Terms & Policies
By booking a session with Cristy O. Photography you agree and accept the following terms, policies, and copyright below:
Booking: A session deposit is due to hold your booking and is non-refundable. Session dates are not secured without the session deposit.
All sessions require a signed model release/baby information form prior to the session.
Print Release: Sessions include photographer's full personal print release with your digital images.
Personal photos: cameras, cell phone cameras and camcorders are not permitted to be used in our studio or during any session.
Notice of Legal Copyright: Cristy O. Photography forever retains the copyright to all images. Images on this site, Facebook or any other medium may NOT be used by anyone other than Cristy O. Photography for commercial, professional, competition or promotional use without our permission. That includes but is not limited to props, products, or client likeness. Fines begin at $150,000 as part of Copyright Law. Cristy O. Photography reserves the rights to publish images taken in your session in the form of media for social networks, website, promotion, editorial, trade, and any other lawful purposes. Please contact Cristy directly prior to booking if you're interested in purchasing the copyright.
Do Not Copy: Please do not copy screenshot, download or save any photos from our Facebook, Instagram, our Website or your gallery. For all portrait orders, (print, product or digital) sales are final. Prints may NOT be copied, scanned or reproduced. Digital Image Packages will include photographers print release.
Social Media: Social Media copies of your images are THE ONLY IMAGES THAT MAY BE USED ON SOCIAL MEDIA. This is to protect your child's image from use by others and to protect our copyright. Our watermark must remain intact. Images purchased may not be altered with filters or cropped. Prints purchased may not be copied, scanned or reproduced in any way. This includes photographing the print and posting on social media. Images may not be reproduced by a third party artist without our expressed permission. Non-Disclosure requests must be made prior to booking.
Session Arrival: Baby sessions should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your session time. Newborn clients should arrive 30-45 minutes early, allowing enough time to give baby a full before we begin at the session time. Sessions do run on time and run back to back. Late arrivals will result in less session time. Newborn and baby sessions do allow time for feeding breaks if baby needs more.
Session Times: All sessions are held by appointment only. The photographer reserves the right to finish the session in less time if the session is completed.
Misc: If you or your child is sick, please provide at least 24 hours notice. I know that emergencies occur. However, if there is no phone call and you are a no-show, all fees paid will be forfeited. Clients who arrive 30 minutes late or do not show without a call will also forfeit all monies paid.
Working with Babies and Posing: Working with babies and infants offers no guarantees, each child is his/her unique person and each child performs/poses differently. Your baby's comfort is our main priority and baby will never be put in a position/pose that is uncomfortable for them. Newborns that are fussy due to any reason may require more soothing time than others and may result in less shots taken. The best time to photograph newborns is around 6-10 days new. Older babies may not sleep as well, tend to need to feed more and do not tend to pose as well. If you decide to schedule your newborn session when baby is older than 6-10 days new and your baby is fussy or does not sleep for any reason, awake shots will be taken an may result in less shots taken. Posing of newborns or older babies may be modified at any time to accommodate baby's disposition, time restraints and session preparation. In the rare case your gallery is not completed with the amount of images in your package due to any reason, fussy/hungry/gassy/colicky/reflux baby, uncooperative sibling(s), late arrival, refunds will not be offered. If the session is held there are NO REFUNDS.
Family and Older Siblings: Newborn and baby sessions are not family sessions. Our session is mainly focused on your baby. In order to keep the studio calm. safe and distraction-free during a 2-3 hour newborn session, older siblings/children are not recommended in the studio during our sessions. We do offer newborn session packages that include a few parent shots but the majority of your newborn session will be centered around your baby. Sessions running long due to any reason will result in fewer parent shots. Extended family will not be included in newborn sessions. Sibling shots must be discussed prior to booking and may involve an additional fee. The success of a sibling shot can depend on the overall cooperativeness of your older child. For your just day's old infant's safety, sibling shots with toddlers are not offered. Toddlers do not want to sit still next to your tiny baby and don't want any part of being photographed with their new sibling right after your baby arrives. It's a pretty confusing time for them. Again, your newborn's safety is our main priority. Also, attempting a toddler/newborn shot can be very time consuming which also will take shots away from your newborn session. Attempting shots with a toddler can also be extraordinarily stressful for already exhausted parents.
Creative License: The photographer will make all final decisions in regards to session styling, props, color, blankets, and accessories. Of course, your color preferences will be taken into consideration and accommodated. Special shot requests must be made prior to booking. Gallery image selection is done by the photographer. Raw, unedited images are not available for viewing.
Payment: Session Packages are due in full prior to your due date or when baby is born (whichever comes first). As your due date approaches, you will be invoiced for your session balance. Invoices not paid by their due date or when baby arrives (whichever comes first) will result in cancellation of your session and forfeit of your deposit. Baby Sessions are due in full one week prior to your session date. Sessions booked within one week of due date or session are considered last minute; last minute booking session packages are due in full at the time of booking. Booked sessions are guaranteed the price quoted at booking. Pricing may change without notice. Due to the enormous preparation, studio and photographer’s time, deposits and session packages are non-refundable. Re-shoots are not offered and pricing is non-negotiable.
Rescheduling & Cancellations: Due to booked studio time, the enormous amount of preparation and clean up as well as the inability to fill canceled sessions at late notice; 72 hour notice is required to reschedule, otherwise you will be subject to a $300 rescheduling fee. Cancellations and no shows will result in a forfeit of all monies paid. There are no refunds. Cancellations the day of the session will result in a forfeit of all monies paid.
Illness: Please let us know if your child has experienced any illness up ten days prior to your session. As I'm sure you can understand, the welfare of the newborn babies that grace our studio is our number one priority. Cristy cannot expose herself to a sick child. If your child is sick or at any stage of a cold, for example, you are asked to give 48 hour notice to avoid a reschedule fee. Children that are sick will not be permitted in the studio and as much as we hate to do so, will be turned away if arriving for their session with an illness. A rescheduling fee of $300 will be applied. This also includes any other person in the household that may be attending the session.
Waiver of liability: Client expressly releases Cristy O. Photography from all claims, damages and liabilities that may result from incidents that occur during the portrait session and while the client is on the premises. This waiver of liability includes a waiver of any claim. The clients also agrees to hold harmless Cristy O. Photography for any damage to personal property during the session.
Backup: Client is responsible for backups of their digital files.
Vendors: I am fiercely protective of my tiny clients, their likeness, and images. Images on this website or posted on Social Media may NOT be copied, downloaded, screenshot or used in any way to promote or advertise your products. This includes but is not limited to the client posting images on their social media. This policy is non-negotiable. These are tiny human beings and not props to sell your products. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Cristy O. Photography reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.
Written feedback from your session is greatly appreciated, we are always striving to offer the best experience possible for our clients. Feedback helps us understand how we can do better. Please send us an email.
Thank you for taking the time to read our policies and considering us to photograph your child. Cristy takes great pride in her passion for newborn photography. Your child will be in the best of hands.
Our client's privacy is of utmost importance, please let me know in advance if you have any non-disclosure needs. We pride ourselves in protecting the privacy of all of our clients.