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Frequently asked questions

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Where do you shoot?

Shoots take place in outdoor locations in Long Beach.  Cerritos and Valley sessions have been suspended until further notice . 

Do you only shoot on location?  What if I'd like to do a studio session?

I am not offering studio sessions at the moment, as most agencies I work with request outdoor headshots for children.  Plus, being outside is fun :)

I have a great idea for a location where I'd like to shoot our session.  Are you open to new locations?

I am!  However, I do have some stipulations.  I don't shoot in other photographers' locations (because that's just not my thing). Also, I have found familiar parks and homes to be bad choices because most kids are too comfortable and/or want to play more than take pictures.  BUT if you have a location you're dying to use, let me know, and I can see if it works with my aesthetic!

I (or my friend) had headshots taken by another photographer, and I LOVE how they turned out!  Can you shoot like that?

Simply put, no.  There are a ton of headshot photographers, and most of us have our own workflow, editing techniques, and posing ideas.  If you really like another photographer's work or style, please support her/him by booking directly with her/him. 

How do I set up an appointment?

Please email me at for a link to the current schedule.

How far in advance should I schedule our session?

I recommend booking at LEAST a month out, but as early as possible.  I also work full time in education, so shoots are mostly limited to weekends and school holidays.  I have a VERY limited shoot schedule, so please schedule as soon as you can.

How long does it take to receive my album?

Generally speaking, it takes anywhere from 3-5 business days to receive your initial album.  After you or your child's agent(s) has made selections for the images you'd like retouched, it takes another few days to receive those.  Please note that during busy season, it can take up to three weeks to receive your final edits, depending on when you or your agent makes selections.

Help!  My child woke up sick on the day of our scheduled session.  Should we still shoot?

No!  Please do not bring a sick child to a session.  There are several reasons for this:  1. I work around children all day, and while my immune system is pretty strong, I would hate to pass on your child's illness to another kiddo.  2.  When children are sick, it really shows in the photos.  Tired eyes cannot be photoshopped to look bright and happy.  Think about it:  would you want someone taking pictures of you when you aren't feeling well?  It's best to reschedule.

I want to purchase a Mini Session for my toddler?  Can I? Should I?

Absolutely! I do offer Mini Sessions for toddlers and older kiddos who just need a quick update (and for those kiddos' whose attention spans won't last past 30 minutes :)). The session includes 2 looks and is perfect for toddlers.  This is not to be confused with the Baby Mini Session, which is only for babies who can sit unassisted but are not yet walking.

May I share unedited photos from our session on social media?

Have at it!  Feel free to tag me @magicbeanphotography on Instagram :). You don't have to, though. Just don't say you (or someone else) took the

I am not sure that my little one will "behave" during the session. I'm scared. Help!

Don't stress!  They're children.  I know: easier said than done when you're spending your hard-earned money!  I've been shooting for years (and work in education), so I have seen it all, and kids having an off day doesn't unnerve me.  I do have some tricks up my proverbial sleeve to help your child get comfortable and to forget there is a big camera in her/his face.  To create the best possibility for a great shoot, especially with babies and toddlers, please consider the following:  1. Don't  schedule your session during their nap time;  2. Please make sure both your children AND you are fed and well-rested; 3. Avoid bringing toys or other distractions (if you must, please keep them in the car or in a bag until after the session), 4. Breathe! :) 

My child was having an off day/My child's agent wants to see other looks.  What is your refund/reshoot policy?

While I do understand that children (especially the wee-little ones) have moments of overall disdain with the headshot process, I do not issue refunds for children having bad days/tantrums during the shoot. Please consider the suggestions above.

You work with a lot of children in the entertainment business. Do you have a Child Performer Services Permit?

Absolutely.  My permit is #CPS-000238666.  

I still have questions that need answering.  

Email me :)

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