irst of all, congratulations! Whether you landed on this page because you’re pregnant, your wife is pregnant, you’re about to be a grandma or an aunt or an uncle, hooray! A new little bundle is about to enter your world and life will never be the same. This is a momentous occasion and one that should be documented and printed and showcased proudly all over your house. That sweet baby will never be so little ever again, your house will never be as it was the day you brought them home and you’ll never again look so young (or tired….until you have another baby that is).
Paige, our newborn photographer, offers 3 different styles of newborn photography to choose from- relaxed studio newborn photography, outdoor newborn and in-home lifestyle photography. She is a member of The National Association of Professional Child Photographers as well as Clicking Moms. A mom to 3 boys of her own, Paige is also a certified newborn professional photographer and has completed safety courses with Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International and attended the Bellies, Babies and Beyond conference for newborn handling, safety, wrapping and posing. This ensures that we use the highest level of safety and care for your baby while capturing those sleepy yawns and wrinkly toes.
"How do newborn sessions work?"
Read on for our newborn sessions step by step!
You email us/call us/text us or yell at us from across the street and say “WE’RE HAVING A BABY!”
Hopefully this step happens while the baby is still a few months away so we don’t have to rush through the next step which is SO important.
WE SIT DOWN TOGETHER
Let's talk about what kind of images you want, where you are going to put them and show you some of the awesome products we offer for our clients. Do you want a relaxed family lifestyle image of you all in bed or do you want a perfectly posed newborn? We want to capture what YOU want, not what we want. So it’s important to hash that all out before hand so we can have the right props, right setting, right colors, etc etc etc. If you don’t have time to do this in person we can absolutely chat on the phone about all this stuff too but ideally you would visit our home studio and see the set up and our growing collection of props before we ever get you on our calendar.
WE BOOK THE SESSION
“But I don’t know exactly when my baby is going to be born.” Yep, this is a problem. But here’s our solution! We generally want to see babies at around the 7 day mark and no later than 14 days- so we take your due date, add a week and put you on our calendar. As we get closer to baby we adjust as necessary. If baby is born early we move the session up and if baby is born later we move the session later. Every other baby on our schedule is in the same boat so the calendar is constantly shifting. We just ask that everyone keep us in the loop and let us know as soon as possible once baby has officially arrived. In general we book our sessions for 9:30am on Monday and Thursday mornings but there is some flexibility for families who just can’t make that time or those days work.
THE SESSION ITSELF
If you choose to have your session in our home studio (something decided in step 2!) we will have everything set up when you get here with a variety of props and fun little things pulled out in advance. We’ll go over anything specific you brought and we’ll be off to the races! Usually sessions last around 2-3 hours but we have done sessions in as little as an hour and a half with an incredibly sleepy/content baby. It really just depends because we stop to let baby eat, patiently wait for them to settle and soothe and never try to rush it along. If we are coming to your house for a lifestyle session we will show up with a carful of goodies (also discussed in advance so we know what to pack!) and look like we will be moving in for at least a month. While we’re unloading the car you’ll feed the baby and we’ll get started shooting with hopefully a full and content baby.