Session Questions & Answers

If this is your first portrait session in some time, the below questions and answers are intended to help you quickly determine if Abigail Joyce Photography is best suited to meet your needs.

Browse these standard questions asked by many who are looking for anything from Maternity to Family sessions, and every stage between.

Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any specific questions note answered below.

Q & A


Most sessions have only a single fee. This encompasses the creative, travel, gallery, and print release for your session. This usually also includes any props, outfits, wraps, headbands and maternity gowns that your session may include.

Location fees may be required for specific locations like Morton Arboretum, Cantigny Park, or the Garfield Park Conservatory.


For most sessions, a deposit is not required. If a deposit is required for your session, I will provide these details and only confirm your session after the deposit has been processed.

Payment Types

Checks, cash, and most electronic payment services like Zelle® quickpay, Paypal, and Venmo are acceptable forms of payment for your session.


There are no rescheduling penalties in the case of bad weather or a sickness. I may ask for a holding fee for the next rescheduled sessions however, especially during peak seasons.

If bad weather looks predictable, I'll start the rescheduling process a few days before our session. If the weather is sparse and unpredictable, I'll alert you of the possibility of rescheduling, but won't make that decision until an hour or two before we would be meeting.


I provide prints and canvas gallery wraps directly from my studio. However most packages at this time are not limited to my printing options.

If your session has been provided with a print release, you are eligible  to use any 3rd party printing source.


For outdoor sessions, I provide little props for children like boxes, chairs or step ladders and a blanket.

For newborn and children studio sessions, I provide all the props, wraps, boxes, buckets or headbands that may be associated with your session.

Maternity Gowns

I offer a selection of handpicked gowns that are available for use with your session. These gowns can be made available to choose from at your session for your second outfit choice, or a seperate fitting can be scheduled ahead of your session date.


I have a set of locations that I provide that are qualified and provide the results that I know will work for the products I offer. I do allow suggestions, and am very willing to scout new locations based on these suggestions or ideas, however I will ultimately provide the location for our session date.


Family pets are welcome at outdoor family sessions. I suggest leaving pets behind if they are not well trained, or get very excitable. 

I do allow pets to attend studio sessions as long as you feel they won't make noises that would disrupt the session.

Gift Certificates

I do offer gift certificates. The amount that you gift someone will be applied to any session they ultimately decide to schedule with me. If they decide to upgrade or change their package, they are responsible for any differences. 

Hair & Makeup

I do not provide hair or makeup at this time. Most of my clients will schedule their hair and makeup around our session or do this themselves.
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