Preparing for Your Session
WHAT TO EXPECT
Newborn sessions take place in your home or in a relaxed studio setting. These sessions are not overly posed, but seek to capture the connection between you, your baby, and the rest of your family. No need to clean up or wear fancy clothes! We simply need you and some light from the windows in your home. If baby needs a break to be changed or fed - no problem, I can step back or capture every moment. If baby's siblings would like to be the "star" for a moment, we will capture some beautiful photos of them as well. Sessions run between 1-2 hours.
What to wear?
Baby should wear a white onesie or pajamas that zip or button up easily. During the session, I will swaddle them simply and provide an array of neutral toned swaddles, blankets, and bonnets for you to choose from. You are more than welcome to use your favorites as well!
Mom and dad should wear simple, neutral clothing. Please use my styling guide for outfit ideas. Enter the following code: 02qs02r7 to style your session from the comfort of home. Mom can wear either a beautiful, maxi dress or a comfortable neutral colored outfit. Whatever represents you. Dad can wear a light colored, solid colored shirt and jeans or khakis. The guide is a wonderful resource and I can provide styling direction as well.
Preparing for Session Day
Warmth and full bellies!
A warm and full baby is the key to happiness during a photo session! Babies are relaxed when it is warm and cozy. Please adjust the temperature of your home or the room we will be using to at least 72 degrees.
A full tummy will mean a sleepy and relaxed baby. Try to feed baby shortly before I arrive. If you are feeding when I arrive, that is just fine! If baby needs to take a break mid-session for a snack, we will take a break. This is often a good time to take photos of baby's siblings so that they can be the center of it all too!
Locations and Linens
When I first arrive, let me know what rooms in your home I may look at for lighting and then we will begin. Ideas for photo locations are the nursery, a rocking chair by a window, a cozy couch, parents' bedroom and/or bed. If using mom and dad's bed, please use white or neutral colored bedding for the photographs. If needed, I can bring a plain white comforter.
SCHEDULING AND DETAILS
Your $200 retainer fee is due upon booking and is refundable up to a week before your session date. Collection choice is due at booking. If booking before baby is born, you may choose a tentative date that I will put on my calendar and then confirm that date after baby arrives. Just pop me a note. Life happens and having a new baby is unpredictable. If you need to reschedule, you may. I simply appreciate a 24 hours notice.
Approximately 2-3 weeks after your session, you will receive a link to an online gallery containing your hand-edited photos. You may share images via social media or simply enjoy! Unless part of a collection, digital files are not included in your retainer fee. All digital files come with a print release document. Prints, canvasses, hand engraved photo keepsake boxes, and photo books are available either as part of a collection or for purchase a la carte through your gallery. Please review my current Pricing Guide for details.