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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Christina Baltazar Photography different?

So, what makes me any different?  It is not my equipment that makes me different from anyone else.  It is my desire to continually improve as a photographer, the experience you will have with me before, during, and after your session, as well as the beautiful boutique products I offer to my clients.

I continually strive to improve my photography skills by taking workshops, reading articles, and practicing.  I’ve seen my work improve dramatically over the years, and though I may not be award winning, I put my all into each session and work to make each and every client happy.

Your experience with Christina Baltazar Photography begins with a phone call. During this call we’ll discuss what your dream session is like, the colors you want in your session, and what your goal is from the session – whether you want an album, canvases, framed prints, etc.  Then, you’ll receive your digital welcome packet (soon to be in print) that includes how to prepare for your session and what to expect.  After your session is my favorite part – your in-person session premiere.  I come to your home with dessert in hand, and present you with a beautiful custom made slideshow of images set to music.  Then, I am at your beck & call to help you choose the images you want displayed in your home.  My goal is to have every client print their images – whether it is a huge canvas on the wall in the nursery, a cluster of framed images in your living room, loose gift prints, or a session album – I don’t leave until we have planned how you will display your heART.

Why not just hand over the digital files?

Today you could find any number of photographers who will just photograph your session and then hand over a disc of images so you can print them yourself.  I’ve done it myself before, only to follow up with clients to find that they have not printed any of their pictures because they don’t know where to print them or what sizes to get, or they purely just don’t get around to it.  Printing images is important – not only for you to enjoy immediately after your session, but also in the future.  I love sitting down with my children and showing them albums of pictures from the years of our life as a family – and they love it too.  I want to leave a legacy for my children and grand children, and I believe everyone should.  So, I have taken the time to look into the many possibilities of where to print your images and what products I would personally love to have myself that I think my clients would also enjoy. I’ve taken days to come up with a beautiful selection of prints, canvases, portrait boxes, framed prints, and more.  I think you will love the selection!

In the world of photography the negatives are the original.  And so to the portrait artist who creates them, digital negatives hold an incredibly high value. You see, the hours invested in your session are quite extensive. Actually capturing your images is only one step of our fabulous journey.

As artists, we know what you, our clients, receive is ultimately a result of our own artistic vision.  And we work tirelessly to create not just an image, but an experience.  However, we understand that these digital negatives also hold an incredibly high value to you….After all, this is your family!

First and foremost, I am a mommy. And I, myself, choose to invest in the digital negatives from each of our family portrait sessions for the same reasons that you want to. These images mean the world to me, because with each passing day, my little munchkins (and their little worlds) shift and change. In fact, we choose to archive our family’s digital negatives in a safety deposit box, because – truly – they are priceless.

As your photographer, I have chosen to offer you the opportunity to invest in your digital negatives. To help you enjoy both art, keepsakes and the digital files I’ve created collections with significant savings!

Newborn session information

When should I book my newborn session?

The best time to book your newborn session is while you are pregnant.

The ideal time to photograph your baby is between 4 – 10 days so they are nice and sleepy and to get those beautiful curly poses. We will set a tentative date based on your due date and then I will wait to hear from you when the baby is born.

Where are your sessions held?

Sessions are now held in my Lemoore, CA studio if you are hoping for posed images of your baby.  Not comfortable leaving the house when your baby is so little, or do you have restrictions that do not allow you to travel? Contact me about doing an in-home session (additional fees may apply).

Not sure about the posed photos? Let’s do a lifestyle session! I’ll come to you – no props, no fuss, just the beautiful love and interaction between parents and baby will be photographed.

How long does a session take?

Posed sessions take from 2 – 4 hours to ensure we get the cutest poses while allowing for time for feedings and lots of cuddles with your precious little one.

Lifestyle sessions take approximately 60 – 90 minutes in your home.

What should I bring?

There is no need to bring anything with you other than yourself if you are nursing or a couple extra bottles if you are bottle feeding in addition to a pacifier (just in case).  I have plenty of props to choose from (blankets, baskets, wraps, bonnets and beanies, headbands and more) and newborns will be photographed in a soft wrap or naked to show of their beautiful little features. You are always welcome to bring any props or personal items to include in your session.

How do I prepare for a newborn session?

When you book with Christina Baltazar Photography you will be sent our Newborn Welcome Guide which includes tips on how to prepare for both a posed session and a lifestyle session. Having baby dressed in easy to remove clothing that will not leave marks on their body is important.  I highly recommend keeping your baby awake at least an hour before the session.  Right before the session (when you arrive for a studio session, or just before I arrive for on location) a feeding is ideal.  This allows the baby to be nice and full with the wonderful “milk coma” – keeping your baby in a deep sleep so we can get some great poses.

What can I expect to invest?

Yes, INVEST.  Portrait art is truly an investment that will last you your lifetime, and with care – into the next generation’s lifetime and beyond.  For basic session pricing information, click here.