» Nikki Painter Photography Specializing in Newborn Portraiture.


Where are you located and where will my session be?

I am located in Charleston WV, and my outdoor sessions typically take place here as well as back home in the Beckley, WV area, simply because I know lighting and flexibility of these locations best and can use our time most efficiently. This does NOT mean I will not travel outside of this location, in fact I love new locations. We live in such a large and diverse area we might as well take advantage of it. However note I do charge a travel fee for locations over 20 miles from Charleston. We will work together to come up with the best possible location for your family and for the feel of what you want from your art. *At this time Newborn sessions are done in the comfort of your own home or an outdoor location during summer months. I travel tri-state wide for newborns!

When is the best time to photograph my____?

Maternity is best around 34 weeks while mama is still comfortable but also has a beautiful bump.

Newborns are best photographed within the first 5-10 days after birth. This improves our chances of having a sleepy, curly newborn. *Please see my newborn guide for more info on these sessions.

Children have no set time to be photographed, but please make sure your little has napped and eaten prior to our session, and definitely bring small non-messy snacks. I prefer late evening sessions and sometimes this interferes with baby’s bedtime so it’s important to bring whatever may make them happy!

Families are best photographed… when mommy says so 🙂

How do I book a session?

Use the contact form on either the website or blog to contact me, or feel free to email me directly at but please try to contact me as early as possible as I generally book 4 months out. Session retainers can be paid using the “shop now” link on my website.

What is the retainer fee?

The retainer fee secures your session date and time and is required 72 hours after booking your session to reserve the date and time of your choice.

Do you have a min. order requirement?

If you are ordering your prints or products through me using my pro lab, I do require a 100 minimum order.

What payment options do you take?

At this time I take cash, check and credit card via Paypal.

How do I see my images after the session?

Two-Three weeks (4-6 for newborns) after your session you will receive an email or message with instructions on how to view and share your gallery with friends and family all from the privacy of your own home. For orders placed through my pro lab, you will have 7 days to place your order before your gallery will expire, a re-hosting fee is required if you need additional time to place your order. PLEASE NOTE I understand choosing what to do with your digital files is not always the easiest part of the process so keep in mind I am available for in home proofing sessions on how to best use your images to decorate your home with YOUR NEW ART at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE as well.

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