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A baby is one of the worlds most precious gifts. I'm sure you feel the same way and that's why you are looking for photographic services. Being a parent of such a small person comes with worries such as safety, well being and happiness. That's why I take plenty of time during my sessions to soothe the baby. If your newborn is a little fussy the morning of our shoot, then don't worry. We will put the needs of the baby first so you can feed or change him/ her as needed. So please bring all of the supplies you will need for your baby. 

 

My job as your newborn photographer is to capture your baby in a safe and comfortable environment. This means I will use various techniques to soothe your baby before and during our session. Sometimes he/ she will need mom for feeding or changing, but other times calming sounds or movements can be used without interruption to our session flow. I also have a portable space heater to keep your baby warm and happy.

It is my number one priority to keep your baby safe. Because of this, I will NEVER put him/ her in a situation I believe would be risky, or uncomfortable.  Not all poses and props can be done with every baby and it is my responsibility to assess each instance and make decisions about what poses to use.  Please keep in mind that the session is not about the prop, but about capturing your child as he/she is in this once in a lifetime moment.

 By all means, if there are poses you have seen and would like to try, let me know. I am happy to explain how these poses can safely be done, and will often need your help to make them happen.  Depending on you baby’s age, flexibility, and overall temperament we will decide together what is right for him/her. 

With your child’s safety in mind, please note that I am fully vaccinated for work with infants and children.  I would never knowingly put your child in harms way. This is why I clean and sanitize all items we will use during our session.  You can rest easy knowing I have taken the proper precautions to keep the studio clean for your visit.

Relax!! Newborns take tons of patience and time. I always expect to stop for feeding and diaper changes. It is also common for my props to get peed/pooped/spit up on. AND THAT IS OKAY. 

It is best to have newborn pictures taken within the first two weeks of their life. While not impossible if they are older, newborns are much  flexible for different poses when they are under 14 days old. Please contact me within a couple days after giving birth so we can get your session booked. Plan to be present for a 2-4 hour session, depending on baby. I recommend scheduling your newborn session while you are still pregnant. I will reserve availability around your due date to ensure session time is available for you. 

Try to wear your baby out shortly before the session. It is best if you can keep him/her up for a couples hours before our session. If he/ she doesn't want to cooperate, please do not stress, I want you to enjoy the process. Before the session, please put baby in looser fitting clothes, diapers, and keep them warm. This typically is a perfect equation to have them nice and sleepy for our session together. 

It is best to keep siblings out of noise range while we are doing the more pose-y pictures. If you're just planning to get pictures of your newborn alone, then I recommend scheduling a babysitter for the siblings. I prefer to do newborn sessions during the week while siblings are at school.  If you want sibling pictures, we will do those first then they can play in the next room over if needed. You will need to have another adult here to watch your older children. Or your spouse can drive separately and leave after the sibling pictures are over. 

If you have an in-home session planned, please do not clean for me. I also have a son and I know how messy the house can get. Having a newborn is no different and I fully expect you to relax and spend time with your bundle of joy instead of worrying about cleaning for me. 

You will also need to turn up the heat to at least 75 degrees for an in-home session. Babies settle better and are able to hold the naked poses better if they are not cold. I will bring my space heater to help keep baby warm. 

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These simple milestone sessions are perfect for documenting your little one’s milestones within the first year — like tummy time, smiles, giggles, toe grabbing, sitting and standing. I want to capture these fleeting moments so that you can cherish them long after they’re gone. These sessions are typically for babies between 3 and 12 months, however it is not necessary to schedule right at 3, 6, 9 or 12 months.  I want you to schedule whenever you feel like you want to capture your babies progress.  Every baby is different and that is what makes them special.

What I love the most about these sessions is the simplicity.  I aim to keep props limited so that all of the attention on your baby and not a busy backdrop.  Outfits should be kept simple (rompers, diaper covers, shorts, bare feet, SMALL delicate headbands, etc.) so that we can focus on those squishy arms, belly rolls, big eyes and tiny fingers & toes.

 

I do travel for Newborn sessions! In home sessions include everything I would have in the studio but I come to you in the comfort of your home. In home sessions include a $100 fee for travel and setup. 

Does your baby have something special that you’d like to incorporate?  Let me know so that I can accommodate you.

 

If you have any questions you need answered, please feel free to ask me.

 

Click here to learn more about when to schedule a newborn and maternity session. 

Frequently asked questions

When is the best time to book a newborn session?


While you are still pregnant! Your estimated due date will be recorded and you will be guaranteed availability for newborn photos in the first weeks of life.




How long is a newborn session?


Plan for a session lasting 2-4 hours depending on how your baby feels. There may be outfit, prop, backdrop changes involved as well as feeding or soothing of baby that will take time between photos. There is absolutely no rush in my studio as you will be the only session scheduled for the afternoon.




What do I need to bring?


For newborn sessions, nothing is required. You may opt to bring a few small items such a hat, a toy, or a special blanket, but I also have everything we need to create beautiful and timeless portraits of your little one. Most of the session will be done with baby unclothed in wraps or knit items. For the family photos, I suggest wearing neutral colored shirts. The focus will continue to be on baby this way. We will also talk in advance about what will coordinate best for family images.




Should I bring daipers and milk?


Yes, you should bring anything you would normally need for a day away from your home. Please bring an extra 50% more milk than you normally would give them to help put your newborn baby into a nice deep milky sleep for the photos. Breastfeeding parents, feel free to bring extra supply either frozen or chilled. There will be ample time during a newborn photo session for feeding, bonding and comforting your new bundle of joy. And if the session goes longer because we needed to work around the baby’s schedule, that’s okay as well.




What should my newborn wear?


A lot of people ask me what to put their newborn babies in for photos. I have plenty of wraps for newborns and most newborns are photographed without clothes. If there is one special outfit passed down through the family, please contact me to work it into the session.




What if my baby cries alot?


It's okay if your baby cries. I invite parents to sit and relax and allow me to try my methods to relax your baby and allow Baby to become familiar with me. This truly helps the process versus handing baby to mom when he cries a little. Of course if it is time to feed, you will be able to do that, but there are so many things little ones are trying to tell us when they make their noises and luckily I have had the experience to know if baby just needs to change position, soothe (bring a pacifier if you use one) or be changed. We will do what is right for him/ her.




Do you travel for newborn sessions?


Yes! I do offer Classic Newborn Sessions in my clients homes. Travel sessions do come with an extra fee of $100.