Looking for a different session?
What is it?
> 2-4 hours of photography
> Pre-session styling consultation & access to our studio wardrobe
> Sibling and Parent Poses
> Up to 30 hand-edited images to select from (*Prints and products sold separately)
> Personal Ordering Appointment
How old is my newborn when you typically want to photograph?
We like to photograph between 6 -12 day’s young, if possible. Obviously, depending on our schedule and your schedule we might have to photograph a few days earlier or later. But, we strive to get your session done during days 6 through 12.
How long will my newborn session last?
Anywhere between 2-4 hours, allowing extra time for breaks when your baby needs to eat or be changed. These images will take time and I need to be gentle and know when the baby is ready and when we need to take a break. They run the show!!
These sessions are slow-paced with a lot of patience. Yours and your babies comfort and safety is very important to me therefore it is encouraged that only the people who will be in the portraits accompany you for the session.
What do I need to do before my newborn session?
For our bottle fed babies- bring extra formula to last our long session.
For our nursed babies- avoid spicy foods or drinking/eating acidic citrus juices and fruits, because it can upset the baby’s tummy and they will feel uncomfortable and not sleep.
I ask that you interact with your baby to try keep him/her awake 1-2 hours before we start the session. I usually recommend a sponge bath before you leave. This usually keeps them awake and ready to eat and nap. It’s also recommended to schedule the baby’s feeding about 1-2 hours before arriving so you can feed him/her again just before the session starts. However, I too was a nursing mom and I know that this is not always the case. I know that feedings sometimes have a tendency to be clustered in the beginning. I have had moms feed at home just before they came into the session. They have found it to be more comfortable and they were able to get in a long relaxed feeding. If you live close enough to the studio, I find that to be a good choice for some moms.
A tired baby with a full tummy results in a very sleepy baby and a happy model :)
Do I need to bring clothing or props for my session?
The answer is no, you do not need to bring anything to the session. We have clothing, blankets, bonnets, headbands, etc. for your baby. I do ask that you bring your little one in wearing buttoned/zip up pajamas. This will prevent marks on the skin and it makes it easier to transition them into the session. Parents- The studio will be very warm. Babies are very sensitive and because normally we will be taking them in and out of clothes, it’s best to keep them comfortable. I suggest that parents comes to the session dressed in layers so that you can comfortably remove some clothing if you feel the room is too warm.
I’m so embarrassed! My baby had an accident on your blanket. What can I do?
Lol Nothing!!! That happens in 90% of my sessions. Never worry about an accident that your child has during the session. Before my photography career, I was a childcare provider and a personal nanny for several years and of course being a mom of 4 myself, I have been peed, pooped and puked on almost daily. Besides the fact that we are extremely use to it, it’s completely normal for your child. All of our props, blankets and clothing are washable. In fact, after each session, everything we use is washed in organic soaps, in order to keep a standard of sanitation for all of our clients. When these accidents happen we laugh, clean up baby and move on. Please don’t worry about these accidents!
What do I do during the session?
Anything you want! Feel free to take a nap, read a book, or watch your baby during the session. With Michael and I working as a team, we will always be able to completely take care of your baby and photograph him/her. I want you to enjoy the session and the experience. It’s ok……go ahead and give yourself a break. You deserve it!
What do I expect after the session?
We will get together again for your Portrait Reveal Session. Two to three weeks after your images were captured, we will schedule your viewing and ordering session. During this time you will be seeing the final edited portraits from your session. We will discuss the images that you would like to use in your art products and place your final order. For this meeting I do recommend to parents that they find alternative care for the older siblings. As a mom of four myself, I know it can be very hard to make decisions when you have your parent meter running. This time is very important for you and family. You are making a big decision and I really want you to relax and enjoy it.