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When to schedule: Ideally, no later than your 3rd trimester of pregnancy, but if you have missed this window, it's not too late. Newborn sessions are "penciled in" due to the uncertain date of their birth. Once the baby is here, call me and we will solidify the appointment!
When to bring the baby: Newborns are easier to photograph within the first 7-10 days of life. They are sleepier and more flexible. However, newborns older than 10 days usually have better skin conditions and they are generally more alert. There is no wrong time to photograph a newborn, so don't worry if the baby is already a few weeks old. I've photographed newborns as old as 6 weeks. It just takes a little longer and requires some extra patience!
Session times: My preference is to begin by 10 am at the latest. Sessions can last 2-4 hours.
Session Location: For traditional newborn sessions, I have a private studio in Mount Pleasant, complete with backdrops, lights, props, and a baby wardrobe. For the parents, I provide snacks and free WiFi, and in the studio, there is a comfy sofa and a large-screen TV with multiple streaming apps. I usually ask one parent/adult to be my assistant throughout the session, so if you are bringing a toddler for sibling pictures, it's a good idea to bring another adult to help care for them during the session.
Lifestyle sessions take place in your home and have a very different style. These sessions take up to 2 hours. I bring a few wraps and props, but mostly we use what you have on hand and use natural light whenever possible.
Included in every session: In addition to portraits of the baby, I include a new family portrait with mom, dad, siblings, and baby. Mommy & me portraits, daddy & me portraits, and sibling portraits. Grandparents are welcome to join as well!
During the session: Once the baby is asleep, try not to talk to them. This may wake them up and slow things down. If possible, fathers, aunties/uncles, or grandparents make the best photographer assistant. Babies can smell their mother's milk and will wake when they are near. Come prepared for a warm environment. I keep the studio warm for the baby.
The number of delivered images: My goal is to deliver dozens of images, but this is contingent upon the baby and how well he/she cooperates during the session.
Get dressed at the studio. Murphy's law states that wrinkles, spills, and accidents will happen if you come to the studio already dressed! I do a lot of detailed pictures so it is a good idea to manicure your fingers before you come!
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Adding a maternity session to your baby's photo album is a great way to tell a story! Before and After pictures make adorable birth announcements.
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