When I was pregnant, I booked a photographer for Carlyn's newborn session. I was super excited because the lady I had booked with is just starting and has a great amount of talent. A family emergency forced her to not only cancel our session, but she was unable to reschedule.
I then contacted another photographer, (NOT Bri Mason) who was well established and was offering free photo sessions to mothers of newborns. I asked if she would be willing to trade a couple of images for advertising on MDM and she said she would. We booked a consultation date that was 5 weeks after the birth of my daughter. I was a little weary of waiting so long, but I thought that she was so talented and I wasn't sure I could get anyone else any sooner, so I waited. At the consult, Carlyn is more than 5 weeks old now, we discussed the specifics of the agreement, and later that evening she emailed me to let me know she could not justify working "for free", claiming that what I wanted (the photo session and rights to reprint 2 finished photos) would be $800. I was devastated, I cried for over an hour (postpartum hormones anyone?)!
I posted about my predicament on Facebook and was flooded with offers from some great local photographers to help me out. My friend had used Life on Paper Photography in the past, so I chose to go with her, we scheduled for the following Monday, just one day shy of Carlyn being six weeks old.
We arrived at Bri's home after a bit of a drive. I was happy that she was accommodating to the fact that I brought my three year old along. Rosa had a blast playing during our session with a ton of toys that belonged to Bri's two girls.
Bri made me feel at home. Carlyn was asleep in no time and slept for about half an hour an allowed for a couple of nice shots. But because she is older, as soon as she was moved, she woke up and after that the session was mostly me feeding her trying to get her to go back to sleep. Bri took advantage of some of her awake/calm time to get some shots with her eyes open, but alas the window for the newborn images you typically see nowadays had passed us by.
Later that day Bri posted four finished proofs that were simply beautiful. I was very surprised she had posted them so quickly. A week later I had a link that allowed me to download 19 finished images for printing. Amazing!!!
I love that Bri is not in the business of making money off of prints. She offers quality sessions at a great price, which means you know how much you are going to spend up front with no hidden fees for inflated print package fees. Included in each package is an online password protected gallery and CD with a number of edited, high quality images that include printing rights, so they are ready to download and take to your favorite place to get prints.
The above mentioned service was received for free/trade in hopes that I would mention it on Metro Detroit Mommy. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my followers. The opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. Your experience with the product may differ from mine.