Welcome to Melissa Treen Photography. We have designed this page to answer many of our most popular questions. Please feel free to contact us to reserve you custom photo session or with any additional questions you may have.
- Where are you located?
I am in Burlington NC, but most of my work is performed on-location at an outdoor venue determined during your pre-session consultation. I work all over the Triad and Triangle areas of North Carolina, including Greensboro, WInston-Salem, High Point, Jamestown, Durham, Elon, Gibsonville, Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas. Newborns are photographed indoors.
- How do I reserve a portrait session?
Simply use the contact us form and we will contact you within 24 hours to discuss booking your session.
- What is the cost for a custom portrait session?
- What is a session fee/retainer?
A session fee is a non-refundable retainer fee that is required to reserve your custom portrait photography session. It reserves a timeframe on our calendar and covers the time and talent of the photographer to capture and edit a gallery of images for proofing. In the event you need to re-schedule a session, we make every effort to do so. A session fee and/or retainer does not include prints, products or digital images, those are purchased separately.
- When do suggest scheduling a maternity portrait photography session?
We suggest reserving your custom maternity portrait photography session between weeks 26-35 of pregnancy. When considering the exact time for your session, please consider how much of a “baby bump” you wish to see in the images, in addition to keeping in mind your comfort level. The longer you wait in your pregnancy, the more uncomfortable you may be physically. We definitely recommend not waiting past week 35, if possible, simply to avoid the possibility of missing the moment, should you deliver early.
*** Watch our new maternity/newborn video ***
- When do you suggest scheduling a newborn portrait photography session?
We specialize in newborn portraiture, so the demand is high. As a custom photographer, we strictly limit the number of newborns we accept per month to ensure availability and quality customer service. With this in mind, we normally suggest reserving your newborn portrait session during the beginning of your second trimester of pregnancy. Should you already be past this point of pregnancy, please DO contact us to check our availability. We understand the importance of custom newborn photography, so we try our very best to accommodate every baby possible. : )
** Learn more about our newborn portrait photography services ***
- When do you photograph newborns?
We normally photograph newborns within 5 – 10 days after birth.
- How do I reserve a newborn photo session when I do not know when my baby will be born?
No worries, once you reserve your newborn session, we “pencil in” you due date on our calendar. We ask moms to contact us within 24 hours after delivery to schedule the actual newborn session. Should you know ahead of time that you will be having a planned C-section, please make us aware of that date and we will provide you with a newborn session date at that time.
- Do you offer maternity/newborn combo packages or Baby Portrait Plans?
Yes, we offer both! : ) Our maternity/newborn combo groups together your session fees and provides a discount when purchased at the same time. You also receive a complimentary set of our exquisite custom birth announcements.
However, more than 90% of our newborn cleints are also Baby Portrait Planners because we love to completely spoil our Baby Planners with a ton of perks! : )
Our Baby Portrait Plan discounts session fees for unlimited portrait sessions of your choice throughout baby’s first year (for example: maternity, newborn, 4 month, 6 month and 1 year portrait sessions (complete with a fun cake smash!) and provides bonuses throughout baby’s 1st year. Please see our baby plan page for more details.
- Do you offer a Baby Portrait Registry to allow my fiends & family to purchase towards my custom portrait sessions/s?
Yes, we are so excited to offer this service, click on baby portrait registry for more details.
- How do I prepare for my custom photography session?
We believe in informing our clients with tools to help provide a successful portrait photography session. All clients are offered a pre-session consultation where we discuss the theme, style, location and details of the session. In addition, once you have reserved your session, you will receive an exclusive client link with information to help prepare you for your session, including the most requested: “what to wear.”
For newborns, you will receive information to help prepare you for your session as well. Inadditon, we have develpoed a page dedicated to explaining “what to expect from a newborn photography session.” This page helps prepare you for your session as well and, in addition, ALL of our newborn clients receive helpful tips to begin their portrait session with a sleepy baby. : )
- Do you offer any discounts or specials?
From time to time we will offer exclusive mini sessions to our clients. Sometimes these sessions are themed and styled, other times they are conducted around holidays. They are rare though, so be sure to “like” our business facebook page and check our blog regularly to stay current with our specials. You may also contact us to be added to our email list to receive EXCLUSIVE offers not seen anywhere else.
- Do you have model calls or casting calls?
I am a commercial children’s photographer and work with many high end, boutique style children’s clothing lines. On a rare occasion, I will have a need for model for this purpose. Those casting calls will be placed on mybusiness facebook page and my blog, so be sure to check these often to stay informed of our model calls.
- Do you photograph models?
YES! We love working with the talent industry and are so grateful to be considered among the chosen trusted photographers to work in this industry. Please contact us directly for information regarding head shots and commercial photography.
- How do I prepare for my high school senior portrait session?
We relish in the opportunity to photograph high school seniors. We work in hand with you to provide you with the session of your dreams. It begins with our pre-session consultation where we discuss your ideas, hobbies, personality, style and wardrobe choices. We bring it all together to make an amazing experience! We offer what to wear suggestions and are always only an email or text away f you need additional help planning your wardrobe selections. : )
- When will my images be ready?
Each gallery image is hand edited to perfect the tone, clarity, quality and artistic vision. This process typically takes 1 – 3 weeks. You will be contacted when your gallery is available for viewing.
- When will I receive my prints and products?
After your purchase, prints and most products are received from our professional printing lab within 2 weeks, sometimes sooner. : )
Custom photography products such as canvas and a few other times may require additional processing time of 4 – 6 weeks. We will inform you if the products you order will take additional time for deliver.
We do have the ability to deliver digital images to you very quickly, usually within 24 – 48 hours after your purchase. : )
- Do you offer lifestyle portrait photography sessions?
Yes, we do! We have created a special package just for our lifestyle photography clients. Lifestyle portraits are perfect for those who live a little further away, but still really love our work! We have clients that have moved from the area that still call us to photograph their families and this provides a great option fo them.
- Do you photograph weddings?
No, but we do have a list of photographers in the area that we refer to, please contact us if interested.
- Do you offer mentorships, workshops, seminars, training, classes or any type of teaching?
Yes, after years of requests, we decided to open up a consulting service for photographers, click here for details.