So, you're considering scheduling a newborn session for your upcoming arrival? Yay! You'll find lots of helpful information below. Please feel free to contact me with ANY questions that arise.
When to schedule
The best time for your newborn session is within the first ten days after baby is born. I recommend booking your newborn session no later than the end of your second trimester, if possible. We can finalize details closer to the expected due date.
For breast-fed babies, I like to schedule sessions between day four and day fourteen (after your milk comes in). Formula fed babies can be photographed even earlier than day four. Please check with your doctor or midwife for their recommendations - every baby is different.
I prefer to schedule newborn appointments in the morning, as babies tend to be fussier in the evening. I promise not to judge you if you nap on the couch during your baby's session. In fact, I'll be both impressed and happy for you.
If you didn't plan that far ahead - don't panic! It's never too late to document your baby at whatever age he or she is at.
At The Hospital (Or Birthing Center or...)
I don't currently offer birth photography, but I do offer what have become popularly known as "Fresh 48" sessions (a session at the place that you give birth, as close to the time of birth as reasonably possible.)
These documentary style sessions capture the emotions of new parenthood, celebrating the beautiful details of your growing family. They are best captured during daylight hours.
at the studio
When you arrive at the studio, it'll be nice and warm for your baby (read 80+ degrees warm), so be prepared to layer down to stay comfortable.
Please feel free to bring anything that might make your family more comfortable during the session.
Because these sessions are fairly long, I like to take any family photos first. After family photos, baby is typically ready for the first break. We'll take a feeding break and then it's baby's time for photos. For most of these photos I only need to have mama present. Due to the warmth of the studio and the need for a quiet atmosphere, most additional family members find it preferable to leave the studio after their portion of the photo session is completed.
The trick for getting successful newborn photos is a warm and well-fed baby. There is something about the photographic process that makes newborns extra hungry so please bring extra formula and bottles (and diapers!) and or be prepared to nurse more than normal. If possible please time it so that your babies feed will naturally fall at or the start of the session time.
I have a variety of blankets, backdrops, and newborn accessories that we can choose from once you arrive. Please feel free to bring your own accessories as well, if you'd like. If you have any special items that mean something to you e.g. an old wood rocking horse, a stuffed toy, a special blanket - please bring it and we can try and incorporate it into your shoot.
With newborns you might want to have a change of clothing (or two) as it is almost impossible to avoid accidents such as spit up or getting wet with a naked baby. So, don’t worry, this too is expected and I will have several blankets on hand for infant sessions to swap in/out.
In some instances, a studio session may not be the right option for you, which is A-OK.
In home, lifestyle sessions are great too! For these types of sessions, DON'T feel like you have to have your home in perfect condition; I get that you just had a baby and that having a pristine home is NOT your top priority.
We'll need some good light (your home has windows, right? - Good.), a bit of space, and YOU. If you had a blast working on your little one's nursery space, we can definitely incorporate that into the shoot, but it's not required. Living rooms and master bedrooms usually have great light too!
We can chat about those details during your consultation, or the day of your session, before we get started. Just let me know what you prefer.
investment | $195
This session includes a portrait session in your home, at the hospital/birthing center, or at my studio. Parents, siblings, and pets (where permitted) are invited to participate in the family portraits portion of the session.
A planning consult via phone/email is also included with your session. After your portraits are edited, you'll be provided with a link to your online preview gallery, and are invited to come back to the studio to view the portraits with me in person, look at products, and we'll do your order together, in person. Please visit my Product Pricing Page for details on prints, canvases, albums, and digital products.