The best time to contact me for a newborn session is during your pregnancy in order to insure availability. I will reserve a tentative booking date based on your due date. Once you arrive home from the hospital with your new baby, you and I will finalize the date and time. The most ideal time to photograph newborn babies is under two weeks old. It is when we will get those sleepy, curled up photos that best captures your baby at the beginning stages of life. As the baby grows beyond two weeks, they are more wakeful and their muscles begin to develop rapidly. Arms and legs strengthen, they are less flexible and may not pose comfortably in some positions. If your baby should arrive prematurely, we can discuss when to have your session based on what is best for you and your baby.
I love capturing all the tiny details…the wrinkled skin, little rolls, tiny feet and hands, eyelashes. I want you to have images that reflect the way your baby is when they are born and just entering the world. The session time is usually between 2-4 hours so their is plenty of time for feedings and snuggling. The studio will be quite warm and about 85 degrees so you will want to dress comfortably. It is important to keep baby warm and cozy, as they will be undressed and lightly wrapped. They are still acclimating to life outside the womb. It can be very helpful to bring a pacifier to your session, even if you have not introduced one yet. Sucking has a soothing, calming effect. Most babies have a strong sucking reflex and can end up eating throughout the session.
Family and sibling photos are always included in your newborn session.
Booking your maternity session as soon as possible is advisable to ensure that your timeframe is available. Your session should be scheduled for between your 32 – 36 week of pregnancy. You have the option of either scheduling a studio session or an outdoor session. Outdoor sessions are offered either early in the morning or in the late afternoon. We have a selection of gorgeous maternity gowns, so please be sure to inquire. Spouses and siblings are included. Studio sessions are typically held in the morning and outdoor sessions are in the early evening hours, near sunset.
I am pleased to offer Milestone Sessions. Capture your baby’s emerging personality and sweet expressions during their first year. Whether they are just having some tummy time, sitting up or taking their first steps…they are changing so fast! Birthday smash cake sessions are also available for 12 month sessions. If you would like a bakery to create your mini cake, I have a local custom baker I highly recommended that makes the most amazing little cakes!
Previous newborn clients are offered exclusive session pricing throughout your baby’s first year. Props and custom created handmade knits from all over the world are available. Studio and outdoor are sessions available.