for lifestyle newborn + family sessions with Sami Renee Photography

frequently asked questions

frequently asked questions

What is included when I book my session?
  • My sessions are all inclusive, which means both the session itself AND the edited, high-resolution JPG images are included in your investment. That's my time and talent, any help or assistance with outfits/locations/session ideas, AND the edited images! You may purchase prints and/or albums from your gallery, or you can download the images and print at the gallery of your choice. 

Where do sessions take place?
  • Session location depends on the session type and time of year! All newborn sessions occur in your home. Family sessions can be outdoors or in your home (I love lifestyle sessions at home for all seasons of life!!). I am happy to suggest a few favorite parks around Indianapolis, or we can visit a location that is special to you! A travel fee may be included when traveling outside the greater Indianapolis area.

When do sessions take place?
  • Lifestyle Newborn Sessions take place midday on Tuesdays or Thursdays in the 10am - 1pm range. 
  • Family Sessions have more flexibility and depend on the location. For home sessions, we will shoot midday or afternoon. For outdoor sessions, we will start 1.5 hours or so before sunset. Please arrive 10 minutes early for outdoor sessions in order to let your people stretch their legs, get in their clothes, and burn off some car energy to be ready to go! :) 

How will you pose us? Can I suggest poses?
  • I use a lifestyle approach to all family & newborn sessions, which means my goal is always natural + candid + endearing images that feel real & true to this season of life! Honestly: your session will be a huge success if you do your best to ignore me and focus on playing with your kids & loving on them! :) I'll typically set you up in a spot of good light, give you an initial pose (and grab that "smile at the me" shot), and then it's time for you to play & interact! Don't be afraid to move around - the more you interact together, the more realistic your images will be! I'll let you know if something looks weird or unnatural - but generally your natural movements are perfect. Sing songs, play "I Spy", ask your kids questions, tell them what you love about them, tickle them, and snuggle away!
  • If there is a specific photo you'd love to have, please make sure to request it at the time of our session. While I can't guarantee any photo, I LOVE to capture the images you want, so make sure to speak up! :) 

How far in advance do I need to book?
  • Please try to book at least 2-3 months in advance for lifestyle newborn sessions. If you decide to book last minute, feel free to email and I can hopefully get you on my calendar, too! 
  • Outdoor sessions are released early in the year, so keep an eye out for when booking opens! Those fill up within a day usually. Summer sessions are a great option, no cold or runny noses on the babes!
  • I always recommend scheduling maternity sessions for when you are around 31-34 weeks along. If we get rained out and have to move the session back, we are on a pretty tight timeline so I like to give us as much time as possible to get that in with reschedules!

Let's work together!

Forever here for joy-filled, timeless imagery that celebrates your season and captures your every day. You, too?

Let's work together!










Sami Orndorff is a Wedding Photographer & Lifestyle Newborn Photographer located in the greater Indianapolis area.