Newborn Session FAQ
When should I book my session?
A newborn session should be scheduled at least 3 months prior to your due date. You might think that that is too early and you will take care of it later, but the truth is that the earlier the better. I book only a limited amount of sessions a months and I have had to tell clients that I have no openings for a last minute session. The last month of your pregnancy you are thinking about a million things and booking your newborn session shouldn’t be one of them. Too many things happening at the same time plus at this point baby can come at any time. Once the baby is here or as soon as you know when you are having your baby you let me know and I will put you down on my schedule for the session.
Do you offer in home newborn sessions?
I DO NOT. I completely understand that with your first born you might be afraid of going outside home. But I assure you, everything will be fine! Baby comes here just for a few hours and my studio is cleaned before and after every session. I like to offer my clients a consistent work and style and I wouldn’t be able to achieve this if I have different lighting situations. Besides, you probably won’t have time to clean and certainly don’t want somebody for 6 hours in your home. This way you can relax, take a nap, catch up on emails… just taking a break is nice! Come and enjoy the session process!
When will the session be scheduled?
I prefer to photograph newborns when they are between 5-12 days old. This age range is when newborns are still “curly” and sleepy enough for me to handle and pose them in the ways you see in my portfolio. Babies older than 2 weeks begin to stretch out their limbs and are more sensitive to having their arms and legs adjusted in a pose. They wake up easier, and things like baby acne, colic, tummy upset, and flaky skin begin to emerge as a newborn is out of the womb longer.
Do you offer weekend sessions? What time will the session start?
I try my best to accommodate the clients needs but sometimes I don’t have a weekend available so the session will be scheduled on a weekday. Newborn sessions start at 10 am. Mornings work best for newborns as they are usually more alert and fussy in the afternoon.
What do I need to bring?
I always recommend to pump (if possible) and bring at least 2 extra bottles so I can feed your baby if needed. Also a Soothie pacifier (avoid pacifiers with a solid piece around the mouth as these leave red marks that are hard to edit out) . Even if its just for the session, sucking is a highly sophisticated tool babies use for self-calming and sometimes this is key to pose them or to get them to fall back asleep.
Other than that just diaper sand a pillow so you can take a well deserved nap!
What should I wear?
I recommend a long sleeve or V-neck shirt for Dad in a neutral color (no bright white) with no buttons and no collar. Buttons can scratch baby’s skin. Beige, khaki, olive green, charcoal, taupe, cream and brown are all great colors. Think “muted” tones. For mom a strapless bra in nude or white if she prefers to be wrapped in fabrics here at the studio. A cami or tank top are the great options too. If Dad is comfortable showing his chest for a few photos this can make for some very tender, skin-on-skin images. Siblings should be dressed in neutral tones like dad. Jeans or khaki pants work well for boys and “sundress” style looks with no pattern look best on girls. Keeping colors neutral and “muted” help faces stand out more than the clothes they are wearing. Bright colors detract from your children’s beautiful expressions.
Do you include props or do I bring my own?
I have a huge collection of props that are available to you for the session. I design the session and set-ups based on a questionnaire that I will send you but, if there is something you don’t like or that you absolutely love from my collection we can use it. I like to offer my clients a timeless and organic style with a splash of color here and there. For this reason, I try to avoid anything costume like, bright colors, bulky items, etc. I want your baby to be the star of the show! If you have any heirloom item that has a sentimental value to you or your family, let me know and we can incorporate it.
How long is the newborn session?
This is something I get asked constantly and I am amazed with how shocking this is for most parents. Posing your baby with the most care and safety is my main priority. Sometimes babies like to stretch, eat, move, yawn, among other things and it takes a lot of patience to achieve the perfect posing. Sometimes I have to start the same pose 3 or 4 times so some babies take longer than others. A session for baby only can last 2 to 3 hours while a full family-newborn session can last up to 4. For this reason always recommend to bring siblings at the end of the session.
What happens if my baby doesn’t sleep?
Every baby is different. And it is ok if baby is not sleeping. While this is ideal, I don’t want any of my clients to stress about this. Before your session, I will send you a preparation guide with steps to follow to maximize the chance of having a sleepy baby in the studio. With this being said, not every baby is sound asleep once I start undressing or posing them. One of the things that sets apart an experienced and educated newborn photographer besides posing your baby safely, is that we learn soothing techniques that help getting your baby to sleep. The most important thing is to not stress about it. It might take a while but I have all the patience in the world! I even take awake shots that you will love!
Are family/sibling photos included?
Yes! I encourage for parents and siblings to be part of the session process! As a mom and photographer I know that we will always be the ones behind the camera taking the photos. Trust me. You will want to look back and be in them!
Do you offer a baby plan? What happens after the session?
I do! This is the best way to plan your baby’s first year! You save on your session fees and I will include 3 prints with every session. Click HERE for more info!
Are unedited images available for purchase?
No. Under no circumstances are unedited images available for purchase. If you hire me you will always receive a finished product. What I offer are fine art portraits and heirloom products to display at home and that is what I will deliver to you. Ask yourself, would you hire a painter and ask him to apply just one coat on your walls? No, you want a finished service exactly what you hired him for.
What happens after my session?
After the session I will cull and edit your images. My turnaround time is around 2-3 weeks. We will schedule your ordering appointment at this time. It will take place at my studio or at home. This is the highlight of the whole process! You get to see a beautiful slideshow (I have tissues here for both of us don’t worry!) and you get to select your favorite images. You also decide how you want to display your images. We will create together the perfect package for you! Once the order is placed with me, your products will be handcrafted by my exclusive vendors for you. Once they get here I will contact you so I can deliver them or you can pick them up!