Luxury Childrens Photography | Fine Art Portraits | Detroit Child Photographer | Luxury Lifestyle Photographer
 
 
KAREN LIPPOWITHS
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
FAQ

How would you describe your style?
Do you photograph in studio or on location?
Do you photograph in color or black & white?
What are the best ages for a portrait session?
What should I wear for my portrait session?
What if weather is bad?
What if my child doesn't cooperate?
How long is a portrait session?
How soon can we see our portraits?
How will I view and select my portraits?
Will I receive the digital files?
Will I receive the printed proofs?
How long does it take to complete my order?
Do you ship or deliver orders?
How much should I expect to spend on my collection?
Will you hold onto my proofs to order at a later date?
Do you offer financing?
Do you travel?
How would you describe your style?

I would describe my style as "classic fine art" meets "editorial / documentary / lifestyle".  In a word, my work is "timeless."  I love messy hair, imperfect light, selective fovus, and soulful looks.  I love sharp perfect poses and stolen moments of motion.  If my style resonates with you, please be in touch.

Do you photograph in studio or on location?

I offer both natural light studio and on location portraits together in the same session when you come to my studio in South Lyon, MI.  I offer perfect natural light and backdrops to create a relaxed and comfortable studio experience.  Steps outside, we'll find ponds, rolling hills, rivers, grasslands, bridges, open land, and gorgeous light to explore.

I shoot year-round, taking advantage of the best of every season from warm summer glow, to fall foliage, to clean, winter whites.  Let's get out and have some fun!

Do you photograph in color or black & white?

I photograph digitally in color and will show you both color and black & white during your design consultation.  While vibrant color prints ignite the senses for sure, there's nothing more superb than a big, contrasty classic black & white fine art print.

What are the best ages for a portrait session?

There is NEVER a wrong age for portraits.  You and your family are perfect and beautiful exactly as you are TODAY . . . and we all know tomorrow is never guaranteed.  Portraits may sometimes feel "last on the list" when daily life gets in the way, but are ALWAYS first priority when life changes is some way.

MATERNITY sessions are best photographed at around 30 - 32 weeks. This ensures that you look and feel your glowing best with less risk of baby surprising with an early arrival.

NEWBORNS are strictly photographed within the first 10 days of life (barring any extended hospital stay). This timing is critical to capture limber furling poses, soft, wrinkly skin (babies' skin peels and breaks out around two weeks), and sleepy looks.

SITTER sessions take place around six months when baby is sitting well unsupported, wide-eyed and discovering the world.

ONE-YEAR sessions are a perfect way to mark the exciting first steps.

TODDLER sessions are our absolute FAVORITE! If you choose but one age to photograph, we recommend around 18 months.  Baby begins exploring the world and personality begins to take shape.  Ask about our multi-session plan to celebrate all of babies' milestones from birth to 18 months.

After about 18-24 months, consider capturing your family annually.

TWEEN sessions capture your child at this critical formative time.  Show your child their beauty and build self-esteem by providing a pampered experience complete with unique theme, wardrobe, and hair & make-up services.

SENIOR portraits mark an important time of young adulthood and recognize the accomplishments before heading out into the world.

LEGACY portraits  -- often celebrating three and four generations -- are the ultimate family treasure.

What should I wear for my portrait sessions?
We'll work with you at booking to help plan for success.  We'll also provide you with our "What to Wear & How To Prepare" guide to create the perfect look for your day.  We offer optional wardrobe personal styling and hair & make-up services if you'd like additional help.
What if the weather is bad?
When we book either an outdoor session, we book a rain date at the same time.  The studio staff makes a determination either the day before or the morning of the session whether or not to photograph (as a general rule, we defer a session when the forecast calls for 40% + chance of rain during the time of the shoot).  Don't worry if we don't have a bright, sunny day.  Photographers secretly love overcast and light snow days as they create moody, ethereal looks.  Studio-only sessions take place on any day.
What if my child doesn't cooperate?
Rest assured, after working with literally thousdands of children over the last 14 + years, WE.  ALWAYS.  GET.  THE.  SHOT.  The more you relax and let your child be him or herself, the more your child will follow your lead.  We'll discuss your child's unique personality and ways to optimize the fun for our day at our initial consultation.
How long is a portrait session?
Portrait sessions usually last 45-120 minutes, depending on the number of people, locations, wardrobe changes, and whether or not we incorporate hair & make-up.  Newborn sessions provide ample time for feedings, changings, and snuggles and typically at least an hour or more.  We watch your children and their interest and energy during the shoot, never the clock.
How soon can we see our portraits?
We know how excited you are to see your images!  We're equally excited to create them for you.  We work diligently but meticulously to create the highest-quality work you expect.  Typically, in-person portait design consultations take place one week from the session.
How will I view and select my portraits?
We are among the few studios that provide proofing both digitally and in print.  When you return to the studio about a week after your portrait session, we'll provide a stunning slideshow of your work in larger-than-life format to provide full impact "WOW" experience.  For most sessions, we'll also provide printed proofs for you to hold and take home that day.  We'll walk you through all of your display options, assist with framing, and guide in creating the collection of your dreams.
Will I receive the digital files?
Absolutely!  Purchase of all wall portraits include the high-resolution digital archive file for you to enjoy and make your own gift prints.  A shareable social media file is included as well.  Digital archives are also available with other select purchases.
Will I receive the printed proofs?
Yes, printed proofs are available for purchase in their presented size and as a specially-packaged gift set.
How long does it take to complete my order?
Most orders, including framed prints and canvases, require three to four weeks to complete.  Enlargements larger than 20 x 30 undergo a meticulous two-step process and involve an optional client pre-press viewing appointment, giving you an opportunity to inspect and acknowlege the piece before going to final print.  Albums, box sets, and specialty items may take a bit longer.  We'll phone you when your order is complete and ready for pick up.
Do you ship or deliver orders?
Yes.  Shipments are available throughout the U.S. for a packaging fee plus carrier charges.  We're happy to deliver and hang portraits locally upon request, usually at no charge.  In some cases, gift items may be drop-shipped from our production partners.  All other orders are picked up from the studio.
How much should I expect to spend on my collection?
Most clients spend at least 2000 - 4000 to create a full collection.  Basic collections begin at 1275.
Will you hold onto my proofs to order at a later date?
We'll spend as little or as much time as you need during the day of your session to view and select your collection.  We offer a singular appointment to make all decisions to make efficient use of everyone's time.  We encourage you to invite all family and friends who may wish to be part of the fun.  We do not release proofs or post images online.  All portraits purchased are archived forever and may be reordered at any time; those not selected are purged immediately.
Do you offer financing?
Yes!  We believe fine portrait art is for everyone.  With our interest-free financing options, you can feel free to create the collection of your dreams.  We'll go over your options during the Pre-planning Consultation.
Do you travel?
We travel and work worldwide.  We offer unique storytelling opportunities and special packages for destination session.  Be in touch if you would like us to visit or have a special destination in mind.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
KAREN LIPPOWITHS

Karen Lippowiths is an award-winning child, family, and portrait photographer in South Lyon, MI.
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