Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve got questions, I’ve got answers!

What can I expect from you as my photographer?

My goal is to make sure that during your session you can relax and trust that your gallery will be amazing! I show you the back of my camera regularly throughout the session so that you are seeing what I am seeing. I will communicate with before your session to make sure that we share the same vision of what you want your gallery to be. I also have a style guide that I send out to my Newborn/Maternity clients that walk you through everything you need to know for your upcoming sessions!

Have you been trained in newborn posing?

Yes!! Aside from my 10 years medical experience where I actually delivered babies, I have taken additional training to ensure that each newborn I photograph is 100% safe at all times. Throughout your entire session, safety is my #1 thought.

What if my child doesn’t listen? What if my newborn won’t sleep?

I pride myself on being able to shoot in the moment! I have 4 children of my own, and on days when I NEED them to cooperate, they just don’t. Please don’t stress about this! I am good with children of all ages and I have never had a session where we did not get smirks if not flat out smiles. I have had classes and training on working with children with special needs. If you think it might be an issue day of, please let me know well in advance! That way we can come up with a solid game plan and avoid any meltdowns as much as possible!

As far as newborns sleeping, I’ve got you there, too! My Newborn Guide walks you through everything you need to know prior to your session and how to best ensure your new little one sleeps soundly during their debut photoshoot! Having said that, if they still refuse to sleep, a wide awake newborn who is just so fascinated by this new world that they cannot sleep is still SUPER cute in photos!

Do you offer prints?

Yes I do! When I grew up, there was always a gallon size zipcoc bag full of rolls of film to be developed. My momma would print several rolls at a time and it was always so fun seeing those moments turned into memories that I could see and remember. I loved growing up seeing baby photos of myself and my sisters, photos from Christmas and birthday parties. It’s something I strive to do for my children. Make sure they can see not only their family legacy, but to see all these moments that make a lifetime on the walls of their home, in their own photo album. So when they’ve all grown up and social media is a thing of the past, much like Myspace, they have those memories still. I highly recommend purchasing through myself or a professional print lab. I can assure you I have done my research and the prints I provide are the highest quality that will last! I even have prints in my studio where you can see for yourself the difference between a professional print lab and a local drugstore or cheap online printers.

What is your turn around time?

While each session is different and time of the year can be a factor (my busiest season is fall/winter), my average turn around time for a gallery is 4-5 weeks.

How far in advance should we book and do you take payment plans?

As soon as possible! I am limited on the amount of sessions I am able to take in each month. I do not overbook myself to ensure that I am always delivering the highest quality to my clients and never missing any details and my clients don’t have to worry about their investment and images being rushed.

Yes! 30% of the session fee is your nonrefundable retainer and secures you a spot on my books. Payment plans can the be arranged for the balance or can be paid in full! Sessions can also be added to a registry and gift cards are also available for purchase!

Where are you based and do you travel?

I am based out of Lemoore, in the Central Valley of California. I am about 45 minutes from Fresno/Clovis, half an hour from Visalia, and only one hour from the gorgeous foothills of the Sequoias. I routinely travel for photoshoots! Up to 1 hour from my studio area code of 93245 is included in my sessions. After that there is a travel fee based upon location.

How do you deliver your photographs?

Client galleries are delivered in an easy to access online gallery. Proofing images for your selection are watermarked. Once you make your selections, I remove the watermarks and upload the final high resolution and retouched gallery. Images can be downloaded and shared to social media directly. Print selections can be made as well.

Are you insured?

Yes! I am fully insured. I also maintain a license to do business and a home business license as well.

Why should we pick you?

I was in your shoes once. I needed a photographer for my maternity session. I shared on facebook asking for recommendations and wow, so so SO many pages to sort through. I google searched, even more websites to look at. The majority had beautiful work, and it all kind of started to blur and it became increasingly harder to actually pick one. Having a lot of choices sound good up front, until you actually have ALL the choices in front of you. It’s like being famished and seeing the Cheesecake Factory menu- I love it, but dude it can be so hard to pick one when everything sounds amazing and I’m starving!

Having said all that, why should you pick me? HOW do you figure out who to pick? It’s hard to tell if you click with someone just based off of their website, but that’s what I hope I’ve done here. You should first check out the gallery. If the images posted there don’t match what you like, then don’t expect their body of work to change, even if they are in your budget. The photos posted to a website gallery are painstakingly chosen, so you can be assured they are the best a photographer has to offer.

Next, you should look at the price tag and see if the options are within your budget. A lot of times, you get what you pay for and the cheapest option isn’t always the best option, but you shouldn’t be refinancing a house for your session either! (Payment plans are a beautiful thing!)

But just as important as the body of work and investment costs, you and your photographer should click. Not that you’ll become instant BFFs, but you should like them! So, I hope that my website allows you to see a little bit about me and that you’re able to tell I will be the girl cracking horrible dad jokes from behind the camera to get a real smile and will also be the girl who will safely and lovingly handle your previous newborn just as I would my own for your amazing gallery. <3

Reviews


Kat is an amazing photographer! She took my daughter’s Senior pictures and they are beautiful! She was patient, funny, and put my daughter at ease. Kat was pregnant with twins and sat on the ground and climbed on benches to get shots. I highly recommend Mellon Patch Photography! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cara B.

We have loved every experience with Kat! She is great with my kiddos and the pictures exceed expectations every time!!

Leigh E.

Where do I even start! She is absolutely amazing! My whole pregnancy I have felt so unpretty and she made me feel like a queen. She was wonderful with my crazy toddler and created wonderful memories I will cherish forever!

Chelsea E.

She was amazing!!!! She took my ideas and made the experience 10xs better. I’ve never felt so beautiful in my life! even the candid shots were gorgeous. She is the most skilled photographer I know.

She knows her stuff!! Period. But seriously she is the best. Kat makes you feel so comfortable while taking photos and even have a blast while doing it! She is so kind and looks for the best angles and areas to make your family look amazing!! Out photos turned out better than we could ever imagine! ♥️

Sarah C.

Hands down best photography I have ever had an encounter with. She is amazing at what she does and is very patient. I had newborn photos done with her and I love every single one of them! Definitely recommend her for all types of shoots!

Cheyenne F.

Kat is THE BEST. She was so fun to work with and made it super easy! She had great ideas for poses and backgrounds which I loved!! She just kept telling us “feels weird but looks amazing” and I think the pictures speak for themselves AKA Beautiful!

Krysten F.


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