frequently asked questions

Are you willing to travel?

I am based in the Niagara Region, but am more than willing to travel to Hamilton and Burlington locations. Anything further than that, may require a small travel fee.


What if my partner and I are really camera shy?

Not a problem at all. It's my job to make you feel comfortable in front of the lens. I will come prepared with different posing ideas and prompts, so all you'll have to do is relax & have fun.


What if my child is not co-operating?

Oh please. I have worked with a day camp for years. I've dealt with my fair share of children who didn't want to listen. Patience is key. I never force kids to do specific poses, I leave it entirely up to them! If they don't want to co-operate, that is totally fine. Photos of silly kids are just as beautiful as those of calm ones.


What if I don't know what to wear or how to dress the kids?

No worries, I've got you covered! About a week or two before your session, I'll send you my Client Experience Guide. It's jam-packed with so many styling and wardrobe tips that will help ease in the planning process of your session. So, don't stress - we will plan outfits together. After all, your photo experience should be nothing but fun!


Could we reschedule our session if I not feeling up for it?

I usually only reschedule a session in extreme circumstances, such as inclement weather or sickness. However, if there's an emergency, by all means let's discuss it and find a solution.


Do photo sessions include hair & makeup?

Emily VanderBeek Photography does not currently provide hair & makeup services. However, I have many recommendations that I could provide and we could work together to fulfill your needs.


How/when do I receive my images?

You will receive your photos through an online gallery about 1-2 weeks after our session. From there, you can make your selections of which photos you would like to have. Once payment is confirmed, I will send out your final gallery. The photos are then completely yours and can be cherished forever!


What sets you apart from other portrait & family photographers?

Not only do I offer my photography services, I am offering an experience. My goal is to always make sure everyone at your session is having fun. I want your kids to be having the time of their lives, and your husband to actually be smiling. I want you to be able to look back on your photos and think "Oh yeah, we hired Emily to take those. That was a great day."



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