, field, city, etc. I also use my property in White Hall for sessions!
How do I print my images?
I provide you with an online gallery with professionally edited images that you are able to download to your computer. I suggest printing photos via www.mpix.com.
Do you offer mini sessions?
I offer mini sessions only a few times per year – sunflower minis, fall minis, and holiday minis. Mini sessions are 15 minutes and include 5 digital photos with the option to purchase additional photos.
What do I wear?
Great question! What you wear is very important and outfits should coordinate. I always recommend for mamas to choose their outfit first. Long & flowy dresses and skirts photograph well since they allow for movement during the session. For the men, I suggest neutral colors (tan, beige, white, grey).
Follow me on Pinterest for outfit inspiration – https://www.pinterest.com/rachaelserraphotography/
Shops I recommend:
Women: Lulus, Joyfolie, Free People
Men: Nordstrom, Banana Republic, Express
Children: Zara, Joyfolie, Bailey's Blossom
What happens if they call for bad weather?
I will watch the weather closely and notify you as soon as possible to reschedule if needed. Clouds are never a problem though!
When should I expect my photos to be ready?
I always strive to post a sneak peek on my Facebook or Instagram page within the first week. Your entire online gallery will be available within 3 weeks.