Specializing in baby, newborn, kids and family photography in New York City and beyond.


Frequently asked questions about lifestyle and day in life family photo sessions by Brooklyn based Photographer, Shannon Roddy. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Booking Basics

What are your family photography rates?
Lifestyle Session rates begin at $900. I offer three different types of family sessions,   Lifestyle Family, Newborn, Day in Life Documentary. Sessions include a collection of high res files with written authorization for personal print & sharing use only. For price and package details.  (no commercial use of images).
All sessions require a phone consult so we can discuss your vision and how I work. It also to make sure I am the right photographer for your family. If I think my style isn't suited for your vision, I will happily point you in the right direction! I want you to love your photographs so this is very important to me! I can help you determine which type of session is best for your family.

Where are you located?
I am a Brooklyn based photographer. While I call New York City my home,I grew up in Massachusetts and frequently travel to Cape Cod and other surrounding areas for both work and play. Feel free to contact me regarding my travel schedule to see if I am headed to your area.

What is your refund policy?
When you book a portrait session a 50% a non-refundable retainer fee reserves my photography services for a specific date and time. In turn, I will commit to providing my services exclusively to you for that scheduled session. As a wedding and family photographer, I have limited weekend days available with which to offer my services, and if a client cancels last minute then this is income and booking prospects lost—two opportunities that I most likely won’t be able to recoup.

How would you describe your style?
My photography style is a blend of storytelling with capturing connection and your love with an editorial approach to portraiture. I look for beautiful backgrounds and give light direction to my subjects.  I prefer to capture authentic interaction rather than pose my clients. I do offer photojournalism exclusive family sessions as well!  I LOVE LOVE Day in Life sessions!

Is it possible to get more color images than black and white? 
Yes! I send out a questionnaire before our session so you have a place to voice your preferences and any "wish list" photos. Depending on your color or black and white preference I will shoot accordingly to what looks best. 

I'd love to book a session! What’s the next step?
Prior to booking a session, a phone consult is required to ensure we share the same vision. We will go over my process and I will answer questions you might have for me. If I am the right photographer for your family we select a date and time. Email me with the best time to reach you and your phone number and we will schedule a phone call.  Fill out the contact form here. I will be send you a link to schedule our session consult to discuss packages, availability and to learn about your family.  

Session Prep

How much time should we plan for a Family/Kids/Portrait Session?
Kids and Family Sessions on average last about 1 hour, but each shoot has a number of variables that can make it go shorter or longer. (We may need a few minutes to work out the logistics/warm up…or we might be slowed down by changing weather, traffic, light, baby meltdowns,…you know, real life stuff?) Have no fear I will hang tight if we need a little extra time. I usually tell clients to plan on 1 hour and 30 minutes just in case we go a little longer. 

For newborns and little ones, I try to pick a time that is accommodating to feeding/napping schedules.  Newborn Sessions are 2-3 hours with plenty of time for feeding and naps. Day In Life Sessions are four hours (half day) an eight hours (full day).

Do you have any wardrobe suggestions?
There are no rules for wardrobe. As for myself, I photograph best when I am wearing something that I feel great and confident in wearing (for me that means something with great movement and colorful, but for others it can be something totally different). If you are uncomfortable, it will show in your photographs so be sure to choose outfits that you feel comfortable wearing. Your photo session should represent you at this time in your lives, so please don’t feel like you need to go all out with wardrobe unless that represents you as a couple or family.  For outside locations, we will be doing a bit of walking so just be sure to keep that in mind. I’d also suggest packing a pair of flats for walking around if you’d like to wear heels.

What to consider when thinking about your wardrobe is how your outfits look together as a family. You should choose colors and/or pattern/textures that compliment each other. You don’t need to be dressed the same but choose colors that go together. Green with blue. Blue with yellow. Violet with Red.  If someone wants to wear a print, consider that one of you should go with a solid color. It can be playful. You can also use monochromatic colors. Lighter and darker shades of a color mixed with some patterns is a way to mix it up but keeping it feeling connected.  Most importantly, just make sure you are all within the same realm of how dressy or casual you are. (i.e. a cocktail dress and heels & t-shirt/gym shorts is an extreme example of what not to mix). Make sure your clothes are wrinkle-free; avoid distracting graphics and outfits that are all one white or black. Lastly, you can always send me some pictures of outfits put together for some feedback! Check out my Pinterest Boards for color combinations charts and paired looks.

Post Session

When can we expect to see our photographs?
You can expect to review your images online within 3-4 weeks following your session. The editing process takes the most amount of time, and it is of the utmost importance to me that your images look amazing. All photographs are enhanced, corrected and treated before they are uploaded to the Internet and delivered to you.

We didn't opt for an album when we booked. Can we still purchase an album?
Yes. Many of my clients choose to create their own albums or simply desire the high-resolution files—but I do offer custom album design as an add on service.