Katie Merrill Photography

Family | Newborn | Maternity Photography | Syracuse NY


Where are you based?

I live in Jamesville, NY but service all of the Syracuse/CNY area.

What type of sessions do you photograph? 

I specialize in capturing every stage of motherhood, from maternity to newborn photography, as well as family portraits.

What’s your style?

I take photos in a way that combines posing and natural moments. During the shoot, I offer gentle guidance to my clients to capture a range of real emotions. I pay close attention to details, both big and small, and aim to create photos that evoke strong feelings.

When time are sessions?

Outdoor sessions are scheduled 1-2 hours before sunset when the sun is low, soft, and luminous. Indoor sessions are usually scheduled from 12 PM-3 PM when lighting is optimal.

What locations do you use? 

Based on the completed questionnaire, I suggest locations that align with your vision for the session.
You can choose from various options such as indoor, grassy field, lake view, city, waterfall or woods. If you're looking for something unique, we can explore locations such as a greenhouse or farm. I have several spots to recommend, once you finalize your preference.

Can I print my images myself?

Yes. All of my sessions include edited and retouched images along with a print release through digital download.
You are encouraged to order professional prints directly from your online gallery for optimal quality.

I want to work with you! How do I book my session? 

You contact me directly through the website contact form.   
The contract and $200 deposit must be paid to secure a date/time.

When should I book my session?

Don't miss out on capturing those precious moments! My availability opens up at various times throughout the year, so it's best to book as soon as possible to secure your spot. And if you're expecting a newborn, it's recommended to make your booking during your second trimester to ensure you don't miss out on this special time.

How long does my session last? 

Sessions typically run 60-90 minutes and newborn sessions 2-3 hours.  

What do I wear? 

Styling can make a huge difference in your photos.  I'll email you a list of recommendations to guide you when selecting outfits for your family. Also, I have a small collection of dresses for women and children. You can trust me to help you with your styling needs.

Should I get my hair and makeup done professionally? 

Yessss! I highly recommend professional hair and makeup

What happens if the weather is bad?

Cloudy weather is not a problem. However, if it rains, snows, hails, etc. I will contact you as soon as possible to postpone or reschedule. 

I’m excited to see my photos! When will they be ready?

Galleries are generally completed within 3-4 weeks but during busy season 5-6 weeks. 

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