In Home Session
A new little one will be joining your family soon… yay! There are so many unknowns ahead of you, let’s not make your newborn session one of them. Here is what you can expect when doing a newborn session with me.
Before I arrive.
Space. I will be using the space(s) with the most windows and best natural light. This is typically the family room, nursery, or master bedroom. Have those spaces clean and free of clutter. I will potentially need to move some things around as well. I will arrive about 20 minutes before your session starts to get the spaces ready.
People. Getting everyone photo ready takes longer than you expect. Give yourself plenty of time. Most people find it best to feed their newborn as the last thing before we start.
First Up… the whole family.
Whether this is your first child, or sixth, I always start with the full family. The other kids will be all ready to go so we want to get their photos in early.
Your session will include a variety of poses. I like to try and get the “everyone smile at the camera!” shot of course, but I also do other guided posing to create interactions between you. Depending on how many people are in your family, I try to get as many different combinations as well.
Next… mom and dad with baby.
Once we let the older kids go, I like to do the photos with the parents. Just like the whole family photos, I do a variety of shots and poses. I guide you the whole time, so there’s no need to worry about how to sit or where to put your hands. That’s what I’m there for!
The grand finale, baby.
When it comes to props and posing, I lean towards more natural. This includes in mom and dads arms or simple swaddles while laying on a white blanket. The only props I bring are plain colored swaddles, a white blanket, and one basket. If we are indoors, I will do these photos by your best window. I will sometimes do a few poses of mom in the nursery with baby through the door too.
What should we wear?
Solid colors, few patterns, texture in outfits can help add contrast. Neutral colors work best (creams, whites, grays, greens) as sometimes bright colors can be distracting.
For baby, I like white onesies or outfits that aren’t too baggie or loose. Headbands are a fun and quick option to add. No shoes. We have to show off the baby toes, and newborn shoes typically don’t stay on very well.
Will we go outside?
If weather allows, I love being outside and using natural light. I will make the final call when I arrive as far as where we will do the photos, but if your yard is a possibility we may end up doing a vast majority outside.
When and how do I pay?
You can pay before, the day of your session, or after. I will need full payment before I release your online gallery. You can pay via check, Venmo, or cash. Further details will be given to you once we are closer to your booked session.
Do I get any prints?
Short answer, no. I love giving my clients the freedom to print what products they want and when. In an age where most people like to use their images for sharing on social media, for baby announcements and Christmas cards, as well as framed prints for their home, I have found it most beneficial to give my clients the rights to their images. You will receive over 40 high resolution, fully edited images to do what you like with and for as long as you like. They are yours forever.
How do I book a date when I don’t know when baby will come?
When you inquire, I will keep your due date in my notes. I typically like to do newborn sessions within the first ten days after baby is born. We can book a tentative date, but it is flexible. I do my best to work with my clients to find a time that works as soon as possible. Once baby is born, I will need to know so we can finalize the details.
How long after the session until I get my pictures?
Four weeks. I will send you an email with the link to your password protected, online gallery where you download all of your images.
You will have one week to download the files.
I am so glad you are interested in booking a newborn session with me!
As a mom of three, I know how much I cherish those early photos (ok, all photos) of my children. They grow and change so quickly. I would love to help you freeze time so you can cherish them over and over again.