Time in the studio is by appointment only! The Stephanie Petersen Photography Studio is located in our private home and my photoshoots are custom ordered and hand crafted. Therefore, I can not do walk-ins. If you would like to have me take your photo either in the studio or on location you will need to call, text, message, or email in advance and we can discuss what your needs are, how we can help you, and fit you in when I'm available. We will then set up your appointment for your customized, agreed on, photoshoot.

Please come prepared for your photoshoot! We will have numerous conversations about your theme, props, setting, etc before the shoot. If you don't specify that you need a stylist or special wardrobe that component will be up to you. Baby looks best with baby in a special outfit or costume. Portraits look best when you are wearing your best. Be mindful of the shoes you are wearing, your makeup, your hair. If you need wardrobe or a stylist I can make them available but you need to let me know before our shoot so I can book them for you. Please note Stylists are an extra charge. If you need me to hire a Stylist you will need to pay the Stylist.


All appointments require a cash deposit. I ask for a deposit because that money is used to buy the props needed for your personalized photoshoot. The deposit also secures our commitment to your appointment. Your appointment time will be your appointment time and we agree not to book any other shoots during your time. The deposit is non refundable unless you cancel or reschedule 48 hours before the appointment. If you cancel or reschedule 48 hours prior to your appointment your deposit will either be refunded back to you the same way you paid or will apply to your rescheduled appointment. Deposits can be made either by PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, Visa, Mastercard, or by cash or check, or gift certificate.


Please be courteous and respectful of my time and arrive to your appointment on time. I understand that sometimes issues come up. Please call and let me know that you are running late and I will be happy to accommodate your needs.

Please also keep in mind that during the Covid-19 pandemic we ask that only those directly involved with the photoshoot show up to an appointment. Unnecessary people in your party only promotes crowding in our studio and the potential spread of disease. We also ask that everyone involved with the photoshoot wear a mask inside the studio. During the time of actual shooting, when both the model and the Photographer's masks come off, we will all need to keep 6 ft apart.


Your Help is Required! I LOVE working with children! I'm a Mom and I have lots of patience. However, please keep in mind that these are YOUR children, and your help with them is required. Posing them in front of the camera, dressing them, fixing their hair, wiping their noses, and keeping them focused is needed for a great photo. Children respond best to their parents and when the parents are involved in the process of making photos the photos come out fantastic! Children are often hungry, sleepy, wet, or tired... These are all things to consider when booking your time; When is baby at their best? When is baby the least cranky? Does baby feel sick today? Do they have a clean diaper? Is baby hungry? Bring their favorite toy or blanket, help me make this a great experience and we'll make some great photos together!

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Putting our best foot forward/ What are "Proofs?"-

After we shoot I will electronically send a link to your "Proofs" to your email address. Sometimes, on request, I will drop them off in person on a USB flash drive. These "Proofs" are for you to inspect, consider, and choose your favorite photos. After you make your selection you should contact me and let me know which images are your favorites and which you want released back to you. I will release your chosen images back to you electronically via a link sent to your email on on a USB flash drive as high resolution files. The final images you receive back form me will be enhanced in photoshop, will be higher quality than the "Proofs", and they will no longer be marked "Proof" or be stamped by a SPP watermark. I do not mind if you privately share your "Proofs" with family and friends so that they can help you make your final choices. However, please do not post your "Proofs" on social media. Your "Proofs" are not your final images. Please wait until you receive your final images before you post your photos online.

Delivery of your final images/ What to expect-

The final images that you chose will be given back to you digitally as high resolution photoshopped files usually through a shared file on Google Drive or Dropbox unless you requested a separate USB drive delivery. It is very important to actually download your files onto your device and not just "share" them, do not just drag the photos out of the folder onto your desktop, you need to actually download them onto your device. Failure to not fully download your files will result in low resolution files and your photos will NOT look in focus, they will not be sharp, they will be low resolution, they will not look the best that they can be. It is extremely important to follow this step when you complete your transfer. I want you to have great quality images to share with the world, I want your photo projects to come out fantastic, please follow this important step.

Prints- Once you chose your final favorite images and received them back digitally they are yours to do with as you wish. You are free to have them printed wherever you like, share on social media, make cards, stickers- have fun!! However, if you would like for me to handle the printing, let me know, I'd be more than happy to have them printed for you! Prints are not included in my photoshoot packages and do cost extra. A menu of different print options and costs is available on request.

The word on the street- I love to share the photos that we make together and I encourage my clients to share them on social media and tell their friends about my business. I am a woman, a mom & a wife who is trying hard to make her small photography studio succeed in a world full of Photographers. Over the years I have found that I get new business just by satisfied former clients spreading the word! So, please, tag the Stephanie Petersen Photography Studio when you post the photos we made together, share my website with your friends & on social media, and write the studio great reviews!

A commitment to privacy- If by any chance you had your photo taken by me and I shared it online, or I tagged you on social media, and you do not want it publicly posted please accept my heartfelt apology. Reach out to me and I will take it down immediately! No questions asked! I understand that your privacy is important and I respect everyone's right to privacy. Do not hesitate to let me know and it will be done.

The Vault- I archive all my photoshoots. So, if by chance you loose your photos from a past shoot, don't worry! Chances are great that I still have them on file! Let me know and we can work out getting them back to you!! Want to reorder prints from a shoot from last year? Two? Three years ago? I can totally still do it!

Gift Certificates!- Want to give that certain someone a special gift they will never forget? Get them a gift of a real photo shoot!! Photo shoots are a fun way to remember a birthday or holiday forever!

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My Camera! What tools do I use?- I shoot a Nikon Z7 ii with all Nikkor lenses. The Z7 ii is a brand new state of the art full frame mirrorless camera that delivers flawless photos. It has an ultra-high resolution of 45.7 megapixels with no optical low-pass filter so the end result is tack sharp and not pixel-y. Perfect for both portraits and parties!

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