Newborn Info

When should we contact you to book a newborn session?

Right now I’m scheduling newborn sessions through July of 2018. It’s best to contact me as soon as you can to ensure I have enough availability for you. There are times when I can fit people in at the last minute, but the more advanced notice you give me, the more time I have to plan your session to make it exactly what you dream of having.

How will we know when to schedule our newborn session?

Once your baby decides to make his or her arrival, I ask that you contact me via email or text to let me know the happy news. This helps me prepare my schedule for your session. I like to photograph newborns within the first 2 weeks of birth, so it’s important that you contact me right away.

At what age is the best time to schedule a newborn session?

The ideal age to schedule your newborn session is between 5-9 days. This is a very important time frame as your baby will still be sleepy, squishy, bendy, and cooperative in order to achieve the portraiture that you see in my portfolio. It is preferred to schedule the session no later than 2 weeks of age, however, there are always exceptions. The older your baby gets, the more awake and alert they will become. They will also enjoy stretching out as they realize they are not in your womb any longer and they have all the room they desire.

How should we prepare for our newborn session?

We want your baby to be happy and sleepy for the session so I do have some tips to help you prepare. Try keeping your baby awake in the morning by giving him/her a bath then dress him/her in a solid white onesie as I will take a couple simple photographs of him/her in this when you first arrive. Feed him/her right before you come and make sure you bring a pacifier (even if your baby doesn’t take one — this is really important to help me with posing) and a bottle if you are able. If you’re nursing that’s fine too just be prepared to feed your baby throughout the session. Once you arrive, we’ll get your baby out and get started right away. 🙂

What can we expect during our newborn session?

My studio will be set at 80-85 degrees, so be prepared for it to be warm so we have a happy, comfortable baby. If we are slightly uncomfortable with the temperature having clothing on, then your baby will be comfortable with no clothing. You’re welcome to step out whenever you’d like. I have a comfortable living room with tv, drinks and snacks. I use a space heater for the immediate area as well as white noise to keep your baby sleepy and to keep them warm and cozy. It is very likely that we will have several potty accidents, which is fine. Everything I use is washed and cleaned. Most of your baby’s session will partake when they are sleeping, so you may need to feed your baby several times throughout to achieve this. It is during this time that I am able to move them from pose to pose, prop to prop, and position them without them moving or being disturbed. We will get a few awake shots for you as well if you desire and if there is an opportunity.

Can I get family shots or shots with my other children?

Yes! I’m happy to do any family or sibling photos for you if you wish. These will be taken at the very end of your session, so I can focus on your baby alone at the beginning. If you wish to do sibling photos, I ask that you have another family member bring them for only their photos at the end. I also ask that you do not bring additional people or family members such as grandparents unless they are driving you as the setting I have is intimate and space limited so the less distractions the better.

How long will the session last?

Your baby will run the show and we will take several breaks for feeding and consoling. A newborn session will typically last two to three hours (longer if we do family shots) and your little one will usually do best during this amount of time. This amount of timing usually allows for a few various poses on a textured blanket background for the very classic and timeless portraits, 2-3 “prop” set-ups such as baskets, bowls, buckets, etc, and a few family and sibling shots. I usually take multiple shots and compositions of the different setups, which results in a gallery of about 30 images. Although sessions are never rushed, the most important images should be captured within the first three hours.

What should we wear for our newborn session?

For parent/baby or family photos I suggest solid black, white or neutral tops with sleeves paired with blue jeans. Whatever you decide to wear, stick to a color palette (everyone the same) and avoid any patterns or logos. Sleeveless, long or 3/4 sleeves look best (short sleeves not so great). Solid colors will keep the attention to you rather than your clothing. Don’t forget to have a spare outfit in case of accidents!

When will our pictures be ready?

You will receive a sneak peek teaser from your session on Facebook within the first few days of your session. The completed session will be uploaded to a private gallery within 2-3 weeks of your session. You will receive an email when your gallery is ready and will be available for viewing and ordering for one week. I have several different package options available, which I can help you with over the phone or you may schedule a consultation with me. I’m also happy to discuss birth announcement options during this time as well.

What about props?

You don’t need to bring anything for the baby at all! I provide all the props, accessories and outfits. My goal is to create timeless artwork for you that you will treasure for a lifetime. I would love for you to tell me a few colors you might like me to use with the baby that you think would look good in your home. I will use mostly neutrals that I know match most homes so that your photos will always look great hanging up anywhere.

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