Newborn Session Information

Our Signature Newborn Session is a custom, full service experience that safely & conveniently takes place in the comfort of your own home. It can include hair and makeup for mom, with access to the client closet for mom and siblings and wardrobe suggestions for dad. Baby will be photographed using our full variety of props and accessories – I specialize in photographing posed, sleepy newborns.

The Petite Newborn session is for baby only. Baby will be photographed using one color scheme and prop, and the session lasts about 1 hour depending on baby. The number of finished photos to choose from is much less than the full session.

It is best to try and schedule your newborn session 2-3 months before baby arrives. This
will ensure you a date on my calendar, as I only offer a limited number of sessions each
month. 

Session times can vary anywhere from 2-4 hours, depending on the baby. This is a flexible guideline, as we will not book more than one newborn on the same day to ensure your baby gets our full attention. The easiest way to ensure a sleepy, settled baby is to keep the baby warm, and be willing to offer a pacifier and/or feed them as needed. Burping is also very important, as any gas buildup in baby’s tummy can cause them to be upset. If your newborn is a little older, with pediatrician approval, you can keep gas drops on hand to prevent an upset tummy on the day of the session. The sleepiest babies are between 6-14 days old, and more readily allow the curled up poses. However, I love photographing older newborns as well, & have photographed 8 week old babies posed as newborns who rocked their sessions! Please be sure to check out our blog post on our Top tips for Soothing Baby – you’ll find the super helpful wake times tip that will help for an older newborn’s session.

Since newborns don’t really have any eating or sleeping schedules, I’ll have you start feeding your baby after I arrive, while I am setting up for our session. A fed and warm baby is a sleepy baby! During the session, the shooting area will need to be kept quite warm for baby’s comfort. Typically, around 80 degrees. I will bring a space heater with me to help achieve this temperature. Dress comfy while you’re not being photographed – I will! Also, while your new baby may not take a pacifier, please keep one on hand as it will be helpful in keeping the session moving along when baby might otherwise be unsettled.

Lastly, I do bring a lot of equipment and things for the session.  For each session, I select various wraps, back drops, bowls, and accessories from my ever growing collection of props. I will coordinate colors and styles to complement your taste. The lighting takes up a bit of space. We will set up either in the dining room (or kitchen table), or a bed room – whichever has the most space and is most accessible. If you do not have a regular height table or bed, please let us know ASAP so we can plan to bring a posing surface for the baby.

Parent and family posing is done in front of a dark gray backdrop, space permitting. This will be determined during your consultation and discussed ahead of time. 

You’ll choose and purchase your photo package shortly after booking, so when the session is done, I’ll schedule a zoom call with you to go over your finished photos and pick which will be printed and where. You’ll definitely be in love with all of them and you’re welcome to upgrade your selection at that time.

Delivery time varies based on what you’ve selected, the time of year (the holidays cause a slight delay), and where you live. 

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