What to Expect
Before the Session
Before your session, we will have an in-person, on-line, or phone consultation. This is where we will discuss your expectations and get to know each other. It is my goal for you to get to know me on a personal level to make sure we are a good fit together because you are inviting me into your home to capture these precious moments. During your consultation we will also go over any questions or concerns you might have about your session.
Once we know that we are a good fit and you're ready to book your session, we will go over the contract, as this will need to be signed prior to booking. I will also collect your $250 non-refundable retainer to hold your session date and time. Once the retainer has been collected, and contract completed, your session will be written into my calendar.
During the Session
During your Lifestyle Newborn Session I will capture the interaction between you and your family. Lifestyle Newborn sessions typically consist of mom, dad, and baby. If there are other siblings (including 4 legged children) they are included in the session as well. I will spend around 2 hours in your home photographing life as it unfolds. Whether that includes feeding, playing, bathing, or anything else, I will be there to document it all. I will do a few posed family shots but I am mostly there to document the moments between you, your baby and the rest of the family.
What to Wear
Selecting clothing for your first postpartum photoshoot may seem daunting. Your first instinct may be “oh, no, the baby only, not me.” But you have White Wave Photography, and we are newborn experts - we know what we are doing (that’s why you hired us, right?). We know how to position you so that you look your best and that we capture the bond between you and baby. If you are going to show off one image of you and your baby, it will undoubtedly be the one taken by a professional! We think simple clothing is best for the new mama without distracting patterns. White, cream, soft pink or even charcoal or black are all great choices. Most moms prefer themselves in long sleeve tops.
We love organic fabrics. Nothing spells baby more than a plain white onesie and a soft swaddle blanket. Or nothing at all (tastefully of course). White Wave Photography has several simple hats, wraps and blankets that we will provide for your session or you can personalize your images with your own items. Typically we caution against “outfits” as usually they overwhelm your newborn. Save the fancy, busy clothes for the visits to the grand-parents, or bring them for the end of our session and we will make sure we capture a few images that include your favorite. Have a look at our portfolio to view colors and choices that we adore!
While we still love white and neutrals, we like to incorporate bursts of color, fun hats and anything quirky that shows your babies spunk and personality. We typically advise against anything that is too trendy or will date your photos and we avoid looks with statements (as in “Daddy’s little helper”). Please communicate with White Wave Photography about any specific props or setups to ensure that it is in line with what we typically offer within our portfolio. Finally, we can’t caution enough about avoiding the “orange” foods the day before and the day of your session...it takes quite a bit of post-processing work to remove the glow from your baby’s otherwise beautiful skin.
Children & Family
When it comes to “What to Wear” with families, not all the pieces match, but some repeat, and they all coordinate. Unless your entire family dresses the exact same to go out and about, don’t do it for your session. That statement will always apply for on-location. However, in studio, keeping similar neutrals works well and we’ve had beautifully coordinated “white t-shirts and jeans” sessions or three children all wearing matching handmade t-shirts and onesies.
After the Session
You’ve already had a blast at your session but now things are about to get even better! Two weeks after your session we’ll have your reveal night (we’ll schedule this at the same time we schedule your session to make sure you see your images as soon as possible!). On your reveal night you’ll see all of your images for the first time. It’s definitely something to get excited about!
That night I’ll come to your home (that’s right no babysitter and you can even stay in your jammies if you want!) and show you a custom slideshow with your images. I will also bring along prints, wall art and products that you touch and feel.
After you’ve experienced the slideshow you’ll have some time to go through all of your images and take a look at all of the product samples. Seeing everything in person will really give you a sense of what products are most important to you. My favorites are framed collages and image boxes (because I can never decide on which images to choose)!
You’ll have plenty of time to ask any questions, to hold up images to different walls in your own home to see what sizes will work best and enough time to pick out your favorites.
The collections on the following page have been put together to give you the absolute best quality product for the best value. Those collections are available on reveal night only. No need to worry if the products in the offered collections don’t fit you’re needs, all products are available a la carte as well and are 20% off on reveal night!
The goal of the reveal night is to finalize your order so we can get your prints and products to you as soon as possible. To help make this stress free it’s a great idea to take a look through all of the different products and collections so you can go into it with an idea of what might work best for you. Once you’ve seen your images that may change but it’s always good to have an idea when we get started!
There is a $250 non-refundable retainer due at the time of booking to hold your session date and time. This fee covers my time and talent only (digital files and products are sold separately). Prices are subject to change at any time, however, once a retainer has been paid, your price is locked in. No need to worry about choosing your collection or product now. Payment for collections and a la carte products is not due until we have your Reveal Night.
If you're ready to book your family photography session, or if you'd like more information, I would love to hear from you!
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