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Where are you located?

I live in Raleigh, North Carolina and serve the surrounding areas- Cary, Durham, Garner, Knightdale, Wake Forest, etc.


Where should we go for our session?

Where magic lives and where natural light abounds. I have a variety of locations in mind and am open to any suggestions.


What time of day should we meet?

Photographers call it the magic hour for a reason, the lighting is magical: early morning (at sunset or soon after) or late afternoon (2 to 3 hours before sunset is ideal)


When should I book a newborn session?

I suggest within the first two weeks, when your baby is sleepy and bendy—and new! Let me know your due date well in advance (I recommend you contact me before your third trimester to avoid me being booked)  and I’ll keep some time free around that time. Call me once your precious bundle arrives (within 2 weeks) and we’ll finalize a day. Please don’t wait until your baby is born because I can’t guarantee to fit you in while they’re still tiny.


When should I book a Maternity session?

Around 30 weeks is ideal—when you have a big, round belly but still feel comfortable and beautiful.


What should we wear?

Your wardrobe is important, but I want you to feel comfortable in whatever you choose because this will shine through in your photographs. Keep it simple; avoid busy patterns, stripes or any kind of logo. For group shots, coordinating colors work best, different hues of a certain color. Exact matches aren’t necessary.


What if it rains?

I’ll touch base the night before or morning of the shoot if rain is predicted so we can discuss options. We might reschedule for a drier day. Or we can just tough it out in our rain boots and umbrellas. Puddles and rain can make some magical photos!


What happens after the session?

With your permission (signed contract), I’ll give you a sneak peak on Facebook within 72 hours. Within 2 weeks I’ll send you your gallery of at least 30 custom curated, edited, high-resolution photos on a custom USB drive with a photo release so that you can print and create products to your heart’s desire.


How do we pay?

You can choose to pay in full or pay the $100 deposit when you book the session. The balance is due the day we meet. You can pay via  Paypal, cash, or check (payable to Jessica Rivera).


I’m excited! How can I book?

Please contact me regarding what type of session you would like to book and one to two preferred dates. I’ll do my best to accommodate you. Weekends and weekday evenings are usually best for me.  Please understand that I work a full time job as well so I only schedule a certain amount of sessions each month. For newborns, let me know your due date. We’ll tentatively pencil something in and confirm the date as soon as your baby arrives.


Do you photograph Weddings? 

Yes, I do engagement photos as well. My wedding and engagement style is similar to my portrait style so if that’s what you’re after, give me a call to chat about your big day!


How many photos will we get? 

Your gallery will have at least 30 (usually more!) fully retouched images from your  session along with watermarked images to share online – I only show and spend time editing the best because I know my clients only want the very best!


Why are digital files so expensive?

I put a lot of time and effort into creating the perfect pictures for you. Your digital files will last forever, you can print them out as many times as you want, create products on your own and they are equally as treasured – most of my clients know and understand this, and that’s why my digital files are all that I offer.


Why do photographers charge so much?

Would you go to a surgeon who was charging  a starting out special because they just purchased a scalpel last week or would you take a chance on highlights from a hairdresser who bought a home hair dying kit with no cosmetology license? Likewise, I would never trust someone who just got a new camera, who hasn’t had some kind of technical and artistic training and experience to capture the very essence of my family. You need to choose a photographer you know can deliver images to your satisfaction to hand down to the next generation, not one you’re just taking a chance on. That’s my belief, that’s my approach and that’s what I aim to give every client. I have spent years of blood, sweat and tears into honing my craft and defining my style.

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