The Experience

FAQs & Tips on Preparing for your shoot

Snapshots are great, but photographs that make memories last a lifetime are infinitely better! When you work with me at Vanessa Guzzo Photography I provide first-class customer service from start to finish to ensure you have remarkable artwork that you’re proud to show-off for generations to come.

Parents swing young daughter between them on a beach - photo by Vanessa Guzzo Photography

Preparing For Your Session




Dress Smart

Bring VIPs Only

Design Your Display

Choose coordinating colors that compliment your skin tone and avoid wearing just black and white. Simple patterns and textures can be fun so don’t be afraid to mix-it up with scarves, hats, jackets, and layers. Family groups look great when each member has their own style. And favorite toys and blankets can almost always make a child smile.

Children are curious and easily distracted by others. With that in mind, only those directly involved may attend each session. This allows me to put my full attention to every detail and every person in the photographs I’ll be creating.

If you know you want to display gorgeous family photos in your den, bedrooms or entryway, pay close attention to the colors in those rooms. Choosing clothing that compliments your home decor will give you plenty of options for when showcasing prints and framed wall art.




Enjoy your photography!

Schedule for Success

Let me take the pictures

Choose a date and time for the session when everyone can be well rested and full. Arrive 15 minutes early to give your family time to settle down and get comfortable before our session begins.

When we’re finished you’ll receive photographs that are big on personality and stand the test of time, full of sweetness, laughter and connection. I am looking forward to creating gorgeous artwork and albums for you that will make your house feel more like home.

As parents it can be quite a challenge to not direct and stay in the moment, believe me, I know. I also know the best photos happen when kids are just being kids. Come prepared to sit back and take in the magic while each moment unfolds. No camera or cell phone photos, please.

Mom and newborn baby - Vanessa Guzzo Photography


How will my photos be delivered?

When will I receive my photos?

High-resolution files will be delivered digitally, free of charge, via an online gallery only. A custom USB can be purchased for $95.

Your photos will be meticulously processed, printed, and delivered approximately 2-3 weeks after you’ve selected your artwork.

Is my online gallery secure?

Do you offer prints?

Yes, your photos are secured with 2 levels of protection. A gallery password is provided to allow friends and family to view your artwork, along with a shareable pin you can give to those who want to download and own their photos through the same gallery process.

Absolutely, printing is a critical piece of the display process. You can choose exceptional prints and albums, along with an array of wall art on metal, canvas, and wood, directly from your online gallery.

Tell me about your mobile app.

What is the best time to photograph a newborn?

To view your photos while on the go I will be providing you a mobile app. That way your pictures will be formatted to your phone or tablet so that you can view the photos perfectly without having to pan or “stretch” them to fit your screen. You will also be able to post directly to social media. The app is for on-line viewing only while the high-res photographs are stored in your gallery.

The best time to photograph a newborn is when they are about 2 weeks old. They still have that factory fresh look in their eyes and their hands and feet are simply adorable. This is also the time when your baby will begin to make eye contact with you, and when you and your family will start to feel more settled in.

Do you photograph special events?

Are you available for travel?

With pleasure! I love witnessing all the excitement and beauty of events whether it’s a party for kids or a 50th anniversary celebration. I’ll bring my camera while you raise a glass to your life’s most important moments.

Yes, please! I am always up for a new adventure and keep my passport ready. While I am especially proud to be a New Yorker, the world makes me smile.

Do you offer in-home/lifestyle shoots?

Do you photograph weddings?

Without a doubt, these are some of my favorite shoots! There’s nothing quite like photographing a family in the comfort of their own home. I would be delighted to come to your house to capture all the love and all the moments that make your life together so unique.

All the time. While I don’t focus on weddings as my specialty, most of my clients are families I work with year after year. When your kids grow up and tie the knot, I would be honored to be at their side. Note: I work with a talented partner who coordinates our large events and I work alone when documenting smaller, more intimate affairs.

Have additional questions?

Contact me!